SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —Not quite two months into last season, 24-year-old righthander Dan Slania switched from a reliever to a starter. The change worked well for him. In a sense, he had experience making that transition.
He did it during a game while pitching for Notre Dame.
On May 3, 2013, Slania was one out from a six-out save against South Florida before he allowed a two-run double to tie the game.
Upset with himself, Slania told his coach, “Don’t take me out until this game’s over.”
That didn’t quite come true, but Slania lasted 7.1 more shutout innings—making his outing nine innings and 140 pitches—in a game the Irish lost 8-2 in 19 innings.