OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Virginia reliever Artie Lewicki seems to be making up for lost time.
Lewicki has pitched seven shutout innings while appearing in all three of the Cavaliers' College World Series games. Including two other appearances in the NCAA tournament, he has given up no earned runs in 17 1-3 innings.
Lewicki's big senior season has come after he was limited to a total of two innings last year after having Tommy John surgery following the 2012 season.
From Wyckoff, New Jersey, Lewicki started nine games this season and has come out of the bullpen in six while working a total of 62 2-3 innings. His three innings of one-hit relief in the Cavaliers' 4-1 win over Mississippi on Saturday lowered his season ERA to 1.44.
With three wins and one save, Lewicki (8-1) has factored into four of the Cavaliers' eight NCAA tournament games.
"The World Series, how it's laid out, is so different than anything we've experienced all year as far as separation of the games," coach Brian O'Connor said. "Our plan was not for the entire tournament, but let's pitch Artie out of the pen in game one and see where we are. Artie is a strike-thrower with outstanding stuff. I'm sure the Detroit Tigers are very happy they selected him."
The eighth-round pick, who mixes a fastball in the mid-90s with an effective slider, said he had no problem moving to the bullpen.
He said the biggest difference is that he has more time to prepare for a start.
"But in the bullpen, it's exhilarating," he said. "You go out there, do some stuff to get ready. As soon as the phone rings, you've got to get on it and get rolling. It takes a lot less to get hot, but it's definitely cool."
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