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
May 5, 2004
Sweep Worth Lack of Sleep
I woke up at 7:30 a.m.
Although I needed the rest
for a Friday night game, I had an earlier priority: PSCI 241 (Public Opinion and
American Voting Behavior). So, I went over to the cafeteria to get some
breakfast and study. The test was not extremely hard, or extremely important,
but it sucks that I have it on a game day.
For some reason, after the
final I do not go back to sleep. Instead I got to Blockbuster and rent The
Cooler. I go back to my apartment, eat some lunch and watch the movie. It is
quite entertaining, especially Alec Baldwin’s character (probably why he got
nominated for an Oscar).
After the flick, I go over
to the field for supposed "team pictures." This is kinda irritating because I
have to be over there at 3 p.m. However, they end up getting canceled. So, I go
hang out with Ashley (girlfriend) for about an hour. Despite getting no sleep,
I’m certain the five hours of laziness helped.
The game tonight was
awesome. It reminded me of last year’s stretch in the middle of the SEC season
when we caught fire. The final score was 6-2. Every faction of our game was
superior to Mississippi State. For one of the first times this season,
everything was in sync.
The pitching was good
(Jensen threw the final 1.1 innings, I threw 7.2), the defense was unbelievable
(Ryan Klosterman at SS had about 10 assists) and the hitting put up 12 hits.
I also got to face one of
my best high school rivals from Louisville: Brad Corley. After going to a
tournament in Joplin, Mo., we became good friends. He’s an outstanding player,
and it’s always a great challenge facing him. Fortunately tonight, I made some
perfect pitches and held him to an infield single in the eighth (1-4, K).
This game was a great
confidence booster, and sitting in the gray area of the SEC standings, we need
to find a streak. It will not be easy though - Mississippi State has a good
team, and one of the best coaches ever in Ron Polk.
Saturday, May 1
Today’s morning was a bit
We didn’t play until 4
p.m., so I didn’t have to be at the field until 1:30 p.m. So I slept in (that is
I woke up at 9 a.m. – on my own), ate some breakfast and relaxed. Just before I
went to the field, I stopped at Smoothie King in much need of energy for the
40-minute run, lift, medicine ball, tubing core routine.
On days after I pitch, I
feel like I am finished before the game even gets started. After exhausting
myself for three hours, the game is my relaxing time.
Anyway, today was much like
yesterday, except Mullins pitched a bit better. He allowed just one run over
seven innings, and Jeff Sues finished the rest. The defense was superb, the
offense gave us five runs, enough to win 5-1. Another win closer to a possible
We must come out tomorrow
and earn the sweep.
Today’s starter was Matt
Buschmann, making his first career SEC start (or weekend start for that matter).
Although I’ve seen him pitch better, he kept us in the game, allowing only two
ER (3 total) in seven innings. Each starter went at least seven this weekend
(which is awesome).
Thanks to three runs in the
bottom of the seventh, we headed into the eighth leading 4-3. Reliever Stephen
Shao allowed a run, tying the game 4-4. Then, Jensen Lewis came in and shut the
Bulldogs down for 2.2 innings. He was virtually unhittable, and gave us plenty
of opportunity to win.
Finally, in the bottom of
the 10th, we managed to piece together a few hits (some good, some
lucky) and loaded the bases with one out. Aaron Garza hit an infield single that
gave us the 5-4 win. Not exactly how we expected to win, but we won’t complain.
Mississippi State for the first time ever.
Now we go into our finals
week, then Knoxville for yet another crucial SEC series. As of now we are 31-13
(10-11 SEC) – with 11 or 12 games left.
in Gainesville (4/28/04)
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)