Tyler Lockwood found out last week that he would be getting his first start of the season.
And just like he did as a reliever, he went out and got the job done in impressive fashion.
"I was just keeping the ball down and throwing a lot of strikes,'' Lockwood said.
Lockwood (1-0) gave up no walks, and allowed two earned runs in seven innings of work. His ERA, which was at 0.81, finally rose above one (it's now at 1.49). But what may go overlooked is that of the 103 pitches he threw, 72 were for strikes.
"Everyday I see him pitch man it really impresses me,'' catcher Bryan Holaday said. "The guy throws a lot of strikes, has great command and keeps it down in the zone. He does everything you need to as a pitcher."
The numbers prove it, too. Here's a look at how Lockwood's done entering Thursday night:
Feb. 23 - Cal State Fullerton - Blanks Titans in one inning of relief.
Feb. 24 - Cal State Fullerton - 1 hit, 1 walk in two innings
Feb. 29 - Minnesota - 2 hits, 1 earned run in three innings.
March 2 - Tulane - 5 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks in six innings.
March 8 - Ole Miss - 3 hits, 1 walk in 5 2/3 innings.
March 15 - Wichita State - 2 hits, 1 walk in 4 2/3 innings.
The sophomore from Sugar Land Kempner started out with a tough first inning on Thursday against New Mexico, but after getting the third out to end the first, he was in control.
He retired 15 of the next 19 batters through the sixth, including six straight during that span.
"He's like a lefty,'' TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "Once he catches his rhythm...You got to get him early. If you get him early, then that's your shot. Once he gets in rhythm, as long as we play defense behind him, he's tough to beat. Cause he keeps the ball down. He's going to make you swing the bat."