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Brightwell's Blog - May 18, 2009

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Well, the season is over after getting swept this weekend at ECU. Long day yesterday as you can imagine, an early flight out of Raleigh, then we connected at Charlotte for the second leg home.

21-32 is not what anyone expected this year out of baseball, but there is a lot to build on. Unfortunately, after improving at the plate from .239 to .272, we were still last in the league in hitting, our bullpen was shaky at times as well. But, it was probably the most consistent starting pitching we've had in a while and four juniors who were in that rotation return next season. We'll also have a core of six freshman who will be sophomores next year.

It was a long season for everyone since we were on the road all year. A special thanks to John Daigle and the staff at USA Stadium at Millington as well as the folks at Plantation Inn and the Neighborhood Bistro where we were housed and fed on the weekends. Also thanks to Dave Chase and the Redbirds for the use of AutoZone Park and George Moreland and the Memphis Tiger AABC organization for the use of Gagliano Field.

It will be exciting to see the progress of FedExPark over the summer and it's completion this fall. Coach Daron Schoenrock said, on his video show today, that we will open the season next year at home against Middle Tennessee on February 20th.

We taped Coach Rock and Coach Thees season wrap-up shows today, they'll be on GOTIGERSGO.COM this afternoon. Thanks to everyone who made our first year of All-Access shows a success.

Hard to believe I just wrapped up my sixth season as a Tiger Broadcaster. This year I was able to call my first men's Basketball games for Memphis in Puerto Rico, with the addition of the men's and women's soccer as well as volleyball, my duties with aseball and women's basketball, and my prior games with softball, I have now done play-by-play for seven of the Tiger teams. I am truly living the dream.

Keep checking the blog this summer, I'll keep it updated.

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