July 2013 Archives
Nine George Washington baseball pitchers are currently competing in collegiate summer leagues around the country. After contributing to a memorable season for GW, each of these pitchers has carried the momentum to their respective summer teams.
The last days in Kazan were pretty hectic. Since we lost our pool matches, we were now playing for anywhere from ninth place to 12th. Our first match in the consolation was against Hong Kong, China. They play like a typical Asian team, with six defensive specialists on the court. It would be a tough game for us where we had to keep a cool head throughout the game.
The first set was really close, but we lost 21-25. In the second set we started really bad off and lost 11-25. The third set was also very close, but the Canadians were too strong and we lost 19-25. I got to play the whole game as an outside. After the game we were really disappointed, because it is a game we could have won if our game was more stable. In the second set especially, we lost easy balls that should not be an issue at this level. Our passing was really good the first set, but not good the second and the third set. My strongest contribution to this game was definitely serving; I had the only ace on our team and two big runs.
The George Washington baseball team is well represented around the country with 12 student-athletes competing in nine different summer leagues.
Among the highlights, rising senior Luke Staub currently has a 1.57 ERA through seven starts, including 38 strikeouts against six walks, for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League. Classmate Craig LeJeune has registered four saves and boasts a 2.31 ERA with 16 strikeouts against just one walk for the Danbury Westerners in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
All statistics are as of July 9.
Traveling to Russia was more exhausting than I expected. It only took two hours to fly from Oslo to Moscow, but we had to spend the night at the airport. Even though I have slept at an airport before I didn't get any sleep this time. Probably because of the excitement for what was waiting for us in Kazan.
I am writing you from 36,000 feet above Canada on our way to Moscow and then Kazan, Russia. It's a 10-hour flight, but we are all relieved to be on it after a lot of chaos in the airport the past 24 hours.
After racing at the Elite National Championships on Lake Mercer in Princeton, N.J., we spent two days training at the Olympic Training Center before taking a van up to JFK International Airport for our 7:10 p.m. flight.