For the second consecutive season, Patrick Corbett of Yorktown emerged as a reliable relief pitcher for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in Conway, S.C.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound right-hander posted a 2.72 earned-run average in 24 games, all but two out of the bullpen, in 53 innings. He saved four games, yielded 60 hits, struck out 48 and walked 13. On defense, he handled 14 chances (including 12 assists) without an error.
Coastal (37-23) earned a rare at-large bid for a Big South Conference team, thanks in part to victories over fellow at-large picks UNC Wilmington (once) and Georgia Tech (twice). The Chanticleers' season ended with an 0-2 stay in the Blacksburg regional as they lost 7-3 to Oklahoma and 9-1 to Virginia Tech. But still, they are just one of seven NCAA programs to reach a Division I regional in the last seven years.
As a freshman, Corbett was 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA and two saves in 28 innings. He gave up 18 hits, walked 13, struck out 26 and held opponents to a .191 batting average.
Corbett graduated from Tabb High, where he had a memorable senior season in 2011. Bay Rivers coaches named him the district Player of the Year after he batted .440, reached base at a .554 rate, walked 14 times and drove in 15 runs. He had a 1.33 ERA, 65 strikeouts and three walks in 52 2/3 innings pitched. He was a first-team All-BRD pitcher and second-team shortstop.
As a Tabb junior, he was 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 52 innings, and he hit .531 with three home runs and 26 RBI. In 10th grade, he hit .323, was 4-3 as a pitcher, compiling a 3.40 ERA and striking out 53 in 52 innings.
The Kansas City Royals selected him in the 47th round, with the 1,416th overall choice, in the 2011 draft, but declined to sign and went to Coastal Carolina. He originally committed to Radford, one of the Chanticleers' Big South rivals, but changed his mind. Corbett again will be eligible for the Major League Baseball draft in 2014.
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