Lost in the lights

April 4, 2014
Mustang News (as News Editor)
Longform Feature

First Place, Online Sports Reporting
2014 Mark of Excellence Awards
Society of Professional Journalists

"Nick will you just kind of explain that play with the fly ball?"

"It seemed like you lost it in the lights."

With a blank face, Nick Torres processes the reporter’s question.

The right fielder is seated in front of a blue NCAA backdrop, his hat brim pulled down low, with a gold Mustang etched onto the shoulder of the white jersey his broad shoulders fill out with ease. Torres — cheeks still coated with eye black — takes a deep breath and responds.

“We were kind of concerned before that ball, actually, about the lighting,” he said. “Just got up above the lights, and I had no idea where it was. So, yeah. It’s just rough.”

It’s June 1, 2013, moments after game two of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional tournament.

The Mustangs jumped ahead to an early lead against tournament host UCLA, but things went south in the sixth inning. With two outs, the score at 4-1 and the bases loaded, Bruins designated hitter Kevin Williams sent a ball high into the Southern California sky.

Photo by Ian Billings.

Photo by Ian Billings.