Short Hops



March 30, 2004

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Greetings to all you supporters of Tulane Athletics. I apologize for the tardiness of this week's post, but due to academic demands, my hands were previously tied. Trust me; I'd rather be writing the column than studying for Business Law, and it's always fun to write when we play like we did last week.

The week started off with a trip to Thibodaux, La., to face the Colonels of Nicholls State. It's always a tough place to play, but we were able to pull it out and keep the winning streak alive heading into the Charlotte series. My only regret is that we didn't stop at Spahr's catfish restaurant on the way back to New Orleans. My dad and I always ate there when we would go to Thibodaux to watch the Saints in training camp. I recommend it highly if you've never been.

Then, we took the liberty of sweeping the Charlotte 49ers to improve to 5-1 in conference and grab a share of the league lead. The first game ended with a great double play that Joe Holland started on a tough hop, and Saturday's game featured some much-needed timely hitting. Sunday, however, seemed like we were in for a long day at first. The team showed some pride, though, and fought back from a 7-0 deficit to win 13-8. It was a great way to show some heart and grit to end a great week of baseball.

Sunday was also "Kids Take Over The Ballpark." That was awesome. Kids from the Riptide Kids Club took over different roles at the ballpark, including everything from concessions and fieldwork to announcing and broadcasting. The kids all did a great job. When you saw how much fun they had just to be out there, it really makes you realize how much fun this game is.

Well, we play the second game of the set with Nicholls State on Wednesday night before heading back to the airport en route to Cincinnati to keep things going in conference. This week is another great opportunity to keep this momentum going. One thing that we've been stressing, though, is that we can't take any one team or any one game lightly. Omaha teams play their caliber of ball no matter whom the opponent is. Sometimes it's the less hyped-up games that decide who hosts and who doesn't. So, we're going to make sure we keep everything in the right perspective.

That's all I've got for this week. I hope to see all you guys at Turchin on Wednesday before we head off to Cincinnati. Cincinnati is always a fun experience. The Bearcats have this fan who has been tabbed "Lucky Larry" (by whom I am not sure). He leads some of the funniest Bearcat cheers while holding the weirdest contortionist positions you can think of. Anyways, it should be a good time. Till next time.....

Roll Wave,