The No. 5-ranked Ole Miss Rebels fought back from a two-run deficit, scored three runs in the top of the 8th, and held off the No. 12-ranked Texas A&M Aggies in College Station to snag game one of the series Thursday night. But, the real story of the W was late reliever sensation Parker Caracci utilizing the rocket launcher attached to his shoulder to and striking out four in the final two innings to earn his second save of the season.
Here is strikeout No. 2 where Karate Kid handled A&M’s Logan Foster with ease. In case you missed it, Foster is one of the Aggies’ best hitters, bringing a .483 average with RISP coming into the weekend to be exact.
And Caracci went outside black with 94 mph cheese. If you haven’t seen that while trying to hit a baseball, it’s virtually impossible. You’re essentially swinging at a spot because at that rate of speed, you can’t even see the baseball when it gets 10 feet in front of you or closer.
In the at-bat against Foster, Caracci’s pitch sequence was 94, 95, 95, 98, 96. Which is just silly. SILLY. Before that punch out of Foster, Parker tossed Braden Shewmake to the side with more diesel fuel.
Wow. @OleMissBSB RHP Parker Caracci joins the #HeatSheet. With bases loaded, he punches out Braden Shewmake and Logan Foster on 95 and 96 mph fastballs, respectively. Huge moment and Caracci stepped up. #mlbdraft— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) March 23, 2018
Then to close the game out, Caracci does it again. This time Aaron Walters goes down on strikes that are covered in hot tar and lit on fire by a flaming Tomahawk hurled at him by Parker Caracci.
Lol. Dude wasn’t even close to touching this one.
As it stands, Caracci is sporting a MICROSCOPIC 0.61(!) earned run average and has struck out 31 hitters in just 14.2 innings. And only one walk!!!! My man’s strikeouts per nine innings is 19.6 right now. Which is insane. And good enough for tops in the entire country.
Ole Miss might have Dallas “The Wolf” Woolfolk ready and waiting in the bullpen, but for now, it’s The Karate Kid who has the hot hand. Literally and figuratively.