Richie Goodenow hopes to finish his college career as a starting pitcher.
After three seasons as almost exclusively a reliever with Vanderbilt, the Overton graduate has transferred to Lipscomb, where he will have the chance to compete for a spot in the 2011 rotation.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Goodenow said in a release from Lipscomb announcing the move. “It is something I will work for. I just want to help out the team any way I can.”
Goodenow, a left-hander, made a team-high 31 appearances for the Commodores this spring. He struck out 47 and walked just 12 in 44.1 innings, and opponents hit just .207 against him. He had a 3-1 record with one save.
All but one of his appearances were out of the bullpen. The one start was a two-hit shutout of Louisville in an NCAA regional contest in which VU faced elimination. He struck out five and walked two and faced just 29 batters, two over the minimum.
“I would think as Richie comes in that he is looking to push for one of those starting spots,” Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand said. “Based on the Louisville game you would think he is capable of being a starter. We hope he can come in and solidify our staff on weekends.”