Ben Joyce throws the fastest pitch in college baseball history

Ben Joyce broke a record on Sunday and missed another by a hair’s breadth.

The University of Tennessee pitcher threw a 105.5 mph fastball in the eighth inning of the team’s win over Auburn. It was the fastest pitch ever thrown in college baseball history and broke his own record, which he held in March when he fired a 104 mph fastball against South Carolina. The pitch came just short of breaking Aroldis Chapman’s MLB record of 105.8 mph pitch in 2010.

The crowd gasped audibly as the record-breaking speed was shown on screens around the stadium. An inning later, Joyce hit 101 mph.

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Joyce came on in the sixth inning and pitched four innings with scoreless relief while playing out six. He only allowed one hit and walked with no one. The redshirt junior lowered his season ERA to .86 and now has 38 strikeouts in just 21 innings this season.

Joyce and his consistent triple-digit pace made waves in college baseball and the MLB just months before the 2022 MLB draft.

This is Joyce’s first season serving for the Volunteers, having accepted the redshirt after arriving from Walters State Community College last year. Tennessee currently has the best record in the SEC at 19-2 and the Volunteers are 40-4 overall. Ben Joyce throws the fastest pitch in college baseball history


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