Junior righthander who has been used as a long reliever and spot starter ... has one of the team’s best breaking balls ... in 53.2 innings pitched over 28 appearances (three starts) and three active seasons, he has a 2-3 record, two saves, and a 5.20 ERA while allowing 58 hits (.272 opponents’ batting average) and 23 walks with 29 strikeouts.
2012: One of five winners of the Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award ... ACC Academic Honor Roll member ... had a 1-2 record, two saves, and a 3.76 ERA in 21 appearances (one start) ... in 38.1 innings pitched, he allowed 42 hits (.276 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with 21 strikeouts ... in 36.2 innings pitched over his 20 relief appearances, he had two saves and a 2.70 ERA ... only allowed five of his 22 inherited baserunners to score ... held opponents to a .227 batting average with runners in scoring position ... in 6.0 innings pitched in the ninth inning, he allowed only two singles, no runs, and no walks with four strikeouts ... pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader against UAB on Feb. 18 ... pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs, and no walks against Maine on Feb. 25 ... pitched a scoreless seventh inning against #6 North Carolina on Mar. 11 ... pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing no hits, no runs, and no walks with three strikeouts against Elon on Mar. 20 ... pitched 5.1 innings in relief, allowing five hits and three runs with three strikeouts at Virginia on Mar. 23 ... pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing no earned runs with four strikeouts against Presbyterian College on Mar. 28 ... pitched 4.0 innings in relief, allowing one run and no walks with three strikeouts to record his first career save against Furman at Greenville, SC (Fluor Field) on Apr. 10 ... pitched 1.2 perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts against #17 N.C. State on Apr. 15 ... pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief with one strikeout against Charleston Southern on Apr. 17 ... pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowing three hits, no runs, and no walks with two strikeouts to record the save in the first game of a doubleheader at Maryland on Apr. 21; he was pitching near his hometown ... pitched 5.0 innings in relief, allowing four hits, one run, and no walks with one strikeout to earn the win at Georgia Tech on Apr. 28 ... pitched 1.1 innings in relief, allowing one hit, no runs, and no walks against Furman on May 15 ... played for Bethesda in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in the summer, where he was 1-0 with a 5.56 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched over five relief appearances.
2011: Had an 0-0 record and 54.00 ERA in one relief appearance ... was hampered by injury ... received a medical red-shirt ... pitched 0.1 innings against Western Carolina on Apr. 6; he allowed one hit, two runs, and three walks ... played for Bethesda in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in the summer, where he was 4-0 with a 3.65 ERA and .240 opponents’ batting average in 27.1 innings pitched over 10 appearances (two starts); he allowed 24 hits and eight walks with 24 strikeouts; he was a member of the league champions.
2010: Had a 1-1 record and 7.80 ERA in six appearances (two starts) ... in 15.0 innings pitched, he allowed 15 hits (.254 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with eight strikeouts ... held opponents to 2-for-16 (.125) with two outs ... had 24 groundball outs compared to just 11 flyball outs ... pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowing two hits, no runs, and one walk with three strikeouts to earn his first win as a Tiger in his first career appearance against Georgia Southern on Mar. 17 ... pitched 4.0 innings in a starting role, allowing four hits and two earned runs against Elon on Mar. 24; it was his first career start ... struck out all three batters he faced at Wake Forest on May 14 ... played for Bethesda in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in the summer, where he pitched an inning in his only relief appearance.
Before Clemson: First-team all-state selection as a junior and senior at West Springfield High School ... #13 high school prospect in Virginia and #304 high school prospect in the nation by Perfect Game ... East Coast Pro Showcase selection ... region MVP as a senior ... first-team all-district as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... 2008 Orlando Baseball Classic All-Tournament pick ... Patriot District Pitcher-of-the-Year as a junior ... lettered three times in baseball at West Springfield High, where he was coached by John James.
Personal: Endured a six-hour bone marrow transplant for his ailing brother, Matt, who is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, on Apr. 23, 2012 ... majoring in management ... born Michael Travis Kent on Oct. 30, 1990 in Fairfax, VA.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide