Cole allowed three runs on 11 hits in 7.1 innings in his final start before the draft.
Turn back the clock almost four months to February 18th, the start of the college baseball season. Gerrit Cole went up against the University of San Francisco, at home, to kick of the season for UCLA. Cole was dominant, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out 11. Best of all, he only needed 104 pitches to do all of that. If there is a Gerrit Cole bandwagon, that outing might have signaled the keys turning in the ignition.
Tonight, Cole went up against the University of San Francisco again, once again taking them on at home, in what will be his final outing before the Major League baseball draft on Monday. Cole ended up throwing 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on eleven hits, with one walk and 11 strikeouts. He needed 119 pitches, and left in the eighth after giving up a leadoff double, a sac bunt, and an RBI single to put UCLA down 3-0.
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