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Bevo pitcher hits prime time

Mike Bumstead's wedding part of Oxygen reality series

The Portland Beavers' Mike Bumstead has never pitched a complete game. Before Dec. 11, he hadn't gone all the way, either.

Then, he married fiancee Christin Kelly.

'Oh, yeah, it was incredible,' says Bumstead, 27, three years older than his wife. 'I'm glad I stayed pure, and so is she.'

Their connection was documented by the Oxygen network, which followed the abstinent pair as they prepared for marriage, as part of a reality series on weddings. The cameras left them alone on their honeymoon in Hawaii.

Their story airs Tuesday night.

Some athletes show their personal side on shows like MTV's 'Cribs.' Bumstead, who pitched in 18 games for the Beavers in 2004 and expects to be back this year, hits the big time on Oprah Winfrey's network.

'I'm a little nervous, because they were with us for three weeks and I don't remember what I said or didn't say,' he says.

Bumstead grew up in Southern California and became a dedicated Christian as a high school senior. He played college baseball and has spent four years in the San Diego Padres' organization.

In macho clubhouses, Bumstead says, he got ribbed about not wanting to roll around in the sheets with a woman. His response: 'It doesn't matter, because I have nothing to compare it to. É I could be like you, but you can't be like me.'

He says it would have been easy to give in to the pressure, 'but my idea was that (virginity) was the perfect gift for my wife.'

The two met in summer 2003, when Bumstead played for the Double-A Mobile (Ala.) BayBears in Kelly's hometown. He gazed upon the beautiful eyes and smile of the former Miss Mobile and Miss Alabama contestant who sang the national anthem. She had vowed to stop dating athletes but decided to meet 'the church guy.'

They befriended each other, courted and fell in love Ñ the shy guy and the outgoing Southern belle. He proposed at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile.

'It's something I've prayed for,' he says, 'and Christin's the answer to my prayer.'

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