Ready for 2004

Brandon Camardese is a junior left-handed pitcher from Chaminade-Madonna Prep School. He had a solid year in 2003 going 9-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 88 innings. This year he will be counted on this year to have another solid season and will need to pitch well to stay in the starting rotation, as there are other pitchers ready to step up as well.

Camardese spent his summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League playing for the Orleans Cardinals. He had a great summer going 3-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 33.1 innings.

"We won the whole thing as Cape Cod champions. We had a great summer. I worked on all of my pitches and just worked hard. I just concentrated on every thing I got and using every single pitch to the best of my abilities."

Luckily for Camardese his success in the summer carried over for fall practices. He had good command of his pitches and is ready for the 2004 season.

"The fall practices went real well. I pitched really well. I continued my summer into the fall throwing all of my pitches for strikes."

Camardese is one of five starting pitchers who could earn starts this season for the Hurricanes.

"There are five or six guys that can be starters. Whoever is pitching the best will be the starters. It helps everybody because everyone is ready to take your spot if you arent playing well."

Not only are the starting pitchers deep this year, but the relief pitchers have a lot of guys back as well.

"Our pitching staff is very strong. We are very deep. Last year we had a lot of injuries, but this year we have everyone back."

It helps the pitching staff to face a great lineup in practice every day. Some of the guys they face in practice will be some of the best players they will face all season long.

"We have a great lineup. We have 12 guys on this team that can be starting on this team as hitters. Everybody can hit and it helps us as pitchers."

Camardese earned a start in the College World Series last year against Texas but only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits.

"I remember starting against Texas and that was pretty fun. Just the whole atmosphere was great. We want to go back to Omaha."

Last year the Hurricanes were a young team and many did not expect them to make it to Omaha. This year it is a different story. The expectations are high and the team is excited to return to Omaha.

"We were a young team last year, but we are a veteran team this year. We have all of the talent, tools, and team unity to get it done."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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