In the past month, tragedy has struck in threes, with varying kinds of catastrophes stinging different parts of the country.
And all, to different degrees, have had a direct effect on Oklahoma first baseman Kolbey Carpenter.
One of Carpenter's teachers was running in the Boston Marathon, his academic adviser's house was damaged in Monday's tornado and his hometown of West, Texas, was rocked by a fertilizer plant explosion, which killed his best friend's father.
After the Sooners won their Big 12 Tournament opener 2-0 over Baylor on Thursday, Carpenter reflected on the most adverse month of his life:
Q: Where were you during Monday's storm?
A: I was in Norman. I actually didn't know there was a tornado coming. My parents called me and informed me. The weather looked OK in Norman, so I really didn't think anything of it. But after I heard the tornado came through and I started seeing some of the pictures and the severity of it.
You mentioned your parents. It had to be particularly scary for them, considering what they have been going through in West.
Yeah, they were checking on me all throughout the night and just kind of telling me what they were seeing on the news. With them living in Texas, it was hard for them to know what was going on or exactly where it hit.
You saw the damage in Moore and actually went back home and visited West after the fertilizer explosion. Were there similarities?
When I saw the pictures (of the tornadoes), that's exactly what it reminded me of. I just feel bad for all the families who have lost loved ones and lost their homes.
What was it like walking through West the day after?
Whenever I went back, it was really crowded, more crowded than I had ever seen it before and just the mood, everyone was just sad, not how I'm used to seeing it. And it was hard to see it like that because normally I'm used to seeing everybody happy.
We've seen the entire Oklahoma community come to the aid of displaced victims this week. What was the reaction in Moore?
Yeah, that's exactly how it was. There was a lot of people donating, a lot of people coming to help the community out and just everybody banding together to help everyone else.
You also knew a teacher who ran in the Boston Marathon. How hard was it to follow that saga while the West thing was going on?
I talked to her about it, but with the West thing happening so close afterward, I didn't have much chance to think about the Boston thing. I saw stuff on TV and I knew it was bad and I was praying for all the people there, but with the West thing going on, it just kind of took all my focus off that.
What's this month been like for you personally?
It's definitely been a tough month. I've had a lot going on, with school being out and the West thing happening close to finals, then getting back and having finals and then having the postseason coming up before this tornado hit. It's been tough and just really busy.
Can this kind of adversity strengthen you moving forward?
Yeah, it's definitely going to prepare me for the future. I hope no more tragedies happen again, but it always makes you look back on everything and feel glad about everything you have and where you are.
How much has baseball been able to serve as a distraction?
It definitely feels good to get back on the field, stay focused in trying to win the Big 12 Tournament championship, and hopefully we can keep playing good and do that. But it really is helpful to get on the field and have my focus on that.