One of the best things about getting to the office early on a Monday morning is going through all the college box scores and press releases that get faxed our way. (One of the worst things is going through them all too, it’s quite a stack, and then going through a lot of the same releases in the e-mail inbox. C’est la vie . . . ) But some things jumped out at me this weekend and I want to make sure they don’t get lost in our Monday shuffle.
• The amazing season of Charlotte senior righthander Adam Mills continued as he beat Rhode Island with a complete game (his nation-leading sixth) Friday. In the 2-1 victory, Mills struck out nine and gave up three hits to improve to 9-1, 0.95 with a 108-15 strikeout-walk ratio and .163 opponents batting average. He’s given up one home run all year. Then there’s this from Friday: Of his 27 outs, nine were K’s, one was a flyball, and 16 (plus a double-play ball) were groundball outs. Crisp, clean, efficient (101 pitches)–that’s been Mills all year. With all due respect to the likes of David Price, Brian Matusz and personal favorite Caleb Glafenhein, Mills has been the nation’s best pitcher this season, and I don’t think it’s close.
• Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet continued his amazing season, moving to 7-0, 1.58 for the Wildcats with a 15-strikeout gem in an 8-1 victory at Stanford. Even with that lead (Arizona made it 8-1 in the top of the ninth), Guilmet finished the game and threw 145 pitches according to the official box score. Let’s see how he pitches next week, but this is the kind of thing that makes pro scouts grumble about college baseball. There seems to be no good reason to have Guilmet finish the game. Andy Lopez knows more about college baseball than me, but I’ve never heard a good explanation for letting a guy throw 145 pitches with an 8-1 lead.
• It was going to be nearly impossible for Kellen Kulbacki to repeat last year’s amazing season (.464/.568/.943, national-best 24 homers), but the James Madison junior is not far off. He clubbed a pair of homers Friday against George Mason in an 8-6 loss, then was pitched around much of the rest of the weekend. Still, the right fielder isn’t far off last year’s pace despite the increased attention–he’s hitting a robust .429/.533/.850 with 14 home runs, tied for sixth in the country.