Craig Connolly entered that regional contest for the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 with an unbeaten record and a sterling ERA, according to The Philadelphia Daily News.
He left it with a loss, getting pounded by an Arizona State team for 10 earned, The Daily News wrote.
"They were hitting a lot of good pitches," Connolly told The Daily News. "They were sitting back and waiting well on the ball. They were hitting offspeed pitches down the line."
Connolly's overall body of work that year was enough to get the notice of the Athletics, who took him in the 29th round of the draft. His work in the minors, though, wasn't enough for a long career. He played four seasons, never making AAA.
Connolly's work at Penn resulted in 80 strikeouts in 1990, still good for third all-time at the school. He is to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2014.
With the Athletics, Connolly started at short-season Southern Oregon. In 21 relief outings, Connolly picked up six wins and two saves. He also struck out 45.
He moved to single-A Madison for 1991, but got into just 15 games, starting three. His ERA came in at 4.34. For 1992, Connolly played at high-A Reno. In 21 relief outings, he had a 3.91 ERA.
Connolly split 1993 between high-A Modesto and AA Huntsville. He got 42 relief outings between them, with a 4.40 ERA. He went 3.1 innings of relief in an August game for Huntsville giving up one hit and no runs. It was his final season as a pro.
- Philadelphia Daily News, May 26, 1990: Arizona State Pelts Penn in NCAA Play