Made his first career start against Kansas State (Feb. 2 0)... Went 2-for-4 against the Wildcats... Batted 2-for-4 and scored one run against Lousiana-Lafayette (March 3)... Also struck out two batters in 1.0 innings... Went 1-for-5 and scored one run against UTSA (March 4)... Batted 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored in the series opener against Cal Poly (March 6)... Scored two runs in a 2-for-4 performance against Cal Poly on March 7... Hit first home run of his career, scoring three of his four RBIs in a 3-for-6 performance, in which he also scored three runs, against Sam Houston State on March 10... Went 1-for-5 with an RBI in the second game of the Pacific series on March 14... Batted 1-for-3 with one run and an RBI in the series finale against Pacific (March 15)... In relief against No. 29 Lamar, pitched 2.2 innings, striking out six batters while giving up no hits... Also hit his first career triple and scored one run in a 2-for-4 performance... Scored two runs against UAB on March 21... Batted 1-for-3 and scored a run against UAB in the series finale on March 22... Recorded an RBI in a 1-for-3 performance against Tulane (March 28)... Batted 1-for-3 and recorded an RBI in the Tulane series finale (March 29)... Was 1-for-4 against UTSA (April 1) and came in relief to pitch 2.2 innings, giving up one hit, no runs and striking out two...Went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and recorded a triple against UT Pan American in the series opener on April 3... Batted 3-for-4 and recorded a triple and an RBI and scored a run against UT Pan American (April 4)... Hit 1-for-2, scoring two runs and a double against UT Pan American (April 5)... Pitched in the Southern Miss series opener , giving up one hit, no runs, no walks in 1.0 innings (April 10)... Also went 1-for-3 and scored twice against the Golden Eagles... Scored a run and recorded a 1-for-4 batting performance in the first game of the Cougars' doubleheader against Souther Miss (April 11)... Went 1-for-2 and scored a run in the Cougars' 4-3 win over Southern Miss in the series finale (April 11)... Hit his fourth double of the season against Sam Houston State, bringing in two runners in a 1-for-3 performance (April 14)... Went 1-for-3 against Memphis in the series opener (April 17)... Finished off the Memphis series with a 1-for-1 performance with one run and two RBIs (April 19)... Went 3-for-4 and scored two runs against SFA (April 21)... Went 2-for-5, recording one run and an RBI against Lamar (April 22)... Also made an appearance on the mound, giving up five hits, three runs, two earned runs and six strikeouts in 3.2 innings... Went 2-for-4 with one run, an RBI and recorded a double in the series finale against Marshall (April 26)... Made his first career start on the mound against McNeese State going four innings, giving up two hits, no runs and two strikeouts (April 29)... Was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in the finale against No. 2 Rice (May 3)... Pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three strikeouts against McNeese State, also went 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring a run (May 5)... Recorded a double against No. 22 East Carolina (May 8)... Recorded two outfield assists against No. 22 East Carolina (May 9)... Pitched 2.1 innings of relief, giving up two runs and one strikeout against UCF (May 16)... Saw action at right field in all C-USA Tournament games, recording an RBI against UAB (May 20-22).
SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE
Played two years for coach Jeff Shaffer... Played summer ball for the Brazos Valley Renegades for coach Duane Faltysek. Sophomore (2008): Named a First Team All-Conference selection... Helped the team to a 36-17 overall record... Went 8-3 on the mound with eight saves... Posted a .344 batting average with 16 home runs and 64 RBI. Freshman (2007): Finished the season with a 5-4 record.
BRENHAM HIGH SCHOOL
Was a two time All-District selection... Named to the All-Brazos Valley team twice... All-Houston area team... 2005 Team MVP... coached by Jim Long.
Full name is William Craig Kankel... Born May 2, 1988 in Branham, Texas... Son of Craig and Jackie Kankel... also recruited by Oregon, McNeese State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Illinois State... Kinesiology major.
Runs: 3, vs. Sam Houston State (March 10, 2009)
Hits: 4, vs. McNeese State (May 5, 2009)
RBIs: 4, vs. Sam Houston State (March 10, 2009)
Hitting Streak: 12 games (March 28-April 17, 2009)
Innings: 4.0, at McNeese State (April 29, 2009)
Strikeouts: 6, twice, most recently at Marshall (April 25, 2009)
Winning Streak: 2 games (April 1-April 29, 2009)
Consecutive Scoreless Innings: 4.0 (April 29, 2009)
Long Start: 4.0, at McNeese State (April 29, 2009)
Short Start: NA
Long Relief: 2.2, twice, most recently at UTSA (April 1, 2009)
Short Relief: 0.1, vs. Sam Houston (March 10, 2009)