Friday, April 06, 2007

Mustangs still looking for a starter

WANTED: Friday night starter
Experience a plus but not mandatory. Must be a team player who is able to work long hours, handle pressure situations in a hard-hitting environment. Great advancement opportunities for left-handers. Interested parties should contact Larry Lee, Head Baseball Coach, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407.

Thirty-four games into the 2007 season, the Cal Poly baseball team still has no idea who its Friday night starting pitcher is. DJ Mauldin was supposed to be the ace, but that plan failed when the Mustangs’ top pitching prospect developed arm problems and never returned after the season opener. Cal Poly recently announced Mauldin is now out for the season.
Mauldin’s spot in the rotation was filled by Matt Nobriga, but the junior transfer went 2-3 with a 5.37 ERA.
Cal Poly started Frankie Reed for the first time last weekend at Pacific, but the freshman failed to get out of the second inning in his debut as a starter.
The Mustangs tried Eric Massingham (1-0, 4.50) on Friday, but the late arrival’s debut as a starter went about as well as Reed’s, and Lee pulled the sophomore five outs into the game.
After the loss, Lee said he was uncertain who would be starting next Friday’s Big West Conference game at UC Irvine.
My guess is they're thinking about starting left-hander Derrick Saito, who is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings of relief work.
If Lee goes with Saito or another new face, it’ll be the third straight weekend a Mustang has made their debut as a starter in a Big West series opener.

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