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Leading the way on the mound

If you’re going to find a place to start your pitching staff, the Lincoln baseball team couldn’t find a better place than with Chris Pfau.

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The junior left-hander led the Blue Tigers last year in every major category — wins (5), ERA (3.86), starts (12), complete games (5), shutouts (1), innings pitched (77) and strikeouts (67).

But don’t be surprised if the Blue Tigers don’t start many of their weekend series with Pfau not on the mound.

“Pfau will be our top guy, but in a lot of the series, he probably won’t throw that first game because of his value as a center fielder,” Lincoln coach Jim Dapkus said. “The same with (James) Johndrow. Looking at our staff, Pfau and Johndrow probably have the best stuff, but that’s our center fielder and our shortstop.

“It will be strange that other teams will probably see our pitching get better as the weekend goes on, with them pitching on the last day or second day (of a three-day series) because of their abilities defensively.”

The Blue Tigers have a 12-man pitching staff, and for the most part, Dapkus feels confident in what he’ll get from nine of them.

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