Led the Tigers pitching staff in ERA, opponents batting average, innings pitched and strikeouts. Went 3-9 in 14 starts, with a 3.34 ERA. Allowed three runs or fewer in 11 of 14 starts, but the Tigers scored four runs or less of run support in 10 of his 14 outings. Logged a complete game shutout of Brown on March 24, strikeout out a season-high six. Earned his first win with a seven-inning start at Kansas State (March 2), allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out five. Matched his season high with six strikeouts against UC Irvine (March 30) in a 7.1 inning, stint. Tossed 8.1 innings of shutout ball against UC Davis (April 14), allowing five hits until the ninth inning when a walk-off home run handed him a 1-0 loss. Eighteen of his 46 strikeouts came on called strikes, 11th in the Big West. Was eighth in the BWC in innings pitched. Ninth in the Big West in complete games with two.
Posted a 0.45 earned run averge in 31 innings pitched while striking out 48 batters against just two walks as a senior at Sauguro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Helped head coach Ryan Dyer’s Sabercats to a 34-4 record in 2011, winning the Division 4A State Championship and earning a No. 10 national ranking. Tossed a no-hitter over McClintock High School. Named Second Team All-Desert Sky Region and earned a spot on the 4A All-Star team. A three-year letter winner in baseball, he also earned a letter as a junior on the soccer team.
Michael Ryan Benson... Son of Sharie Benson. Exploratory major.