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Darren Kerfoot the new ace on CMU pitching staff

Darren Kerfoot struck out 12 and gave up just one earned run in the Tartans’ 21–4 win over C.C.A.C South. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff) Darren Kerfoot struck out 12 and gave up just one earned run in the Tartans’ 21–4 win over C.C.A.C South. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff)

New to the Carnegie Mellon baseball team is first-year pitcher Darren Kerfoot, hailing from San Dimas, Calif.

“I’ve been playing baseball for 14 years, since I was four years old,” he said. He had hoped to continue to pursue his love for baseball during his college career.

Kerfoot has already jumped to the top of the Tartan’s rotaton. His fastball clocks in at over 85 miles per hour, with his curveball 20 miles per hour slower than his fast ball. He also has a slider and a changeup in his arsenal. He is 2–0 on the season, with 24 strikeouts and an earned run average (ERA) of 1.28.

Although Kerfoot is currently a math major, he plans to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree before pursuing a full-time career. Despite only just entering college, he is already planning to complete a master’s degree at Stanford University and play on their baseball team.

But for now, Kerfoot is adjusting to the Carnegie Mellon baseball team well. “I really enjoy baseball. The thing I enjoy most is that everyone is there to have a good time, and also that I get to actually play with really smart people. It’s awesome,” he said.

He added, “I am really proud each time I step on the field because it’s just a great atmosphere to play in.”

“Darren has been a great addition to the team,” said senior second baseman Joe Barbish. “He has been able to keep hitters off balance with his powerful fastball and hard-breaking, off-speed pitches.”

Even though it is his first season as a Tartan athlete, Kerfoot has made a checklist of goals he wants to complete before his time on the baseball team ends. “For myself, I’d like to get my ERA under 1.00 and hit at least .400. I also really hope to get CMU baseball to become an NCAA sport before I graduate,” Kerfoot said.

However, for Kerfoot, representing Carnegie Mellon is the most important part of being on the baseball team. “I think the most rewarding thing is being able to play a sport, get away from the academics for a little bit, have some fun with some great guys, and keep playing a sport I love while studying my ass off,” he said.