You really can’t blame Chris Beck for his slow start to the season. For starters, the Eagles lost their top player, Victor Roache during the first week of the season. Not only was Roache the team’s best hitter, but he was also the bona-fide leader in the clubhouse. Toss on top of that that Georgia Southern wasn’t particularly expected to be any good to begin with, and Beck’s underwhelming start was pretty much expected.
Until this week that is.
Fresh off his first relief performance of the season last Tuesday, the right-hander returned to a starting role on Friday night and struck out 16 College of Charleston batters in a mere six-innings, picking up his third win of the season and pushing GSU to within one game of .500. The combined 18 strikeouts in two appearances during the week pushed his total to 61 in 47.2 innings, good for fifth in the nation.
Beck’s line of 3-2, 3.59, and 61-to-12 K:BB doesn’t look too bad on a team that has played as poorly as GSU has.
For his efforts, Beck was named the National Pitcher of the Week.
Coming into the season, Beck was expected to challenge for a spot in the top-ten, but with his early season struggles many scouts have backed off that projection. Hopefully, these outings can help him gain back some of that helium.