College World Series: Thomas Hatch out-duels Shane Bieber
OMAHA, Neb. -- The pitching matchup of Oklahoma State's Thomas Hatch and UC Santa Barbara's Shane Bieber looked like an appealing one on paper, and it exceeded expectations on the field. Hatch's fantastic performance edged out Bieber's in Game 1 of the 2016 College World Series as Oklahoma State won 1-0.
Hatch, the Big 12 pitcher of the year, extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings, with 23 of those being in the NCAA tournament. He gave up some hits early, but was able to settle down and retire 11 in a row at one point.
Oklahoma State's lone run came in the fourth, when the Pokes started off the inning with three consecutive hits. They only got one across the plate thanks, in large part, to a leaping catch and unassissted double play from shortstop Clay Fisher.
Here's what was being said about the quickest College World Series game (2:20) since 2012:
Thomas Hatch: "I definitely think there was some adrenaline there. I wouldn't say there's many nerves. I was in a good place mentally. I was missing high, arm side and when I tried to get the ball down I was spiking fastballs which was unusual. But I was able to make adjustments and luckily, I don't know how many in a row I went through, but I was able to calm down and make the pitches I needed to."
Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday: "[Hatch] really had to grind in the early innings today. But in the middle innings he got back smooth and coasted a little bit in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth. There was a little bit more left in his tank in the ninth if he needed it."
Oklahoma State third baseman Garrett Benge: Yeah, [Bieber] was dotting up pretty much the whole game, just hitting his spots and right before that at-bat the coaches just told me just get a good pitch and stay convicted on it and I trusted that plan and went through it and it turned out going in our favor.
Per Jeremy Mills (ESPN stat guru), Thomas Hatch is 2nd player in the last 39 years to throw a 1-0 complete game #CWS shutout.— Rob Anderson (@_robanderson) June 18, 2016
UC Santa Barbara second baseman JJ Muno: "Yeah, there were like mirror images going out against each other, the pitching duel. I thought Shane was unbelievable as always, just working for us and giving us everything he has."
Shane Bieber: "I don't see them making any adjustments in particular throughout the game. I think it was just the fourth inning where I lost my sharpness. I compounded multiple mistakes in a row and they took advantage of it, hit the ball hard, and that was the game."
Shane Bieber’s 98 pitches are tied for 3rd-fewest in a complete game (min. 8 innings) in CWS records with pitch counts that date to 1981.— Rob Anderson (@_robanderson) June 18, 2016
Hatch: Our defense has played incredible all tournament. I don't think it was any different. I didn't have my stuff. They were putting that ball in play pretty hard the first four innings. But Donnie made a hell of a play and Benge had really good plays, and J.R., too.
So Collin behind the plate and Rob called a great game. I'm not going to take any of the credit on this game. It was a lot of them.
Holliday [in response]: You can take some credit, Thomas. Some.
With his start today, Thomas Hatch now at 23 IP, no runs allowed, five walks and 19 strikeouts in the NCAA postseason. That’s pretty decent— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) June 18, 2016
UC Santa Barbara coach Andrew Checketts: "Looked like [Hatch] might have had some, you know, early energy, jitters, whatever you want to call it. He was up and elevated a little bit. Then after that he was down, his fastball was down and breaking ball was coming out of his hand better. I thought early it was coming out a little bit, a little flatter and late. It was coming out looking like fastball and had some depth to it. And we had more trouble laying off of it in the dirt. And then he was getting ahead in the count."