Saturday, February 4, 2012
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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Kenyan Conner watched the walks pile up in Friday’s 12-0 loss to Nova Southeastern.
The Albany State baseball coach couldn’t believe what he was seeing as his pitchers dished out free bases by the handfuls in the Rams’ season opener in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
“Seventeen bases on balls,” Conner said. “You can’t give up that many bases on balls and think you can win any game.”
ASU starting pitcher Ken Nesbitt lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs and nine walks, and his relievers had just as much trouble finding the plate. Ricardo Perez, Ryan Latner and Udofie Yune combined to walk eight more batters in a game that Conner believed his squad could have won without all the free passes.
“That’s the only way they beat us,” Conner said. “We can beat them. They made a few spectacular plays to keep runs off the board. All we gotta do is just pitch better. We have to lick our wounds and get ready for (today).”
The Rams next have a doubleheader, again with Nova Southeastern today, starting at noon.