Fairfield Warde pitcher Shane Goven readily admits he's had a tough year.

The Mustangs' opening day starter is 1-4, and in his only win of 2012, he surrendered five earned runs in Warde's 19-10 win over Westhill on April 24.

"I've definitely had some ups and downs," Goven said.

Despite all that, Goven's most recent start gives the Mustangs reason to have hope when the state playoffs start in less than two weeks.

"He's had quite a bit of tough luck all year," Warde coach Mark Caron said of Goven. "Hopefully he gets a chance to do something here in the state tournament."

The senior allowed two unearned runs, walked only one, hit a batter, scattering six hits over six-plus innings.

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"It's all about the postseason now," he said. "Hopefully I'll come out when the time comes."

Despite taking the loss in Warde's 2-0 result against unbeaten Greenwich, had what Caron called "by far his best outing."

"I would have been happier with a win," Goven said. "But there's nothing you can do about it."

Goven's fastball looked sharp, and he spotted it for strikes. He used his off-speed pitches to keep the Cardinals' offense off-balance, inducing nine of 18 outs in the air.

"I hit my spots and everything went well," Goven said. "Location, my off-speed stuff, everything."

The senior right bent but didn't break in the later innings, as well, as he loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but got David Berdoff to pop out to first, keeping Greenwich up 2-0.

The only thing that did not go Goven's way was defense. The Mustangs committed three errors behind him. In the second, Cameron Fennell reached on an defensive gaffe to lead off the frame, then scored on Ricky Okazaki's two-out single to center.

"They're a great team," Goven said of Greenwich. "Easily one of the best in the state."

Warde's offense could not generate offense for Goven on Wednesday either. The Mustangs were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

"Shane pitched very well," Caron said. "I thought he deserved better."

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