By Neil White (The State)
By Brian Hand (Spurs & Feathers)
2015 - NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List ... Made 19 appearances with three starts, went 1-5 with a 4.78 ERA and nine saves, allowed 19 runs, 17 earned, on 33 hits in 32.0 innings with 19 walks and 44 strikeouts ... Five-plus scoreless innings in second start of the year, allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out a career-high seven batters in 6-2 loss to Auburn (5/2) ... 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with one walk and four strikouts for a save in 3-2 win over Vanderbilt (4/18) ... One scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts for eighth save of the year in 4-2 win vs. The Citadel (4/8) ... One inning of relief in 13-7 win at Mississippi State (4/4); allowed one run, unearned, on one hit with a strikeout ... One perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts to earn a save in 2-0 win at The Citadel (3/31) ... Allowed one run on three hits in 1.1 innings with two walks and a strikeout for a win in 6-4 win over Kentucky (3/15) ... Allowed one run on two hits in 1.2 innings with two strikeouts for sixth save of the year in 4-3 win over Kentucky (3/14) ... One perfect inning of relief with a strikeout for fifth save of the year in 5-3 win over Miami (Ohio) (3/8) ... Retired lone batter he faced with a strikeout for fourth save of the year in 2-0 win over Miami (Ohio) (3/7) ... Two scoreless innings of relief with just one walk, no hits and five strikeouts to earn a save in 4-1 win over Clemson (2/28) ... Earned a save with 1.2 innings of relief in 6-4 win over Northeastern (2/22); allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts ... First career save with 2.2 scoreless innings, no hits allowed and tied a career-high with six strikeouts in 8-3 win over College of Charleston (2/14).
2014 - Made 21 appearances with a pair of starts, went 3-0 with a 1.79 ERA in 40.1 innings with nine runs allowed, eight earned, on 24 hits with 15 walks and 38 strikeouts, opponents hit just .170 against him ... Also saw action as position player, hit .191 (9-for-47) in 18 games with 12 starts, scored six runs and tallied a pair of RBI ... Career-high 6.1 innings of relief, did not allow a run and allowed just two hits and four walks with a career-high six strikeouts in 4-3 loss vs. Maryland in NCAA Regional (5/31) ... 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in 10-1 win over The Citadel (5/13) ... One perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts in 15-1 win over Wofford (5/7) ... Struck out both batters he faced, singled and scored in 5-3 at Georgia (5/4) ... 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and 2-for-4 at the plate in 2-1 loss vs. Alabama (4/26) ... Three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts to earn a win in 8-0 victory vs. Davidson (4/22) ... Starting designated hitter, talled a RBI base hit and a run scored in 6-5 loss to Florida (4/13) ... 4.1 scoreless innings of relief with just one hit allowed and career-high four strikeouts to pick up a win in 9-2 win at Furman (4/8) ... 1.2 scoreless innings with no hits allowed and a strikeout in 4-1 loss at Arkansas (4/4) ... Three scoreless innings in 4-2 win over College of Charleston (3/25) with just one hit allowed, one walk and two strikeouts (3/25) ... Starting designated hitter with a RBI in 8-3 win at Kentucky (3/23) ... 2.1 innings of relief in 13-5 loss at Kentucky (3/21); allowed one run, unearned, on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts ... 3.1 scoreless innings in first career start for first career win in a predetermined split with just one hit allowed in 5-0 win over Furman (3/11) ... One scoreless inning of relief with three strikeouts in 8-0 win over Brown (3/8) ... Perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in 7-1 win over Stetson (3/4) ... 1-for-3 as starting DH in 12-0 win over Bucknell (2/16) ... Two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in 17-4 win over Bucknell (2/15).
HIGH SCHOOL - Rated No. 5 best high school prospect in South Carolina and No. 175 best high school prospect in nation by Perfect Game USA ... Rated No. 7 best overall prospect in the state of South Carolina for 2013 MLB Draft by Baseball America ... 2013 South Carolina AAAA All-State ... 2013 SC/NC Select All-Star ... 2013 Atlantic All-Regional by Perfect Game USA ... Rated No. 4 right-handed pitcher in South Carolina and No. 6 best high school prospect in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects ... 2012 Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year in South Carolina ... As a junior in 2012, went 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 47 innings, also hit .329 with five homers and 24 RBI ... Helped lead South Aiken HS to 2012 District VI championship ... Played for Best Nine AAU team ... Played for Team South Carolina at 2012 South Atlantic Border Battle.
PERSONAL - Born on October 24, 1994 ... Parents are Billy and Elizabeth Widener ... Major is criminology.