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Terps baseball beats blizzard



New Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich is an enthusiastic type, prone to highly enthusiastic language. "Will beats skill every single time," he told the school's Web site. "We are going to be out-skilled on paper when you line up our roster next to the so-called juggernauts of college baseball in our conference. But nobody has out-trained us, nobody has out-worked us, nobody will out-hustle us and no one will out-will us."

That includes snow. Bakich's group will never, ever, ever be out-willed by a snowstorm. Thus, during the season's second and third Snovechkins, his team missed a total of two outdoor practices, compensating by stationing outfielders literally on top of massive snowdrifts. I can't get enough of this photo.

Below is the e-mail Bakich sent to supporters of the program after his team beat the snot out of the snow. If this doesn't make you want to run outside, pick up a shovel and smash the bloody life out of the nearest remaining pile of dirty snow you see, we're living on different planets.

As you all know, the blizzard of the century came through Maryland dumping 4 feet of snow and ice making it impossible to practice outside...

EXCEPT FOR THE HARD NOSED, AGGRESSIVE, COMPETITIVE and BLUE COLLAR Maryland Baseball TEAM who only missed 2 days of outside practice in the last 2 weeks. I can't tell you how fired up I got watching 36 players shovel snow like they were out to set a world record. I told them we were in a boxing match with the weather, and there is no amount of snow that can cover Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium and Shipley Field that we can't shovel out of.

Not only did we punch back every time we got hit with more inches and feet of "thundersnow," we scrimmaged every day last week and are headed down to Miami playing our best baseball. The athletic administration had planned on hiring an outside company for snow removal......well after talking with our CFO, he agreed to hire the Baseball team to clear other athletic fields. It was estimated to take 10 hours and they agreed to pay us $8,000 for the snow removal of those fields. WE DID IT IN 5 HOURS and then scrimmaged 9 Innings....

Attached are some pictures from our snow removal efforts...WILL OVER SKILL!




(And yes, this is also an old story, but I'm still using my week-long absence as an excuse to post about old news. Apologies.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 1, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
Categories:  Terps  
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Comments

Cool story; would love to see more college baseball coverage.

ahem, the #1 ranked team in America happens to be no more than two hours south of here.

Posted by: LouLewis | March 1, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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