The Alabama State athletics department released a video earlier today featuring head baseball coach Mervyl Melendez who talked about his team’s slow April start after a 12-4 loss to Mercer on Tuesday and an 11-5 loss to Jacksonville State Wednesday.

In a brief Q and A session, Melendez commented on the losses.

“You kind of anticipate some bad games and of course we have to learn from those games and we have to make sure they don’t repeat themselves.”

“…In the middle of the year you’re going to have your bumps in the road and it’s just a case in the last two games our pitching hasn’t been the best as we have seen in the scores.  So we’ve just got to regroup and the pitchers got do a better job.”

Melendez about lessons learned after losses:

“[Losses] actually always magnifies the things you’re not doing proper and you get to work on those things at practice. So the best lesson is to have the outcome sometimes not be in your favor because the guys understand that the consequences are a loss. Not when you win it’s like ‘yeah coach you’re just nitpicking right now, you know we still won a ballgame, so what is the big deal?’, but when you lose it kind of puts everything in perspective.  The lessons are really taught a little bit better when that happens.”

The Hornets (24-10) are in sole possession of first place in the SWAC’s Eastern Division and will play at Mississippi Valley State Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

See the full interview below.


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