Stephen Schoch secured Virginia a victory in the NCAA baseball tournament on Tuesday by pitching 3 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five.
While Schoch was happy with the victory, it came at a cost. That meant he would miss out on the free Dippin ‘Dots that an Old Dominion fan gave him to blow the game up.
In a post-match interview, Schoch shared the story and joked about exactly why the offer gave him a break during the match.
“I heard a fan give away free Dippin ‘Dots if I mess it up, and the price of Dippin’ Dots with inflation is just unreal,” Schoch said. it sounds good.’ But I also thought in the back of my mind, we are winning today, we are winning tonight, we will be there another day. It’s more of a daily allowance. So that means I can buy my own Dippin ‘Dots and be a winner.
It definitely seems like the better choice in both scenarios. And if Virginia continues to win, that could mean even more Dippin ‘Dots for Schoch.
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It wasn’t the only comedic comment featured in Schoch’s interview. He also explained his mound mentality while toning down some of the more colorful languages that usually come to mind when pitching.
“I think three words every time I’m out there,” Schoch said. “The first is a swear word, start with F. The second word attacks. The third wins. And I repeat that to myself unless there is a breach in the system and I walk a guy. Then I tell me I’m a few different things that aren’t winning. I could break that, but then I come back to it. Just that, attack, win.
Schoch’s delivery is hilarious. He could have a replacement career as a comedian if baseball doesn’t work.
But at 6-5, 235 pounds and after posting a 2.52 ERA, 4-1 record and 52 strikeouts as a senior, he should be drafted and have a chance to continue his career if he wish.