Fernandez was the fastest starting pitcher in MLB history to get to 500 strikeouts, doing so in July on his 1,587th batter. After averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings through his first three seasons, he averaged 12.5 K’s per nine through 29 starts this year. He had never posted an ERA above 3.00.
Puts a lot of pressure on a kid, Michigan pitching coach Jen Brundage said. She handled it really well her entire career. That been a little bit different for us to deal with because we haven had to deal with that big dog pitcher in a long time.
Wilburton got cold in the second stanza allowing Keys to play catch up. The Lady Cougars made seven free throws in the period and had help from Senior Guard Kaci Hood who buried a three. Keys outscored Wilburton 10 4 in the quarter.