By Harry Minium
I caught up with Chris Finwood by cell phone on Wednesday morning, the day after his Old Dominion University baseball team departed by bus from Norfolk to make the 1,095-mile trip to Ruston, Louisiana.
The Monarchs made it to Lithium Springs, Georgia in the Atlanta suburbs Tuesday evening on a luxury, two-decker bus that affords most of the comforts of home. They finished the trip on Wednesday and were scheduled to work out that evening at Louisiana Tech’s J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Ruston is a long way from home, but Finwood is hopeful the Monarchs can extend the road trip for almost two weeks and return home with their first Conference USA championship.
ODU and Louisiana Tech, both sporting 36-14 records and sterling postseason resumes, conclude the regular season with games Thursday and Friday, both at 7 p.m.
Then, following a five-day break, the Monarchs take on Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, May 26, at 10 a.m. in the first round of the Conference USA tournament, also at LA Tech’s Patterson Park. The C-USA championship game is Saturday, May 30. All ODU Conference USA tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN+ and MoneyTalk AM-1310, with Ted Alexander doing the play-by-play.
Finwood said both he and LA Tech coach Lane Burroughs will go to the bullpen frequently on Thursday and…