Quote of the weekend came from Janelle after completing our first conference sweep of the season over UTEP. "We just did some Spring cleaning this weekend!" And that's exactly what we did. Swept 'em up and cleaned 'em up!
Great weekend! A conference sweep is always fun to accomplish, but when you sweep a team on its home turf it is even more fun! Coming into the series, we knew UTEP had been struggling and had no real momentum going into the games. Our motto for the weekend: "Kick 'em while their down!"
All aspects of the game this weekend were solid, but the one aspect that stood out above the rest was our offense. To say our bats got hot this weekend is an understatement. We were on fire! We got hits from top to bottom in our line-up. This is what we need to do to be champions. To have so many players contributing at the plate and seeing the ball so well at the same point in the season is rare. However, this team is everything but normal. There has been something special about this team from day 1, so it's no surprise that we are continuing to get better individually and as a team with every passing week. With continued growth and focus we will be right where we need to be when May comes around.
Game 1 ended up being the closest contest all weekend. After a 5-3 win in game 1, we outscored UTEP in the remaining two games 28-9. Jessica (Phillips) and Maddie (McKinley) accounted for 50% of our runs by combining for 14 RBI's in games 2 and 3! If that's not impressive enough, they also combined for 5 of the 8 home runs that we hit this weekend!
My favorite part of the weekend was how game 3 ended. Before the game, the coaches and umpires agreed that game 3 would have a drop dead time of 2:30, so we would have plenty of time to catch our flight back to Memphis. With about two minutes left in the game, Jessica stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She smoked a home run and ended the game with a grand slam! I don't know a better way to end any game!
It's amazing the kind of influence one aspect of the game has on the others. Our pitching staff was in "Pitcher's Heaven" with the kind of run support our hitters gave this weekend. All our pitchers seemed relaxed and confident on the mound and were solid all weekend. As a result of our pitcher's doing their job, our defense remained confident and produced outs. When all three aspects of the game link together and catch fire from one another as they did this weekend, success is evident.
Next victim: Tulsa. This week we will prepare to win our 3rd conference series of the season. And we will achieve this at home! Spring is officially here. Typically that means warmer weather and allergies. But to us, Spring means hot hitters, dominating pitchers, perfect defense, and a CUSA championship ring!
Heather Mott #10