News & Notes (2/14/15)

Top Performers

  • LHP Nathan Kirby (Virginia) kicked off the 2015 campaign for the Cavs and looked downright dominant, allowing just three hits over seven scoreless innings, while striking out five in a 3-1 win.
  • RHP Carson Fulmer (Vanderbilt) got the first start of the year for the defending champions, and pitched well (5 IP, 0 R, 7 K, 3 BB), picking up his first win of the year for the Commodores, who won 4-0.
  • RHP Thomas Eshelman (Cal State Fullerton) added one to his career walk total, which now stands at a whopping 12. He struck out ten batters in six-innings of two-run ball and picked up the loss.
  • OF Harrison Bader (Florida) moved into the cleanup spot and delivered in a big way, hitting his first home run of the season, and driving in three runs in a 9-1 win over Rhode Island.
  • RHP Kyle Funkhouser (Louisville) had the performance of the night, allowing just one hit while striking out 12 over seven scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory. The 12 punchouts tied a career high.
  • LHP Cole Irvin (Oregon) returned from Tommy John surgery with a commanding performance, albeit a shortened one. Despite a pitch count, he was able to give the Ducks four scoreless innings in a 12-0 rout of Hawaii.
  • OF D.J. Stewart (Florida State) continued his hot-hitting ways, reaching base five times while driving in a run and scoring one of his own in a 7-3 win over Oakland.
  • RHP Ryan Burr (Arizona State) had a great weekend, tossing two innings of shutout ball, while striking out five and picking up the win on Friday, and followed that up by picking up his 25th career save on Saturday, tying ASU’s career mark for saves.
  • OF/2B Ian Happ (Cincinnati) provided almost all of the offense in a 3-1 victory over Miami of Ohio, going 3-for-4 with with a double and a solo home run.

Worst Performers

  • LHP Brett Lilek (Arizona State) had trouble pinpointing his pitches, and couldn’t make it out of the fifth-inning in a game won in the 10th-inning by the Sun Devils. Lilek allowed three hits in 4.2 innings, but walked four.
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