King's Korner: An inside look at the Hoosier softball team's trip to San Diego
Feb. 16, 2008
Hello Hoosier Fans! I am Kristin King, a sophomore on the team, and I will take you through a timeline of the past couple days on our first trip to sunny San Diego, California.
Day 1, Thursday, February 14, 2008
Where were you spending your Valentine's Day this year? The IU softball team was gathering their last few items and preparing for departure to San Diego, Calif. Maybe it's not the most romantic way to spend Valentine's Day, but we were still excited. We loaded the charter bus at 8:00 a.m. in front of Assembly Hall, and were on the road to the airport in Indy, where we were going to board our first plane. Things went prettys moothly up to that point and we landed in Chicago for our connecting flight. After a slight layover in Chicago, we were headed for warm weather in San Diego, or so we thought. Once we landed and unloaded our baggage, we then noticed that it was raining and not nearly as warm as we had expected. Due to the rain, we were unable to practice on the field as planned, so we decided to go to eat at a local restaurant. This was not a good idea in the middle of rush hour. It took us approximately two hours to travel fifteen miles. If anything, I have already learned from being in San Diego that you MUST drive aggressively unless you want to be left in the dust while being honked at and end up at the wrong restaurant for dinner. We ate at a restaurant called the Bullpen, which we all liked very much. Maybe it was because we were starving or the food was just really good, but whatever the case, it was fine with us. We then went back to the hotel and headed for bed to prepare for our first game of the season on Friday.
Day 2, Friday, February 15, 2008
Today, I thought to myself what could be better than spending a
weekend in California? Then it dawned on me: playing softball in
We started the day at 6 a.m. with breakfast and then headed to
San Diego State University for our first game of the season. After the
initial shock of REAL grass and dirt on the field, we started playing
our first game. Unfortunately the game was not played as well as we had
hoped and we were defeated 10-0 by Fresno State. This game made us realize what we still needed to work on as a team and individuals.
After lunch and a short break, we were scheduled to play another
game against SDSU. This game was similar to the previous one, and we
were again defeated. We realized as a team that we need to be more
disciplined to help us play to our full potential. After the game and a
bite to eat, we went back to hotel to rest and relax so we could get prepared for a new day on Saturday.
Hopefully we can make the remaining threee games and the rest of the trip more enjoyable before our departure from California on Sunday afternoon.
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