Utah State University College of Eastern Utah baseball coach Scott Madsen is slightly frustrated with his team. Madsen said, вЂњWeвЂ™re a young team, I knew we would have struggles, but, I mean, weвЂ™re really talented.вЂќ
Madsen said the Scenic West Athletic Conference website has their record wrong and that they have won more than just four games.
The Eagles issue is that they are inconsistent. вЂњOne inning theyвЂ™ll go out and they [the pitchers] will be perfect, nobody can hit вЂ™em. The next inning, you know, theyвЂ™ll go out and they canвЂ™t find the strike zone,вЂќ said Madsen.
After acknowledging that he has talented pitchers that can вЂњthrow with the best of themвЂќ, Madsen said it has everything to do with вЂњtheir freshman nervesвЂќ. He also stated that his players are getting better and they are working through those nerves.
When asked about the Colorado games and the eight pitchers he used in the sixth inning, Madsen sighed and said, вЂњI was looking to find a guy who could throw a strike.вЂќ
вЂњItвЂ™s frustrating when you are up seven to two in the bottom of the sixth and your team walks nine people in a row,вЂќ said pitcher Colby Tidwell.
Madsen agreed saying, вЂњThatвЂ™s kind of been the story the whole season, they get in those counts where it becomes easy to hit, 2-0, 3-1, counts that you know everyone can hit in those counts because they know we have to come with a fast ball.вЂќ
Madsen turned the focus of the conversation away from the pitching staff and toward the hitters. вЂњIn the start of season we had a lot of strike outs … since I told the hitters to just focus on making contact and not trying to hit a home run, our batting average has jumped up,вЂќ said Madsen.
Despite their issues, Madsen showed a great respect for his team, encouraging fans and outsiders to be a patient. вЂњIf they would just watch this team during the week, they would be amazed at how good they actually are,вЂќ he said.
вЂњWe are kind of beating ourselves … but I always have high expectations,вЂќ Madsen said. вЂњIf we play to our potential, I know we can beat teams like Salt Lake Community College and College of Southern Idaho.вЂќ