Born in Torrance, Calif.,...parents are Robert and Vicky ... ...served an LDS Church mission to Salta, Argentina...nicknamed "Bulldog"... his sister Emily, a centerfielder, was the only BYU club member to make the first-year BYU varsity softball team ... younger brother Sam is a freshman on this year's BYU squad ... married Dara Burch ... majoring in Spanish.
Attending Millikan High where he played third base on a team that had four pitchers sign professional contracts...was two-time all-league...coached by Dan Peters.
Pitched 67.2 innings for six saves, a 1-4 record and a 3.46 ERA in 24 appearances last season ... also struck out 55 and walked 18 ... his saves came at Alabama, at UNLV, vs. Southern Utah, vs. Utah and two vs. Air Force ... his victory was in the final regular season game over New Mexico when he went the nine-inning distance to earn MWC Pitcher of the Week honors ... he threw 98 pitches in that UNM game and had a no-hitter through five innings ... struck out six in three innings at Alabama to earn his first save.
Posted an 11-2 record in 1999 at Long Beach City College with a team best 2.73 ERA in 18 appearances, 16 starts, eight complete games, and 135.1 innings...recorded 134 strikeouts (36 called) last season along with 21 walks, one save, and 17 batters hit by pitches...picked seven runners off base...was All-South Coast Conference first team with a 7-1 record, 91 strikeouts and 83.1 innings...was 3-2 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings in 1996 at LBCC and batted .299 as a second baseman...was second-team All-SCC as a utility player in 1996...selected to the All-Southern California and Junior College All-America squads...has a wicked slider...was twice drafted by the Atlanta Braves.
2000 | Junior Year
MWC Pitcher fo the Week vs. New Mexico.
2001 | Senior Year
Posted a 16-3 record with a 3.12 ERA in 152.2 innings with 133 strikeouts ... Second Team All-American by Baseball America Magazine and Collegiate Baseball Magazine ...Signed with the Cleveland Indians ... National Pitcher of the Week, Collegiate Baseball Magazine vs. California ... MVP Mountain West Tournament ... All-Mountain West Tournament Team ... First Team All-Mountain West ... four-time MWC Pitcher of the Week vs. Fresno State, California & USF, Cal State Fullerton, Air Force Academy & UNLV ... Cougar Club's Corwd Pleaser Award Winner ... Semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Award.