Very tall righthander who has shown significant improvement during his career ... tallest player on the team ... did very well in the Fall ... has developed a new pitch and could be one of the Tigers' top starting pitchers this season ... one of the Tigers' most experienced pitchers ... has very good movement on his fastball ... has good composure ... should pitch with more confidence this season ... pitched Gaithersburg Post 295 to American Legion state championship in 2008 ... posted an 8-1 record with a 1.72 E.R.A. in 69 innings in 2008 ... issued 29 walks with 58 strikeouts ... very good student who was named to the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's List the last two seasons ... enters senior season with a 4-1 career record and one save in 43 appearances.
2010 SEASON: Appeared in 18 games and started three times ... allowed only 40 base hits in 40.2 innings ... had 41 strikeouts but walked 40 batters ... very effective when throwing strikes ... made first start of season at Arizona State and had a no-decision ... also started at Tulane and had a no-decision ... pitched two effective innings of relief in win over UMBC ... pitched one scoreless inning against Virginia Commonwealth ... struck out five batters in three-inning relief appearance at Delaware ... threw one scoreless inning at Old Dominion ... had five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of relief against Hofstra ... earned first win of season in three-inning relief appearance against George Washington ... threw three shutout innings against GW and struck out five to help Tigers post a 17-8 win ... made third start of season against West Virginia and struck out four in two innings ... picked up relief victory against George Mason on final weekend of season by pitching six innings and allowing just two runs on five hits ... struck out four in 9-4 victory.
2009 SEASON: Pitched in 15 games with one start ... earned first collegiate win with four-inning relief appearance against Youngstown State ... allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts in Tigers' 8-7 win ... made first career start against UMBC and received a no-decision in Tigers' 5-4 win ... pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against Holy Cross in 6-3 loss to Crusaders ... suffered first loss of season in relief appearance against Yale ... allowed just one run on two hits in three innings of relief at Maryland ... threw 1.2 innings of shutout relief in loss to Navy ... earned second win of season with outstanding relief effort against Delaware State in 10-9 victory ... allowed three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings against the Hornets with seven strikeouts ... threw one scoreless inning of relief in loss at Georgia State ... pitched 3.2 innings of relief in season-ending series against Northeastern, allowing two earned runs on five hits ... pitched one inning of relief in season finale, allowing one run.
2008 SEASON: Appeared in 10 games as a freshman, all in relief ... pitched 14.1 innings with a team low 3.14 E.R.A. ... had one save ... walked seven batters and had five strikeouts ... pitched one inning of scoreless relief in season opener at Saint Mary's ... allowed two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings at Georgia Southern ... gave up one run on three hits at James Madison ... threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in win over Bucknell ... earned save by pitching five innings of 9-1 win over Delaware State ... allowed six hits with two walks and three strikeouts against the Hornets ... pitched one inning of relief in 12-3 win over Maryland, allowing one run on two hits ... pitched two scoreless innings of relief against William & Mary ... pitched 0.1 innings of relief at Maryland in 7-4 loss ... made two relief appearances in Colonial Athletic Association Tournament ... pitched one scoreless inning against UNC Wilmington in tournament opener.
BACKGROUND: All-Montgomery County selection as a senior at Northwest High School ... posted a 4-3 record as a senior with a 2.63 E.R.A. ... selected to play in the MSABC Classic ... also pitched in Montgomery County All-Star Game ... batted .450 as a senior for the Jaguars ... hit .400 as a junior for Coach Matt Noble ... also played basketball at Northwest High School.
PERSONAL: Has one younger brother ... lists parents as the people he admires the most ... father graduated from California (Pa.) ... had summer job working at Best Buy ... has also umpired ... hobbies include playing Monopoly ... favorite athlete is Hall of Famer Cal Ripken ... lists "Heavyweights" as his favorite movie ... lists Keira Knightley as favorite actress ... enjoys dining at Glory Days and Chipotle ... father is a biotech engineer ... mother is a hairdresser ... son of Steve and Elaine Cononie ... born on February 25, 1989 in Germantown, Md. ... major is Sport Management.