Notes From Friday's (3/11) Games

by Dave B. in

On a day when there were many outstanding pitching performances, the pitching line of the day was turned in by former Chatham Angler Logan Verrett ('09, '10)who pitched a complete game one-hitter as Baylor downed Louisiana Tech, 7-0. Verrett walked just one while striking out 14. Of his 110 pitches, 80 were strikes. Verrett is now 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA. 

Matty Ott (Harwich; '10) picked up a school-record 30th career save as #10 LSU beat #13 Cal State-Fullerton, 7-6. The save did not come easy for Ott who gave up 3 hits and 2 runs. The last out was recorded when Ott induced his former Harwich teammate, Tyler Pill, to ground out with the potential tieing run on second base. Another ex-Mariner, Austin Nola, was 2 for 4 while Tyler Hanover (Yarmouth-Dennis; '09, '10) was 3 for 4. Nola and Hanover each drove in a run for the Tigers. Richy Pedroza (Hyannis; '11) was 2 for 5 for the Titans and is now batting .418 for the season.

Cam Seitzer (Hyannis; '10) was 2-3 with 3 RBI as #3 Oklahoma beat Arkansas-Little Rock, 11-4.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (Hyannis; '09) paced #4 South Carolina to a 5-1 win over Cal State-Bakersfield. Bradley had 3 hits in the game - including a double and his fourth homerun of the year - and he drove in 3 runs. Bradley is now batting .405.

Kyle Winkler (Falmouth; '09) maintained his early-season dominance as he pitched #9 TCU to a 7-1 victory over Houston Baptist. Winkler worked 6 innings and gave up just 3 hits and one unearned run while walking one and striking out 7. How dominant has Winkler been? While compiling a 4-0 record, he still has not allowed an earned run and has issued only 2 walks while striking out 26 over 28.1 innings. Opponents are batting just .146 against him. Incoming Falmouth Commodore, Jantzen Witte lead the TCU offense, going 2-4 with 4 RBI. Witte is batting .360 and leads TCU with 14 RBI.

Speaking of dominating pitching performances by players with a Falmouth connection, Mark Pope tossed a complete game 4-hit shutout as Georgia Tech beat Maryland, 1-0. Pope, who played for Falmouth in 2009 and 2010, struck out 6 and did not walk a batter. He improved his record to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.29. Pope has now pitched three complete-game shutouts in his last five starts and has not allowed a run in 25.1 consecutive innings.

Kurt Heyer (Orleans; '11) gave up just 5 hits and one run while walking one and striking out 11 as #18 Arizona beat Northern Colorado, 11-1.

Andrew Gagnon (Brewster; '10) pitched Long Beach State to a 2-1 win over #19 Rice. In 8 innings of work, Gagnon gave up 6 hits and one walk while striking out 6. Gagnon is now 2-2 with a 1.26 ERA.

#20 Louisville beat Pepperdine, 4-2, as Matt Koch (Chatham; '11) went 8 innings and allowed 4 hits and one earned run. Koch (2-1; 2.00 ERA) walked one and struck out 6. He was still throwing 92 mph in his last inning. Tony Zych (Bourne; '10) pitched a scoreless inning to earn his fifth save.  

Rob Kral was 3-3 with a homerun as #22 College of Charleston beat Davidson, 4-2. Kral played in eight games for Wareham over the '09-'10 seasons.