Cedar Falls- UNI sophomore Lucas O'Rear made his Panther pitching debut on Saturday and head coach Rick Heller says the 6'4 righthander could pitch his way into a backup closer's role.
O'Rear struck out the first batter he faced to close out the 8th inning before allowing three runs in the 9th inning of a lopsided loss to Indiana St.
O'Rear was the Missouri Valley Conference 6th Man of the Year in basketball.
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