To win a Super Regional game in the college baseball tournament you need star players to rise to the occasion. You need guys to do amazing things, even things never before seen.
Kurt Heyer was incredible for the Arizona Wildcats against St. John’s Friday afternoon. It just so happens his numbers were incredibly bad.
I’m still not sure what was the most unbelievable part of the opening game of the Tucson Super Regional: Heyer giving up 17 hits; Heyer lasting long enough to give up 17 hits; Heyer giving up 17 hits and Arizona winning.
After the Wildcat junior was practically dragged off the mound with one out in the top of the 10th inning, Mathew Troupe came in and promptly gave up another hit – ¡dieciocho! – only to have Johnny Field throw out the Red Storm’s Sean O’Hare at home. Yes, even the Cats’ biggest outs were recorded on base hits.
“Eighteen hits and losing a ballgame’s kinda tough,” St. John’s head coach Ed Blankmeyer said.
You bet it’s tough. It only took the Wildcats 15 hits to score 16 runs in the regional-clinching win over Louisville last Sunday.
Anyone can throw a no-hitter. Apparently you just throw half a dozen pitchers together and it happens. But 18 hits, with 17 off of one guy?
Heyer’s stat line doesn’t have WHIP appeal but it was enough for a crucial UA victory. Somehow, someway the Arizona ace found a way to scatter 17 hits. See for yourself:
St. John’s hits and runs per inning
“What (Heyer) did after the fourth inning is unbelievably impressive,” Arizona coach Andy Lopez said. “Pitch after pitch after pitch after pitch. Zero after zero after zero…”
And hit after hit after hit. If allowing zero hits in nine innings is a no-no, Heyer just threw a yes-yes.
“He kept us in the ballgame,” Lopez continued. “He gave our offense a chance to get back in it. Great job by Heyer.”
The greatest 17-hitter of all time.
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