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- Hitter Strikes Out Only 3 Times In 42
- Article printed in May 18 edition of
- By LOU PAVLOVICH,
- Editor/Collegiate Baseball
- STONY BROOK, N.Y. ó Maxx
Tissenbaum of Stony Brook is the toughest batter in America to strike out
among NCAA Division I schools.
- He has only been fanned
three times in 150 at-bats this season over 42 games. And it is no fluke.
- The hitting philosophy of
Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk is to stay away from strikeouts at all
costs. By utilizing this approach, Stony Brook has consistently been a
superb offensive team and ranks fourth in the nation this season with a .327
team batting average.
- Two other hitters on the
team have a minimal amount of strikeouts in Pat Cantwell (5 strikeouts in
142 at bats over 42 games) and Steven Goldstein (7 strikeouts in 103 at-bats
over 35 games).
- "From day one at Stony
Brook, it has been drilled into hitters that you must stay away from
strikeouts," said Tissenbaum.
- "And the philosophy here is
that you go to a no-stride approach when there are two strikes on you. We
have probably gone through 1,000 rounds of practice with the no-stride
approach with two strikes. In addition you choke up on the bat with two
strikes as well.
- "It is a team philosophy
which allows the offense to do many more goods things than bad. When you
strike out, you have made it easy on the defense. But if you put the ball in
play, so many good things can happen. You are forcing them to make a play.
- "Coach Senk isnít asking
hitters to protect the plate with two strikes which most likely will result
in a weak ground ball. He wants you to hit the ball hard. If it is a great
pitch on the outside corner or inside, he has no problem if you hit it foul
- "With the level of pitchers
we go against, this is a great philosophy, and it works extremely well. I
see no negatives. You can force opposing pitchers to throw more pitches
which gets their pitch counts up. If you force the pitcher to throw more
pitches during an at-bat, the percentages are that the pitcher will make a
mistake. Even professional pitchers donít hit their spots all the time.
- "If you see one more pitch
and then another, your chances of hitting a hitterís pitch increase. Then
you turn two strikes into doubles."
- Tissenbaum, who is hitting
.367 this season with 11 doubles, 3 homers and 28 RBI, said the team
routinely has 2-strike hitting rounds in practice as everyone utilizes the
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