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Fifth-Year Senior (2012)... Co-Captain ... Earned Michigan's Sportsmanship Award by the Big Ten ... Made his first appearance in the Ohio State game (March 2), allowing two unearned runs in a third on an inning ... Struck out a batter in an inning of work at LSU (March 10) ... Pitched an inning of scoreless relief against IPFW (March 25) ...
Senior (2011)... Named a co-captain for the 2011 season ... Appeared in two games on the mound for the Wolverines ... Did not pitch after Feb. 26 and earned a redshirt in 2011 ... Will have one season of eligibility remaining ... Struck out three batters in three innings of work against Rutgers (Feb. 26) ... Also pitched against Connecticut (Feb. 20) in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, allowing a run in an inning of work.
Junior (2010)... Made 21 appearances out of the bullpen ... Led the Wolverines in relief appearances ... Drove in a run on a single in first career at-bat and earned the win after striking out four in four innings of relief vs. Lipscomb (March 13) ... Recorded first career save against Purdue (April 11) ... Earned second win of the season against Bowling Green (April 14).
Sophomore (2009)... Made 13 appearances, including three starts... Made first start against Purdue (Feb 21)... Earned a no decision while giving up three runs - one earned - while striking out five and walking two... Earned a no decision in other two starts (Mar 1 vs. Akron and April 1 vs. Oakland)... Picked up lone loss against Illinois (April 11) while throwing 1.1 innings and giving up five runs, two of which were earned... Finished season with 16 strikeouts and 13 walks over 31.2 innings of work...
Freshman (2008) ... Appeared in 9 games while making 5 starts ... Posted a 2-0 record with a 4.91 ERA in 22.0 IP ... Longest outing of season came during his first start when he went 4.0 innings and gave up one run versus Eastern Michigan (4/16) ... Had team's fourth best batting average against at .244 ... One of four pitchers on team with a 1.000 winning percentage ... Gave up least amount of hits (20), doubles (3), runs (13), earned runs (13) and walks (9) than any other player on the team ... Allowed only one home run on the season ... Wolverines were 5-0 in his five starts.
Prep ... Earned 10 varsity letters ... four in baseball, three each in football and basketball ... three-time All-Lakeland Conference first team in baseball ... three-time all-district and all-regional ... 10-2 with 0.94 ERA as junior when team won Class C state championship ... 7-3 as senior with 1.20 ERA, 94 strikeouts in 55 innings and earned all-state honors ... Summer Ball ... Pitched for Stevensville Post 568 in American Legion for coach Brad Wheeler, also played first base and outfield ... played against current Wolverine Ryan LaMarre ... Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2007 Major League First Year Player Draft (44th round).
Personal ... Enrolled in School of Kinesiology ... Movement science major ... born 9-26-88 in Portland, Ore. ... brother Shelby plays football at North Park University ... most famous people met include Muhammad Ali ... favorites include ... book - Friday Night Lights; movie - Billy Madison; team - Atlanta Braves; food - Fettuccini Alfredo; musical artist - Nickelback ... enjoys rock music, snowboarding, football, basketball ... selected U-M because "it gave me the best opportunity to achieve my goals" ... greatest sports memory is "winning state championship in 2006" ... good luck superstition is "keeping same warm up routine every time I pitch" ... four former teammates playing collegiate athletics.
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