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Diamond Diary by Kevin Cooney

March 6, 2003

Who Missed the Extra Point?

Well, just when I start crying the blues about our offense, the team makes me look foolish by breaking out with a vengeance last night at FIU. Twenty runs on sixteen hits; and a shutout by our pitchers to boot. That's a pretty good night.

Travis NeSmith started and was sharp from the start. He was in command through five innings and left the game with one hit and no runs surrendered. Brad Ingwell, Chris Della Rocco, and Will Mann finished up and kept the goose eggs on the board.

But it was a night for offense.

Rob Orton had six RBIs on a three run bomb, a sac fly, and a two run double. It was good to see Robbie have something to show for his efforts. He has been swinging the bat real well this year, but the hits weren't falling.

Rusty Brown got us started with a one handed tennis swing at a ball nearly in the dirt. The outbound wind caught it and carried the ball right out of the park. We batted around that inning as six runs scored.

Fonseca, Brannon, Cox, and Fiorentino all had doubles. It was good to see Cox break out with a bases loaded double which drove in three runs.

George Roig, Dickie Hart, and I were bouncing lineups off each other before practice on Monday. The consensus was to be sure to get Murray and Shaen in the lineup somehow. It took some defensive rearranging, but seemed to work out just fine.

The OWL RADIO crew of Dave Eddinger and Regan Samaniego expressed concern on the pre game show for the defensive ramifications of players who had only one day of practice at their new positions. It was refreshing to actually be "first guessed" by the media for a change. Their point was valid, but everyone played good defense, and their hitting worked out pretty well.

Right now we should be on a bus to Atlanta, but the Georgia State series is pushed back a day because of rain in Atlanta. We'll play two Saturday and a single game Sunday. Maggie and Luke are happy to have Dad around again. They're in the office now and I think the window of good behavior is ready to close. Time to go. KC



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