USC freshman right-hander Wil Crowe couldn’t have scripted a better start to his career. He pitched 6 1/3 innings hitless innings in his debut against Bucknell. He finished with five strikeouts, and his only mistakes were a hit batter and a walk. Not a bad way to pick up career win number one. Fans at Carolina Stadium grumbled with Chad Holbrook opted to take him out of the game with a no-hitter going, but the Gamecock skipper made the legitimate point that it was more important to protect his young pitchers arm than go for a no-no in a February non-conference game.
Tuesday the SEC honored Crowe for his performance by naming him the league’s Pitcher of the Week.
There is no question Crowe has a promising career ahead of him. Also, he can look forward to people having all sorts of fun with his last name, and most likely misspelling his first name. Remember, just on “L” in Wil.
Here is a list of some things you may very well hear over the next few months when Crowe is on the mound:
- “We are counting Crowe’s strikeouts today.”
- “He’s making them eat a lot of Crowe today.”
- “He did a Crowe hop over the baseline on his way back to the dugout.”
- “That team is clearly scared of Crowe.”
- “These hitters probably think Crowe is for the birds.”
- “Garnet and Black Crowe.”
- “He only has one “L” in his first name because the other one is going on the opposing pitcher’s record.”