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Easterling's Egg-cellent Arm

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

For a pitcher, control is the goal. However, that doesn't always work out.

"Wherever the game takes me, I'm willing to go."

He grew up in College Station, the son of an Aggie, but St. Edward's righthander Brannon Easterling will never get to pitch for Texas A&M.

"I guess I just didn't fit the program there," Easterling recalled.

But he has thrown for three different Texas colleges in three years.

"It didn't matter where I went, I just want to play the game," admitted Easterling.

But the game was taken away from him during his first collegiate stop. After four starts as a sophomore at Temple College, Easterling tore the UCL in his right arm and faced Tommy John surgery, a complete elbow reconstruction.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy coming back," said Easterling. "It was just another bump in the road."

Easterling's next stop was the south plains. But at Texas Tech, his surgically repaired right arm was not right and he left after just ten innings in one season. Saint Ed's head coach Rob Penders had followed the redshirt sophomore's path.

"[Texas Tech head baseball] Coach Tadlock and I have been good friends for a long time," said Penders. "He helped us get that done with Brannon here, and he's made such difference to our program, I can't describe it."

Finally healthy, Easterling was the opening day starter for the Hilltoppers in February. He spent the next four months rewriting the St. Ed's record books. His 13 wins are a new single-season record and he's a finalist for the Josh Willingham award, given to Division II's best player.

"I can't imagine being a pitcher and being the one controlling the game after an injury like that," admitted St. Edward's outfielder Beau Rogers. "It's unbelievable."

"He's just one of those kids that comes around once in a lifetime," Penders said. "He just has this drive and intensity to live in the moment."

What Easterling has done on the mound this season would be amazing for someone without a reconstructed arm. He leads the nation in innings pitched and has 13 complete games. Just how remarkable is that? In all of NCAA baseball (Divisions I, II and III), only three other pitchers have thrown 10 or more complete games.

"The way I look at it is that I have a new arm, a new elbow," Easterling said.

He is, bar none, the best competitor I've been around as a college coach and I've been around a lot of great ones," said Penders who has coached two other programs (Texas, San Jacinto Junior College) to world series appearances.

Of the 17 games he's started this season, Easterling has finished all but four. Unforeseen circumstances kept him from taking control of his career early on, but now that he's got it - he doesn't like giving up the reins.

By Adam WinklerEasterling's Egg-cellent Arm


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Scores & Schedules

August 21, 2014 07:08 GMT

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Wednesday's Games

Texas 5, Miami 4

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3

Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5

N.Y. Mets 8, Oakland 5

Washington 3, Arizona 2

Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2

St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 3

San Francisco 8, Chicago Cubs 3

Colorado 5, Kansas City 2

San Diego 4, L.A. Dodgers 1

Thursday's Games

Arizona (Miley 7-9) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 6-9), 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 0, 5 innings, comp. of susp. game, 5:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Teheran 11-9) at Cincinnati (Holmberg 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Bumgarner 13-9) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-10), 8:05 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 11-11) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 14-3), 10:10 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Wednesday's Games

Texas 5, Miami 4

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3

Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5

N.Y. Mets 8, Oakland 5

Houston 5, N.Y. Yankees 2

Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 0

L.A. Angels 8, Boston 3

Baltimore 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Cleveland 5, Minnesota 0

Colorado 5, Kansas City 2

Thursday's Games

Houston (Keuchel 10-8) at N.Y. Yankees (McCarthy 4-2), 1:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Kluber 13-6) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 13-8), 1:10 p.m.

Detroit (Price 12-8) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 8-6), 1:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 11-4) at Boston (R.De La Rosa 4-4), 7:10 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON

Thursday, Aug. 21

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22

Carolina at New England, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Oakland at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFF

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-3) Eastern Conference Atlanta vs. Chicago

Friday, Aug. 22: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Atlanta at Chicago, 7 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Aug 26: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana vs. Washington

Thursday Aug. 21: Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Indiana at Washington, 5 p.m.

x-Monday, Aug. 25: Washington at Indiana, TBD

Western Conference Phoenix vs. Los Angeles

Friday, Aug. 22: Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Phoenix at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Aug. 26: Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Minnesota vs. San Antonio

Thursday Aug. 21: San Antonio at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Minnesota at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

x-Monday, Aug. 25: San Antonio at Minnesota, TBD

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