Cal State Fullerton has been one of the best teams in college baseball throughout the season, and the Titans are preparing for their Super Regional against UCLA this weekend.
I was talking with my uncle about the series since it features two local teams and players with whom we are familiar. One thing he pointed out to me was that one of Cal State Fullerton’s pitchers has an absurd strikeout-to-walk ratio. Like so absurd it might be the best ratio in high-level baseball history.
The freshman from Carlsbad, Calif., has gone 12-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 15 starts this season. He has only allowed 80 hits and hit three batters. 390 at-bats have been taken against him this season and he has only walked two batters. That’s ridiculous.
Eshelman leads the nation in walks allowed per nine innings (0.17), strikeout-to-walk-ratio (39.0) and WHIP (0.76). For some perspective, Winthrop freshman Sam Kmiec was second in the country at 11.40 (57 strikeouts/5 walks).
Eshelman was named Collegiate Baseball’s 2013 Freshman Pitcher of the Year, the Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year, and a first-team Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American.
According to a press release from Fullerton, Eshelman did not walk a batter in his first career 63.1 innings. Shockingly, that wasn’t enough to set the school record. Wes Roemer (2005-2007) set the record with 65.1 innings without issuing a walk. Roemer did hit 12 batters during that span, while Eshelman only plunked two. Roemer finished with 7 walks and 145 strikeouts for the season.