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Diamond Diary by Kevin Cooney

March 31, 2003

Samford and Son!

What a weekend for Derek Hutton, son of Marlins' broadcaster and former Major Leaguer, Tommy Hutton! Derek batted .500, with 9 hits, 3 home runs, 1 double and 8 RBIs. His two home runs in the second game of the series were crucial in our 5-4 win. Derek started the season slowly, but has really come on strong the last few weeks. I admire the way he handled himself when he wasn't in the lineup. We talked about what was going on and he wasn't happy, but stayed ready and expressed any frustration out in the bullpen, away from the other players.

Another guy who has been pulling a Lazarus is Mike Cox. This was a big weekend as Mike went 7-15 with 8 RBIs, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 3 walks, and 3 runs scored. We all have been hoping Mike would get hot, and the last four games he has.

Randy Beam struggled Friday night because of some tenderness in his knee. Both he and Core are in the training room with the same problem. At least it's not their arms.

Pillsbury and NeSmith both threw very well. You have to be pleased with our four starters.

It was an offensive onslaught Friday night as everybody got in the act. Even the guys coming off the bench had big nights. Let's hope it continues Wednesday and this weekend.

Go to the Atlantic Sun web site and look at the standings. There are some real surprises this year. Belmont and Gardner-Webb are tied for second, Campbell swept Stetson, UCF lost two of three to Jax St, and Jacksonville is under .500! This is going to be some race.

Thank you to all that attended the Owl Club barbeque and were generous enough to join the club. We raised over $4000 for baseball just on Saturday. I know there are many others ready to send their checks. Thanks again. KC



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