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New pitches have transformed Ole Miss arms into go-to hurlers

David Goforth appears to have found what he has been in search of since the end of the 2009 season: Confidence by way of a cutter.

After a standout redshirt freshman season, Goforth took a sizable step backwards in 2010 and spent most of the season in flux. To put it bluntly, the 2010 season was pretty brutal for Goforth.

As a closer-turned-starter, Goforth saw his ERA skyrocket nearly seven points while giving up 12 more home runs than the year before. Opponents were also hitting an obese .370 off of him.

All the while, Goforth was changing arm slots and tinkering with various pitches in an attempt to regain his previous form.

Instead of taking his 98 mile-per-hour fastball to the Cape Cod Summer League once Ole Miss’ season came to a close in the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional, he returned to Philadelphia in search of peace, confidence and, perhaps most importantly, a pitch that would return him to his dominant 2009 form. (March 18, 2011, Page 6A)

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