Feb. 21, 2013
'Catching up with Fowler' Blog
Follow Golden Eagle senior Chase Fowler of Cumming, Ga., as he and his baseball teammates go through individual workouts and then fall practice as they work on their quest to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Chase will write share his thoughts on Southern Miss baseball and other happenings each Thursday during the fall semester.
There is nothing better than winning all three games on a weekend. It means two things: one, we start out the season undefeated and, two, we get sweep cake for dessert at the BSU lunch on Monday. Sweeps are much appreciated among the Southern Miss baseball team and we set a goal to sweep every weekend.
Last weekend, we were able to sweep Mizzou at home and it was a lot of fun. Every game was won in either the sixth, seventh or eighth inning, which is something we strive to do. Our pitching staff was incredible over the weekend. I believe we struck out 28 batters while only walking eight. That was the main key for the weekend. I was so proud of the way our entire pitching went out there and competed all weekend long.
Every game our bats seem to come alive in the end, which is both good and bad. We love that we never gave up and kept grinding out at bats, but we would like for them to get hot a little earlier and that is what we are working to do.
Coming off of a weekend sweep, we traveled to Alabama on Tuesday night for a midweek battle in Tuscaloosa. Right off the back we scratched a run to go up 1-0.
Jake Winston, a true freshman pitcher, did great. I was really proud of him for the way he came out and didn't back down from those guys. He struckout five out of the first nine batters he faced. I am really excited for his future here at USM and I think he will play a key role this season.
We then kind of let things get a little out of hand in the 5th inning and we found ourselves in a hole. Coach Berry challenged us to battle back. We weren't about to quit. The rest of the game was back and forth and saw us coming back and Bama scoring more runs. At the end of the game our comeback wasn't enough and we took our first loss of the season, 10-8.
Even though we lost, I was proud of how we never gave up. Last year, there were some games where we saw ourselves down by four or five runs and just threw in the towel. This year is different. We know our potential and we won't stop until we reach it. We look forward to bouncing back this weekend for the Southern Miss Invitational against Eastern Illinois, Missouri State, and Alcorn State.
Do not give up on this team. One loss is not going to stop us. We do not want you to miss out on something special this season, so we encourage you to come out to the Pete this weekend and fill it to the top!
One Team. One Mission. OMAHA.