Visiting Georgia State University Post 1

Got to Atlanta late Saturday night without problems. Sunday the GSU team played the finale of a three game series against Austin Peay, a team from Tennesse. The teams had split the first two games, so the winner could take the series.

I got to the clubhouse a good 4 hours before the game. Meeting all the coaches and being outfitted in Panther-blue, their pitching coach Jason Arnold and me hit the field a little after 9:30 am. Yesterday´s starter hat already gotten in a 25-minute run and would be worked hard in terms of conditioning his legs. I´ll try to explain the routine in a later post.

At 10 am all the pitchers came
out to get their daily throwing in. The drills were pretty basic, yet emphasis was clearly put concentration and working on specific details rather than just going through the motions. Of course all possible relievers for that daywere not overworked.

The whole team starts getting loose at 10:25. GSU`S batting practice routine was familiar, since it is the same that we use with the German team.  The game featured a bit of everything: A homerun, some timely hitting, a few mistakes, small ball and a few multiple run innings. Pitchers regularly hit the mid 80´s to low 90´s with their fastballs.

GSU won the series and beat Austin Peay 9-7 after an intense and long game. GSU used 5 pitchers and had Dutch player Roy Seltenrijch starting at 2nd base (and hitting ninth). He also contributed a key RBI basehit to put GSU ahead. While Austin Peay did threathen while bringing the tying run to the plate, GSU shut the door to improve its record to 5-3.

More to come later...

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