Aug. 17, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington starting pitcher John Beck struck out 10 in the championship game to earn his summer league team the National Baseball Congress World Series Championship.
Beck pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed just one run for his Santa Barbara Foresters, who won the NBC championship for the second consecutive season and third time in four years.
“It was probably the best outing of my career,” Beck said. “It gives me a lot more confidence as a whole. Pretty much the whole day I was thinking about how I am going to do this, but when I got out there it was just about completing the job.”
He said that he would rank the experience in the championship either first or second on games that he has pitched in, saying that he compares his experience to the Southland Conference tournament last season.
Coming off a season in which the Mavs won the SLC championship in its final season in the conference, Beck said that his summer league experience could only help him grow as a pitcher.
“After coming off of last year and a great summer league season it gives you a boost and we have more confidence in ourselves, our coaches and the team as a whole,” Beck said. “We’re going to have a pretty good team this year. The newcomers and transfers look pretty good and have talent.”
Beck appeared in 10 games for the Foresters during the summer league prior to the NBC World Series. He had a 4-1 record and allowed just 14 runs in 47 innings pitched.