Saturday, September 1, 2007

Buchholz makes history

Clay Buchholz wasn't used much during his one season at McNeese State University.

On Saturday, all the lanky right-hander did was toss the third no-hitter of the major league season, doing so against Baltimore.

Buchholz's college career can be used as an example to show exactly why McNeese's program has dropped off significantly in the past several seasons.

Buchholz and fellow first-round pick Jacob Marceaux were Cowboys teammates who decided, after one season in Lake Charles, to pitch for junior colleges in Texas. There they blossomed and became premium draft picks.

All McNeese had to show for their time was two sub-.500 seasons. Transfers almost always make for someone getting the short end of the proverbial stick. This time it was McNeese.

But, as Buchholz showed Saturday night, he has come a long way from the Lake.


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