Justin Campbell put on a show in O’Brate Stadium on Friday night, but it was a show he wasn’t super proud of.
Campbell and the No. 3 OSU Cowboys beat South East Missouri State 4-0 to get ahead in the series 1-0. The game was dominated by OSU’s pitching staff, and thanks to Caeden Trenkle’s fifth-inning home run, SEMO couldn’t get into a rhythm. Here’s the notebook from tonight’s matchup
Justin Campbell unsatisfied with rather impressive performance
Campbell and the OSU pitching staff had a day as they shut out the Red Hawks. Campbell, Hueston Morrill and Nolan McLean all pitched, but it was Campbell who was most dissatisfied with how the day went. He had strong words about his performance, which consisted of 12 strikeouts and no earned runs over seven innings.
“Today, I’m not really satisfied with my performance, and my numbers say otherwise,” Campbell said. “My mechanics were off a little bit, I couldn’t find a rhythm for my changeup. So I just gotta keep working on it, work on my craft, and get locked in this coming week.”
Trenkle’s home run had an impact on the trajectory of the game.
Through two innings, SEMO gave up two runs and with Campbell’s pitching, things weren’t looking bright for the Red Hawks. In the fifth inning, when Caeden Trenkle hit a home run to right field, OSU coach Josh Holliday knew the feeling looking across to the opposing dugout.
“One run feels like three, I’ve been on the other side of that experience,” Holliday said. “You’re facing a guy that just has look like, ‘man he’s tough to score against and they hit a solo home run.’ Even though it’s one run it feels like it might’ve been three.”
Trenkle, who isn’t known for his home run abilities, said it felt good to get a homer tonight. Trenkle is still working to get more contact on the diamond, but not necessarily for home runs.
“I’m kind of just working on my swing every day,” Trenkle said. “Nothing major like home runs, because that’s not my game, but when they happen, they happen, tonight was just one of those nights.
Playing during finals week
Finals take a lot of time out of students’ days in regards to studying and being prepared for exams. For OSU baseball, they play during the same week as final exams, which puts pressure on the student-athlete mentally.
For a baseball player, the mentality and mindset is everything.
Holliday emphasizes the student, in student-athlete, especially during final exam week. With that being said, there have never been struggles during finals week under Holliday and his staff.
“No there’s not [difficulty] because it’s a simple rule: school comes first,” Holliday said. “Whatever the kids need, they get. School has always been important to me here. If you guys check the track record, this group of kids has set records for the highest team grade point average in three straight semesters here. They’re well-rounded guys.”