Coastal Carolina over TCU, 4-1 as Andrew Beckwith throws his second complete-game victory at the College Baseball World Series and Coastal Carolina is making some big-time noise at the CWS, as Beckwith goes for 137 pitches in his most recent game….
Andrew Beckwith (14-1), who pitched his first complete game in a 2-1 win over No. 1 national seed Florida last Sunday, scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five in a 137-pitch outing.
The pitch count might seem high, and Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore said he was well aware of it. But the thing about Beckwith is that he doesn’t stress his arm as much because he throws submarine style and sidearm more than he delivers overhand.
“Outside of the physical toll on his back, that doesn’t put any strain on his arm at all,” Gilmore said. “I probably got whiplash looking at that pitch count. I don’t know that I ever let someone go that far. He kept telling me, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine.’ If he had gotten in any trouble in the ninth, we were going to move regardless.”
Beckwith said he knew Gilmore was struggling with whether to let him continue.
“I knew I had a lot left,” he said. “Seventy-five percent of my pitches were sidearm, so that’s not really the toll I usually take on my arm to start. The next step was probably to yell at him, or hit him with a brick — no, I’m just messing. He trusts me, and I know he does, and I really thank him for letting me go back out there tonight.”
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