Born in Phoenix, Ariz., ... parents are Steve and Janelle ... is the third of eight children ... is an Eagle Scout ... served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Queens, New York ... likes to fly model airplanes ... married Laura Nordstrom in August, 2009 ... majoring in exercise science.
Was team MVP in 2005 at at Westwood High for both baseball and swimming ... was first team all-region and first-team all-state in baseball ... as a senior he struck out 13 in seven innings in one game against Skyline ... had a 4-5 record with a 2.22 ERA in 63 innings ... threw 112 pitches in six innings during one of his 13 outings ... also lettered three years in swimming and one year in soccer.
Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SV IP H R ER BB SO 2009 16.20 0-0 3 0 0 0 3.1 7 7 6 1 2 2010 5.94 4-4 14 13 1 0 66.2 102 59 44 18 46 2011 2.42 6-4 20 10 1 3 85.2 77 31 23 10 73
- Queens , New York
Made appearances against Manhattan, Utah Valley and Washington State ... struck out two in one inning at WSU.
Registered victories vs. UC Davis, Washington, and twice against UNLV ... The 8-4 victory over UNLV was the first time Neil had thrown a complete game and he threw 124 pitches ... he started off that game with three shut out innings and did not surrender a hit until a single on the second batter in the third inning ... retired UNLV in order in the first three innings as well as the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
Drafted in the 29th round by the Florida Marlins ... named national pitcher of the week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com and the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for his 2-0 record, a 0.00 ERA in two appearances in one-run victories over Utah and New Mexico in 11 scoreless innings ... selected Second-Team All-Mountain West Conference ... All-Tourney in the Brooks Wallace Classic hosted by Texas Tech ... recorded victories at Washington, at UNLV, against Utah, New Mexico, at San Diego State and at Air Force ... struck out eight in a 9-3 victory at San Diego State ... had 10 games when he did not walk a batter ... had saves at Texas Tech, at Pepperdine and against Utah Valley ... had a 4-1 record with a 1.67 ERA in seven league games.