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May 29, 2014

Changing it up: ISU coach Mitch Hannahs to start freshman in MVC opener

BLOOMINGTON — After a quick exit from the Missouri Valley Conference tournament last week, Indiana State coach Mitch Hannahs has made plenty of time to think about his pitching plan for this week’s NCAA regional.

Stand pat? Or shake things up a bit?

Hannahs decided a change was in order. ISU will start Ryan Keaffaber in today’s 2 p.m. Bloomington Regional opener against Stanford. ISU coach Mitch Hannahs said David Stagg — who has been ISU’s No. 1 starter all season — will pitch in ISU’s Saturday contest.

“There’s no doubt that Ryan Keaffaber has been our most consistent pitcher the last month of the season. We just wanted to make sure we got him to the mound early in the tournament,” Hannahs said.

“Obviously the other factor that plays into that is we bounced him around all year from closing to middle to starting a couple of games,” Hannahs added. “And I think the thought process is that he’ll be able to bounce back and give us some innings later in the tournament, if he starts Game 1, where our other guys aren’t used to doing that.”

Keaffaber has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Sycamores this season. Primarily used as a Friday and Sunday closer during weekend series, Keaffaber was also used as a middle reliever in spot situations (such as ISU’s MVC Tournament loss to Missouri State) and as a mid-week starter twice.

Keaffaber made his last start on April 15 against Eastern Illinois and earned the victory as he struck out six in 7 1/3 innings. Keaffaber’s other start was at Bart Kaufman Field against Indiana on April 9. He pitched two innings and got a no-decision in ISU’s 8-4 loss to the Hoosiers.

The IU game came one day after ISU lost a mid-week game at Vanderbilt and it was a staff day on the mound. This time Keaffaber will be called upon for an effort more akin to his performance at EIU.

“I think we are throwing him out there with the idea that we’ll get us seven [innings] and we’ll figure out how to go from there,” Hannahs said.

Keaffaber — who keeps hitters off-balance with an effective breaking pitch — is ready for anything.

“I’m not going to try to do too much. I’m going to go out there and be consistent like I was all season, locate my pitches and let my defense work behind me,” Keaffaber said. “I’ve embraced a lot of roles this year and I think it’ll help me start tomorrow.”

Keaffaber (3-1, 2.80) also knows he needs to embrace a starter’s mentality rather than going all out with his pitches as he can in a relief appearance.

“I’m prepared for a long day. I have to focus on my set-up pitches and not go for the out pitch every inning. They’re good hitters and they’ll catch on quick. I have to be mentally ready,” Keaffaber said.

As for Stagg, Hannahs said that the junior took his assignment in stride. ISU’s game Saturday will be just as important as Friday’s game, perhaps more so. With the double-elimination format, Hannahs made it clear that not pitching on the first day does not equate to a demotion.

“The bottom line is you sit and look at your pitching and how to utilize your entire staff and not necessarily one person, and our guys have always — from the beginning of the season, they have done a great job of just doing what we ask,” Hannahs said. “So David responded fine.  He knows that second game is going to be awfully important as well.”

Stagg, who had the best ERA among ISU’s starters at 2.96, was fine with Hannahs’ decision and was supportive of Keaffaber.

“I know we’ll get a good start out of Ryan. He’s been a rock for us all year no matter what role we’ve put him in,” Stagg said.

Hannahs said the rotation beyond Keaffaber and Stagg will be determined. Brad Lombard, the No. 2 starter, and Kurt Kudrecki, the No. 3 starter, will be available in the bullpen, at least early in the regional.

As for ISU’s offense, the key is to avoid treating the regional any different approach-wise than it does during the regular season. ISU will face Stanford starter Cal Quantrill in the opening game. Quantrill (5-5, 2.92) is the son of long-time major league reliever Paul Quantrill.

“Offensively, to make us go, we have to be on the line and on the ground, and we have to find ways to use the speed with [Landon] Curry and [Jacob] Hayes and [Connor] McClain and some of those guys,” Hannahs said.

ISU (35-16) seeks its first regional victory since 1995. The Sycamores were in the 2012 tournament, but went 0-2 at Oregon. The game against Stanford (30-23) represents a rare chance to play a Pac 12 school. ISU last played a Pac-12 team in 2008 when it was swept at Arizona. The Sycamores last beat Pac-12 competition in 1985 when it knocked off Arizona in a mid-season tournament.

 

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