My son and I took in today's first game of a doubleheader between University of California Irvine and University of Washington. Wareham's Scott Gorgen (2-0, 4.50) of UC Irvine came out on the short end of a wonderful pitcher's dual with Jorden Merry (1-1 3.97) of the UW Huskies. UCI beat the Huskies in game two to split the doubleheader.
Gorgen struck out 7, walked 5 and gave up a solo home run (off the Huskies' dh) in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Merry also struck out 7 but walked just one and gave up no runs in 7 innings.
Gorgen's first pitch was an 87-mile per hour fast ball. But it was his change-up, which featured good movement, that proved to be his out pitch. The 3 change-ups I saw for outs had great movement and froze several batters.
The ump helped him with some questionable low and outside strikes.
Gorgen had a great move to first base. One throw to first with a runner on looked to most of us to be a pick-off but the umps didn't see it our way. After many repeated attempts Gorgen drew a balk in the 4th advancing Andy Lentz (the #2 batter) to second.
However, showing strength under pressure, he struck out the next 3 batters to retire the side, including one who worked the count full.
I found his fastball to tail into right-handed hitters.
Hyannis' Francis Larson of the UCI Anteaters did not catch the first game but went 2-for-3 in the second game. His homer in the 2nd inning created 3 RBI.
CodBall will try to talk with both Gorgen and Larson tomorrow.