Mack Draft: – Mark Anderson, Adam McCreery, Henry Owens, Peter O’Brien, Michael Roth

St. Mary’s pitcher Mark Anderson: UC Irvine was sizzling at the plate entering Friday’s matchup with the Gaels, but right-handed pitcher Mark Anderson cooled down the Anteaters. Anderson was fantastic against the ‘Eaters, striking out six and allowing just four hits in a complete game shutout. The Gaels defeated the Anteaters 1-0 and started the series on a positive note.


Adam McCreery, lhp, Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif. If push came to shove and I had to choose between two big California lefthanders, the 6-foot-8 McCreery or 6-foot-7 Henry Owens, I would probably pick Owens, based on a superior track record and the three years I’ve seen him consistently abuse good hitters. But I would be very hesitant to pass on McCreery, who projects better for me, and throws both a curveball and true slider with harder spin than Owens does.


Peter O’Brien – I’m not going to try and pretend that I was able to discern much of O’Brien by watching a performance on television in which he went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. I was surprised by his stature, as he’s a pretty loose looking athlete for someone listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. He looked pretty good behind the plate as well, showing soft hands and pretty quick feet blocking a couple of balls in the dirt. At the plate he’s an obvious physical presence, with a strong frame and a big swing.


Things didn’t start so well Friday for College World Series star Michael Roth, who got into a minor car accident on the way to Carolina Stadium. But the South Carolina left-hander ended the night with a victory over Clemson, just as he did in Omaha, Neb., nine months ago. Roth (3-0) shut down the Tigers over seven strong innings and Brady Thomas, Christian Walker and Scott Wingo each hit two-run homers in the defending national champions’ 6-3 win.



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