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Brian Archibald - Athlete of Week

Brian Archibald - Athlete of Week photo 5/16/2017 12:00:55 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. [From Hobbs News Sun]

New Mexico Junior College was facing the possible end of its season Sunday, so the Thunderbirds’ skipper Jimmy Durham handed the ball to Brian Archibald, the team’s regular No. 4 starter. Archibald didn’t let the T-Birds down as he pitched NMJC to a 7-5 win over Hill College in the NJCAA Region V Tournament, extending NMJC’s season while ending Hill College’s

While the T-Birds won 7-5, Archibald left with a much more comfortable lead.

When Durham handed the ball to Archibald, he was hoping for five innings. Durham got more than that as Archibald pitched eight innings for the T-Birds.

The T-Birds’ starting pitcher retired seven straight batters at one point. He scattered seven hits and three walks over the eight innings of work. Archibald allowed two runs, though only one was earned. Archibald finished the 2017 baseball season with a 6-0 record with a 4.25 ERA. He pitched 45.1 innings over 10 games, seven of which were starts. Archibald struck out 47 batters while walking 19.

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