Could game one of the College World Series have a better script? Wareham's Brandon Workman (Texas) warms up while his teammate changes his belt on the mound, apparently giving Brandon more time to heat up. During the warm-up we learn from the ESPN announcers that Workman can be wild and cannot afford any baserunners (the score is tied 6-6 at this point). We also learn that one of the LSU batters, Mikie Mahtook, has had an IV before the game to prevent cramps which is why we see tape around the crook of his arm.
Workman enters the game late to retire two batters. He walks D.J. LeMahieu and then gets out of the inning.
Workman comes back in the 11th to face Micah Gibbs (pictured), the sophmore catcher for LSU, who is on the roster of the Y-D Red Sox. Gibbs walks and then advances to third on a steal and a catcher's throwing error.
With a man on third, Workman faces the man with tape on his elbow from an earlier IV for cramps, Mahtook. Strike one. Strike two. ESPN announcer Orel Hersheiser then advises Workman to throw an inside fastball since Mahtook has been behind every pitch that evening. Instead Workman throws a breaking ball which Mahtook drives to center to score Gibbs for what proved to be the winning run.
Can't wait to see a re-match of Workman and Gibbs on the Cape. Mark your calendars for July 2 or 12.