OMAHA, Neb. - Members of Oak Hills Country Club had never watched guys in baseball uniforms hitting golf balls at their driving range until this week.
The Arizona Wildcats apologized for their attire, but they didn't have time to change out of their practice clothes before attending a function at the club.
James Farris easily won the driving contest.
"Farris hits the ball farther than anybody," right fielder Robert Refsnyder said. "He ragged on us about it because he's a pitcher. He thought he embarrassed us. We told him we're saving our best swings for the baseball games."
Pitcher Kurt Heyer said he plays golf every Monday during the season with teammates and that the driving-range session at Oak Hills prepped him for an important round when the Wildcats return home.
"Hopefully we can get a round in to celebrate a national championship," he said.
Complicated system to signal pitches
South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner wears a wristband, like quarterbacks use, on his left arm that has a grid chart listing number combinations corresponding with specific pitches signaled to him from the dugout.
Pitching coach Jerry Meyers uses his hands to flash three numbers at Greiner, who then relays the information to the pitcher through more traditional pitcher-catcher finger signs.
"We've been using it the last three or four years because such an emphasis has been put on picking signs and relaying locations and all those things that happen," Meyers said.