UConn right-hander Pat Gallagher had a standout sophomore season this spring, earning First Team All-Big East honors after posting a record of 11-3 with a 3.41 ERA. He recorded 110 strikeouts in 103 innings while walking just 29 batters.
The Leominster High (Mass.) graduate recently joined New England Baseball Journal to discuss his career.
You just finished an incredible season at UConn, getting within one win of the ultimate goal of going to the College World Series in Omaha. What were the biggest lessons that you took out of the previous year?
Being on the mound for the last game against Central Michigan (in the 2021 South Bend Regional) was definitely a tough pill to swallow. But, I do believe that failure is a part of the game, and you have to go through failure before you get the success you want. Those that continue and aren't afraid to fail in this game are going to reap the benefits. I knew that we were going to be back in that position, I had been literally praying about it. I just wanted to pitch in a regional and have that redemption outing almost, so I got exactly what I wanted and then some.