The much anticipated opening game of the College World Series certainly didn't disappoint.
UC Santa Barbara and Oklahoma State sent their aces to the mound for Game 1, but it was the Cowboys' Thomas Hatch who came away with a complete game shutout. College baseball fans showed their respect for Hatch's brilliant effort on social media.
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Here are some of the best Twitter takeaways from Hatch's complete game:
#cws2016 Oklahoma State's Thomas Hatch with a 5-hit shuout of UCSB. MIght be the best-pitched game I've seen here in 10 years.— Lee Barfknecht (@leebeeowh) June 18, 2016
Thomas Hatch (OKST): 4th shutout this season (t-most in D-1). 23 scoreless IP in NCAA Tournament. He was drafted by the @Cubs in MLB Draft.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 18, 2016
Man, Lord knows I hate anything Oklahoma State w/ the fire of 1,000 suns, but Thomas Hatch is an absolute stud! #CWS2016— Jason Salsman (@RealJSals) June 18, 2016
Said in today’s Facebook Live video that Hatch/Bieber was the best pitching matchup this weekend, by a wide margin. Sure lived up to that.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 18, 2016
However, despite all the praise, Hatch remained humble after the game.
Hatch says he won't take any credit for the game, giving it to C Theroux & Rob Walton. Josh Holliday assures him he can take "some" credit— Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill) June 18, 2016
The Cowboys will next play the winner of Saturday's Miami and Arizona game on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. You can catch Miami vs. Arizona on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.