San Diego's Travis Kuhn celebrates with catcher Adam Kerner after putting away Indiana (Aaron Fitt)

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Fitt Bits: Seattle Takeaways, Day 3

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INSIDE:
• Travis Kuhn’s bullpen heroics help San Diego complete 3-0 statement weekend
• Observations on Oregon State and Coastal Carolina after a hard-fought draw
• Washington’s Josh Burgmann comes into his own

SEATTLE — Only one of the six teams at the Seattle Baseball Showcase posted a 3-0 weekend, and it wasn’t No. 17 Coastal Carolina or No. 4 Oregon State (which had to settle for a 2-0-1 showing after tying the Chanticleers on Sunday). The lone 3-0 team was San Diego, which earned a pair of gritty come-from-behind wins against Coastal and Minnesota over the first two days, then played its best game of the weekend in a 5-3 win against Indiana on Sunday.

“We had a great weekend as a team,” said USD redshirt sophomore reliever Travis Kuhn. “Haven’t been playing our best baseball, just kind of snuck a couple out, and just kind of wanted to make a statement today.”

The Toreros did exactly that, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looking back. Their opportunistic, aggressive offense impressed all weekend long, but their pitching really stole the show in Sunday’s finale. Lefthander Josh Hendrickson earned the win with five solid innings of three-run ball — and then Kuhn took over, and turned in the single most impressive pitching performance of the nine games at the tournament.

Kuhn had struggled in his first appearance of the weekend Friday against Coastal, issuing three walks and allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning, but on Sunday he was simply dominant. He entered in the sixth inning and retired all 12 batters he faced to finish the game, 10 of them via strikeouts.


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