He wanted to get closer to a complete game no-hitter, but didn’t dare question coach Tim Corbin’s decision to pull him after 80 pitches of an almost flawless performance.
“I felt great. When he told me I was done, I was a little surprised,” Leiter said. “But I definitely get it — first outing, a little bit of a colder day. I wasn’t going to fight him.”
Leiter’s debut came as No. 1 Vanderbilt (2-2) won 3-0 over South Alabama (2-2) in the home opener, but the result almost seemed secondary to the pitching performance.
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There were no do-or-die postseason consequences. The Hawkins Field seats weren’t packed in a cold, light rain. And some fans at home turned their attention to the Vanderbilt-Tennessee basketball game on TV from Knoxville.