Senior who enjoyed a successful season in 2001...Saw time a year ago as the team?s closer...Improved greatly over the last two years and impressed coaches with his maturity.
Took on a new closer?s role when regular stopper Matt Hooper went down with an injury... Posted saves over Tulane, Texas A&M and Cincinnati... Tied for the team lead with three saves and second on the staff with 25 appearances... Earned wins in relief over No. 1 ranked Rice, UAB and Charlotte... Worked 35.1 innings while holding opponents to a team-best .240 average... Recorded his first collegiate win 2.2 innings of relief against nationally-ranked Rice... Also struck out four Owl batters... Earned the win in game 1 of the UAB series after striking out five in 3.1 innings... Struck out all three Tulane batters he faced in the first game of that series (April 13) for his third and final save of the year... Was also an offensive threat early in the season... Hit safely in six of the first eight games in which he played, including season-best two-hit performances against Baylor (Feb. 2), at LSU (Feb. 18) and Southwest Texas State (Feb. 24)... Tallied RBIs in games against Baylor (Feb. 2), Southwest Texas State (Feb. 25) and nationally-ranked Texas A&M (Feb. 27).
Appeared in nine games as a relief pitcher...showed improvement at the end of the season, throwing two perfect innings in two appearances at the Conference USA Tournament and 0.2 innings of scoreless relief against Rice in the Regional...recorded two strikeouts against South Florida in the C-USA Tournament in Tampa and one against Charlotte...pitched the final frame of the semi-final win over the 49ers, sending UH to the championship game..held eventual College World Series participant Texas scoreless in a season-long 2.0 innings of relief...struck out eight batters in 8.2 total innings...played in four games as a pinch hitter, pinch runner or defensive sub in the infield...scored as a pinch-runner against Louisville and drew a walk in his second at bat of the season at Saint Louis (April 29).
Appeared in 15 games as a pitcher...started two games, becoming the only true freshman to work his way into starting assignments... notched his first career save on the road at Louisville (Mar. 21), helping the Cougars complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals in the series finale... saved the two-run lead by getting a ground ball out with the bases loaded... both starts were on the road against Texas and Baylor, a pair of teams that went on to make NCAA regional appearances...pitched a career-long 4.0 innings in first career-start at Texas (Mar. 24)...worked 3.0 frames at Baylor a week later...was the pitcher of record in both defeats, but could have used a little more offensive support as the Cougars scored a combined five runs for both games...longest appearance out of the bullpen was in his collegiate pitching debut against nationally-ranked Alabama...held a Crimson Tide team that went on to the College World Series scoreless for 2.0 innings...pitched 1.1 scoreless innings against Baylor in the NCAA record-tying 22 inning game (Feb. 21)...fanned a career-high two batters in that outing...worked at least one full scoreless inning in four appearances from the pen...struck out the only batter he faced against USL in the UH Regional... made two appearances as a pinch hitter, including opening day vs. Sam Houston State (Feb. 3)... Recorded first collegiate hit at Memphis (Apr. 3), driving in two runs and later scoring.
Two-time All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle, a first-team choice as a senior in 1998 and a second-team honoree as a junior in 1997...coached by David Pierce...two time all-District 23-5A selection...was named the district MVP as a junior...was the favorite to win the award again but broke his hand in the second game of his senior season and missed almost five weeks...returned to action on April 21 and finished strong, going 7-3 with two saves...compiled a 2.92 ERA in 52.1 innings...averaged 6.2 hits, 4.1 walks and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings... tossed back-to-back two-hitters in the state playoffs and out-dueled Josh Beckett, a number-one draft pick and the nation?s top high school pitching prospect, with a 2-1 win...was the winning pitcher in the Texas High School All-Star game.
Born on May 5, 1980, in Houston...parents are Bob and Brenda Mitchell...also enjoys hunting and playing golf.