2004 NFCA Leadoff Classic Diary
Today we felt good going into the game against Texas. We knew we could play with them and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Texas fought back and pulled ahead, proving that they are a ranked team. We threatened again and fought hard to the end, showing that Army doesn't give up. Unfortunately, our effort wasn't enough as Texas won the game.
After a nice lunch put on by the Georgia Parents Club (thank you to all those who were a part of that), we played Northwestern State. After falling behind in the fist two innings, we were able to shut down their offense and add some runs to our own. But once again we could not make up the difference.
We were happy with our performances today. Things are finally starting to come together, but we were disappointed with the losses.
After those games, we played the Olympic Team. Watching our jump team floating into the stadium was such an amazing moment. It was hard to believe we were here in Columbus, standing on the field where the Olympics were played in 1996, and getting ready to play against the two-time defending world champions.
We exchanged pins with the Olympic Team, and we all waited to see which Olympian would give us our pin. Lisa Fernandez, two-time Olympic Gold medal pitcher, was the one who gave me my pin. It was an honor because she was one of my heroes growing up.
The Color Guard presented the colors and Leigh (Harrell) sang the national anthem. It was amazing.
The Olympic Team showed us why they are No. 1 in the nation. I have never seen such a solid lineup where every person could hit the ball so hard. Jamie's (Gjurgevich) home run was incredible, making it the first home run anyone had scored on the Olympic Team here in Georgia.
The game was a great opportunity for all of us. We all agreed that it was worth it to get to play them. After the game, one of the Olympic coaches pulled the pitchers aside and gave us some advice and wished us luck for the rest of the season.
GO ARMY SOFTBALL!