Was a consistent presence in the Volunteer bullpen this season...Made 22 appearances with a 1-2 record and a 7.86 ERA...21 of his outings came in relief...Worked a total of 26 1/3 innings while striking out 23 and walking only six...Averaged 1.39 innings per appearance...Made 10 appearances in SEC play...His first outing of the season by taking the loss against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 27 when he allowed three runs on three hits in one inning of work...Picked up his first save of the year after recording the final two outs of the Vols 8-6 victory over Ohio on March 7...Worked three straight scoreless outings against Ohio (March 8), Louisville (March 11) and Auburn (March 15 G2)...Allowed one earned run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings while striking out a season-high five batters against Coastal Carolina on March 17...Earned a no-decision in his first career start on March 31 at East Tennessee State, allowing two runs on six hits through three innings...His first SEC appearance of the year was a 1 2/3 innings of work against Alabama on April 4...Had two scoreless outings against Mississippi State (April 11 and 12)...Picked up his first victory of the year after pitching one scoreless inning at LSU on April 18...He did not allow a run on two hits...Struggled during his last six outings of the season...Absorbed his second loss of the season on May 3 at Kentucky...He allowed three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of work...Surrendered three runs in each his final appearances of the season (vs. South Carolina, May 10 and at Vanderbilt, May 16).
2008 - JUNIOR
Was Tennessee's top relief ace, posting a 3-2 record out of the bullpen while leading the team with four saves ... Tied a career-high with 22 appearances, all of which came in relief ... Fashioned a career-best 2.83 ERA while working a career-high 41 1/3 total innings ... Averaged 1.88 innings per appearance and posted a 1.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... Left-handers hit .265 against him and right-handers batted .189 ... Made nine appearances in SEC play, posting a 1-2 record with one save and a 3.97 ERA through 22 2/3 innings of league action ... Pitched a single scoreless inning vs. Morehead State Feb. 23 before taking the mound against the Eagles one day later and recording his first save of the year with a pair of perfect innings ... Allowed two runs on one hit with a season-high three walks during a three-inning stint against Texas Tech at Houston's Minute Maid Park on March 2 ... The Texas Tech game marked the first of eight appearances he would make during the month of March, during which he would allow just three earned runs in 20 1/3 innings while going 3-0 with one save ... Worked single innings against James Madison (March 5), Eastern Michigan (March 9), and Middle Tennessee (March 11) ... Tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings against Presbyterian March 12 ... Allowed one run on one hit during a three-inning stint in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over eventual SEC Western Division champion LSU on March 16 ... Was perfect through the final two innings of UT's road win at Louisville March 19, earning his second save of the year ... Enjoyed a career day at Auburn March 29, pitching a career-long 6 2/3 innings and recording a career-high five strikeouts while limiting the Tigers to no runs on one hit while earning his second career SEC win ... Threw one perfect inning in UT's win over 18th-ranked and eventual Atlantic 10 champion Charlotte April 2 ... Notched his third save of the season with 1 2/3 strong innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Florida on April 5 ... Did not pitch for 10 days after suffering a muscle strain in his right upper arm against during 1/3 inning of action Austin Peay on April 8 ... Suffered his first career loss April 19 at Arkansas, allowing one unearned run on one hit through 1 1/3 innings of relief ... Pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings vs. ETSU April 23 ... Went three innings at Mississippi State April 25, allowing one run on four hits ... Also worked 1 1/3 innings in the series-finale against MSU on April 27 ... Took the loss against 13th-ranked Vanderbilt May 4 after being touched for four runs on seven hits through two innings ... Picked up his fourth and final save of the season May 13 vs. Furman by working a pair of hitless innings ... Finished the year by pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings at 18th-ranked South Carolina May 16.
2007 - SOPHOMORE
Enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign in which he showed tremendous improvement from his freshman season ... His 22 mound appearances were second on the team and he served as the Vols' top middle-reliever ... Built a 2-0 record with a pair of saves and a 4.15 ERA ... Was touched for 16 runs (14 earned) on 26 hits with 16 walks and 30 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings ... Was 1-0 in SEC play with an 8.49 ERA ... Made a pair of relief appearances during UT's season-opening series at No. 13 Florida State Feb. 2-4, allowing no earned runs in four full innings of action ... Allowed one run on three hits during three innings of relief work vs. Eastern Michigan Feb. 10 ... Faced two batters (1/3 inning) Feb. 18 vs. Bethune-Cookman ... Made a 1/3 inning appearance vs. Illinois-Chicago March 3 before returning against the Flames one day later to recording his first collegiate save with a strong, two-inning performance (three strikeouts)... Struck out the final batter March 6 vs. Lipscomb to notch his second career save and his second in as many games ... Struck out two while tossing one perfect inning of relief March 9 vs. Siena ... Pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings March 16 at No. 22 Alabama ... Worked a single perfect inning of relief vs. No. 7 Arkansas March 31 and pitched another full inning vs. the Razorbacks one day later, allowing one run on two hits ... Earned his first career win April 4 vs. ETSU while tossing 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen with two runs allowed and three strikeouts ... Retired two of the three batters he faced during a 2/3 inning appearance at No. 11 Kentucky April 7 (Game 2) ... Threw a single hitless, shutout inning against Lincoln Memorial April 18 ... Worked 2 1/3 shutout innings at ETSU April 24 ... Made two appearances in the series against No. 13 Ole Miss and totaled 4 2/3 shutout innings ... He earned the win out of the bullpen against the 13thranked Rebels on May 5 to improve to 2-0 on the year ... Struck out two during a perfect inning of action vs. Belmont May 9 ... Allowed two runs during the final two innings of UT's loss to No. 7 South Carolina May 11 ... Also pitched 1/3 inning vs. the Gamecocks May 13 ... Threw a perfect inning against Tennessee Tech May 15 ... Was roughed up during a 1/3 inning relief appearance at Florida may 18, giving up five runs on no hits with three walks ... Opponents hit .239 against him on the year, with left-handers batting .225 and right-handers hitting .246.
2006 - FRESHMAN
Made seven relief appearances on the year and fashioned a 3.18 ERA ... Recorded six strikeouts and six walks in 5.2 innings of action ... Pitched the ninth inning of UT's season-opening win at Florida Atlantic Feb. 3 ... Also made one-inning relief appearances against Lambuth (Feb. 28) and Oakland (March 3, three strikeouts) ... Threw 1 1/3 perfect innings during the win over Siena March 14 but faced just three batters and failed to record an out one day later during UT's 9-8 loss ... Pitched a shutout ninth inning during UT's 21-1 win over Tennessee Tech March 21 ... Tossed the final 1/3 inning of UT's 6-1 loss to No. 26 Kentucky March 25 ... Threw one inning during UT's exhibition loss to the Tennessee Smokies minor-league team April 4 ... Finished with an opponents' batting average of .111 ... Left-handers hit .143 against him, and right-handers hit .091.
Graduated from Gulliver Preparatory School in Pinecrest, Fla. ... Follows in the footsteps of former Vols Javi Herrera (2001-03), Dennis Gomez (2001-02) and Alex Suarez (2003- 05), all of whom attended Gulliver Prep ... Team posted a 21-9 record in 2005 and lost in the district playoffs ... Senior stats included a 5-1 record and a 1.22 ERA ... Was a member of the Gulliver squad that went 26-6 and won a state title in 2004 ... Earned All-Dade honorable mention honors as a junior in 2004.
Full name is Daniel Wiltz ... Born Feb. 13, 1987, in North Bergan, N.J. ... Son of Hector and Maricela Wiltz ... Engaged to Michelle Stewart of Chattanooga, Tenn. ... Recipient of the John & Darlene Smolik Athletic Scholarship ... Academic major: Psychology.
Innings pitched-Reliever: 6.2 at Auburn 3/29/08
Strikeout High (2008): 5 at Auburn 3/29/08
Strikeout High (Career): 5 at Auburn 3/29/08
Walk High (2008): 3 vs. Texas Tech 3/1/08
Walk High (Career): 3, 3x (last vs. Texas Tech 3/1/08)