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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ross' gem

Austin Ross pitched LSU to a 2-1 win over Ole Miss on Sunday to give the Tigers the series victory.

I had the opportunity to watch Ross pitch some in high school and I came away very impressed,but not for the reasons you may think.

What impressed me most about Ross was the fact that, as baseball people like to say, he knew what he was doing out there. He wasn't trying to strike everybody out. He was letting his defense play behind him. He was efficient in his pitch count.

Now, fast forward to Sunday's game against Ole Miss.

Ross went eight innings and threw 89 pitches. That is pretty efficient. He allowed only two hits and one run.

Sure, his strikeout total (five) was modest. But what good is piling up a lot of strikeouts if you're not around near the end of the game?

Now, I'm not saying he's going to throw two-hitters all of the time. But I am saying the kid has a pretty good idea of what he's doing on the mound.


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