30 Titans in 30 Days. Day 13. Tom O'Brien
Hometown: Watertown, CT
Titans Outlook: The Titans pick up a player who helped putWatertown basketball and baseball back on the map during his times with the Indians.
Averaged a double-double during a senior year on thehardwood that ended in the finals at Mohegan Sun.
He earned All-NVL and All-Class L honors that season as well.
The Indians dominated on the court that year and also had a solid year on the diamond.
A big (6'5', 265) presence on the mound, O'Brien has adjusted nicely to the next level, understanding quickly that what you may have done in high school won't cut it at this level.
"You have to make every pitch count." O'Brien said. "They don't miss your mistakes."
A fellow Titan and Sienna teammate, Kyle Decker, has been filling him in on what he will be going through this summer atFuessenich Park, a place he knows well.
"Kyle told me about the bus rides and where we go." O'Brien said. "It's good because I'm just fifteen minutes away from home when we get back. Plus, my family and friends can come to the games."
O'Brien appeared in eight games, throwing six innings in which he struck out seven, included a pressure packed one earlier this season.
"Coach brought me in with two outs and a runner on third in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth inning in Charlotte." O'Brien explained." I struck the guy out on three curve balls. A freshman doesn't usually come in to those situations so it felt good."
"I only got in eight innings this spring so I'd like to get some work in so I can go back to Sienna next season and contribute." O'Brien said.
Sienna is playing in the MAAC Tournament this week with hopes of moving on to their next level, the College World Series.
Either way, a pitcher who spent many an inning on the mound atFuessenich, returns to help the Titans in the summer of 2013.