Floyd gem stems skidJuly 19, 2016
KOKOMO, IND. – Kokomo Jackrabbits’ field manager Matt Howard knew his starting pitcher Tuesday, July 19, was capable of putting together a big start.
Ball State University’s Nick Floyd delivered and in spades. In route to his longest outing and most strikeouts in a contest of the season, he baffled the visiting Quincy Gems on three hits while striking out nine over seven frames.
“Earlier in the season, I was getting behind the hitters … finding myself in trouble,” Floyd noted. “However, recently, I’ve been able to utilize all four of my pitches and get ahead in the count.”
“We know Nick is capable of throwing a game (like he did),” Howard said. “He had strong defense behind him, too. When we get those two things together, our results have been strong.”
Offensively, the left side of the Gold and Brown’s offense proved to the heroes. Outfielder/infielder Ryan Hutchinson of Illinois State University drilled a double and triple, scoring two runs in the process, while shortstop Chris Amato of Kean University singled twice and delivered a key two-run safety in the bottom of the eighth.
The Jackrabbits, improving to 7-6 in the second half and 22-21 overall, closed within a game of the Eastern Division leading West Virginia Miners. Kokomo’s current home stand continues Wednesday, July 20, as Quincy returns to Kokomo Municipal Stadium for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.
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WP – Floyd
LP – Stone
Time of Game: 2:31