When Sean Carley came to the mound for WVU with two on and no outs in the eight, he figured the Jayhawks would sswing aggressively to try to get the tying runs home. DH Connor McKay did so in lining out to second base, but after that a procession of batters played the waiting game.
Whether they did so because they didn't think Carely could throw strikes, or whether they felt they couldn't hith the power righty didn't matter. time after time, Jayhawks came to the plate and waited for a mistake, but it wasn't a mistake that that tried to hit. Instead, they leaned in to go for a hit by pitch, or tired to wait out walks. It nearly worked, as KU got one run home on a HBP and them put two aboard via walks before Carley finally got a fly ball to center to end the game.
In this interview, Carley explains his approach, then bubbles over with his normal enthusiasm in discussing the win.
He also had the unique experience of being greeted after the game by a good friend who plays for Oklahoma, and who hot-footed it down from his hotel to congratulate him after the game.
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