“We always talk about, ‘Hey, move on. Right when you leave the ball park, forget about it.’ That’s what they did,” Watson said. “They showed up, they played a darn good baseball game tonight, and came out with the victory.”
History was also on their side as the Dans have not lost more than two consecutive games all season.
Olmstead threw seven innings and recorded nine strikeouts in the win. After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, Olmstead allowed only three hits and two walks in his final six innings. No Terre Haute runner made it past second base after the first frame.
The University of North Florida sophomore pitcher had little doubt that his team would be able to pull out the win and set the new record.
“We’ve been chasing that elusive 41 for a couple of games now, but we finally got it,” Olmstead said. “We worked hard as a team. Everybody did their part, and we were finally able to bring it home for Danville. There’s nothing more special for the team.
“This is a very special team, and we are very blessed to have known each other,” he added. “It’s very exciting to be able to do it in front of our home crowd because I believe that the longest streak didn’t come at home. We got it on the road. We were able to give our fans something to see, and (the fans) getting behind us is very important to us.”
The Dans ran into bad luck in the first three innings when possible scoring opportunities fell short.
Josh Miller reached on a lead-off single in the first inning but was stranded on third. Herrmann was picked off of second base for the third out in the second inning, and an inning-ending double play ruined any chance of getting on the board in the third.