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2008: Enters season holding the school's lowest career ERA (3.11) and is already the school's all-time strikeout king (212) ... Also the school's career leader in complete games (12) and shutouts (4) ... Needs two wins to break the school career record of 19 set by Eric Hunter (1986-89) and needs eight starts and 32.1 innings pitched to set those career records as well.
Summer 2007: Pitched for the Sanford River Rats in the Florida Collegiate Summer League ... Posted a 1-1 record with a 1.80 ERA, the eighth-best mark in the league, in five starts ... Tossed 25 innings, allowing just 17 hits for a paltry opponents' .200 batting average ... Added 33 strikeouts, which was 10th in the league, and walked just eight.
2007: Started 12 games as the Spartans' ace ... Finished 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA, completing three games and factoring into two shutouts ... Led team with 89 2/3 innings pitched, the second-most in school history, and 73 strikeouts, which is tied for sixth in school history ... Batters hit .240 against him as he posted eight quality starts ... Struck out eight in six innings of four-hit ball to open season with 11-0 win over Limestone (2/3) ... Followed that by tossing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and striking out six in 1-0 win over Shepherd (2/10) ... Pitched nine-inning complete game at UNC Pembroke, allowing six hits, a run and striking out seven in 8-1 win (2/17) ... Pitched nine-inning complete-game, allowing eight hits, two runs and striking out eight against Georgia Southwestern (3/10) ... Struck out season high in 4-3 loss at Augusta State, allowing four runs, two earned in 7 2/3 innings ... Struck out eight in 8 2/3 innings of work in no-decision against Georgia College & State (3/31) ... Pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and two runs, striking out seven against Armstrong Atlantic State (4/21) ... Capped season with complete-game, 5-3 win against USC Aiken in the Peach Belt Tournament (5/11) ... Gave up nine hits, three walks and two hit batters, striking out four in the game ... Posted a 5-1 record with a 2.04 ERA in 53 innings at Harley Park ... Added a 6-2 record with a 2.61 ERA in 76 innings during day games.
Summer 2006: Played with the Rochester Honkers in the Northwoods League ... Helped team to both regular-season and post-season titles ... Pitched the championship-clinching game for the Honkers, earning the win over Thunder Bay ... Finished the summer 9-2 overall, compiling a 2.25 ERA in 60 innings ... Started 10 games and appeared in relief in one, posting six quality starts ... Struck out 49 and walked just 19 ... Earned a slot in the All-Star Game for the South Division.
2006: Appeared in 14 games with 13 starts ... Tied for team lead with five wins and finished second on the team in innings pitched (79 2/3, 10th in school history), and strikeouts (72, ninth in school history) ... Posted team-leading 3.50 ERA ... Typically pitched the seven-inning game of the doubleheader, completing six seven-inning games ... Notched back-to-back three-hit, 10-strikeout efforts at Armstrong Atlantic State (4/1) and Columbus State (4/8) ... Tossed first complete-game shutout, a 2-0 triumph over Columbus State (4/8) ... Tossed two-hit shutout, striking out nine, in 3-0 win at North Georgia (4/22) ... Posted a remarkable 1.96 ERA during seven-start stretch from March 11 to April 22, tossing 26 innings, completing five games and posting a 5-1 record during that time ... Pitched complete-game six-hitter against Georgia College & State (3/18) ... Posted five or more strikeouts in eight of 12 starts ... Took a no-decision in Peach Belt Tournament start against Georgia College & State, throwing 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, four runs, one earned and striking out six.
2005: Appeared in 13 games, starting 12 ... Finished with a team-leading 7-3 record ... Recorded a team-high three complete games ... Pitched a team-high 76.2 innings, then the ninth-best mark in school history ... Second on the team with a 2.82 ERA ... Third on the team in strikeouts with 67 ... His 2.82 ERA was good for fourth on the single-season list ... Pitched six innings of four-hit ball to earn his first collegiate victory over Bloomfield (2/6) ... Earned his first conference victory two weeks later, pitching six innings and striking out five against UNC Pembroke (2/19) ... Pitched seven innings of shutout ball to pick up the victory over Shepherd on (3/6) ... Went on to win his next four starts in victories over Francis Marion, Columbus State, Armstrong Atlantic State and Lander ... Threw complete-game shutout, allowing seven hits and striking out seven at Columbus State (3/26) ... Struck out nine batters against Francis Marion (3/19) and Armstrong Atlantic State (4/9).
High School: Played for Allen Tuttle at Lake Mary ... Went 7-2 and had a 1.30 ERA as a senior ... Totaled 129 strikeouts during his senior year ... named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State Team, earning third-team honors ... Also earned first-team all-conference honors and was a Second Team All-Central Florida selection ... Graduated with honors.
Personal: Born Dec. 7, 1985 ... Son of Steve and Cheryl Eckard ... Has a sister, Erin, and a brother, Matt ... Major is business administration ... Hobbies include golf and bowling ... Favorite movie is "Major League" ... Favorite TV show is "King of Queens" ... Hero growing up was his father ... Favorite quote is by Sathchel Paige, "A pitcher only needs two pitches, one the hitter is looking for and one to cross him up" ... Dream job is to own Microsoft.
Career-Highs Pitching Innings Pitched 9.0, four times Strikeouts 10, twice Walks 5 vs. Augusta State, 4/15/06 Hits Allowed 13 vs. North Florida, 4/16/05 Runs 9 at Anderson, 2/8/06 Earned Runs 8 at Anderson, 2/8/06