Breaking It Down With Bailey

May 2, 2009

Gosh, I am getting so bad at this. I have had a busy week of school soooo I'm a little behind on my blogging.

Anyway, we went into the desert thinking it was going to be incredibly, ridiculously, unbearably hot, but it was actually awesome weather!!

On Friday, since we had a late game, we had an early BP session at Coach Glasoe's parent's community field where they play all their softball games. After driving an hour or so from our hotel, we had no idea where we were and we pulled up to this field where the bleachers were packed with elderly and more mature folks who came out to watch our practice! They drove up on their golf carts and sat and watched us hit! After our hour and a half practice, we taught them a couple cheers and off we went to The Glasoe Residence (a BEAUTIFUL home, I must say) where we ate a delicious meal, put our feet in the pool and played the Wii for a couple hours. It was great to be able to go to their home and eat a great lunch!

Later that night we played under the lights at Arizona State. It didn't end up the way we wanted it to, but hey, this is the Pac-10, things like that happen. We are still happy about winning the series against those little Sun Devils.

The next day we had another late game, but we had to drive from Tempe to Tucson, which is about a two-hour drive so we left around 11 a.m. and got in around 1 p.m., then had to be at the field by 5 p.m. where we played under the lights once again. But this time the outcome was in our favor and we were guaranteed another series win against U of A...we were now in search of a sweep.

Sunday was our time to get one, but ended up being an utter disaster of a game. I can't really even describe it to you. Jenna started off pitching well and our defense just had a hard time reading the jam shots off the Wildcats bats. They ended up with five home runs that game though, and we had very minimal offense (three infield singles were our only hits). On one of the home runs, which I honestly thought I was going to be able to catch in the right-center gap, ended up carrying out of the yard and when I tried to 'rob it' (which I don't even think I was close but I was making an effort) I dropped my glove onto the other side of the fence! So that was a little humor to try to dull the pain of an 11-0 five-inning loss...brutal.

Well, then it was a very short practice week for us because on Wednesday we turned around to finish out the series with No. 2 UCLA. We were obviously a little bitter about the last two outings we had down in Westwood and had it in our minds to pick up a win to avoid a series sweep. Thanks to Kimi Pohlman (who is just absolutely tearing it up) and her bases-loaded double to drive in three, we snagged a win from UCLA and handed Megan Langenfeld her first loss of the season.

Thursday, we had a nice short quick practice, which ended earlier than any other practice I think I have ever had since I have been here, for a 'Dawg Pack' BBQ where all UW students and athletes got the opportunity to come out to Husky Stadium and try to hit balls outta the park. I was very impressed with some of the guys who turned out. The first round of the home run derby was off of center toss, but the second round, Glasoe decided to roll it over and make some people look like fools. It was funny to see that out of, like, 15 guys to try to hit off Glas, only one home run went out of the yard to win the whole thing. I thought it was awesome to see some of the baseball guys get to come out and see what hitting a softball is all about (even though I think Glas put a little something extra on it for them, just for fun) and they ended up giving us some props and saying it's kinda hard.

I will be back next week on time hopefully!!

Stay classy and GO TEAM PURP!!

Love, 20

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