Chapman joins elite list of Alaska pitchers to earn NCAA D1 win

March 21, 2018

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Dalton Chapman

Persistence and patience have fueled quite the comeback story for Grand Canyon pitcher Dalton Chapman of Anchorage.

After a brutal beginning to his season, the right-hander has bounced back beautifully to slice up his ERA and pick up his first win with the NCAA D1 Antelopes of Phoenix, Arizona.

Chapman, of West High fame, joined an elite group of pitchers from Alaska to earn a winning decision at college baseball’s top level.

The most recent had been Anchorage’s Max Karnos in 2016 with Sacramento State.

The 6-foot-5 junior transfer threw a season-high 3.2 innings against Kansas and continued a strong surge after a rough start to the season.

The beginning was brutal for Chapman, who allowed nine runs and five extra-base hits in his first three appearances stretching just 4.2 innings.

Since then, though, he’s been lights out.

Chapman has a 2.73 ERA over his last 6.2 innings and he’s allowed just one extra-base hit.

This recent string of performances is closer to the type of pitcher he was last year in the NWAC, where he carved up hitters with a 1.91 ERA in 14 starts.