By Eric Jones (Photo by John Russell)
Boots, a nickname given to him by his teammates that has nothing to do with footwear, has become this season's Jonathan White. J-White made the most of his final weeks last year in a Commodore jersey with red-hot hitting in the post-season.
Hayes has been heating things up with his 95 mph fastball and slider combination to strikeout 11 opposing batters down the stretch while showing some real emotion. Needing a groundball in the first game of the Regional against Illinois State to end an inning, he got the groundball to his infielders to get out of a jam. The sprint off the mound with a righthanded uppercut was a nice show of emotion in what has proven to be a difficult time mentally for the Commodores and their fans.
Up 9-4 in the top of the 8th now against Illinois State, there is still no word on potential arms available for a potential nightcap against Louisville. Stay tuned.