Star Pitching Performances Headline Opening Day of the 2018 Season

Many consider this year's crop of college pitching talent to be the best in recent memory. These top-flight "Friday guys" opened their season's with a bang.

Shane McClanahan - South Florida

Facing #4 ranked North Carolina, the lefty was brilliant over 6 scoreless innings, striking out 11 and allowing just 3 hits in a 113-pitch effort as the Bulls beat the Heels 4-3 in front of 1653 at USF Baseball Stadium. McClanahan struck out the side in both the 4th and 5th innings in out dueling star sophomore right-hander Luca Dalatri

Ryan Rolison - Ole Miss

The sophomore left-hander was brilliant right out of the gate, striking out 8 over his first three innings of work. Rolison went a total of 5 innings, allowing just one hit & walking 2 while whiffing a career-high 12 to earn the win as the Rebels beat defending Big South regular-season champion Winthrup 7-3 in front of 8797 fans at Swayze Field.

Tristan Beck - Stanford

Pitching for the first time in 630 days after sitting out 2017 with a back injury, Beck showed no rust in facing just four above the minimum over 6 solid innings to earn the win versus Big West power Fullerton State. Beck stretched out for 87 pitches, allowing just four hits & one earned run while whiffing 5 as the David Esquer era begins with a 5-1 win in front of 1507 at Sunken Diamond.

Casey Mize - Auburn

The burly 6-3, 220 pound right-hander blanked Longwood over 6 innings of quality work, yielding just three hits and no walks while striking out 7 in front of 3287 at Plainsman Park in Auburn, AL. Mize cruised through much of the outing, retiring 13 straight over one stretch and ended up facing just two over the minimum. He induced 8 ground ball outs vs. just one in the air as the Tigers posted the 6-0 victory.

Jake Wong - Grand Canyon

As Grand Canyon opened their sparkling new baseball complex, Wong was superb in silencing #3 TCU over 6 innings of work, yielding just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9 Frogs in front of 3749 fans. Wong was in full command, touched 96 with the fastball and flashed an impressive 12-6 hammer-curve in front of a bevy of scouts behind the backstop. TCU scored 3 in the 9th to steal a 3-2 victory.

Hear Wong talk about his outing

Brady Singer - Florida

After a pregame ceremony celebrating the Gator's 2017 National Championship, Singer dominated an overmatched Siena over 7 innings, yielding two hits and no earned runs, while walking one and striking out 8 as the Gators cruised to a 7-1 win. McKethan Stadium was packed with 5270 Gator Faithful, the fifth largest opening day crowd in Florida history.

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