To earn a place in Southern’s starting rotation, redshirt freshman Camilo Godoy had to exercise patience.
Now that he’s found a spot, the former Christian Life standout is teaching his coaches, teammates and fans to do the same.
Godoy made his latest start for the Jaguars in Tuesday night’s 8-2 nonconference baseball victory over Loyola at Lee-Hines Field.
Again, he struggled through a rough first inning. Again, he settled in after that to turn in another solid outing.
“I don’t know if it’s nerves,” Godoy said of his penchant for starting slow. “I’m trying to get over it and figure out what I need to do. I guess I get nervous in the first inning. But once I settle down, I just kind of settle in.”
Godoy, a shortstop and pitcher in high school, picked up the first win of his college career a year and a half after joining Southern in 2011 as a walk-on infielder.
The coaches told him that fall he had a better chance of making an impact on the mound, so Godoy spent his first season in the program working in the bullpen and hitting the weight room.
He has come so far, Southern coach Roger Cador may start him Sunday in the final game of Southern’s weekend series against Grambling.
By slotting Godoy as a weekend starter, Cador could use veteran Danny Garcia to aid a struggling bullpen.
“I’m going to wait and see,” Cador said of moving Godoy into the weekend rotation. “It’s not important that I make a decision tonight.”
One concern for Cador is Godoy’s trouble getting early outs.
It was more of the same Tuesday as Brandon Snow led off with a double and scored on a fielding error by Southern first baseman Brian Rowry. Loyola threatened to score more, but Godoy got some help when shortstop Jeremy Lopez started an inning-inning, 6-4-3 double play to leave a pair of runners stranded.
Southern’s bats then went to work, touching Loyola starter Joel Buhler for four runs in the first and three more in the second.
Home runs by Jose De La Torre and D.J. Wesley highlighted the early Southern onslaught.
Godoy shut the Wolf Pack out after the first and left with Southern still up 7-1 after five.
“I’ve always pitched from behind,” Godoy said. “It was nice to pitch with the lead and have that little cushion.”