FULLERTON, Calif.—For three years, I’ve heard reports from coaches and scouts out West raving about Khris Davis’ huge power potential. "You should see this guy take BP," they’d tell me.
Davis played sparingly the last two years, so I never got to see what he could do in a game—until this weekend. Davis hit a laser out to left field for a solo homer yesterday, and he crushed a towering shot to left again in the fourth inning today, sparking a four-run Fullerton rally. The rumors are true: Davis has serious juice.
The Titans look just about unstoppable right now, hitting the ball with authority to all fields, taking extra bases and stealing at will, executing small ball perfectly, and getting great pitching. Freshman righthander Tyler Pill is the real deal; he has shown terrific command of an 88-91 mph fastball, a big-breaking curveball that he can add and subtract from, and an above-average changeup. He’s given up just one hit through three innings of work while striking out four—three on perfectly located fastballs, and one on a curve. The Titans lead Utah 7-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. I was planning to hang around until the postgame press conferences, but if the Titans keep pouring it on, I might head back over to Irvine before this one reaches its grisly end. The Utes have had a great run, but they’re just plain out of pitching; their starter in this game is lefty Stephen Streich, one of yesterday’s heroes after throwing 51 pitches over four strong innings of relief against Georgia Southern.
It looks like there’s going to be a rematch between Virginia and UC Irvine, as the Anteaters lead San Diego State 13-3 in the eighth inning of that elimination game.
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