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23 CONNOR FALKENBACH
  • RHP
  • 5-11 · 175
  • R/R
  • Senior · 3L
  • Parkland, Fla. · Majory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • Major: Food and Resource Economics

AS A SENIOR (2005): Drafted in the 43rd round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays…Second-team All-SEC selection…Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time…Concluded his career as the school's all-time pitching leader in appearances (124) and fewest walks per nine innings (1.24)…Ranks fourth in innings pitched (295.2), fifth in saves (16), tied for seventh in hit batters (20) and is eighth in strikeouts (222)…Established an NCAA mark with 51 relief appearances and compiled a 3.15 ERA in 91.1 innings of action...Appeared in a school-record 13 straight games between April 23 and May 14…Had worked in eight consecutive outings from March 20 through April 3…Ranked third in the SEC with nine saves, the highest total for a Florida player since Keith Ramsey had nine in 2001…Second on the Gators behind Alan Horne (108) with 75 strikeouts…Did not allow a walk in 35 of his 51 appearances…The team's leading hurler in league play with a 2.42 ERA in 25 appearances…Tossed 44.2 innings in conference activity with 32 strikeouts…Allowed three runs on six hits in two games versus Texas in the championship round of the College World Series…Also pitched against Tennessee and Arizona State at Rosenblatt Stadium…Recorded the final out against Florida State in the Super Regional on June 11 to help UF reach Omaha for the first time since 1998…Pitched the ninth inning and earned the win over Vanderbilt on May 22 to clinch the SEC regular-season crown…Recorded the last two outs in the first meeting with the Commodores to pick up the save…Notched the game's last out during the come-from-behind win over Stetson…Saw action in each of the Gators' three games in series against South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas…Tossed 4.1 innings with four strikeouts in win at Auburn on April 24…Hurled 2.0 innings in relief versus the Tigers April 23 and collected two strikeouts…Pitched five scoreless innings in relief against the Gamecocks on March 27…Fanned three batters and allowed one I 17-6 win over UCF…Totaled four K in three innings of work against UNC Asheville…Hurled a season-high six innings on opening night versus Charleston Southern and registered five strikeouts…Whiffed 10 batters in his first two outings.

AS A JUNIOR (2004): Tabbed as an Honorable Mention All-American by College Baseball Insider…Compiled a 10-7 record with a 3.34 earned run average…Ranked second in the SEC in both innings pitched (126.2) and appearances (35)…Tied for third in the league in victories (10)…His number of appearances tied for the seventh-most in school history during a single season…Falkenbach's innings' total placed him seventh on UF's all-time chart for one year…Made 30 relief appearances, the sixth-highest amount in the SEC, and started five games…Made two or more appearances in an SEC series on six occasions…Totaled 81 strikeouts and allowed 12 walks…Limited opponents to a .267 batting average and uncorked just two wild pitches…Over his five starts in '04, the right-hander was 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 36 innings…In 90.2 innings worked out of the bullpen, he was 7-6 with a 3.67 ERA…In non-conference games, he was a sparkling 7-1, maintained a 2.84 ERA over 73 innings and limited foes to a .254 showing at the plate…Started the second game of the NCAA Super Regional at top-ranked Miami (Fla.) and allowed eight hits with five K over 7.2 innings…Went the distance versus UCLA in the NCAA Oklahoma City Regional on June 5, giving up three runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts, as the Gators edged the Bruins, 4-3…Notched the first solo shutout of his career with a masterful 7-0 performance against Georgia at the SEC Tournament on May 28…Matched a career-high with seven strikeouts and limited the Bulldogs to three hits…Involved in the decision during all three games of the series at Tennessee, going 1-2…Picked up the win in the finale by going 7.1 innings in which he allowed five hits and three runs with a pair of K…Worked 7.2 innings of relief during a 10-9 setback versus Ole Miss on May 14…Preserved series triumph over Alabama by tossing 3.1 frames and surrendering one earned run…Hurled five innings and registered five strikeouts to earn the 5-3 victory in the first meeting with Vanderbilt…Fired four scoreless frames at Mississippi State on April 18, paving the way toward an 8-3 Gator win…Did not permit a run between March 24-31, a span of 10 innings…Kept Florida State off the scoreboard with a 5.1-inning relief stint on March 31, allowing three hits with three K, as UF nipped the Seminoles, 7-6…Improved to 5-0 on the campaign by working 6.1 frames in an 8-3 conquest of Purdue on March 5…Struck out five Boilermakers and scattered two hits.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2003): Led Florida with 26 appearances and collected a team-high three saves…Ranked second on the club with a 3.86 ERA and turned in a 4-2 ledger…Registered 54 strikeouts and permitted just eight walks…His four wins were tied for the third-most on the team behind Justin Hoyman (eight) and Mike Pete (five)…Did not walk a batter in 20 of 26 outings and had multiple strikeouts in 15 appearances…In SEC play, Falkenbach was 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 31 innings…Worked five innings on four occasions and in four of his six starts…Allowed just one earned run in nine appearances between April 9-May 4…Appeared in three of UF's five NCAA Regional contests, a total of six innings in which he fanned six batters and surrendered four runs…Collected a save in the 8-6 decision over Bethune-Cookman on May 31…Pitched a scoreless ninth inning at No. 14 Auburn on May 3 to preserve an 8-6 victory…His 1.1 innings of shutout ball lifted the hosts to a wild 11-8 win over Jacksonville State on April 23…Did not walk a batter over his first eight appearances of the season, a stretch of 21.1 innings…Hurled five shutout frames against Hofstra on Feb. 21 and struck out a career-high seven batters to pick up his second victory of the season…Was triumphant in the Gators' season opener against Mercer, giving up six hits and three runs with five strikeouts during the 15-5 win.

AS A FRESHMAN (2002): Made 12 appearances, including one start, in posting a 1.40 ERA on the mound…Did not have a decision but recorded one save in 19.1 innings…Hitters batted just .247 against him…In four SEC outings, Falkenbach did not permit a run in five innings…Saved the second victory over Bethune-Cookman in the NCAA Regional on June 1 by finishing the final 3.2 frames…Went three innings in his first collegiate start on May 7 versus South Florida and allowed three hits with a walk…Totaled three K against the College of Charleston on March 12 and fired two shutout innings…Did not allow an earned run in 10 of his 12 appearances.

SUMMER: Played for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers of the Northwoods League with teammates Mike Pete and Jeff Corsaletti in 2002…Went 5-3 with a 1.67 ERA and league-leading 85 strikeouts…Finished second in the league in earned run average… Tossed a pair of complete games, fired two one-hitters and had a single-game high of 12 strikeouts…His 75.2 innings of work ranked fourth in the league…First-team All-Star selection by the Northwoods League…At the time, his ERA and strikeout totals placed him third all-time in Rochester's single-season history…Played for the Parkland (Fla.) Eagles during the summer of 2000.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2001 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where he played for head coach Dean Florio…Finished 12-4 with a 1.32 ERA, 96 strikeouts and 15 walks in 14 starts as a senior…Pocketed two saves… Three-time all-county selection (first-team as a senior, second-team as a junior and third-team as a sophomore)…Chosen as the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior…Went 7-2 and registered a 1.24 ERA while striking out 83 in 11 games started as a junior…Two-time winner of his school's Cy Young Award…Earned three varsity letters in baseball.


FALKENBACH'S CAREER HIGHS
Innings (Starter): 9.0 vs. UCLA (6/5/04) & Georgia (5/28/04)
Innings (Reliever): 7.2 vs. Ole Miss (5/16/04)
Strikeouts: 7 vs. Georgia (5/28/04) & Hofstra (2/21/03)
Hits Allowed: 10 vs. UCLA (6/5/04)
Runs: 6 vs. South Carolina (4/11/04)
Earned Runs: 6 vs. South Carolina (4/11/04)
Walks: 3 vs. Vanderbilt (4/6/03)

FALKENBACH'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Season Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2002 1.40 0 0 12 1 0 0 0 1 19.1 18 4 3 4 12
2003 3.86 4 2 26 6 0 0 1 3 58.1 65 28 25 8 54
2004 3.34 10 7 35 5 2 1 0 3 126.2 130 56 47 12 81
2005 3.15 3 3 51 0 0 0 0 9 91.1 114 51 32 17 75
CAREER 3.26 17 12 124 12 2 1 1 16 295.2 327 139 107 41 222
SEC Regular-Season Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2002 0.00 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 4 0 0 2 4
2003 3.48 2 2 14 2 2 0 0 1 31.0 30 14 12 6 24
2004 4.02 3 6 17 1 0 0 0 2 53.2 59 30 24 6 28
2005 2.42 3 2 25 0 0 0 0 5 44.2 48 25 12 8 32
CAREER 3.22 8 10 60 3 2 0 0 8 134.1 141 69 48 22 88
SEC Tournament Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2002 3.38 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.2 2 1 1 1 0
2004 0.00 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 3 0 0 0 7
2005 3.86 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2.1 5 4 1 1 1
CAREER 1.29 1 0 6 1 1 1 0 0 14.0 10 5 2 2 8
NCAA Postseason Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2002 4.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3.2 4 2 2 0 1
2003 6.00 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 6.0 10 4 4 1 6
2004 3.24 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 16.2 18 6 6 3 10
2005 5.62 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 8.0 16 5 5 2 4
CAREER 4.46 1 1 12 2 1 0 0 3 34.1 48 17 17 6 21
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