Third-year righthander who has been one of the Tigers' most reliable pitchers the last two years ... could contribute as a starter or relief pitcher ... has made 36 career appearances ... posted an 8-5 record and three saves ... has tremendous poise ... has a very good slider ... one of four Howard County products on the Tigers' roster ... pitched for Silver Spring in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in 2011 and posted a 4-3 record with a 4.03 E.R.A. ... pitched in Valley League last summer and posted a 3-1 record with one save and a 5.77 E.R.A.
2012 SEASON: Pitched in 21 games, third on the team ... made five starts and 16 relief appearances ... second on team with 64.1 innings pitched ... posted a 4-4 record with three saves ... struck out 57 hitters ... made first start of season against Liberty and suffered loss ... struck out seven in 4.1 innings of 6-2 loss at Louisiana Lafayette ... earned first victory of season at Navy, pitching five innings of 9-2 win ... allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts against Navy ... started at Virginia Commonwealth and had a no-decision after pitching 3.2 innings ... earned second win of season, pitching Tigers to an 11-3 win over George Mason with 4.1 innings of shutout relief ... struck out five against Mason ... threw 0.2 innings of scoreless relief at Delaware State ... earned first save of season in 3-2 win at Delaware ... pitched 3.1 innings of relief, allowing no runs on three hits with four strikeouts ... struck out last two batters in ninth inning with tying run on third base ... threw one inning of relief at Virginia ... earned second save of season with three innings of three-hit relief at William & Mary in 2-1 win ... earned third win of season in 4-3 victory over Old Dominion ... pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief with five strikeouts against ODU ... threw 2.1 innings of shutout relief at Elon ... had worst outing of season in loss to Georgia State ... suffered 2-1 loss at Maryland with 2.1 innings of relief when Terps scored unearned run in ninth inning ... also suffered 5-4 loss at Northeastern, allowing two unearned runs in ninth ,.. allowed only one hit in 2.2 innings at Northeastern ... helped Tigers to 3-1 win at UNC Wilmington with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief ... earned third save with four innings of two-hit relief in win over Maryland Eastern Shore ... threw 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one earned run in 4-3 victory over Hofstra ... earned crucial 11-10 victory over James Madison on final weekend of season by pitching 4.2 innings of relief ... made fifth start of season against Delaware in CAA Tournament and earned no-decision in Tigers' 12th inning loss ... pitched 3.2 innings against Delaware and allowed four runs on seven hits.
2011 SEASON: Pitched in 15 games as a freshman ... started season in the Tiger bullpen ... made first six appearances in relief ... made six starts in final month of season ... made seven starts and Tigers won six of them ... led Tigers with a 3.04 E.R.A. ... pitched 50.1 innings and allowed 48 hits ... walked 17 batters and had 34 strikeouts ... posted a 4-1 record ... finished second on the team with four victories ... won first four decisions ... made first appearance at The Citadel, allowing four earned runs in two innings of relief ... allowed one unearned run in an inning of relief against Radford ... gave up two runs in one inning of relief against Navy ... pitched two scoreless innings of relief against Marist ... pitched out of ninth inning jam by starting the second triple play in school history ... caught a line drive back to the mound and threw to second base where Hunter Bennett recorded the second out and threw to first base ... pitched in relief in both games at No. 3 Virginia ... threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in 6-0 loss to Virginia ... also pitched 0.2 innings of shutout ball in 5-0 loss to Cavs ... made first career start in home game against UMBC and received a no-decision in Tigers' 10-9 win ... pitched two innings and allowed one earned run ...pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in win at Delaware State ... gave up one run in two innings of relief against Delaware ... earned first collegiate victory in 8-1 victory at Bucknell ... pitched five innings of shutout ball against the Bison, allowing only two hits ... struck out five in five innings at Bucknell ... made third start of season against Maryland Eastern Shore and pitched five innings in 26-7 victory ... gave up four hits and five unearned runs for second win of the year ... earned third win of season in 12-5 victory at George Mason ... pitched 6.2 innings against the Patriots, allowing four runs on six hits ... helped Tigers sweep three-game series against Virginia Commonwealth by pitching Tigers to a win in second game ... had longest outing of season against VCU, pitching eight innings ... allowed one earned run with five strikeouts in 5-2 victory over the Rams ... upped record to 4-0 on the season with win over VCU ... suffered first loss of season against eventual Colonial Athletic Association champion James Madison ... allowed four runs on five hits in 7-3 loss to the Dukes ... pitched very well against William and Mary in final weekend series against the Tribe ... pitched 7.1 innings of shutout ball against the Tribe but received a no-decision when William and Mary rallied to win in tenth inning ... allowed six hits and had six strikeouts with three walks against the Tribe ... compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.18 E.R.A. in final six appearances of the season ... struck out 26 batters in final 37 innings.
BACKGROUND: Three-year starter at Atholton High School ... led the Raiders to a 20-5 record and a berth in the semi-finals of Maryland state tournament as a senior ... posted a 4-1 record with 5 saves and a 2.96 E.R.A. as a senior ... earned All-Howard County honors as a junior and senior ... honorable mention All-Metro pick ... batted .403 as a senior ... played the infield and pitched for the Raiders ... team captain for Coach Kevin Kelly ... scored 28 runs and had 20 runs batted in ... also played high school football.
PERSONAL: Has one younger brother ... career goal is to work for the United States Secret Service ... lists parents as the people he admires the most ... favorite television show is “That 70’s Show” ... favorite video game is “Call of Duty” ... lists Denzel Washington as his favorite actor ... favorite professional athlete is Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1955-1971) ... enjoys listening to music by Lil Wayne ... parents are both graduates of Frostburg State ... father works as a fraud investigator for Geico ... mother is a certified public accountant ... son of Carlos and Mary Acker ... born on May 31, 1992 in Columbia, Md. ... major is criminal justice.