Interviews today at Doak Field on the NC State campus. Baseball is the only venue on campus. Football and basketball are on the fairgrounds nearby.
Andy Kennedy’s name was invoked a few minutes ago, not only invoked but remembered.
He played here under Jim Valvano before transferring to UAB.
Lots of heat and sunshine today, good baseball weather. It could hit 90 on Friday and Saturday. That’s welcome baseball weather for most people but may not be for Ole Miss shortstop Austin Anderson, the team’s No. 3 hitter, who got sick with a stomach bug last night. He stayed at the hotel today. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco says he’ll be “shocked” if Anderson doesn’t play tomorrow against William & Mary.
Bianco talks here about his bullpen. He’s encouraged from what he saw in Hoover. Another big pitching story has been the shuffling of the rotation, Mike Mayers for tomorrow’s first game against William and Mary, Bobby Wahl for Saturday, presumably for a matchup against 1 seed North Carolina State.
Doak Field looks nicer in the daytime than it does at night. Even last night I could say a small, modern facility. A covered grandstand is a big thing with me for a baseball stadium, and there are no covered seats here.
Keith Kessinger, the Rebels’ radio analyst, disagrees and says there should be no covered seating for college baseball ever.
A little video here of the Rebels’ practice and shots of Doak Field. There’s a small grassy area behind third base, much like Blue Bell Park at Texas A&M, but again no outfield presence. You just don’t see that enough outside of Mississippi.
North Carolina State coach Elliott Avent is confident his team has the goods to win its home regional.
He believes his Wolfpack can handle the pressure and heads into the regional loose — maybe too loose — he says though he didn’t dwell on that point.
Avent was asked about the ACC and the fact that a league that annually produces elite teams has not won a national championship since 1955.
A lot of different factors going into the winning the big one and not doing so in the big game should not be held against those elite teams, Avent said. He brought up former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith and how long it took smith to win a title. The Buffalo Bills were mentioned also.
We spoke with Auston Bousfield, the Rebels’ center fielder. After being the spark plug in the Game 2 win against Mississippi State but has just one hit in 32 at-bats since then.
He believes he’s been guilty of trying to do too much. Hitting coach Cliff Godwin has been working with Bousfield to shorten his swing.
Bousfield is a guy Bianco and Godwin compared to Alex Yarbrough in the preseason and thought he would get on a track similar to Yarbrough. That would have had him hitting about .330 this year, his second season. The slump has dropped his average to .262.
He remains an absolute weapon in center field. He hit .281 as a freshman last year.