Mustang's Chris Gibbons going strong during 32-inning scoreless streak

The left-handed Mustang senior hasn't allowed a run in his last 32 innings pitched, striking out 59 batters during that time. He's drawing interest from Oklahoma State and Southwestern.
by Scott Wright Published: April 17, 2013
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— Chris Gibbons doesn't know exactly how to explain it.

Everything just feels right when he steps on the mound.

The left-handed Mustang senior hasn't allowed a run in his last 32 innings pitched, striking out 59 batters during that time.

The scoreless streak had reached 23 innings last week, and Gibbons added nine more, along with 16 strikeouts, on Monday as the No. 12 Broncos defeated seventh-ranked Sand Springs in 10 innings. The performance earned him The Oklahoman's Baseball Player of the Week honor, but the 32-inning scoreless streak spans four full starts and part of a fifth.

“He's the kind of kid that's just a hard worker, a hard-nosed player who hates to lose,” Mustang coach Scott Selby said. “When he gets on the mound, it just comes down to fight and heart.

“He's locating his fastball, change-up and curveball. I coached in college for 14 years, and it's hard to get a college guy to throw more than one pitch consistently for strikes, and he's throwing three with confidence.”

Gibbons, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, tops out at about 88 miles per hour, and has good movement on his fastball when it's around 84-85 mph.

“My arm has been feeling really good lately. I'm hitting my spots and letting my defense work behind me,” he said. “Just about every game, I feel like I'm pretty much in the zone. But when one of my pitches isn't working, I just know I've just got to bear down even harder.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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