Bryan Fuller of the Campbellsville Tigers put the team on his shoulders… quite literally. Fuller has thrown 21 shutout innings in 26 hours to help the TIgers reach the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
As if the accomplishment weren’t great enough, Fuller did it with his team’s back up against the wall. Campbellsville had fallen into the loser’s bracket as the #1 seed in the Lindenwood, MO super regional and needed three straight victories over the #2-seed, Lindenwood, and the #3-seed, Kentucky Wesleyan, to reach the NAIA World Series.
Fuller, the senior sidewinder, picked up a three-inning save against Lindenwood last Thursday and, with a mere 25 minutes between games, started Campbellsville’s contest against Kansas Wesleyan that same day. Fuller made his second career start that day against Kansas Wesleyan and hurled a complete game shutout in a game that assistant coach, Jake McKinley, called “the biggest game in the history of our program.”
Kansas Wesleyan had won 26 consecutive games before Fuller put the clamps on their offensive assault, but he would have to do it again on two-days’ rest in the super regional final to send Campbellsville to the NAIA World Series.
When his coaches told him he couldn’t pitch, Fuller, according to McKinley, “told us that he was a senior that will never play pro ball and he was going to be an accountant in just a few weeks. He said he didn’t care about his arm and told us he will give us a chance to win.”
77 pitches and a complete game later, Fuller had helped the Tigers to their first NAIA World Series appearance in school history.
…the weekly update will be out on monday, and stay tuned for updates all week on the DII and DIII NCAA Tournaments as well as the NAIA World Series…