D1Baseball/AstroTurf Player Of The Week: Duke’s Bryce JarvisAwards
Duke righthander Bryce Jarvis earned legend status over the weekend. He’s also this week’s D1Baseball/AstroTurf National Player of the Week award recipient.
Jarvis, who had a solid sophomore campaign, was expected to take a huge step forward this season. And he’s been as good, or better, than anyone expected, putting together a solid first start on Opening Weekend before making history against Cornell this past weekend with a perfect game, just the 31st in NCAA history.
“It was a special outing for Bryce (Jarvis),” said head coach Chris Pollard. “There’s a bit of irony in all of this because he was on the wrong side of the Kumar Rocker no-hitter last year. For Bryce to have that ballgame tonight, I’m so proud of him. We said starting in the seventh, that if a baserunner got on, he was going to be out of the game because we wanted to keep his pitch count low. He was super efficient, throwing only 94 pitches over nine innings. It’s hard to strike out 15 guys in only 94 pitches, so it was a special performance.
Jarvis, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, who’s ranked the No. 30 prospect in the College Top 350 prospects list, showed electric stuff against the Big Red and in the perfect game effort. He struck out 15 batters on 94 pitches and had just one three-ball count. He induced 10 groundouts and two fly outs.
“This was the best that I’ve felt in the bullpen in a long time,” said Jarvis. “My mindset was to go out there and control what I can control. Once the ball leaves my hand, there’s nothing that I can do about it. I have to trust that my defense is going to make a play if they put it in play. After the pitch leaves my hand, it’s on to the next one.”
The perfect game by Jarvis was the first since East Carolina’s Jake Kuchmaner accomplished the feat least season, while it’s also the seventh no-hitter in Duke history with the last coming last season in a combined no-hit effort against Penn State.
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