Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hayes finishing out career on scoreless streak

By Eric Jones (Photo by John Russell)

Drew Hayes has given up just one hit over his last 8.2 innings pitched (six outings) including two and two-thirds innings today against Illinois State.

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.

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