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35 DARREN O'DAY
  • RHP
  • 6-3 · 220
  • R/R
  • Senior · 3L
  • Jacksonville, Fla. · Bishop Kenny High School
  • Major: Animal Biology

AS A SENIOR (2006): Signed a free-agent professional contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after the season concluded… Assigned to the Orem (Utah) Owlz, a member of the Pioneer League…Over his 33 appearances in 2006, the second-most on the Gators, O'Day posted the pitching staff's lowest earned run (2.91) average for the third-consecutive year...Named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Watch List, he was 3-2 and collected a team-high eight saves in 55.2 innings, with 52 strikeouts and 11 walks…The righty completed his career in Gainesville second in appearances (117), fourth in saves (20), tied for seventh in victories (23) and tied for ninth in ERA (3.14)…A standout in the classroom, the animal biology major earned Academic All-District III recognition for the third-straight time and became the fourth UF baseball player to achieve Academic All-America status when he earned third-team honors from ESPN The Magazine…Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Was Florida's nominee for the prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award…O'Day was selected as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 20 after saving all three victories as the Gators swept Miami (Fla.) in Coral Gables for the first time in school history…. Was also chosen to the SEC Good Works Team, highlighting an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts…Capped his Gator tenure by recording the final three outs in his final game at McKethan Stadium, a 10-5 win over LSU that clinched the series…Earned the victory in game two versus the Bayou Bengals courtesy of Stephen Barton's walk-off homer…Threw a season-high four innings in the final meeting with Alabama…Struck out the Crimson Tide's Greg Paiml with two runners aboard to secure UF's 4-3 decision in the opener…Tossed two scoreless frames to preserve the 4-1 victory over Auburn…Named to the College Baseball Foundation Honor Roll on March 21 after helping the Gators to a 3-1 performance, including a road win at UCF and an SEC series victory over seventh-ranked Arkansas…Was 2-0 and collected a save with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings during that span…Collected his first win of the season by matching his career-high of five K at UCF…Registered four K and allowed zero baserunners over 2.2 innings when Florida State visited on Feb. 28…Saved all three wins as Florida defeated Miami (Fla.) at Mark Light Field by scores of 2-1, 4-1 and 11-10…In Friday's 2-1 nail-biter, O'Day was summoned from the bullpen to face junior pinch hitter Roger Tomas with runners on the corners and one down. The reliever induced a ground ball to second baseman Brandon McArthur that was converted into a game-ending double play...Called into hold Florida's 4-1 lead in the ninth on Saturday with a runner aboard, O'Day had the first batter pop-up and then produced another grounder that resulted in a game-ending double play…In the series finale, the right-hander was stretched to 1.2 innings... After yielding a one-out double in the ninth with the Gators ahead, 11-10, O'Day buckled down to retire UM's final two batters…Matched his career-high of five K in the 3-2 setback to Mercer.

AS A JUNIOR (2005): Earned Academic All-District III recognition for the second year in a row, collecting first-team accolades…Became the fourth Gator baseball player to achieve academic all-district twice during his career, joining David Eckstein (1996, 1997), Ben Harrison (2003, 2004) and C.J. Smith (2003, 2004)…Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time…Chosen as CSTV's Student-Athlete of the Month for March after being picked as the channel's Student-Athlete of the Week on March 15…Named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Midseason Watch List for the organization's inaugural Stopper of the Year Award…Posted a team-low 2.87 earned run average in 34 relief appearances for the Gators…Compiled an 8-3 record in 69 innings pitched and tallied 63 strikeouts…Limited opposing batters to a .222 average…Did not allow a triple and gave up just two home runs, the fewest of anyone on UF who pitched 30 or more innings…Was second on the club with seven saves behind Connor Falkenbach (nine)…Now ranks sixth on the school's career list with 12 saves…John Pricher (1988-92) holds the record of 25…Notched a team-low 2.09 ERA against non-conference competition…Second on the team with 44 strikeouts outside of league play…Allowed just one earned run in postseason play...Did not allow a run in 8.1 innings of work during the College World Series...Tossed 3.2 innings in the championship series versus Texas…Struck out four Longhorn batters over the two-game series…Pitched 4.1 innings in relief versus Nebraska on June 19, striking out two and not allowing a run, to collect the 7-4 win…Recorded the game's final out against Tennessee to lift the Gators to a 6-4 victory in the opener of the CWS…Worked two innings against Notre Dame in NCAA Regional action…Tossed 1.1 innings and earned the save versus Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament on May 26…Hurled five innings, his longest relief outing of the season, at Vanderbilt on May 21…Allowed two hits and struck out two batters versus the Commodores and was helped by Matt LaPorta's game-winning homer in the 13th inning…Shut the door on Auburn in the series opener on the Plains by pitching the final two innings and striking out five…Saw action in all three games of the Alabama series, earning a save in the opener with 2.2 scoreless innings…Picked up his first save of the season versus Villanova on March 5 by striking out three batters in two frames…Toiled 4.2 innings against second-ranked Miami (Fla.) on Feb. 19, totaling five K and picking up the 2-1 win in 11 innings.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): Earned Second-Team All-SEC honors from SEBaseball.com…Joined teammates Ben Harrison and C.J. Smith as CoSIDA Academic All-District III recipients…Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time…Compiled an 8-1 record in 59.2 innings of action and led the Gators in lowest ERA (2.56) and saves (five), a total that was sixth in the league…Rated second on the squad with 26 appearances…Struck out 39 batters and issued 10 walks…Did not uncork any wild pitches…Was a spotless 4-0 in SEC activity and registered a 2.55 ERA over 24.2 frames…Did not yield an earned run in 16 of his 26 appearances and had at least one K 20 times…Captured his final eight decisions of the campaign…Lone start in '04 came against Vanderbilt on May 29 at the SEC Tournament…Worked 6.1 innings, scattering nine hits and three runs, with a career-high five strikeouts…However, UF dropped a 6-5 decision to the Commodores in 12 innings…Collected the extra-inning win against No. 5 LSU to open SECs by hurling 2.2 scoreless frames…Came out of the bullpen and held Alabama in check over 1.2 frames to help the Gators notch the series win, 6-5…Had a five-inning relief stint against Vanderbilt on April 25 and earned the 3-2 win in 10 innings…Logged a career-high 6.2 innings, with three K and two runs, versus Georgia on April 4…Toiled three frames, allowing just one earned run, to secure the dramatic 11-inning win over Florida State on March 31…Sealed series success against Arkansas by taking the rubber game, 7-6, in 10 innings…Fanned four Army hitters in 2.0 IP on March 17…Snagged first win of the year with two innings of one-hit ball in a 6-5 edging of Brown on March 13…Saved consecutive triumphs over Northwestern and Stetson over March 1-3…Kept Miami (Fla.) off the board for two innings to preserve a 3-0 shutout on Feb. 13 …Picked up first career save in 8-4 win over Gardner-Webb on Feb. 8 after tossing 1.1 shutout innings and recording a couple of strikeouts.

AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Placed third on UF with 24 appearances, all in relief…Had a 4-3 mark and sported a 4.81 ERA…Registered 36 strikeouts and walked seven batters…Turned in a 1-2 SEC record with a 4.41 ERA…Collected 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings against league foes…Did not issue a walk in 13 straight appearances, a span of 18.2 IP between March 18-May 11…Had multiple strikeouts in an outing on 13 occasions…Worked 3.1 innings against Miami (Fla.) at the NCAA Regional on June 1 and earned the victory…Earned first conference win with two innings of shutout ball in 6-5 triumph over Alabama on April 23…Pitched two games of an SEC series twice, against South Carolina and Ole Miss…Notched the first win of his collegiate career against Siena on March 2…Limited the Saints to two runs and a run over 2.2 innings…Tossed a season-high 4.1 frames versus South Florida on Feb. 25 but was not involved in the decision after giving up seven hits and a pair of runs…Outing against the Bulls was the only time O'Day surrendered multiple extra-base hits in one outing.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2001 graduate of Bishop Kenny High School, where he lettered in baseball during his junior and senior years for head coach Bob West…Coach McMahon also attended Bishop Kenny…Earned first-team All-First Coast Conference and third-team all-state honors…Chosen as his team's Most Valuable Pitcher as a senior.


O'DAY'S CAREER HIGHS
Innings (Starter): 6.1 vs. Vanderbilt (5/29/04)
Innings (Reliever): 6.2 vs. Georgia (4/4/04)
Strikeouts: 5 (five times)
Hits Allowed: 9 vs. Vanderbilt (5/29/04)
Runs: 5 vs. Alabama (4/17/05)
Earned Runs: 5 vs. Alabama (4/17/05)
Walks: 3 vs. Alabama (5/14/06)

O'DAY'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Season Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2003 4.81 4 3 24 0 0 0 0 0 39.1 51 24 21 7 36
2004 2.56 8 1 26 1 0 0 1 5 59.2 64 31 17 10 39
2005 2.87 8 3 34 0 0 0 2 7 69.0 56 29 22 13 63
2006 2.91 3 2 33 0 0 0 0 8 55.2 62 20 18 11 52
CAREER 3.14 23 9 117 1 0 0 3 20 223.2 233 104 78 41 190
SEC Regular-Season Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2003 4.41 1 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 16.1 20 9 8 2 14
2004 2.55 4 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 24.2 29 16 7 3 15
2005 4.57 2 1 12 0 0 0 0 4 21.2 21 11 11 6 19
2006 4.18 2 1 18 0 0 0 0 4 28.0 39 14 13 7 23
CAREER 4.35 9 4 52 0 0 0 0 8 80.2 109 50 39 18 71
SEC Tournament Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2004 3.00 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 9.0 11 3 3 1 7
2005 0.00 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3.1 2 1 0 1 3
CAREER 2.19 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 12.1 13 4 3 2 10
NCAA Postseason Statistics
YEAR ERA W L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2003 13.50 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 11 6 6 3 4
2004 0.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.1 2 0 0 0 1
2005 0.87 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 10.1 5 1 1 1 6
CAREER 3.78 2 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 16.2 18 7 7 4 11
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