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March 13, 2014

Brandon Green has your back

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McALESTER —

Though still a starting pitcher for the Buffs, Green said he’s since come to love playing defense more than pitching. He said he’s tried to model his playing style on Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

“Pitching so long, you know that you really need someone to have your back,” Green said. “You can’t do it all by yourself, and I like being the support for the other guys.”

As a pitcher, Green said he has four main pitches — two-seam fastball, four-seam fastball, change-up and curveball — and occasionally throws a cutter or slider. He said his curveball is his go-to pitch.

Green’s a four-year varsity player for the Buffs. One of the highlights of his career came during his junior season against Byng, a then-top-ranked team in Class 4A on March 9, 2013.

“Top of the seventh inning, we’re tied 1-1 with bases loaded and no outs,” Green said.

“I’m kind of antsy, it’s one of my first few games starting that year, and I remember (Byng’s hitter) hits a line drive right to me. It was about the hardest line drive that was ever hit to me. I remember I catch it right by my face, and I remember just the whole crowd erupting.”

The Buffs won that game 2-1 when fellow senior Grant Sontag scored from second on an error by Byng’s shortstop. Green’s grounder up the middle caused the error.

The Buffs couldn’t get past Regionals in 2013, but Green’s baseball season continued as a member of the Oklahoma Blue team at the Jr. Sunbelt Classic. Green also made the Sophomore Sunbelt Classic in 2012.

Through the first five games of his 2014 final season — of which the Buffs have won four — Green’s batted .389. He’s hit three extra-base hits, scored seven runs, driven in four more and posted an excellent 1.117 on-base plus slugging percentage.

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