Jeremy Sowers is
a junior lefty at Vanderbilt, who chose to pitch for the Commodores despite
being the 20th overall pick out of high school by the
Cincinnati Reds. Regarded as one
of the elite pitchers in the country, Sowers went 7-5 with a 2.50 ERA in 115
innings with 123 strikeouts and 29 walks as a sophomore, going 7-0 with a 2.11
ERA in his last nine starts. A native of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Sowers has a
twin brother – Josh – who is a right-hander at Yale. Jeremy will provide a look
at Vandy’s quest to reach the NCAA tournament and the ever-tough SEC throughout
April 28, 2004
Goose Egg in Gainesville
Thursday April 22
Woke up at 5:30 a.m. this morning, not too hyped about that. Vandy baseball has
a flight to catch at 9 a.m., so we are meeting at the locker room around 6:30
a.m. Going to Gainesville, Fla., is no doubt going to be a fatiguing event. We
fly to Orlando, then drive two hours to the Cabot Lodge.
As I went to sleep Wednesday night, I noticed my cell phone’s light: It wasn’t
going off. I had no idea why, but I knew something bad was going to come of
Finally, when we get to the hotel (I mean lodge), I realize that my cell phone
battery is completely dead. So $40 later, I have purchased a new battery, hoping
it will do the trick.
It does, but the light continues to shine. Although I’m not exactly sure how it
ended up turning off, I am sure that it sucks to burn $40 on a cell phone
Anyway, after running around for the battery, it was time to practice at
Florida’s field. It is nothing out of the ordinary. We orchestrate a typical
three-hour practice and feel confident about the upcoming games.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
I’m not even going to bother breaking down these days.
Aside from Sunday being 10 innings, all the games were essentially the same. All
three starters pitched well enough to win, but at one point or another made a
costly mistake. I made an error Friday, Jensen made one Saturday and Mullins
(who pitched outstanding) hit a guy with bases loaded.
Much like the Ole Miss weekend, we failed to manufacture runs at certain times
and had the lead in all three games (only to lose them). The scores of the
weekend were: 5-3, 4-2, 3-2. So we lost three games by a total of five runs.
No doubt we feel terrible as we’re heading back to Nashville, but there’s not
much we can say about our performance. We played unbelievable defense (except
for myself), we hit many balls hard (right to fielders) and we pitched good
enough to win. It just happened that Florida was the better - and luckier - team
this weekend. It’s just baseball.
It’s the reason I hate it, and the reason I love it. No matter what goes on,
some parts of the game are always out of your control. These external factors
can be your best friend, or your worst enemy. This weekend, they loved Florida,
and hated us.
Once again, we can’t let this weekend get us down. There are still four weeks
left of SEC play, plenty of time to make a run, just like last year. Our best
baseball is still ahead of us.
Next opponent is Lipscomb on Tuesday. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to throw an
inning in relief.
Wild, but Commodores' Goals Still Within Reach (4/20/04)
Trumping the Tide (4/13/04)
The Invasion of the Gamecocks (4/8/04)
Get Out the Brooms (3/30/04)
Three Tight Games, Three Tight Losses (3/23/04)
Rough Outing Eased by Series Win (3/16/04)
Sweep of the Bearcats (3/9/04)
(photo courtesy of Vanderbilt Media Relations Office)