2008 Silver Glove All-Series Team
C-USA Pitcher of the Week (April 21, 2008)
Righthander who emerged toward the end of the season as a reliable No. 2 starter... Recently moved into team lead in ERA and ranks among C-USA individual leaders in ERA, saves, opposing average and strikeouts looking.
Collected his first career save during the season-opening win against Pacific after retiring three of the four batters he faced... Earned the win after striking out both batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning during the Pacific series finale... Collected a save after throwing the final two shutout innings during the San Francisco series finale... Threw four shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn the win at McNeese State... Struck out three of the four batters he faced in 1.1 innings of relief during the series opener against No. 25 UCF... Held Stephen F. Austin to only four hits with six strikeouts in six innings... Retired 16 of the first 18 Lumberjack batters that he faced... Tied then-career high with six strikeouts in 3.1 innings of relief during the middle game of the UAB series... Struck out career-high eight batters with only one run off five hits in seven innings during the middle game of the Memphis series... Retired 17 of 18 Tiger batters midway through his stint... Enjoyed his second straight quality start at No. 5 Rice during the middle game of the series... Allowed only one run off five hits and three walk with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings but did not pick up a decision... Retired 10 of 11 Rice batters midway through his outing... Collected his second straight win during the middle game of the Marshall series... Allowed only two runs off seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings against the Thundering Herd.
Became a regular member of the Cougars' weekend rotation during his first collegiate season... Competed in 18 games with seven starts, including six starts against C-USA opponents... Made his collegiate debut out of the bullpen during the season opener against Stephen F. Austin... Threw 0.2 innings of relief with a strikeout against the Lumberjacks... Earned his first collegiate win after holding McNeese State to on run off three hits with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief... Made his first career start at Texas-San Antonio, allowing only one run off four hits with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings... Held UCF to only three hits with three strikeouts in six shutouts innings during the series finale... Limited UAB to only three runs off eight hits with three strikeouts in seven innings during the series finale... Earned the win after limiting No. 23 Tulane to only three runs off seven hits with three strikeouts in 6.1 innings during the series finale... Picked up the win after allowing only one hit in three shutout innings of relief at Sam Houston State.
KINGWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Played for head coach David Denny... Taken in the 35th round of the 2006 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Senior (2006): Was an 22-5A All-District First-Team honoree. Junior (2005): Emerged as the team's closer late in the season... Member of the Class 5A state championship team... Retired the final three outs in the state championship game against Rockwall... Struck out the final two batters in the Region 3 championship game against Humble... Earned the win in the second game of the Region Semifinals against Cy-Falls, striking out four while allowing only two hits in the final four innings... Struck out six in 4.2 innings of shutout relief and earned the win in the 11th inning against Deer Park in the area-round playoff series.
Full name is John Phillip Touchton... Born on July 25, 1987, in Houston... Son of Gary and Sherry Touchton... Majoring in business... Also recruited by Texas A&M, Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma State and Arkansas
Touchton's Career Bests
Innings: 7.0, done three times; Most recently vs. Marshall (May 16, 2008)
Strikeouts: 8, vs. Memphis (May 3, 2008)
Winning Streak: 2 games (May 3-31, 2008; March 25-April 15, 2007)
Consecutive Scoreless Innings: 8.1 (March 11-29, 2008)
Long Start: 7.0, done three times; Most recently vs. Marshall (May 16, 2008)
Short Start: 1.1, at Texas A&M (May 31, 2008)
Long Relief: 4.0, at McNeese State (March 25, 2008)
Short Relief:0.1, at San Diego State (March 30, 2008)