The Bearcat baseball team has really missed LaFringe Hayes. Hayes not only provides the team with a fast, good outfielder, but also gives the squad an excellent leadoff hitter that can steal bases. With LaFringe out of the line-up, the entire top of the order has been bumped up a spot. That means Mark Haske has to bat at the top, and #3 hitter Jon DeLuca has been moved to #2. Both are good offensive players but better suited at #2 and #3.
Houston and Ohio showed last weekend that speed on the bases, something Hayes can provide, really changes a game. Both the Cougs and Bobcats ran the bases like illegally aliens crossing the border, and the Bearcat pitchers and catchers struggled to slow them down.
Tony Maynard gave a gutsy performance in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader against Houston. Tony took a vicious line drive off his throwing arm and head but stayed in the game to get the win. Josh Kay provided the final 5 outs to get a save.
The second game saw little good pitching from the Bearcats. Justin Minges was the exception with a solid outing. I like freshman pitcher, Matt Heber, of Batavia. He throws hard, and if he gets his breaking ball over, he's tough. Heber finished the second game for UC.
The Bearcats are back in action tomorrow (Wednesday, April 6) against Big Ten opponent Purdue. Game time is 6:30. Their next weekend series is April 15-17 against Charlotte for games at 6:30 on Friday, 4:00 on Saturday and 1:00 on Sunday.
If you haven't been to the new baseball stadium, it's a great place to watch a game, and they have some nice promotions/entertainment during the game.