Apr 16, 2014 11:22 PM by Bill Halter
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Reed Reilly walked on at Cal Poly. The Mustangs had to redshirt him as a Freshman because he had the 'yips', but Reilly battled through the condition where he lost the ability to throw the ball accurately.
"He got over it," said Cal Poly Head Coach Larry Lee, "and he's never looked back."
Reilly came in as a starting pitcher, but found a role in the bullpen where's he's earned two straight Big West first team honors.
"This year coming back I kind of wanted to start too just to try it in the fall," said Reilly, "and then I hurt myself so it was a little setback. I love my role, it doesn't matter if i'm starting or relieving as long as I'm out there."
He's usually out there for multiple innings. Reilly is the mustangs closer, but more often then not he comes in before the 9th inning. He converted a three inning save in a victory over Hawai'i in the Mustangs series opener last Friday.
"When he wants the ball you just give it to him, the philosophy really hasn't changed too much from that," said Cal Poly Pitching Coach Thomas Eager, "we kind of ask him before the game and during the game how he feels and what he thinks he can give us and he's very honest. He'll be like I can give you five outs, four outs, I can go three innings, I'll go five innings."
Reilly and the Mustangs open a three game series against Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night.
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