July 14, 2013

Persistence pays off for Brown

Preston Brown waited nearly two years for his opportunity to take the mound in a game at Dudy Noble Field.

The redshirt freshman walked on to the Diamond Dogs roster in the fall of 2012 but would not get his chance to pitch until this past spring. Even though Brown did not see any action during his first year, he was still working hard tossing practice bullpens and preparing for his moment.

"It helped a ton because I didn't really know what to expect when I came in here," Brown said. "(The redshirt year) helped get my feet underneath me and I got stronger. I really developed a good fastball. I was able to rest my arm a little bit and then over the summer I pitched a lot and got a lot of starts in. That helped too and got me ready for the fall."

Brown made eight relief appearances this spring sporting a 3.38 ERA with five strikeouts and three walks over eight frames of work. He made his final outing on March 16 in the conference opening series against LSU.

"The year went good," Brown said. "I pitched a lot at the beginning but not as much towards the end of the year. They used me out of the bullpen and I felt like I learned a lot and got better."

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