The 24th-ranked @RazorbackBSB team is returning today from its trip to Berkeley, Calif., where it played four games in the Cal Baseball Classic this past weekend. It was the Razorbacks’ first four games away from Baum Stadium this season and the first collegiate road trip for many of the student-athletes. The Daily Call caught up with freshman right-handed pitcher Zach Jackson, who earned his first win as a Razorback on Saturday, for his thoughts on the trip.
Q: What were your impressions of your first road trip?
A: It was a very business-like approach. It was definitely different than any trip I’ve ever had before. The treatment was very professional. We stayed in a nice hotel and were treated very well, but it was definitely a business trip.
Q: Did you have to make any adjustments to your routine not playing at home?
A: It was more of an adjustment to the environment. My pre-game routine didn’t change that much because we still stretched and threw at the same times, but the environment was so much different and that took a little bit of an adjustment.
Q: What was it like coming in to pitch without the Baum Stadium crowd?
A: We had a lot of fans come out even though we were all the way across the country. Obviously it’s a little bit different than Baum, where you are surrounded by fans everywhere, but we had a pretty good crowd here this weekend. They definitely supported me as much as they could.
Q: How did it feel earning your first collegiate win Saturday?
A: It was cool. Obviously it was a win that we needed to have as a team to break our losing streak. We had to have a win right there, and being able to come through for the team was really cool.
Q: Was this trip helpful as you prepare to travel to Florida this weekend?
A: I’m confident in our team going into SEC play. As far as traveling, it was different practicing Thursday at a stadium other than Baum. I haven’t seen another collegiate field except Baum since I got to campus. That Thursday practice is big for us, and helps you adjust to the field. Getting on the field a day early allows us to be come to the field prepared Friday.
Check out some exclusive photos and video recapping the scene in California from@RazorbackBSB’searly-season road trip.
PHOTO: The Razorbacks’ game jerseys hanging over the dugout rail during batting practice Friday.
PHOTO: View from the press box of Arkansas taking batting practice before Saturday’s win.
PHOTO: Looking out the window during breakfast Sunday at the hotel.
VIDEO: A group of approximately 200 Razorback fans from the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association hosted a tailgate before Sunday’s doubleheader and shared their excitement with a Hog Call.
@RAZORBACKSB GOES UNDEFEATED IN FINAL NON-CONFERENCE WEEKEND
@RazorbackSB WIN 13-5 to close out the the #RazorbacksInvitational!! pic.twitter.com/XS7vIrYGAq
– Glen Christophersen (@Glen_Christo) March 9, 2014
Good luck at @NCAA Diving Zones Kesha Naylor, Meghan Clark, Shelby Bartlett and Hannah Bortnick @RazorbackSwim @RazorsDiving #NeverYield
– Mike Waddell (@mikewaddellUA) March 9, 2014
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