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Riley Eikhoff of Coastal Carolina (Aaron Fitt)

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The first game of the Sun Belt Tourney remained scoreless until the seventh when the junior outfielder Jojo Jackson came back with a big fly single to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Until then, a beginner of Chants Riley Eikhoff he had allowed just three hits and struck out eight. He mixed an 88-89 slurve, an upper-70s slurve and a best-pitch, low-80s-split-change for a consistent swing/miss. Senior lefty Bryce Shaffer relieved Eikhoff and pitched 2.2 points to earn the win. Shaffer's high-spin (mid-2900 rpm) breaking ball makes a difference as he mixes[…]

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