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Mike Ballard
Mike Ballard

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Virginia Beach, Va.

High School:
Ocean Lakes

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195

Position:
LHP

B/T:
L/L




2005: Finished the season 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA ... his eight wins were second-most on the team ... started all 15 of the games he appeared in ... fourth on the team in strikeouts (53) and second in innings pitched (89.0) ... Named the ACC Pitcher of the Week (2/14) ... Made his first appearance since 2003, recording six strikeouts and two hits in 7.0 shutout innings and earning the win in Virginia's first victory of the season, 2-0 over UNC Wilmington (2/12) ... Pitched 8.0 innings with three strikeouts to earn the win as Virginia defeated Bucknell, 7-2 (2/18) ... Struck out five and gave up only four hits in 8.0 scoreless innings against Fordham, earning the win in Virginia's 5-0 victory (2/26) ... Pitched 8.0 scoreless innings and recorded the win against Marist, striking out nine and allowing only five hits in Virginia's 3-0 victory (3/11) ... Recorded a 4-1 complete game victory against Maryland, notching five strikeouts and allowing only one run on five hits in his 9.0 innings of work (3/18) ... Recorded his sixth win of the year, striking out four and giving up only one earned run on five hits in Virginia's 9-2 win over #4 Georgia Tech (4/23) ... Earned his seventh win of the season, allowing only two runs on six hits and striking out five Seminoles in 6.0 innings against #15 Florida State, a 6-2 final (5/1) ... picked up his eighth win of the season, holding Miami to one run on eight hits while striking out three in a 4-3 victory (5/15).

2004: Did not compete in a game .. Sat out the season to rehabilitate an injury.

2003: Served as one of Virginia's weekend starters ... Season was cut short due to an injury ... Began the season in the weekend rotation ... Made his first career appearance and start as a true freshman for Virginia, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out a game-high four batters against #20 Auburn (2/15) ... Earned his first collegiate win by pitching 5.2 innings, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out two batters in Virginia's 9-2 win over Duke (3/22) ... Recorded his second win of the season by pitching 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits while striking out six batters in Virginia's 4-1 victory over #20 Clemson in Clemson, S.C. (4/5) - the loss was Clemson's first home loss of the season and broke the Tigers' 16-0 record at home ... Pitched a season-high 6.2 innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on three hits while striking out eight batters against #12 Richmond (3/3) ... Pitched 5.1 innings and struck out one batter against #4 Florida State (3/15) ... Went 6.0 innings and allowed just one run on two hits in Virginia's 4-2 victory over Maryland (3/29).

Prep & Personal: Earned four letters in baseball for coach Gary Spedden at Ocean Lakes ... Named a 2002 First Team All-Beach District choice and was selected a Second Team All-Region player ... Helped guide Ocean Lakes to a second place finish in the 2001 Virginia AAA State Tournament and was named a First Team All-District, All-Region and All-Tidewater choice while being tabbed the District Player of the Year in 2001 ... Second Team All-State choice in 2001 ... Earned First Team All-Beach District honors and was named a Second Team All-Tidewater and All-Region player in 2000 ... Set the Ocean Lakes ERA record in 2000 with a 1.17 ERA - Only to shatter his own mark a year later with a school-record 0.69 ERA in 2001.

Ballard's Career Pitching Statistics

Year ERA G-GS W-L SV CG-SO IP H R ER BB K HB WP
2003 1.93 7-7 2-2 0 0-0 37.1 30 14 8 19 26 1 0
2004 0.00 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 3.54 15-15 8-3 0 1-3 89.0 86 41 35 19 53 1 0
Career 2.49 22-22 10-5 0 1-3 126.1 116 55 43 38 79 2 0