3B Alex Gordon
CURRENT ’04 STATS
There is not much you can about Alex Gordon that hasn’t been said already. You can however be thankful that NU will have him in the lineup for at least the ’04 and ’05 seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a top round draft pick after his junior season. That’s not saying he will sign a pro contract for certain, but his talents won’t be overlooked in the draft this time around. The word was scouts kind of bypassed him in the draft after his senior year of high school after he made it clear that he wanted to attend college at least for 3 years. He needs to fine tune his defensive skills a bit, but his offensive talents alone will carry him into professional baseball. He leads NU in such categories as RBI’s (11), Total bases (24), Triples (1), Slugging (.846), Stolen Bases (tied 2), HR’s (tied 3).Defensively this weekend in the 3 game tournament, he handled 11 out of 12 chances cleanly. What makes him so deadly at the plate is his incredible plate coverage and discipline. He will make pitchers come into his zone and he can hit the ball hard to any part of the ballpark. He has shown in the two tournaments so far he has tremendous power to all fields by hitting majestic home runs to left center field and also right center field. That is what makes a .300 hitter a .400 hitter. From personal experience, when I finally learned when I got to college that you don’t have to pull every pitch and to use all fields where the ball is pitched, my batting average jumped close to .100 points. You can tell Coach Anderson really works on that with all his hitters. Guys like Simokaitis, Mullinax, Shockey, Boyer, etc. all show such great bat control enabling them to ‘spray’ the ball to all fields.
RHP Q. Robertson
The old saying ‘tough luck starter’ would apply for Quinton Roberston in his Saturday start against the Rice University Owls. Roberston isn’t an overpowering pitcher and won’t dazzle with stats, but he is about as competitive a pitcher as you will encounter when he steps onto the mound. Tougher opponents seem to bring out the best in him as well. That is the sign of a guy that isn’t afraid to take the ball in pressure situations and give his team a chance to win a ballgame. Robertson gave NU 8 strong innings(2 earned runs) against the 2nd ranked team in the country. That should be plenty good enough to win almost every time out. Two unearned runs and a dominating performance from his counterpart from Rice (Wayne Townsend) were the biggest obstacles Robertson faced on Saturday. Robertson said he lost a little focus in his first start of the season after the Husker offense gave him a big lead to work with. That shouldn’t be a problem when Big 12 play gets here. He has a wealth of experience from his days in JUCO and last season as NU’s #2 starter. I look for Robertson to continue to bring his best stuff to the mound as one of NU’s top 3 starting pitchers on the weekends.
Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, MN)
FRI vs. Florida State-12:15pm
SAT vs. Minnesota-6:35pm
SUN vs. West Virginia-11am
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