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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Melahn’s Training Paying Off For Misericordia

By Steve BennettMay 23, 2019

DALLAS — Seventy-eight and straight has a tendency to fly pretty far off the bat of a college baseball player. Ninety mph with movement can be a different story.

Misericordia closer Kyle Melahn was presented with two choices midway through his freshman year with the Cougars: either start reaching the 90-mph mark or learn how to throw sidearm.

As the Cougars prepare to host Washington & Jefferson this weekend in the NCAA Division 3 Super Regionals, Melahn is doing both, and it has paid off for the Cougars over the last two seasons.

“When he came in as a freshman, he was 78-81 (mph) straight over the top with no movement and he was having a lot of success,” said Misericordia manager Pete Egbert. “We brought him in towards the end of his freshman season and told him he could drop down and try and throw sidearm to change his arm angle and try and get some movement, or learn to throw 90 (mph). He went to work that summer and how he does both.”

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