Dispite giving up 4 runs right off the bat, and Meier getting right behind the 8-ball quickly, I didn't think he pitched all that poorly. Marist had a pretty solid hit total, but most of their damage came by them running the bases really well. And that's their game. They aren't going to out-slug anyone, but they manufactured some of their runs. Their speed really seemed to put pressure on our fielders early on, but then as the game progressed, we started settling down and I think our bullpen did a great job. Offensively...WOW! You can't really be overly critical when an offense slugs out 4 homeruns and puts up 11 runs in three innings, but I will just say that I thought we didn't make Trazc work as hard as we possibly could have in the early innings. Eventually, we got to him, but I think a few of our hitters were rushing through their AB's. We only struck out twice, so that is a positive all to itself. Overall, I thought we played like a #1 seed should (but that was innings 3-9) and we played in a manner that had some of us really worrying (innings 1-3). But, it's amazing what 11 unanswered and 4 bombs and "lights out" pitching from the bullpen can do to your confidence. Even if Marist isn't as polished of a club as Rice, this game has me feeling dominant once again!