As an Academic All-America accounting major, Campbellsville University pitcher Bryan Fuller is pretty good with numbers. But as he looked at the scoreboard last Friday, he was 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 he threw 21 consecutive shutout innings to lead his team to its first NAIA World Series appearance.
After the Kentucky school lost its first game of the double-elimination tournament, Fuller helped prolong the season with a three-inning save last Thursday against Lindenwood. With the next game just 25 minutes away, coach Beauford Sanders asked Fuller to make his second career start, against Kansas Wesleyan, which was riding a 26-game winning streak. Fuller threw a shutout. "At least we don't have to see him again," Kansas Wesleyan coach David Dawson told an assistant after the game.
Wrong. When the teams faced off the next morning for a spot in the world series, Fuller had persuaded his coaches that, as a 5'10" soft-tossing sidewinder with little chance of playing competitive baseball again, he should start. He threw a 77-pitch shutout. "The whole four years I've been here we've talked about getting to the world series," says Fuller, who plans to follow up on his job application with the IRS after he gets married in June. "We were one game away, and I wanted to do anything I could. I figured I had three innings in me, tops."