Big East: Crowd Control

By Barry Loudis - May 23, 2006


Might not be anything as difficult as pitching under pressure. Full count, two on and a herd of ferocious bulls on your back. Tonight, Notre Dame freshman right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland silenced the bulls and pitched past the pressure as Notre Dame wins 3-1.

Might not be anything as difficult as pitching under pressure. Full count, two on and a herd of ferocious bulls on your back. Tonight, Notre Dame freshman right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland silenced the bulls and pitched past the pressure as Notre Dame wins 3-1.

Watching the count fill up was actually pretty exciting, I must admit. I do like Notre Dame and I do like the spirit of the USF crowd. There was conflict brewing as the count approached 3-2. With Bulls on second and third and the Irish only up by one, Weiland needed a strike. After a long look at the catcher the ball was released and before you knew it, the bat was swung without contact. Notre Dame fans began to cheer and the USF fans knew that they might have witnessed their last chance at a victory over the top-seeded team.

I have to hand it to Weiland. That one pitch may have changed the game. As an additional fact, it was the first batter that the Freshman right-hander had faced all night. He was only brought in minutes before after the first two Bulls had reached base. After the strikeout, Notre Dame came up to bat in the bottom of the 8th and managed to sneak in a run, cushioning their lead 3-1.

But what would have happened if that pitch would have been a ball? Bases would have been loaded, USF fans would have craved a hit and Notre Dame fans would have wondered if they were going to lose to the lowest seeded team in attendance at Brighthouse Networks Field. Would it have been too much pressure to handle?

Trying to stay away from the philisophical discussion that I am sure could surround "the pitch," I would just suggest that pitching under that sort of pressure would be difficult at best and I admire the freshman for stepping up and sending it right down the middle.

Notre Dame looked like they were warming up tonight for the games that lie ahead. I would look to see better things from them (as well as the rest of the Big East field) tomorrow.

Posted by Barry Loudis at 10:16 PM on May 23, 2006
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