In Tuesday night’s matchup with the North Carolina baseball team, Princeton’s coach could not find a solution. He tried four times. But with each of the four pitchers he inserted into his lineup, the Tar Heels simply could not be stopped offensively.
For North Carolina coach Mike Fox, those feelings of frustration could not have been more foreign than they were in Tuesday night’s 16-0 thrashing of the Tigers, as he watched freshman pitcher Trent Thornton play beyond his years.
“He throws four pitches for strikes — he can— and that’s unusual for a freshman. He’s not just a two-pitch guy. His fastball’s a little sneaky — he throws a slider and a breaking ball, which is also a little unusual,” Fox said.
“Usually a description like that would be for a sophomore or junior who’s got more than what, four starts under his belt?”
But Thornton is not the typical freshman pitcher for several reasons.