Thursday Apr 03 2008
Prewitt runs with the Wolfpack
By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Writer
If you're a baseball fan, your favorite team's bench might just be the best seat in the house. If you're a baseball player, as Kyle Prewitt is, that's hardly the case. Now suiting up for the North Carolina State University baseball team, Prewitt hasn't seen much playing time this season. The Placer High graduate, whose father Larry is currently the Hillmen's varsity baseball coach, has only appeared in four games for the Wolfpack this season, starting two. It's a little frustrating not being able to be in there every day and not knowing when you're going to get your shot, Prewitt said. Still, Prewitt said it's a thrill to play for a school that competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of college baseball's premier conferences. It's a pretty big step up, said Prewitt, who played at Sacramento City College for two seasons before signing with N.C. State last fall. Not that it's overwhelming. But it's good to be able to step up and play against (perennial College World Series contenders) like Miami and North Carolina. Miami is one of the best-hitting teams I've seen in college baseball. The biggest reason for Prewitt's lack of playing time is that fellow junior Drew Martin has established himself as N.C. State's starting third baseman. Kyle got a lot of work at third base in the fall, but he's had a bit of a slow start this spring, Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said. He hasn't gotten a lot of playing time, but we're hoping that can change down the stretch when some of our people are going to need some rest. While Prewitt is primarily a third baseman, Avent said there's also a chance for Prewitt to help N.C. State at first base this season. Prewitt has also been used as the Wolfpack's designated hitter. We're looking for him to come around offensively, Avent said. His hitting is where we think he could help us. Prewitt's saw time last Friday against No. 3-ranked North Carolina, last year's College World Series runner-up and the Wolfpack's bitter archrival. He came in at third base in the eighth inning against the Tar Heels and did not get an at-bat. His first hit this season was a double in a March 4 non-conference game against Valparaiso. I was DH'ing against a lefty, I got a fastball on a 2-0 count and I drove it off the wall in left-center field, Prewitt recalled. On Wednesday in a 12-0 win over Elon in Raleigh, N.C., Prewitt went 2-for-5 at the plate with his second double of the year. Prewitt hit .236 as a part-time starter for Sacramento City in 2006, his only full college season thus far. Last year he tore his groin while rounding third base in a game against Cosumnes River and missed most of the season. Though Prewitt did not have a chance to improve on his hitting at Sac City, Avent said he saw a lot of promise in the kid and felt Prewitt was worth taking a chance on. We thought he had a chance to be a pretty good player, and we still do, Avent said. Prewitt, for his part, simply hopes to be a contributor on a team he believes has the potential to win a national championship this season. Though only 5-6 in ACC play and 16-9 overall entering Wednesday's non-conference home game against Elon, N.C. State has already proven it can hang with the likes of Miami and North Carolina. We have an excellent pitching staff, he said. If our hitting does what it needs to do, we have a chance to it this year.