Cougars' Myers keeps TJ guessing

March 25, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Jefferson senior Mike Myers may not be the international man of mystery - like the actor with the same name - but his pitches sure had Thomas Johnson's players shaking their heads Thursday.

Myers blended his fastball and slider into his second victory of the season, allowing two runs on four hits in six-plus innings while striking out nine to lead the Cougars to a 6-2 triumph over the Patriots.

"I thought he was throwing well. He was still strong after six innings," said Jefferson coach John Lowery. "I'd like to see him keep the ball down more, but he threw some nice breaking pitches. ... I think tonight did a world of good for his confidence."


Myers (2-0) started strongly for the Cougars (3-1), striking out the side in the first inning and ringing up two more Patriots (0-2) in the second. Of his nine strikeouts, seven caught Thomas Johnson looking - "Too many," said Patriots coach Jim Foit.

"(Myers) threw well, and to his credit, he didn't walk a lot of guys and put extra baserunners on," Foit said.

Meanwhile, TJ starter Brett Mashburn (0-1) struggled with his control, walking the first three Cougars he faced in the bottom of the first. Jefferson took advantage behind Josh Simons' RBI fielder's choice grounder, Brian Collins' RBI double and run-scoring singles by Brendan McLaughlin and Westley Jenkins for a 5-0 lead.

"We were patient, got some baserunners and were able to take advantage of it," Lowery said.

"You just can't compete that way," Foit said with regard to the walks. "We have a young team and offensively we just can't come back from that."

Mashburn gave up two more hits and no more runs through three innings, and freshman Frank Zier gave up one run on four hits in his three innings of work for TJ.

"Zier came in and threw extremely well," Foit said. "He kept us in the game."

Chaz Remus' leadoff home run got the Patriots on the board in the fourth, and Rob Franciscovich walked and scored on Remus' RBI single off Collins - on in relief of Myers - in the seventh. TJ left two runners on base in both the third and sixth innings to squander other opportunities.

"We got a couple hits and kept the pressure on them, which is what I like to see," Foit said.

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