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Senior (2013) ... Granted a fifth year of eligibility by the Big Ten Conference ... Member of U-M baseball's Leadership Council ... Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch ... Made seven appearances and five starts on the mound for the Maize and Blue ... Had a 1-1 record with a 2.62 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched ... Opponents hit .230 off of him ... Allowed just three extra-base hits ... Earned the win against Holy Cross (March 7), striking out three and giving up four hits and two earned runs in six innings of work ... Had a season-high five strikeouts on two occasions, vs. Akron (March 17) and Western Illinois (March 23) ... Struck out a batter in an inning of relief against Georgetown (March 3) ... Struck out three and allowed just one hit and no runs in 3.2 innings of relief against Minnesota (March 29) ... Had his season cut short with an injury in the Bowling Green game (April 2).
Junior (2012) ... Made 15 starts for the Wolverines in 2012, going 2-3 with a 3.98 earned-run average and 41 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched ... Had an opponent's batting average of .251 ... Went at least seven innings in his first three starts of the season ... Had his longest outing against Xavier (March 4), striking out five and allowing eight hits and two earned runs in 7.2 innings in a no-decision ... Opened the year with a win against West Virginia (Feb. 19), striking out five and giving up just three hits and an earned run in seven innings in the 14-3 win ... Against UAB (March 17), allowed just one run and two hits with four strikeouts ... Had a season-high seven strikeouts against IPFW (March 23) ... Earned the win at No. 15 Purdue (May 13), allowing just one earned run with a pair of strikeouts and no walks in six innings in the 4-3 win ... Pitched six innings at Penn State (April 15), giving up three hits and an earned run with a pair of strikeouts ... Struck out six in five innings of work at No. 13 LSU (March 10).Sophomore (2011) ... Made 18 appearances on the mound for the Wolverines with three starts ... Led Michigan with three wins on the season ... Picked up his first win of the season, pitching 6.1 innings of relief and allowing just three hits with six strikeouts against Winthrop (March 12) ... Also earned wins over Notre Dame (May 4) and Penn State (May 20) ... Picked up the save at Eastern Michigan (March 20), striking out four in 1.2 innings of work ... Was named to the Oestrike Classic All-Tournament team after that performance ... Had a 4.91 earned-run average and 46 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched ... Had four strikeouts on four occasions in 2011 ... In 4.1 innings against Illinois (April 17), struck out four and allowed three hits and an earned run ... Struck out three in two innings of relief against Texas Tech (May 10) ... Was a pinch runner on two occasions and walked in his only plate appearance of the season against Alma (March 18).
Freshman (2010) ... Made 11 appearances out of the bullpen ... Collected two combined shutouts in relief ... Struck out two batters in one inning of relief in collegiate debut against Jacksonville State (Feb 19) ... Allowed one hit while striking out two in first career combined shutout vs. Fordham #2 (March 20) ... Pitched one inning of a combined shutout vs. IPFW #1 (March 27) ... Struck out a career-high four batters in longest outing of his career vs. Ball State (May 18).
Prep ... Napa (2009) ... Earned seven total varsity letters, two each in football and baseball and three in basketball ... Was elected team captain for all three sports as a senior ... Baseball: Coached by Todd Pridy ... Named All-Monticello Empire League, first team (OF) (2008, '09) ... Named All-County, first team (OF) (2008. '09) ... Newcomer of the Year candidate ... Led team to Monticello Empire League title ... Voted Most Valuable Pitcher ... Finished the season with a 6-2 record, one save and 2.67 ERA ... Posted 56 K's in 57.2 innings of work ... Hit .265 on the year ... Spent summer of 2008 with the Napa Cardinals American Legion team under head coach Cam Neil ... Posted a 1.75 ERA and hit .365 ... Spent summer of 2009 with the Napa Riverdawgs American Legion team under head coach Billy Smith ... Helped lead team to the state tournament as both an outfielder and a pitcher ... Football: Two-year letterwinner under head coach Troy Mott ... Voted scout team Player of the Year as a junior ... Helped team win the Monticello Empire League title and the San Joaquin Sectional Championship for the first time in school history ... Had a game-changing two-point conversion reception in the game to help team win by two ... As a senior, helped team to a second consecutive league title ... Voted All-Monticello Empire League, honorable mention (WR) ... Basketball: Three-year letterwinner under head coach Chuck Johnson ... Senior season was named All-Monticello Empire League, first team and All-County, first team at center position ... Elected team MVP ... Averaged a double-double during senior season (13.9 points/11.1 rebounds).
Personal ... Given Name: Benjamin Kell Ballantine ... Born February 16, 1991 ... Son of Peter Ballantine and Gwen Kell ... Mother and father both attended Kalamazoo College ... Gwen was a member of volleyball team and Peter a member of tennis team ... Peter helped the Hornets win the 1978 Division II Tennis Championship and was a team captain his senior year in 1981 ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology ... Physical Education/Teacher's Education major.
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