Judging by the fact that this is a baseball website, I feel that it is safe to assume that you all have been to your fair share of baseball games. I would also assume that at those games, no matter what was happening on the field, your experience as a spectator was either ruined or significantly enriched by the music that was played during the game. There is no sport that has more downtime than baseball, so even if I am exaggerating a little, it is safe to say that ballpark music is a key element of creating a fun stadium atmosphere. Continue reading
Halfway through the season Coach Villano started sending us video clips and questions to help us understand ourselves and what we were trying to accomplish this season. I will always remember one of the first ones he sent, of a speech by Kirk Cousins of Michigan State. He addressed over and over what a privilege it is to be an athlete and what an honor it is to represent something bigger. I speak for each of my teammates and anyone that competes with Western on their jersey, that it is a privilege to be a Leatherneck. Continue reading
Senior Day has now come and gone and we played our last series at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. It was an exciting moment to see all of the seniors you have grown so close with and be able to share that moment with their friends and families. We had stellar performances from two seniors, Rich Mascheri and Dustin Hunter as both threw complete games, while Rich threw a shutout and Dustin recorded 15 strikeouts. Although this season has not gone as we had planned, there are many great things that will be remembered from this season and three great years with the Purple Army. Continue reading
We will take this weeks’ Stater code strait from the Ten Commandments (but don’t worry not religiosity in this post). Respect thy Mother and Father. In lieu of moms weekend having just past, I think it is a good idea to mention the true respect that we all have for our superiors, which extends beyond our parents.
This past weekend against North Dakota State was eventful. They are a solid team with talented players. Going into to the series we were looking to put up a fight after losing the series to Southern Utah. Unfortunately we were unable to come out and do that for the first game. Rich Mascheri had a quality start but we were just overmatched in game one. Like all series, the first game is the one that sets the tone for the games to come. In the second game we had an entirely different mindset. Dustin Hunter always gives us his best performance and we got a good one from him, only allowing three earned runs and striking out nine picking up a complete game. This was his first complete game of the season. Offensively, Kedroski continued to drive the ball well. Continue reading
This weeks’ Stater code is, there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Seems pretty fitting with the snow that just hit us. But we think there is a deeper meaning than simply wearing the Nike sleeves the equipment guys dish out to us. Continue reading
I don’t think its a coincidence that the Rams put 5 runs on the board this past Friday against Charlotte. A week ago today, our first home game, we held a special ceremony at Bill Beck Field retiring number 5 in honor of our teammate Joey Ciancola. His mom, Michele, and sister, Lindsay, along with several other members of Joey’s family and friends came out onto the field in honor of number 5. Continue reading
After Indiana scored two runs in the eighth inning off Northridge freshman reliever Louis Cohen, the Matadors responded, scoring three runs with the help of two errors in the bottom half of the inning.
Exams are finished, papers have been printed, and the Paladins are on their way home for Thanksgiving break. It is a much needed break. Nothing will fuel me up for the Semester’s home stretch better than grandma’s fabulous cooking, and some quality time with family and friends. It’s going to be a treat. Continue reading
Here at FU, we bring Fall Practice to an end by competing in a “World Series.” This is common for Division-1 programs, but the Paladins do it a little differently than most.
“The Banana Split Series” was the brainchild of our head coach Ron Smith. The name came from everyone’s favorite treat, the banana split, which is the reward to each member of the winning squad (at the losing team’s expense of course.)
This year’s Banana Split series had another twist. Continue reading