Senior left-hander who returns as FSU’s closer…a preseason third team Collegiate Baseball All-American…led the 2002 team with 12 saves and a 2.56 ERA…recorded 10 of his 12 saves over the last eight weeks of the season as the Seminoles won 25 straight games…ranks second in school history with 19 career saves, trailing only Ricky Kimball (32)…needs just 29 appearances to break the FSU career record.
2002 AS A JUNIOR: Emerged as FSU’s closer...led the team with 12 saves...tops among pitchers with a 2.56 overall ERA and a 2.13 ACC ERA...second in the ACC in appearances (36) and saves (12)...tied for third (Chris Chavez, 1999) in FSU history with 36 appearances in a single season...among the conference leaders with five saves in ACC play...10 of his 12 saves (two vs. Miami, two vs. Ga. Tech, one vs. NC State, one vs. Clemson, three in the ACC Tournament and one in the NCAA Regional) came over the last eight weeks of the season...walked only three batters over his last 22 outings (41.1 IP)...picked up two saves in one day (3/25) against Georgia Tech and Clemson in the ACC Tournament...earned his first save of the year against Arizona State (2/15)...pitched a season-long 4.2 innings in the Seminoles 13-inning, 9-7 win over Miami on April 7...gave up only two runs over his last 10 appearances of the season.
2001 AS A SOPHOMORE: Ranked second on the team with four saves (seventh in the ACC) and led the team with 59 innings of relief…fourth on the team with an ERA of 3.05…picked up his first win of the season in five innings of relief against Michigan State on 3/3…struck out a career-high seven in that game and allowed one run on two hits…worked a career-long 7.2 innings of scoreless relief vs. Clemson on 4/8 for his second win of the year…earned his fourth save of the season vs. Geor-gia (6/3) in the Super Regional…did not allow a run on two hits in 3.1 innings of work against the Bulldogs... established a league record with just one earned run in 31 innings with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League over the summer... named an All-Star in Alaska as he led his team to the National Baseball Congress World Series title with a 3-1 record, 10 saves and a 0.29 ERA.
2000 AS A FRESHMAN: Went 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA and three saves...a Collegiate Baseball freshman honorable mention All-American…2.49 ERA would have ranked among the top 20 nationally with three more innings pitched (need 50 innings to be ranked)…saw most of his innings in middle relief…did not give up a run in 3.0 innings pitched against USC (6/10) in the College World Series…appeared in 25 games and worked 47.0 innings, the most among FSU relief pitchers…recorded 51 strikeouts while walking just 14 last season…second on the team with three saves…picked up first career victory in 5/12 win over UNC after working 4.1 scoreless innings…struck out the side with the bases loaded at Clemson on 5/7…struck out six in 4.2 innings against Miami (4/7)…pitched three scoreless innings against No. 1 Stanford on 2/11 to earn his first career save… allowed just one hit and struck out four in that game…worked 2.1 innings at Virginia (4/2) to pick up a save…earned third save of the season after holding UNC scoreless in 1.1 innings on 5/19.
PREP: Totaled 32 wins while in high school as a five-year letterman...was only 13 when he started his first high school game...voted most outstanding pitcher and All-Nassau County as a freshman...an all-First Coast selection following his sophomore, junior and senior years... garnered all-state honors his senior year...also an All-American Scholar-Athlete...member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Letterman Club.
PERSONAL: A social science major...caught coaches’ eye at FSU Super Skills Academy...hobbies include h u n t i n g and fishing... grandfather, Bill Johnson, was the first to get a basketball scholarship out of Hilliard High School ...born on March 6, 1981.