Oct. 29, 2010
I chose Tulane because... it's known as a great academic institution with an outstanding baseball program. Getting a great education and getting better at baseball have always been goals of mine. Tulane is also very close to my home so it's easy for my friends and family to come and watch me play.
The best part about playing baseball at Tulane is... it's tradition of winning and the camaraderie on the team.
My goals for this season are... Goal number one is to win in Omaha. Goal number two is to win in Omaha. Goal number three is that we win every game I pitch in.
Do you have any pregame rituals/superstitions? . I wouldn't really call myself superstitious. I eat a meal around the same time before I pitch, but it never has to be the same thing. As long as the meal is not too heavy and has a lot of carbohydrates then I'll eat it. I pray before every game and generally between every inning because I believe God is the one who has given me my talents and abilities and he deserves the glory in every game I play.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of baseball? Play guitar and piano, listen to music, hang out with friends.
What is your favorite food? Favorite Game Day Meal? Favorite food is probably chicken, but I like a lot of things. On game days I usually eat something a few hours before the game that has a lot of carbohydrates.
If you could play for any MLB team, who would it be? I would want to play for any of them, but if I had to choose I would choose either the Houston Astros or Chicago Cubs. I grew up watching the Astros and they are my favorite team. I went to a Cubs game this past summer and the atmosphere at the game was awesome. I would love to play in that park.
Who was your idol growing up? Roger Clemens. His work ethic was unmatched by other pitchers. The way he attacked hitters with a no fear mentality was awesome.
What was your greatest memory from last season? The East Carolina series. For a young team to go into their park, a really hostile environment, and win 2 out of 3 against a great team was a very good feeling.
If you were not playing baseball, what would you be doing? I would be more involved with things on campus.
What music do you like to listen to before a game? I like to listen to Christian, rock, and rap music before a game.
What is your hidden talent? I wouldn't say it's hidden, but most people don't really know that I play piano.
What is your favorite type of animal? If we're talking about pets I would say a dog. If we're talking about any animal I would have to say either a crocodile or tiger.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to get to the other side but I don't think anyone really knows.
What is your favorite thing about New Orleans? The food, music, and culture in New Orleans are awesome. Also its uniqueness to any other city in the U.S. is amazing.
If you were going to be stranded on an island and could have 3 things with you, what 3 items would you take with you? A guitar, a fishing pole and the Bible.
What's something no one knows about you? I don't think there is anything that no one knows about me.
Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate.
What is the best road stadium/atmosphere that you have been in? Florida State. That place is ridiculous. The fans have cheers for everything and almost every player. It's an exciting place to play.
One word that describes you as a person.... Genuine.