Stephen Schoch secured a victory for Virginia during Tuesday’s NCAA baseball tournament by pitching 3 1/3 innings, allowing an earned run and striking out five.
While Schoch was happy about the victory, it came at a cost. It meant he would miss out on the free Dippin ‘Dots that an Old Dominion fan offered him to ruin the game.
In a post-game interview, Schoch told the story and joked about exactly why the offer gave him a moment of hiatus during the game.
“I heard a fan offering Dippin ‘Dots for free if I screwed up, that the price of Dippin’ Dots with inflation is just unrealistic,” Schoch said. sounds good. ‘But I also thought in the back of my head, we won today, we won tonight, we will be here another day. That is more per diem. That means I can buy my own Dippin ‘Dots and be a winner. “
It definitely seems like the best option in both scenarios. And if Virginia keeps winning, that could mean even more dive points for Schoch.
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That wasn’t the only comedic comment that appeared in Schoch’s interview. He also explained his mentality on the mound while toning down some of the more colorful language that usually comes to mind when pitching.
“I think of three words every time I go out,” Schoch said. “The first is a swear word, it starts with F. The second word is attack. The third is victory. And I repeat it to myself unless there is a breach in the system and it happens to a guy. Then I say to myself I’m a few different things that are not a winner. I could break that, but then I do it again. Just this, attack, win.
Schoch’s delivery is hilarious. He could have a backup career as a comedian if baseball doesn’t work out.
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 given a chance to continue his career if he so chooses.