Señor Shutout

May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009

Table of Contents
May 25, 2009

  • Rachel Alexandra proved her jockey right by wiring the boys at the Preakness, but not without a scare from Mine That Bird, who validated his Derby victory

  • Putting behind him his out-of-the-pool controversies, his three-month suspension and his thoughts of leaving the sport for good, a motivated Michael Phelps returned to competition eager to test himself and build upon his legacy

  • It's been a rough few decades for Clevelanders—no mistake (by the lake) about it. But with LeBron James and the Cavaliers playing otherworldly basketball, long-suffering fans dare to imagine their first victory celebration since 1964

  • The Magic's outside touch gives them a shot at spoiling Cleveland's party


Señor Shutout

An NAIA sidearmer fires a string of blanks

As an AcademicAll-America accounting major, Campbellsville University pitcher Bryan Fuller ispretty good with numbers. But as he looked at the scoreboard last Friday, hewas having trouble comprehending so many zeroes. "I'm not doing this,"the senior thought to himself in the midst of 26-hour stretch during which hethrew 21 consecutive shutout innings to lead his team to its first NAIA WorldSeries appearance.

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After theKentucky school lost its first game of the double-elimination tournament,Fuller helped prolong the season with a three-inning save last Thursday againstLindenwood. With the next game just 25 minutes away, coach Beauford Sandersasked Fuller to make his second career start, against Kansas Wesleyan, whichwas riding a 26-game winning streak. Fuller threw a shutout. "At least wedon't have to see him again," Kansas Wesleyan coach David Dawson told anassistant after the game.

Wrong. When theteams faced off the next morning for a spot in the world series, Fuller hadpersuaded his coaches that, as a 5'10" soft-tossing sidewinder with littlechance of playing competitive baseball again, he should start. He threw a77-pitch shutout. "The whole four years I've been here we've talked aboutgetting to the world series," says Fuller, who plans to follow up on hisjob application with the IRS after he gets married in June. "We were onegame away, and I wanted to do anything I could. I figured I had three inningsin me, tops."

PHOTORUSTY HOLLINGSWORTH (FULLER)AGENT ZERO Fuller, who wants to work for the IRS, put up 21 goose eggs in 26 hours.