Kevin Ginkel and Mike Morrison didn’t pitch too poorly on Tuesday night for a couple of relievers.
In fact, they pitched incredibly.
So much so that they combined to make history.
Ginkel and Morrison struck out 10 batters apiece, which ties the single game-record for punch outs in a CWS finals game. It’s also the first time in the past 30 years that two pitchers notched double-digit strikeouts in the same finals game.
K K K K K K K K K K— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 29, 2016
Mike Morrison with a career-high 10 strikeouts for Coastal tonight!! pic.twitter.com/jbvCE6RmZF
This is the first CWS game in the past 30 years where both pitchers struck out 10+ batters. pic.twitter.com/RRUS73FXTN— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) June 29, 2016
Going into the contest, Morrison was the Chanticleers’ ace closer that had started exactly zero games in 2016. Ginkel had started six while appearing out of the bullpen 18 times. That’s baseball for you.
The last time a pitcher recorded 10 strikeouts in a CWS finals game was in 2010. South Carolina’s Blake Cooper accomplished the feat, and Ginkel and Morrison are the fourth and fifth pitchers ever to reach the milestone.
Congratulations to Ginkel and Morrison. Their names will live on in Omaha lore.