Alex Brosnan needed just a few pitches to know his last start in Molloy College's home uniform on April 25 could be special. He struck out Mercy's first three batters and said he felt his changeup was working right away.
He had no idea that over the ensuing eight innings he would put together an award-winning performance.
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The senior out of Farmingdale High School struck out a career-high 17 as Molloy cruised to a 20-1 victory. it was his fifth complete game in nine starts. He was named the East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week and East Region Pitcher of the Week.
"I didn't expect to get the region pitcher of the week," he said. "There's a lot of good pitchers, so I was shocked. I'm very happy about it."
Molloy scored three runs in the first, and Brosnan got two more strikeouts in the second. When he took the mound in the third, his team led 7-0.
"There's no better feeling than that," he said.
Kevin Brosnan calls his son a bulldog because of his ability to pitch through adversity.
"Even if he doesn't have his best stuff, he's going to battle you," Kevin said.
That, Kevin said, has helped Alex share the ECC lead in complete games. There was no need for Brosnan to pitch through adversity in that game. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, and Mercy didn't pose a threat until the ninth, when Scott Hagan led off with a double and scored two batters later. Molloy led 20-0 entering the inning.
"I got through the order the second time, and my pitch count was low going into the fifth," said Brosnan, who ranks second in the ECC with 76 strikeouts and ninth with a 2.48 ERA. "I had a six-pitch inning in the seventh, and from there I knew I would go the whole way."
In impressive fashion.
"I've never seen him dominate like that," Kevin said. "I've never seen him throw that free and easy."
Said Alex: "It was a perfect senior day. You can't really ask for more than that."