Brian Howard was unbelievable - 12 strikeouts in a complete game shutout, dominating the Jayhawks from start to finish as they had very few opportunities to attack the Frogs. The offense benefitted from some wildness early, but weren’t over-powering on their way to a 6-0 win.
Howard, a senior right-hander, walked none. He threw 117 pitches and hit two batters.
Last season, he was 4-0 in four starts after the regular season.
“I always love to pitch,” Howard said. “The whole season’s fun, but this time of year, it’s a little bit more fun and a little bit more meaningful games. I just wanted to go out there and win a game, and we were able to do that.”
The WVU - Texas Tech game was nuts.
West Virginia trailed 6-4 entering the ninth inning, but Cramer -- who was 2 for 5 with five RBIs -- singled to right and two runs scored for the Mountaineers, aided by an error on the play by Texas Tech. With West Virginia up 8-6 in the top of the 10th, Cramer then put the game out of reach with his double to right field.
The Jayhawks season is over with the loss.
The Jayhawks, who were seeded No. 7, were downed by No. 2 seed TCU 6-0.
Kansas won its opener in the tournament, beating TCU 7-2 on Wednesday. But KU lost to No. 6 seed Texas 5-4 on Thursday night, and had to face TCU again, this time with elimination at stake.
Well, this news is... interesting... to say the least, as the Frogs replace the transferring Brennen Wooten with a former Ivy Leaguer.
“When he first told me, I told him he was crazy,” Marinelli said. “They insinuated he was going to be the guy at Penn. If he didn’t get hurt, he’d be a 30-game starter in the Ivy’s; if you were going to go to the NFL or beyond, you can do it from there, but I think he wanted more of a football experience.”
That’s exactly what Collins wanted.
While he didn’t dislike Penn, Collins wants life at a big-time football school.
“I didn’t want to look back and say, ‘what if I had played at the FBS level?’” Collins said. “That was really it, I wanted more of a football experience than I was getting at Penn and a chance to play against the best competition possible.”