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- No Earned Runs In 72 2/3 Innings
- Article printed in May 18 edition of
- By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
- Editor/Collegiate Baseball
- SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — One of
the greatest streaks in college baseball history is unfolding before our
eyes. RHP Nick Petree of Missouri State has not allowed an earned run in 72
2/3 innings over his last 11 outings dating back to March 2.
- The NCAA Baseball Record
Book does not have a category for consecutive scoreless innings without
giving up an earned run by a pitcher.
- But the record for
consecutive scoreless innings is 60 set by George Plender of Vermont during
the 1954-55 seasons.
- During Petree’s streak,
three unearned runs have been given up. He has had two notable scoreless
streaks of 26 innings (March 2-30) and 30 innings (April 6-present).
- "Everybody has been on pins
and needles watching this streak," said Paul Evans, pitching coach for 24
years at Missouri State.
- "Nick’s stuff doesn’t jump
out at you. He is an 85-88 mph righthander with average size (6-foot-1, 195
pounds). But what he does have is incredible intelligence, and is an ultra
competitor. He can locate two types of fastballs (2-seam and 4-seam), has an
outstanding changeup and mixes in a cutter and slurve.
- "He stays within himself
very well and knows how to execute pitching sequences. He also is a hell of
a fielder who was a shortstop in high school. Before games, you will always
see Nick taking ground balls in the outfield from someone hitting him fungos
to help him stay sharp defensively.
- "Being a great defensive
pitcher has definitely aided him in this amazing streak. He has thrown a lot
of innings and dealt with rain and done whatever it takes to keep the streak
- "He had runners on second
and third with no outs during the streak against Illinois State and got out
of it without a run scoring. There have been runners on first and third with
no outs and first and second with no outs, but he has responded by stopping
the other team from scoring."
- Evans said Petree also
possesses an incredible pickoff move which keeps runners close to bags. He
has picked off two runners this season and came close to getting many more.
- "Nick mixes pitches so well,
and he knows how to attack lefthanded hitters and righthanders. He has a
drop down fastball which he can spot up. In addition, he has two different
types of breaking pitches — one over the top and another from the side as he
mixes in a cutter. Nick has a full bag of tricks. He also is a down to earth
kid who everybody on the team likes."
- Evans said that Petree is
highly intelligent with a major in computer information systems.
- Missouri State is one of the
few teams in college baseball that allows pitches to be called by the
catcher. The vast majority of teams have the pitching coach call pitches
from the dugout.
- "Our coaching staff doesn’t
call pitches except for rare situations," said Evans.
- "Our catcher Luke Voit does
a superb job with calling pitches and has been important in this streak as
well. We have extensive scouting reports on opposing teams and go over these
reports with our pitchers and catchers. Luke does a great job back there. I
might call a few pitches here and there. But normally I don’t. I feel the
rhythm of the game is better when the catcher calls pitches. It makes for a
cleaner, faster game."
- Evans said above everything
else, Petree is extremely competitive and doesn’t beat his chest when he is
successful on the mound to show up opponents. Petree is more of a silent
READ MORE ABOUT NICK PETREE: This
special feature in the May 18, 2012 edition of Collegiate Baseball
delves deeper into this amazing streak and how he has accomplished it as he has
overcome Tommy John surgery to his elbow. To read the entire story,
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