AS A SENIOR (2006): Selected in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball Draft with the 801st pick overall by the Seattle Mariners…Joined Gator teammate Gavin Dickey in being assigned to the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox of the Northwest League…Tied with sophomore Bryan Augenstein for the team lead with 15 starts…Finished 4-9 with a 5.57 earned run average and registered 51 strikeouts in 82.1 innings…Concluded his career with 55 starts, equaling Marc Valdes atop the school's all-time list…His 20 victories rank 11th on the Gators' statistical chart…Was 1-7 with a 6.45 ERA in 10 league outings…Toiled six innings versus LSU in his final start of the year, on May 19 at McKethan Stadium…Did not receive a decision after a pitching line of 6.0 IP, six hits, four runs, three strikeouts and three walks versus the Tigers…Claimed UF's SEC opener by working seven strong innings against seventh-ranked Arkansas on St. Patrick's Day…Matched his career-high total of seven K and allowed six hits and three runs during the 6-3 win…Notched a 12-6 victory over Harvard with seven innings of four-hit ball…Tossed a career-long 8.2 innings, with seven strikeouts and five hits allowed, in 4-0 setback to Texas A&M on March 10…Scattered seven hits over seven frames in 2-1 edging of Miami (Fla.)…Hurled five scoreless innings, giving up five hits, in the 10-0 shutout of Cincinnati to raise the curtain on the campaign.
AS A JUNIOR (2005): Posted a 7-6 record in 17 starts with a 3.45 ERA…Third-straight year that the right-hander had 17 appearances…Claimed his first five decisions between Feb. 13-March 18…Managed the lowest earned run average among the club's principal starters, a group that included Stephen Locke (4.04), Alan Horne (4.05) and Tommy Boss (4.11)…Totaled 101.2 innings and registered 72 strikeouts…Limited foes to a .250 batting average…Fourth on the team with a career-high seven victories…Struck out five batters or more on eight occasions…Sported a 3.75 ERA in conference play and was 2-3 over eight starts…Equaled Horne and Boss with six wins at McKethan Stadium…Took the season-ending loss versus Texas in the College World Series championship round…Allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts over 5.1 frames against the Longhorns…Went six innings in the setback to Arizona State at the CWS after giving up four runs on four hits with three walks…Tossed 6.2 innings during UF's opening-round win over Stetson in the NCAA Gainesville Regional…Hurled an impressive 7.2 innings in the second game at Vanderbilt, a key 2-1 victory for the Gators…Tossed a career-high 8.1 frames in the 8-2 victory over Mississippi State on May 13…Matched a personal-best by fanning seven batters versus South Carolina in the first game of the set…However, he wound up on the short end of a 2-0 pitching duel with Gamecock hurler Aaron Rawl…Lifted the Orange and Blue to victory in the SEC opener on March 18 by going 7.1 innings at Ole Miss…Allowed seven hits and two earned runs in a taking a 5-4 decision…Hurled eight innings of six-hit baseball in a 17-1 pasting of Michigan State…Struck out seven batters and secured the series triumph over Charleston Southern in his first start of the year on Feb. 13.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): Started 14 of his 17 appearances and finished 5-1 with a 5.04 earned run average in 69.2 innings…Tied Tommy Boss for second on the Gators in number of games started behind All-American Justin Hoyman (19)…Ranked fourth on the squad in victories…Struck out 27 batters and issued 27 walks…Made nine starts in SEC play and was an even 1-1 with a 7.32 ERA in 35.2 IP...Maintained a 4-0 record against non-conference opponents and had a 2.65 ERA in 34 innings…Limited non-SEC foes to a .244 batting average…Not involved in the decision during his final six starts…Allowed two earned runs or less in eight starts and worked at least five innings six times…Hurled 4.1 innings of relief against Vanderbilt on May 29 at the SEC Tournament, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks…Notched first career save with 1.2 scoreless frames against Tennessee on May 23…Limited the Commodores to one run in five innings on April 25 and had three strikeouts…Saw an end to his five-game winning streak on April 3 at the hands of Georgia…Tagged for seven hits and eight runs in 3.2 innings by the Dawgs…Posted the victory in the second game of the Kentucky series after scattering eight hits and permitting one earned run in 5.2 innings…Tossed a career-high seven innings in 14-1 domination of Brown on March 14…Totaled season-high four K in three stanzas during March 7 start against Purdue…Held Northwestern to a run over 6.2 innings in claiming 6-3 win on March 1…Bested Michigan on Feb. 25 after allowing three hits and a couple of runs on Feb. 25…Captured initial start of the campaign by working four innings in which he gave up three hits and one earned run…Pitched 3.2 innings in relief Feb. 14 against Miami (Fla.) and gave up three hits and one run.
AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Made 17 appearances as a rookie, including nine starts…Went 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 36 innings…Ball's win total tied for third on UF with Connor Falkenbach and Darren O'Day…His nine starts rated third behind Hoyman (16) and Christian Madson (10)…Claimed three of four decisions as a starter and registered a 4.44 ERA in 24.1 innings…Totaled 27 strikeouts and surrendered nine base on balls…Appeared in four SEC contests, spanning 5.1 frames, and was 0-1…Led the Orange and Blue with four non-league triumphs on the mound…Six of his final seven appearances of '03 were as a starter…Had a career-high seven K during the NCAA Regional encounter with Miami (Fla.) on June 1…Held the Hurricanes to a run and three hits in four innings…Threw a season-high five innings of shutout ball against Bethune-Cookman on April 15…Allowed just two hits and fanned four batters to snag the victory…Collected four strikeouts in start versus Stetson on April 9…Combined with four other pitchers on a seven-hit blanking of Army on March 19…Earned the first win of his career on March 5 with a perfect frame against Gardner-Webb.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as one of the top-200 recruits in the country by Team One Baseball…Four-year starter and letterwinner at Charlotte High School for head coach Dave Tollett…Named the squad's Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior…Earned all-area distinction in his final prep season…Compiled a 10-2 mark with a 1.03 ERA and one save in his final campaign…Struck out 97 batters and issued 33 walks…Ball was 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA, 89 strikeouts and two in 62.0 innings as a junior…Helped lead the Tarpons to a 25-7 record, district championship and a berth in the regional quarterfinals…Also lettered in football at Charlotte.
BALL'S CAREER HIGHS
nnings (Starter): 8.2 vs. Texas A&M (3/3/06)
Innings (Reliever): 4.1 vs. Vanderbilt (5/29/04)
Strikeouts: 7 (five times)
Hits Allowed: 11 vs. Vanderbilt (3/31/06)
Runs: 8 vs. Auburn (4/21/06)
Earned Runs: 8 vs. Auburn (4/21/06)
Walks: 6 vs. South Carolina (3/24/06)
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