Fodor thrives on pressure situations

BEREA, Ohio -- Baldwin Wallace relief pitcher Dylan Fodor is not afraid of a challenge.

Nor, is he afraid of stepping into pressure situations, which he could face more of as the Yellow Jackets continue play in their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.

As the Yellow Jackets' situational right-hander out of the bullpen, Fodor is charged with holding opposing teams at bay when other BW pitchers get into jams.

"I embrace that opportunity," Fodor said. "I like swinging the momentum to my team's side. If I come in and say they have the bases loaded, they've got all the momentum in the world to score maybe three or four runs that inning. If I can get us out of it without them scoring a run or them scoring one run, it kind of swings the momentum and gives it back to us.

"I really don't feel the pressure. I've been in the situation many times before in the past few years. In high school, I could come into those situations sometimes too. I wouldn't say I like the pressure, but I feel like I thrive off of it. The bulldog mentality is what I've heard before. I kind of do like it."

Fodor started in the role of match-up right hander during his sophomore year.

In only 10 innings of work in 2012, Fodor allowed nine hits and three earned runs, and struck out 11 hitters. Of those nine hits, only one went for extra bases, and opponents hit just .225 against him.

Last season, Fodor went 3-1 in a then school-record 19 appearances, and gave up only five earned runs in 14 innings of work.

"I never start the next inning," Fodor said. "I'll come in for that end of the inning. If I get out of it, I'm done. If I don't get out of it, I'm done.

"That's the role that I've done since my sophomore year. I kind of claimed it sophomore year and had a decent year. Last year, I did really well with it. This year, I've done not quite as well as last year. I do like the role.

"I really like just having our starters go deep into the game. Usually, I come in if they get in trouble or something."

And when the Yellow Jackets do get in trouble and call upon Fodor, he "tremendously" appreciates the confidence coach Brian Harrison has shown in him.

"Whenever I walk out to the mound, he just tells me, 'You've been here before. Go do your thing,'" Fodor said. "I really don't walk too many people, so it helps that I go in, throw strikes, and it's the best fielding team I've ever played with, so I really trust them, when I come in, that if I get them a ground ball, they're going to twist a double play."


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