STORYLINE: A 2000 Freshman All America, Simon emerged last season as the Gators' No. 3 starter in only his freshman season. He finished 10-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 28 appearances. His 10 wins ranked second on the all-time victories list for a freshman.
2001: Earned win in 6.0 start, allowed four hits, one run vs. South Florida, 5/9...Pitched second-longest relief outing in school history, earned win in career-high 9.0 innings of work and allowed five hits, two runs and struck out three vs. Mississippi State, 4/29...Earned win after throwing 5.0 innings of shutout ball (three hits) and struck out a relief career-high six batters at Vanderbilt, 3/30...Earned first save of season in scoreless, two-hit, 4.0 inning appearance at Vanderbilt, 3/30...Threw 7.0 innings, allowed nine hits, five runs and struck out four in start vs. Maine, 3/20...Pitched 7.0 innings, allowed nine hits, six ER and struck out three in start vs. Tennessee, 3/9...Earned win after throwing 5.0 IP and allowing six hits, five runs (five ER) and striking out four vs. Central Michigan, 3/2...In three outings from 2/14-2/24, threw 18.2 IP with 1.93 ERA and allowed eight hits, six runs (four ER) and struck out 12 batters...Threw career-high 8.2 IP and allowed only three hits, two runs (one ER) and struck out two in 33 batters faced in no decision...For the week of 2/12, went 2-0 with 10 strikeouts in 10 IP and retired 11 straight batters vs. Charleston Southern...Earned victory after pitching 6.0 innings and allowing four hits, four runs (three ER) and striking out five vs. Florida State, 2/18...Earned victory after pitching 4.0 innings, struck out five of 14 batters faced, retired career-high tying 11 straight batters and allowed one hit, no runs and one walk vs. Charleston Southern, 2/14.
2000: Named to Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All America First Team after posting the second-most victories for a freshman (10) in Florida baseball history... Earned Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All America First Team honors, becoming just the fourth Florida pitcher to earn a freshman all america award...Became first freshman at Florida to win 10+ games since 1991 when two freshmen- Marc Valdes (13) and Ron Scott (10) each surpassed the 10-win mark...Tied UF's season winning percentage record for a freshman with his 10-2 W-L record (Ron Scott also went 10-2 in 1991 for an .833 winning percentage)...Saw action in 28 games with seven starts...Posted a 10-2 record with a 4.32 ERA with one save...Led team with 10 wins...Ranked tied for fourth in the SEC in wins (10)...Reeled off eight straight wins after starting the year with a 1-2 mark...Did not allowed an earned run in 11 of 21 outings out of the bullpen...Recorded a 4-0 record with a 3.88 ERA in SEC play...Career high 7.0 innings pitched against Samford, 3/28...Claimed first SEC win with 2.1 scoreless innings in relief at Arkansas, 3/25...Came out of the bullpen and shutout LSU over the final 5.1 innings while only giving up two hits and picking up his seventh victory, 4/16...Had streak of 18.2 innings without walking a batter, spanning 10 games...Earned win in first career start against Fordham, 3/14 with a career-high six strikeouts...Struck out five batters against Louisville, 3/6...Gave up game-tying and go-ahead runs at No. 1 FSU, 2/27, to take the loss...Earned first win versus Miami, 2/13, pitching a scoreless ninth as UF rallied in the bottom of the inning...Pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-outs situation setup by three consecutive UF errors in the inning...Took the loss against Jacksonville, 2/9, allowing six runs (two earned) over one inning...Earned save in first career outing at Hawaii, 1/22.
SUMMER BASEBALL: Played 2000 summer with the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley League...Finished 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and struck out 25 batters in 20.0 innings.
PREP: A 1999 graduate of Chamberlain High School...Coached by Dick Rohrberg... Named All-Conference, All-County, a FACA High School All-Star...Posted a 8-3 record with one save and 1.99 ERA as a senior...Went 6-3 as a junior with a 2.78 ERA in 53 innings...Had 84 strikeouts while throwing four complete games including two shutouts...Earned Pitcher of the Year honors... Member of "Team Florida" at the Sunbelt Classic.
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SIMON'S CAREER HIGHS
Innings Pitched: 8.2 vs. Florida State, 2/24/01;
Strikeouts: 6 vs. Fordham, 3/14/00;
Innings Pitched: 9.0 vs. Mississippi State, 2/29/01;
Strikeouts: 6 vs. Vanderbilt, 3/30/01.