Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Long Travel Day In The Books

A long but positive day is winding down for the Cal softball team as the midnight hour draws near in Tallahassee. It all started at about 3:30 am, Pacific Time, when the players, coaches and support staff loaded the bus on the Cal campus for a trip that would end about 3,000 miles later in Tallahassee.

The trip to SFO was quiet as sleep was a priority for most of us. Believe it or not, SFO was packed at 4:30 am. We went through the normal ticketing and security procedures for the 6 am flight. After arriving in Atlanta, the team split up on two connecting flights to Tallahassee. Once everybody got settled into the hotel
in Tallahassee, we headed over to Tallahassee Community College for a light workout. Got a few swings in on the field and in an indoor hitting facility next door. It was a good chance for the team to loosen up a little bit after the long day of travelling and everybody seemed pleased with the practice and preparation for Friday's NCAA opener against Mississippi State (5 pm, ET; 2 pm, PT).

After practice, we went directly to Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que for a team meal. Good food and fun was had by all and Valerie Arioto even treated everyone on the bus to a few "tunes" when she took the mic on the way back to the hotel.

Time to get some rest and get ready for a busy day tomorrow that includes a two-hour team practice at Florida State beginning at 1:15 pm, ET. There will also be a few administrative responsibilities for those of us support staff members and then we'll all be ready to go for Friday's action.

Check back later for Cal Softball updates from the NCAA Regional and Go Bears!!!!

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