2010 (Junior) • Was second on team with 30 appearances, all in relief. • Finished in the top-10 among MVC pitchers in saves (7th), appearances (7th), games finished (8th) and games in relief (6th). • Led team in saves and was best among CU’s relievers with 41 innings and 31 strikeouts. • Started season with 13.1 scoreless innings without a walk or hit batsman. • Pitched two perfect innings with one strikeout vs. SIU Edwardsville (2/20). • Hurled 3.1 innings vs. Northwestern State (2/27), allowing one hit and striking out one. • Allowed one hit or less in six of first seven appearances. • Posted saves in consecutive appearances vs. South Dakota State (3/12) and at Minnesota (3/13). • Came on to end threat in game with No. 25 Kansas State, pitching the final two innings. • Earned third and fourth saves of season in SIU series (3/26-27), allowing one hit with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work. • Appeared in all three games of Indiana State series, recording season-high three strikeouts in game two (4/3). • Threw scoreless inning, with a strikeout at Nebraska (4/6). • Suffered loss against Kansas (4/7), allowing one run on three hits. • Picked up second win against Nebraska (4/20), throwing a scoreless eighth inning • Made two scoreless appearances in Seattle series (5/14,16), picking up the win in Sunday’s finale. • Named pre-season all-MVC.
2009 (Sophomore) • Tied for ninth in the country with 36 appearances. • Was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team as a relief pitcher. • Finished fourth in The Valley with six saves. • Led the league in appearances and games in relief (36). • Had seven game scoreless streak in which he struck out six in 6.2 innings (3/7-20). • Coincided with a 12-game stretch where allowed just one run in 16.1 innings (3/7-4/1). • Posted first career save at Evansville (4/3). • Earned first win with 2.2 innings of relief at Indiana State (3/21). • Threw season-high 3.0 innings at Southern Illinois (3/28), winning his second game of the year. • Struck out a career-best four against IPFW (3/8). 2008 (Redshirt Freshman) • Was second on the team with a 2.35 ERA. • Appeared in 15 games in his rookie season. • One of three pitchers to pitch at least 23 innings without surrendering a home run. • Had the most appearances on the team without receiving a decision. • Allowed earned runs in just five of 15 appearances. • Against Big 12 opponents had a 1.93 ERA in 9.1 innings. • Made his first appearance of the season against Chicago State (3/16), throwing a perfect inning. • Threw one shutout inning, allowing just one hit vs. Illinois State (3/29). • That outing started a streak of seven appearances without allowing an earned run, the longest of the year. • Threw three shutout innings vs. Nebraska (4/23), allowing four hits and striking out one. • Had best road outing of the regular season at Missouri (5/6), throwing 2.0 innings without allowing a run. • Appeared in three of four games during the MVC Tournament. • Had his longest outing of the season vs. Missouri State (5/22), going 3.1 innings without allowing a run. • Struck out two without walking a man in the Missouri State appearance, setting a season-high mark for K’s. 2007 (Redshirted) • One of six freshmen to redshirt in their first season in the program.
Brandon Valley High School (2003-06) • Lettered four years in baseball and basketball, and three years in football. • Three-time all-state and all-conference selection in baseball. • As a junior, he led the Lynx to a runner-up finish at the state tournament. • Voted to the all-conference basketball team three times and was named to the state all-tournament team as a senior. • Honorable mention all-state as a senior in football. • As a quarterback, he set school records for single-season passing attempts (219) and completions (117).
Profile Birthday: October 2, 1987 Parents: Brad and Janelle Siblings: Megan and Joe Major: Entrepreneurship, Finance and Marketing Career Ambitions: Be a successful business owner Favorite Athlete: Lew Ford Favorite Food: Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Pizza Ranch Favorite Location on Campus: Academic Learning Center (ALC) Nicknames: Van Person He Most Admires: His dad Like to Have Dinner With: Red Auerbach Favorite Junk Food: Brownies Favorite Quote: “Let them come to you.”