2005 (entering CWS): Saw action in 17 games as redshirt-junior, all in relief...posted a 6.29 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 13 walks in 24.1 innings of work...had six multiple strikeout games, including a career-best five punches in 2.0 innings against Memphis (May 6)...held opponents without a hit in six appearances and without an earned run on 10 occasions...earned a win vs. McNeese State (Feb. 15) after tossing a perfect eighth in Tulane's 3-0 win over the Cowboys...longest appearances of the year came vs. Cal State Fullerton (March 11) and at USF (April 30) when he went 2.2 innings.
2004: Sat out the entire season after undergoing successful Tommy John surgery in December 2003 and received a medical-redshirt...served as a student-coach and saw action in the first-base coach's box in the regular-season finale at Houston and in game two of the 2004 NCAA Fullerton Super Regional...off the diamond, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's List and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2003: Appeared in four games as a sophomore, all in relief...led all Tulane relievers with a 1.69 ERA while giving up just one run on six hits in 5.1 innings of work...tossed a season-high 3.1 scoreless innings at Charlotte (4/4), holding the 49ers to just two singles while striking out one and walking none...also saw action against UNO (4/9 and 5/13) and Louisville (5/10)...held opponents scoreless on three occasions...away from the field, earned C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane Scholar-Athlete recognition.
2002: Appeared in 16 games as a true freshman...tallied a 1-0 record with a 7.18 ERA in 26.1 innings of relief...earned first career win vs. South Florida (5/12) with 2.1 solid innings to help the Green Wave win 9-8...totaled seven multiple-strikeout games, including three-K performances against Charlotte (3/16) and twice vs. Louisville (5/3 and 5/5)...tossed a season-long 3.2 innings in the series finale against the Cardinals...did not allow an earned run in seven of his 16 appearances...off the diamond, earned Conference USA Academic Medal and Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recognition.
Summer Ball: Played with the Waynesboro Generals of the Valley League in 2002 and the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League in 2003...in 2003, earned All-Alaska Baseball League honors and was named the No. 3 prospect in the league by Baseball America after pacing the league in appearances (24) and saves (7) while striking out 20 and holding opponents to a .194 batting average in 28.1 innings of work...in the NBC World Series, earned three saves in four appearances, and was voted No. 1 prospect of the 44 participating teams by Baseball America...appeared in 11 games for Waynesboro, including one start, and tallied a 0-2 record, a 5.30 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
High School: Three-year letterman at Highland Park High for coach Lew Kennedy, seeing time at first base and on the mound...as a senior, helped the Scots go 37-5 and reach the regional finals...compiled a 1.68 ERA with 102 strikeouts and an 11-2 record to earn first-team All-District 13-4A honors as a senior...as a sophomore, pitched a complete-game no-hitter while going 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles and six RBI in the same game to earn All-Mount Pleasant Tournament recognition...also lettered twice in football where he helped Highland Park win a pair of district championships...off the diamond, was a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Hunting and Fishing Club...earned AP Scholar and Park Place Motors Scholar-Athlete of the Month honors.
Personal: Full name is Richard Walter Fairchild, Jr...born May 17, 1983 in Bryan, Texas...son of Rick and Julie Fairchild...has two brothers: Lucas and Yale; and one sister, Amanda...double majoring in finance and legal studies.