UT's Sunday starter for most of the season...Finished with a 4-4 record and 6.21 ERA in 58.0 innings, spanning 12 starts...Ranked third on the team with 45 strikeouts, while walking just 16...Did not factor into the decision in his first start after allowing five runs on nine hits in four innings of work against Xavier on Feb. 20...Was absolutely dominant in his second start, earning his first career win with seven shutout innings against No. 10 Oregon State in a 9-2 victory...Struck out a career-high nine batters, while allowing just three hits and one walk...Threw 97 pitches with 65 strikes....Was named the CollegeBaseball360.com Primetime Pitcher of the Week on March 2 for his effort against the Beavers...Followed that up with another 7.0 inning performance, this time against Kennesaw State on March 6...Allowed only six hits and one run, while strking out six and walking one...Missed two starts with minor elbow tendonitis before returning with 4.2 innings against LSU on March 27...Allowed six runs on six hits in that game, but did strike out five Tiger hitters...Did not factor into the decision at Ole Miss on April 4 after allowing four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work....Struck out three and did not walk a batter....Suffered his second loss of the year against Florida on April 11...After throwing five shutout innings to start the game, he allowed four runs in the sixth...Walked two, struck out one and gave up seven hits in the contest....Lasted just two innings at Mississippi State on April 18, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks....Made his first mid-week start of the year against Belmont, earning his second win with five innings of work...Allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two...Became the first UT pitcher since 2002 to start and win two games in a week when he threw six innings of one-run ball to lead the Vols to a series-clinching, 3-1 victory over Kentucky....Made it three wins in a row with five strong innings, allowing two runs and striking out five while scattering seven hits, in UT's 25-5, series-clinching rout over Georgia...Lasted just 2.1 innings at Auburn on May 15, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits....Went five strong innings against Alabama on May 21, allowing just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five...Earned a spot on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll for his work in the classroom...Played on the Falmouth Commodores in the prestigious Cape Cod League over the summer...Was 1-0 with 31 strikeouts and a 5.13 ERA in 26.1 innings.
2009 - FRESHMAN
The true freshman finished the season with a 0-1 record and a 5.93 ERA...Fashioned a 5.79 ERA in SEC play...Made 18 appearances with four starts...Made three of his starts against non-conference opponents with one SEC start at the end of the season...Made his collegiate debut Feb. 21 against Oregon State, worked 0.2 innings...Took his first lost when he allowed two runs on one hit with four strikeouts against Austin Peay, Feb. 24...Pitched one inning against Coastal Carolina Feb. 27 at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament...Earned a no decision in his first collegiate start on March 7 against Ohio, allowing two unearned runs on three hits with a season-high five strikeouts...Struggled in his second start March 11 vs. Louisville, allowing six runs on five hits through 2.2 innings...Worked only one inning in his third straight start against Tennessee Tech March 18...Pitched a scoreless inning at Florida March 21...Had a rough outing against Georgia in his home conference debut, giving up three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings...Did not allow a run in a stretch that covered three games at the end of March and beginning of April and included work against ETSU (March 31), Alabama (April 4), and Lipscomb (April 8)...Pitched 3.1 innings at No. 1 LSU, limiting the Tigers to two runs on five hits while striking out two...Struck out the one batter he faced on April 21 against ETSU...Worked a season-high four innings in relief on April 24 vs. Arkansas...Made his first SEC start on May 3 at Kentucky, working 1.2 innings, giving up six unearned runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts...Allowed a lone run in an inning against South Carolina May 9...Finished up season with 1.1 scoreless innings at Vanderbilt May 15...Spent his summer playing for the La Crosse Loggers in the Northwoods League...Was the team's ace, amassing a 7-1 record with a 2.23 ERA in a team-high 76.2 innings pitched...Struck out 49 while leading his squad to the league's championship series.
Graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in Austintown, Ohio, where he was coached by Wally Ford and was a four-year varsity starter...Compiled a 15-5 high school record and is the school record-holder for career strikeouts...Was a team captain and first-team All-Federal League honoree as a senior in 2008...Also won his team's prestigious Ed Mouch Pitching Award in each of his last three high school seasons...AFHS reached the regional playoffs when he was a junior in 2007, and he pitched a complete-game, three-hitter (12 Ks) while leading his team to a win in the sectional championship game in 2008...Was a 2008 Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason All-America selection and was rated by both Perfect Game and Baseball America as one of the top prospects in the state of Ohio...Attended the 2007 Perfect Game National Showcase, where he earned a 9.5 rating...Played summer ball for the Midland Braves (2006), Midland Redskins (2007) and the Astro Falcons (2008)...Played two years of basketball, averaging 16 points as a freshman and eight points as a sophomore...Was his high school's valedictorian, boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA...Was vice president of his class for four years, was named to the 2008 All-Federal League Academic Team and was active in the National Honor Society and the Latin Club...Also a member of the Federal League Sportsmanship Committee.
Full name is Steven Mark Gruver...Born June 30, 1989, in Pittsburgh, Pa....Son of Sue and Mark Gruver...Recipient of the Captain & Mrs. Dan C. Clements Athletic Scholarship Endowment...Academic major: Kinesiology.