Lagreid ends homerless drought at 153 innings

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

By Joe Warren

Nevada Daily Mail

NEVADA, Mo. -- When Nevada Griffons designated hitter Greg Lagreid hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning during Sunday's win over the Liberal (Kan.) BeeJays, it was a pretty big deal.

It wasn't the length of the shot. The ball traveled over the fence in left-center field, just clearing the yellow top bar by a few feet.

It wasn't the person hitting the ball. Lagreid has easily been Nevada's most consistent hitter this season. Humming to the tune of a Jayhawk League-leading .417 batting average, with (now) six home runs and 40 RBIs, it's not like the Washington State product is a stranger to the long ball.

It wasn't even the significance in the game that the home run played. Sure a grand slam is a big deal any time you get it, but the Griffons were already comfortably ahead of the BeeJays 11-3 when Lagreid hit the homer, so it didn't really affect the outcome of the game.

What made the blast a big deal was that it was Nevada's first in 153 innings.

After Griffons hitters used Lyons Stadium as a launching pad to the tune of 19 home runs in their first 22 games, the bats went cold.

"I think it's just one of those things that happens," Lagreid said.

The man should know. After all, it was Lagreid who hit the final home run before the streak started. June 20, in the second game of a doubleheader at Dodge City, Lagreid hit one off A's pitcher Tim Martinez in the fifth inning.

That was it -- until Sunday.

The streak spanned 17 games, nearly a full calendar month (Sunday was July 15), and made absolutely no sense.

"Nobody's really trying to hit one," Lagreid said. "It was kind of weird because we hit a bunch in the beginning of the year."

"It was good to see," Nevada coach John Hill III said. "Guys only recently started talking about that (not homering in a while)."

Hill had no idea the streak was 153 innings long.

"That many, huh?" was all he could say.

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