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Ben Hunter
Ben  Hunter

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

High School:
Archbishop Moeller

Last College:
Furman University

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 200

Position:
RHP

Bats / Throws:
R / R

About Hunter... Former All-American closer who emerged as a weekend starter late last season... will continue role as a weekend starter this year... possesses a fearless approach on the mound... throws a heavy sinking fastball and a devastating slider... spent the summer of 2006 with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League... transferred to Wake Forest prior to the 2006 season from Southern Conference member Furman... majoring in biology... born Dec. 24, 1985, in Chicago, Ill... son of Ken & Mary Hunter.

In 2007... Began the season as the Deacons' closer but transitioned to a starting role midway through the year... proved to be one of the top starters in the ACC, going 5-1 with a 2.52 ERA in eight starts... struck out 55 batters in 50.0 innings as a starter... earned victories in starts in the ACC Tournament (May 26 vs. Miami) and in the NCAA Tournament (June 2 vs. Brown)... finished the year 8-6 with a 4.07 ERA and two saves in 28 total appearances... ranked second in the ACC with 9.19 strikeouts per nine innings... led the team with eight wins and was second with 79 strikeouts... made the first start of his Wake Forest career April 11 at No. 19 Coastal Carolina... selected to the preseason watch list for the Rogers Clemens Award... named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

In 2006... Named a 2006 second-team All-American by Rivals.com and a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball... a first team All-ACC selection... named American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Atlantic Region... selected to the watch lists for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, the Roger Clemens Award, and the Dick Howser Trophy... named to the 2006 Pepsi Baseball Classic All-Tournament team... went 1-2 with a 1.47 earned run average and 14 saves over 33 relief appearances... the 14 saves and 11.54 strikeouts per nine innings not only led the ACC, but also ranked sixth and 10th in those same categories nationally... was second in the ACC in ERA (fifth in the NCAA) and third in opponents batting average of .193... was 14-for-15 in save opportunities on the season and struck out a team-best 70... walked just 17 in 55.0 innings of work... opened the year with 26.2 consecutive scoreless innings and did not allow an earned run in ACC action until April 14 -- ending a scoreless streak of 15.2 innings in league games... the 14 saves were the most for a Wake Forest pitcher since All-American Dave Bush had 16 in 2001 and ranks tied for the second-most in single-season school history.

In 2005 at Furman... Went 6-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 74.0 innings at Furman in 2004... made 16 appearances and 13 starts, the second most on the staff... struck out a team-high 89 and walked 33... opponents batted just .237 against him... ranked second in the Southern Conference in opponents batting average, fifth in strikeouts and 10th in earned run average... tossed a season best 8.0 innings and surrendered just five hits and one walk while striking out eight in win over Jacksonville State (March 19)... struck out a season-high 14 against Wofford... earned SoCon Pitcher-of-the-Week honors once... worked into the sixth inning in seven of his 13 starts and into the seventh inning four times... fanned seven or more batters on seven different occasions.

Background... Graduate of Cincinnati's Archbishop Moeller High School... baseball coach was Mike Cameron... saw action at shortstop until his junior year... posted a 2-1 record with 3.03 record in 2004 while helping his squad to a 28-3 record, city title, league crown, and state championship... team was ranked 19th by USA Today and recorded a school record 13 shutouts and 16 straight wins to end the season... struck out 38 and surrendered only four extra base hits and 10 walks in 33 innings of work his senior year... opponents batted only .209 against him... went 5-2 in his prep career with a 2.90 ERA... served as chapter president of the National Honor Society... National Merit Finalist and Premier Scholar.

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