After winning eight of last 13, Tigers continue SEC play at #14 Ole Miss
2008 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
BIG 12 CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK (5/12/08)
2007 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Finished the season with a 3.84 ERA, which ranked 14th in the Big 12 ... Was 9-4 on the year, placing third in the Big 12 with the nine victories ... Tied for third in the conference with 96 strikeouts on the year in 86.2 IP ... Had an ERA of 4.00 in Big 12 games, which was 10th best in the league ... Also earned two saves on the season, giving him nine career saves ... Won each of his first five starts of the year ... Struck out 10 and walked none, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings pitched against Stetson on Feb. 24 to earn his first win of the year ... Had nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched against Indiana State to earn his third win of the season ... Set a career-high with 11 strikeouts in eight innings on the mound, allowing one run on four hits against Toledo to move to 4-0 ... Picked up fifth-straight victory as he allowed just two unearned runs on four hits against Baylor, striking out nine in a seven-inning complete game ... Took no decisions in consecutive starts against Texas Tech (March 30) and Oklahoma State (April 6) ... Allowed just one run on five hits and struck out nine in seven innings pitched against Texas on April 12 to move to 6-0 on the year ... Was credited with a no decision against Oklahoma on April 19 ... Earned his seventh victory of the year with seven innings of work against Kansas State on May 3 ... Came on in relief and struck out the only batter he faced for the final out of the series opener against Kansas to pick up his first save of the year ... Pitched a seven-inning complete game against KU in the series finale, striking out eight and allowing just one run on five hits to move to 8-1 ... Earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors after the Kansas series ... Made two appearances out of the bullpen in the Nebraska series, striking out six and allowing just one hit in 3.2 scoreless innings pitched ... Pitched the final 2.2 innings against Texas in the Big 12 Championships, striking out four and not allowing a run on two hits to earn his ninth win of the year ... Came on in relief against Oklahoma (May 22), Miami (May 31) and Ole Miss (June 1), but suffered the loss in each of his final three appearances ... Was 5-0 for Team USA at last summer's FISU Wold Championships, earning the win for the National Team in the Gold Medal game.
Led Mizzou with 28 appearances on the mound, which tied for eighth most in MU season record books ... Had seven saves in 2007, which ranked sixth in the Big 12 and put him into a tie for seventh in the MU record books for saves in a season ... Was second on the team with eight wins and tied for second on the squad with 77 strikeouts on the year and was third with an opposing batting average of .242 ... Appeared in two games of the season-opening series at FIU ... Recorded his first save by striking out five as he pitched a perfect final three innings of the series finale against FIU ... Recorded a season-best eight strikeouts as he pitched the final six innings of MU's 13-inning game against Akron on Feb. 23 ... Picked up either a win or a save in seven-consecutive outings March 4-23 ... Earned his first win of the year with four innings of scoreless work in game two of a doubleheader with Youngstown State ... Picked up his second save of the season with two no-hit innings to close out the win against Louisiana-Monroe on March 7 ... Struck out four and allowed just one run on four hits in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen against Dallas Baptist on March 10 to record his third save ... Turned in a pair of 1-2-3 ninth innings against Western Illinois (March 15) and Cleveland State (March 16) for saves number four and five on the year ... Picked up the win after 1.1 innings in relief against Cleveland State on Feb. 18 ... Pitched the final three innings of Missouri's 11-inning win over Nebraska on March 23 to claim the victory ... Struck out six in 2.1 innings out of the bullpen in the series opener against Kansas ... Earned the victory with 1.2 innings of work in relief against Kansas on April 1 ... Improved to 5-3 on the year with a victory over Texas A&M on April 14 ... Had saves in back-to-back appearances against Missouri State on April 17 and Baylor on April 21 ... Struck out seven in 4.2 innings in the series finale against Texas Tech ... Allowed just one run on three hits in 2.1 innings pitched against Texas on May 6 and earned the win to move to 6-3 ... Earned the win with two innings of work out of the bullpen against Oklahoma State on May 19 ... Struck out five and allowed one run on three hits in 3.1 innings pitched against Louisville on June 2 in the NCAA Regional earning the victory and improving to 8-3 on the season ... Ranked third among Top Prospects of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America in the summer of 2007.
Had a record of 15-8 during his career at Greenfield Central High with a 1.19 ERA and 251 strikeouts ... Was 8-6 as a senior with an 0.98 ERA and 140 strikeouts ... Also had a .439 batting average and six home runs at the plate over his career ... Team had a record of 45-17 during his four years ... Was an all-state selection as a senior ... Named the Hancock County Player of the Year ... Was twice selected by the Indianapolis Star to the All-East team and named the Player of the Year ... Named the Hoosier Heritage Conference Player of the Year ... Was a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American in 2006 ... Team was sectional champions and regional runners-up in 2005 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the State Tournament in 2006.
Born in Greenfield, Ind. ... Son of Harold and Sharon Gibson ... Is a communications major with an interest in going into sports broadcasting ... Sister played softball at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. ... Selected by the Philedelphia Phillies in the 36th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.