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Friday, March 4, 2011

CVCC transfer Derek Varnadore stakes claim to starting job with 'weird' delivery

Derek Varnadore won't pitch until Sunday for the Tigers in the C of C Classic at College of Charleston this weekend. But I wrote about the right-hander's fast start for today's newspaper. Here's how it starts:
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn pitcher Derek Varnadore’s delivery is, in a word, unusual, although his coaches have a hard time describing it.

Tigers coach John Pawlowski said the right-hander throws it a little bit across his body, making it deceptive for hitters to pick it up. Adam Thomas, his coach at Chattahoochee Valley Community College for two years, said it looks like he throws it out of his arm pit.

“It’s kind of -- I don’t want to say herky jerky -- but it’s weird,” Thomas said.

Varnadore, who earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors after striking out 13 in a shutout of Radford last Sunday, isn’t going to overthink it.

“If it’s working,” he said, “I’m not going to change it.”
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Auburn (6-3) plays New York Tech today at 1 p.m. ET, College of Charleston on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Western Kentucky on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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