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Friday, 18 June 2021

USI Baseball is Flying High Again

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USI Baseball is Flying High Again
USI Baseball is Flying High Again

The USI Baseball team has bounced back from a rough start to get back to their traditional winning ways.

44 Sports Director Joe Downs has the story.

Normally something to shout about ... especially for a program like u- s-i baseball ... ............. however given where the valley the screaming eagles started in ... it's soaring altitude ... i expected from us earlier.

What i didn't expect was how we played early in the season.

In his tenth season as bench boss, southern indiana head baseball coach tracy archueta has seen college world series and national titles.

What he hadn't seen was a 4- and-11 start, which appeared to bury the screaming eagles before they even started.

We were really just lacking confidence.

That's no fun when you're playing baseball tight.

When were losing, we were just trying harder and harder to win, and that's not the correct way to go about it.

We were pressing for sure, because we knew what we had on the team.

But once we started figuring some things out.

It started taking care of itself.

Adding to the pressure was the history of u-s- i baseball.

13 ncaa tournament appearances, five college world series appearances and a pair on national titles.

Guys know the expectations.

They understand what the alumni and the community expects year in and year out.

And i'm sure they're getting some messages on their iphones.

"get it in gear", "let's go".

I came here knowing this was a winning program, and i hope every single out there, as well, knows that.

So, i just don't want to have a losing season, of course, but i came here to win.

When were struggling, we actually had a talk about the tradition of usi baseball.

And then we started picking it up.

It drives you.

You don't want to be the first team to let down this tradition.

So that's a driving force for sure.

With strong starting pitching, led by garrett welch and jacob bowles, as well as a bullpen that has carried the team through the early part of the season, the problem was at the plate.

A question mark that has become an exclamation point.

The offense is definitely on it's way up from the beginning of the year.

I think we're doing a better job early in the count.

We're getting more guys being productive in their roles and understanding their roles.

And i think that's been the biggest change for us late in the season.

Our line-up has started clicking.


Guys at the top of the order are getting on base and driving in runs.

Guys at the bottom of the order are doing the same thing.

And the guys in the middle, manny, michael and adam wildeman are just starting to hit really well.

And who can argue with the results?

The screaming eagles have won 11-of-their- last-13 games and have the third highest conference win total in the glvc.

So is this team peaking at just the right time?

Oh no, not peaking at all.

Still we have a lot more to do.

And a lot more work to do.

I feel like we can honestly get double the hits in every single game if we put our minds to it.

It's scary.

When everything is working, it can be really scary.

We've got a line-up where we've got four burners and they're spread throughout the line-up.

Between each runner, we've got some big boys who can put the ball in some gaps.

That's scary.

When everybody's clicking, that's a recipe for disaster for pitchers.

In my four or five years here, i think our line-up and our pitching staff is as deep as it's ever been the potential of this team is as high as i've ever seen it.

I really believe we can go as far as we really set our minds to.

Staying on the diamonds ...


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