Mack Draft: – Kyle McKenzie, Alex Meyer, Anthony DeSlafani, Mark Pope, Johnathan Taylor

Recap: Kyle McKenzie allowed a run in the first inning of his third start of the season and that was all of the two offenses would produce as Wichita State evened the series with a 1-0 victory over the Green Wave on Saturday afternoon. Briggs Barrios posted two of Tulane’s three hits on the day, while Alex Facundus threw two shutouts innings out of the bullpen for the Olive and Blue


Kentucky’s Alex Meyer: After putting together a solid performance last weekend at the Houston College Classic, it was interesting to see if Meyer could put together another solid outing against Niagara. The right-handed pitcher did just that in a 4-0 victory. Meyer struck out 13 and allowed just five hits in a complete game shutout. The Wildcats could be in business if Meyer carries some consistency over to SEC play.


Anthony DeSclafani – I caught DeSclafani a couple of weeks ago to open the season when he came on in relief for Brian Johnson. I noted then that his curveball and slider needed more break and overall consistency, and while he didn’t throw many breaking balls in this contest, both pitches looked significantly more sharp. He buried one slider in the dirt to strikeout Zeke DeVoss in the ninth inning, and snapped off a pretty sharp, although not with a huge break, curveball a few pitches earlier. He was once again mainly fastballs, pumping it up in the 92-94 range. He was clearly more fired up in the ninth inning with a 1-0 lead, and prior to striking out the last two batters of the ballgame he induced four straight groundouts. There is talk of him returning to the rotation at some point this spring, even if it is in a mid-week role, but I really like what I have seen in two short relief appearances.


Georgia Tech’s Mark Pope: The Yellow Jackets’ two-headed monster of Pope and Jed Bradley continues to impress. Pope, the talented junior right-handed pitcher, had another great outing on Friday, striking out six and allowing just four hits in a complete game shutout. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Terrapins 1-0 in a hard-fought contest.


Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor underwent neck surgery Monday to stabilize his spine, a day after he was injured while colliding with a teammate during a game. Taylor is scheduled to be transferred from St. Mary’s Hospital to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehabilitation later in the week.He was hurt in a head-to-head collision with Zach Cone while both players chased a line drive in the third inning of Sunday’s game against Florida State.



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