Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Goodwin off to good start at UNC

Brian Goodwin takes a swing during UNC's series at Duke two weekends ago. (Photo/David Hahula)

Former Rocky Mount baseball standout Brian Goodwin has had a stellar start to his collegiate career at North Carolina.

After 21 games (he has started all 21), he is batting .333 (tied for third on the team) with five doubles (third), three triples (first), three home runs (tied first) and knocked in 22 RBI (third).

He got in a little trouble last week when he reverted to being a high school baseball player - for one play.

In an at-bat versus Princeton, he hit a high fly ball toward third base that he thought would be caught. He threw his bat to the ground and eventually ran to first. Well, the Princeton third baseman dropped the ball. If he had hustled out of the batter's box, he would have been at second base, not first.

UNC head coach Mike Fox took him out of the game minutes after that play.

It was a hard lesson for Goodwin to learn, but he quickly found out that you never stop hustling in the game of baseball.


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