Waiting on Some Cool Air and A Dinner Invitation
Catcher Nick Stanley came to NC State last fall after hitting an amazing .491 with 12 doubles, seven home runs and 36 RBIs during his sophomore season at South Florida Junior College. Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent calls Stanley a "consummate ball player who loves to play and understands the game." He's also an English major who will write a daily blog for GoPack.com during this weekend's NCAA Raleigh Regional. Stanley has been a solid contributor during his first season with the Wolfpack, making 30 starts behind the plate and hitting .310 with two home runs an 22 RBIs. "Nick is a real gamer, someone who always plays better in a game than he does at practice," Avent says. "He steps up. I think it comes from his confidence in his abilities and and how much he loves the game. He is always talking in the dugout and saying funny things. He gives us that looseness that is necessary." Here is Stanley's fifth entry
ATHENS, Ga. -- All right here we go. NCAA Super Regionals. The big time. Sold-out stadium, interviews, ESPN, brand new bus. What? The air conditioning is broke on the bus? You have got to be kidding me. Anybody want to know the best way to make a five-hour trip feel like 10? Try it with no air conditioning. Needless, to say it was less than ideal. But we made the best of it and it actually wasn't that bad if you kept you mind occupied.
Anyway, we made it to Georgia and we were all very excited to be off the bus and in the comforts of a cool hotel room. We spent the first night just winding down and getting settled into our rooms.
Thursday morning we got our first look at Foley Field. Practice was very similar to the week of practice before regionals. There were lots of media people waiting for interviews, including former Braves player and now ESPN commentator Brian Jordan. Practice went well. Everyone seemed loose and relaxed, just enjoying the day and getting prepared for the weekend.
Thursday was a unique day because it was Day One of the MLB draft. After prctice, I think just about everyone turned on the television and the computer to watch as the first few rounds unfolded. It was cool to see our friends, and teammates, get selected. With that being said I must give a special congratulations to Clayton Shunick and Eric Surkamp. Both were selected on Thursday and everyone on the team is excited for them. Plus, we're all waiting for them to offer to take us out to dinner. Hopefully tomorrow more of our guys will get drafted in the remaining rounds of the draft.
Aside from all that, we are focused on what we need to to this weekend. We are two wins away from Omaha and everyone is starting to smell it and realize how close it is. Hopefully we can continue playing well and make it happen. GO PACK!