HOUSTON — Brenham, Texas, is about an hour north of Minute Maid Park.
It’s a short drive, one the extended family of Oklahoma Sunday starting pitcher Dane Acker made to watch Acker throw against college baseball powerhouse LSU.
Outside, it was 70 degrees and extremely humid with a threat of rain in the afternoon. This forced the roof to be closed Sunday inside the home of the Houston Astros, where it was also 70 degrees in the controlled climate of Minute Maid—perfect baseball weather, especially to pitch in.
The game was quick, lasting two hours and 15 minutes, but it was quick for a reason.
One that was more perfect than the ballpark, the setting and the weather which the game was being played in.
“I can’t stop shaking,” said Casey Acker after the game, dad of Oklahoma pitcher Dane Acker. “At the beginning of the game, I was so nervous and my hope was for him to come out and have a good performance and at the end of the game, it was completely the opposite—had a good performance and now finish it off …”
Dane Acker came out for the ninth-inning a little more delayed than he had all day. He walked slowly out of the dugout, looking down and then took over…