Freshman Villines Makes Big 12 Waves

05/14/2014

Former Blue Wave and El Toro High School pitcher Stephen Villines has left an impression on the Big 12 Conference this year as a freshmen player for the Kansas Jayhawks.

The following post on the Jayhawks blog explains it all:

The Big 12 Conference named freshman closer Stephen Villines the league's Newcomer of the Week Monday afternoon, for his performances this past weekend against West Virginia.
 
Villines made three-consecutive appearances on the weekend against the Mountaineers, a first for the side-armer. In the four innings he pitched, Villines gave up four hits and a run, while striking out one batter, picking up two saves in the process.

"I couldn't be more proud of that young man," head coach Ritch Price said. "To close out all three games against West Virginia–the best hitting team in the conference–is an amazing accomplishment for a freshman."

Saturday, the hurler closed out the ninth to pick up his seventh save on the season, while Sunday, he sent the seniors out in style for his eighth save, after striking out WVU first baseman Ryan McBroom looking to end the game.

In 24 appearances, Villines has given up just seven earned runs, holding opponents to a .216 batting average for a 1.59 ERA.Type your paragraph here.