Scott Gorgen is forced to deal with unrealistic expectations. While it’s not necessarily fair, unrealistic expectations are something all pitchers strive to attain. It’s flattering when you’re expected to be dominant in every outing.
That’s what Gorgen gets for taking the nation by storm in his first five starts of the season. He pitched 37.1 innings, gave up three earned runs and struck out 43 batters. Statistically, there wasn’t a better college pitcher in the nation.
Of course, it’s not fair to expect Gorgen to maintain a 0.72 ERA all year, but Gorgen set a precedent for himself: dominance.
He unveiled nothing less in every start. It seemed completely anomalous every time he gave up a hit. He racked up so many strikeouts it was almost a disappointment each time he induced a groundball or fly ball out. It didn’t matter what pitch he threw, everything that came out of his right hand was perfect.
During the first conference game of season against Cal Poly, Gorgen struck out a career-high 12 batters in eight innings