Curfman carries shutout into 6th, racks up 8 Ks for Northern St.
Chugiak’s Cody Curfman carried a shutout into the sixth inning and struck out a season-high eight batters for Northern State University.
He deserved a win, but settled for a hard-luck loss after two unearned runs doomed his super start in a 3-2 loss to Wayne State in NCAA D2 action in Nebraska.
The 2016 Cook Inlet Conference MVP pitched 7.1 innings, his longest outing this year in six appearances with the college team.
Curfman, of Chugiak High fame, allowed only four hits, one earned run and one walk.
With Northern State nursing a 1-0 cushion in the sixth inning, he struck out the first two batters he faced before a single, a walk and two throwing errors by his catcher erased the lead.
And then in the seventh, again with two outs, the left field made an error that allowed a base runner to score all the way from first.
He was pulled after 96 pitches.
The loss shouldn’t overshadow his progress. He has now lowered his season ERA in five consecutive games, taking it down from 7.71 to 7.56 to 6.39 to 5.94 to 4.50.
That’s not easy.
Curfman has succeeded, in part, because of precise control as he owns a 22-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 innings.