The only thing brighter than Pat Light’s performance on Friday had to be his pitching coach’s smile.
How could Jim Belanger not have an ear-to-ear smile when thinking about what Light did in the series opener at LIU Brooklyn?
Although the Hawks’ bullpen may have given Belanger a scare when it relieved Light in the ninth, Monmouth held on for the win and his staff’s No. 1 starter was nothing but DOMINANT. Light, one of the top pro prospects to ever come through the Northeast Conference, continued to show why MLB scouts come out to his starts in droves.
Over his first 8.0 innings of work, Light allowed no runs and four hits and retired the side in order during four of those frames.
“Pat had all three pitches working this weekend and he is real tough when that is the case. When he has his best stuff he gets into a great rhythm which is was what happened on Friday,” said longtime skipper Dean Ehehalt who recently picked up Win No. 500 in a Monmouth uniform.
Light wound up exiting in the ninth after surrendering a lead-off double, but not before he tied Monmouth’s single-game program record for strikeouts (15). Not since, former Monmouth Hawks Glen Keeton achieved the feat in 2004 did a NEC pitcher fan 15 batters.
Not impressed yet? The next line will change that.
While striking out 15 batters, Light did not issue a single base on balls. That’s right, 15 Ks, NO WALKS.
As amazing as the feat is, it should not be a surprise that Light of all people pulled it off.
After all, before the season started, teh highly-esteemed Baseball America tabbed Light the No. 25-ranked pro prospect on its Early 2012 Top College Prospects piece.
Still, great control is something young, hard throwers don’t always have. Light has it though, and has been showing it all season long.
“He really battles and competes every Friday,” said Ehehalt.
And it shows. In six NEC starts, Light owns a 5-1 record and 1.47 ERA. He has struck out at least 10 in four of those contests.
Overall, Light sports a 2.69 ERA over 80.1 innings of work. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a whopping 7.36-to-1. HE has K-ed 81 batters while issuing only 11 bases on balls.
Still not impressed?
Well, that’s OK then because the Collegiate Baseball News was highly impressed.
The publication tabbed Light one of its five Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week. The announcement came shortly after the NEC tabbed Light the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season.
Play-by-Play from Light’s 15K Game