Sorenson: Friday’s Three-up, Three-downAnalysis
This could double as a “You’re a Fraud Friday” in college baseball. In the SEC and ACC especially, a lot of teams needed to step up tonight and prove they belong in the upper echelon of college baseball. But instead, teams like Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida State, Clemson and the Mississippi State bullpen faceplanted on the national stage. Some worse than others.
Elsewhere we had more no-hitters and hitting for cycles, along with a generous income of upsets to make for an adventurous Friday in our sport. Oh, and for what it’s worth, I have been traveling for a serious amount of time so far this season so it just felt nice to sit my lazy butt on the couch and watch some games on the boob tube. There will be time to attend more games in person again soon. Just not today.
Let’s take a whirl around the country now…
The best of the day in college baseball.
Until tonight, of course.
Pirate starter Shane McCarthy threw a complete-game no-hitter with no walks and no errors as the Hall beat Long Island 10-0 and it became the fourth complete-game for McCarthy in the process. The sophomore righty threw just 88 pitches in all and struck out eight batters on the night. McCarthy is now 5-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.64.
2- Sooooo Jordanesque
This may sound weird but Vanderbilt’s Jordan Sheffield threw the Dores first complete game of the season by mowing down Kentucky in a 3-0 win. Yes, the first complete game this year for VU. Sheff struck out 14 Bat Cats on the night and held them to five hits and two walks as they were never threatened in this Friday lid lifter. Offensively Jeren Kendall was the story – try to act surprised – going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.
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