2017 Draft – “Friday Starters” – Alex Faedo, Brigham Hill, J.B. Bukauskas, Wil Crowe, Keegan Thompson


Florida RHP Alex Faedo – 8.2-IP, 0-R, 9-K

Gators - Gators junior right-hander Alex Faedo was in command. He was throwing inside darts with his fastball to South Carolina's right-handed hitters. Faedo mixed in some effective change-ups to left-handed batters, and his slider, one of the best in the country, was dancing on the outside edge of the plate. In front of a horde of professional scouts, Faedo turned in perhaps the finest performance of his college career, tossing 8 2/3 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over the Gamecocks. The game featured two of the best starters in the Southeastern Conference in Faedo and South Carolina ace Clarke Schmidt.

        Texas A and M Brigham Hill-  7-IP, 0-R, 6-K

            12thman - Brigham Hill was left with no-decision despite the solid performance on the mound. He worked 7.0 blank frames, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out six. Kilkenny (3-1) earned the win, allowing one run on two hits and one walk while striking out three in 2.0 innings.

N      North Carolina RHP J.B. Bukauskas -  6.2-IP, 2-ER, 8-K, 7-0

            Goheels - Pitt (16-19, 7-12 ACC) got off to a dream start as Jacob Wright led off the home half of the first with a towering home run to right. But Bukauskas was his dominant self from there, allowing just four singles and pushing his season strikeout total to 89. The junior right-hander retired nine straight at one point and didn't allow a Panther to advance past second until Pitt scored in the seventh.

         South Carolina RHP Wil Crowe – 7-IP, 1-ER, 3-K

            Thestate - Crowe’s performance came at the same stadium where he injured his elbow two years ago. The injury and Tommy John surgery cost him the remainder of the 2015 season and all of 2016. “Wil was awesome. It was important for him too,” Holbrook said. “He got hurt here a couple of years ago and that was a very difficult weekend for our team and our program and for Wil. It was good to see him pitch one of his best games at the site where he got injured. It was a meaningful game and it will mean something for him for a long time.”

Auburn RHP Keegan Thompson – 6.0-IP, 2-ER, 7-K

            Auburn - The 15 runs scored by the Tigers Friday are the most for the program in a SEC game since a 15-8 win at Kentucky on April 9, 2011. Keegan Thompson (5-1) struck out seven in six innings and allowed only two runs. He improved to 12-2 in his career at Plainsman Park. Calvin Coker pitched three scoreless innings for his first career save.


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