Bryce Harper just keeps growing his legend. With his Southern Nevada team facing elimination in its region 18 junior-college regional, Harper hit four home runs during a 6-for-6, 10 RBIs game and led the Coyotes to the NJCAA World Series.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has full details here, including winds gusting up to 45 mph out to center field. But Harper's the only one on either team hitting four homers, a double and a triple, the day after he hit for the cycle. Harper, the No. 1 prospect in the 2010 draft, entered regional play hitting .415/.504/.891 with 23 home runs, but those numbers (which haven't been updated at CSN's website) will look a bit more ridiculous after this weekend. More importantly, Harper and his team will keep playing.
"From the first day, all of us said we're going to Grand Junction," he told the Review-Journal. "That's our dream, and that's what we're going to do."
Harper actually came to the plate for his final at-bat needing a single to hit for the cycle for a second consecutive day. He hit a two-run home run instead.
"Some people said, 'He needs a single for cycle.' I said, 'I don't care. I want him to hit another home run,' " CSN coach Tim Chambers told the Review-Journal.
In other draft news:
• Arkansas' Zach Cox, generally considered the top hitter available at the Division I level, sat out three of the Hogs' four games on the week with a sore back; he started at DH Friday but left after two at-bats.
• LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo pitched in relief twice over the weekend, pitching scoreless innings Thursday and Saturday. He'll start Wednesday against Florida in the SEC tournament.
• Ohio State righty Alex Wimmers gave up five hits and one run in six innings while walking three and striking out eight in his first start since missing three weeks with a hamstring pull. He pitched on Friday for an inning, then came back the next day after the game was suspended and pitched five more innings on Saturday. Wimmers finished 9-0, 1.60 in 10 starts, but the Buckeyes didn't even make the Big Ten tournament, so his season is done.
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