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Oklahoma’s Alec Hansen faced #23 Texas Tech in their conference opener. He didn’t finish the first inning. His line was 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 8 BF, 34 pitches (14 strikes). After two ground outs, Hansen left after walking in the second and third runs of the inning. The relief pitcher walked in another run charged to Hansen. His record is 0-4.
Louisville’s OF Corey Ray is 3-9 so far this weekend against #9 Virginia with a HR and 5 RBI. He is batting .330 on the season from the leadoff slot with 7 HR, 27 RBI and 24/27 SB.
Mercer’s CF Kyle Lewis was 5-11 with 7 RBI and 2 HR this weekend against Wofford. He is batting .457 with 38 RBI and 11 HR so far this season.
Florida’s Friday Night pitcher, Logan Shore, raised his record to 5-0 with the following line – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 22 BF, 3 FO, 6 GO, 85 pitches.
And, finally, Riley Pint had an auspicious 2016 debut. He hit a grand slam in his first at bat and struck out 5 of the first 6 batters he face in front of about 75 scouts. His line was 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. The excerpt below is from Perfect Game.
“Pint’s three innings on the mound were nothing short of spectacular. He pitched at 95-99 mph in the first inning and settled in at 93-96 for the next two frames. Pint struggled at times last summer to throw strikes with his fastball but he seemed to be throwing with less effort and more compact mechanics this time out. He did miss high a couple of times but was generally pounding his fastball downhill to the lower quadrants of the zone well. His arm action in particular seemed to be a bit more compact than when I’ve previously seen him and it worked very well for him.
The biggest revelation of the outing, however, was Pint’s changeup, which he threw 8-10 times almost all at 88 mph. Throwing an 88 mph changeup to high school hitters seems at the surface to be doing them a big favor but the movement and location on the pitch made it no favor. Pint manipulated the grip to where he alternately got both standard changeup fade and run but other times created cutter/slider type action on the pitch. I was seated a bit off to the side and had to ask a friend directly behind the plate if it was indeed a slider. He said definitely not, that it was a changeup.
Pint’s curveball, which he threw maybe 6 times and primarily in strikeout counts, was a third pitch that showed plus at times. It was mostly 83 mph from a consistent release point and arm speed as his fastball and had big hard biting action about half the time.”
Jason Groome makes his first start on April 1st.