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Earl Weaver, the great Baltimore Orioles baseball manager, once said, “Nobody likes to hear it, because it’s dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same — pitching.”

 

Earl Weaver, the great Baltimore Orioles baseball manager, once said, “Nobody likes to hear it, because it’s dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same — pitching.” What is the key to effective pitching — speed, control, trickery, fear, chutzpah? Or is it simply perfecting a single pitch that’s almost unhittable? One reason the 2015 Lions baseball team has been tabbed as a power in the West Coast Conference is its pitching strength. Two starters, for example, were drafted by Major League Baseball teams in 2014 — Colin Welmon (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Trevor Megill (St. Louis Cardinals). In all three seasons of Dan Ricabal’s tenure as LMU pitching coach, the combined staff ERA has finished in the top 10 in Lion baseball history. We asked six LMU throwers to tell us about their strongest pitches. It’s anything but dull.

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