Ben  Riley

45Ben Riley


West Des Moines, Iowa

Last College:
Iowa Western CC

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 197




2003 SEC Pitcher of the Week, Feb. 7
2003 Team co-captain

2003: Served as the No.1 pitcher on the staff for the second straight year ... Won-loss record was deceiving as the Vols averaged just 4.8 runs per game in his starts ... Led the SEC with a .211 opponent batting average ... Made 15 starts, posting a 3-6 mark with a 3.48 ERA in 93.0 innings ... Did not miss a start for the second straight year ... Vols were 7-8 in his starts ... Named SEC Pitcher of the Week after striking out a season-high seven and walking none in five shutout innings in his first start of the season against Morehead State 2/7 ... Allowed just one hit in the contest, facing one batter over the minimum ... Picked up his other two wins versus South Carolina 3/21 and Ole Miss 4/4 ... Pitched in three of the four Tennessee shutouts on the season ... Tossed his first complete game in a 1-0 loss to Kentucky 4/18 ... Matched his career-high 9.1 innings in UT's 1-0 win over Arkansas 5/9 ... Worked at least five innings in 13 starts, pitching into at least the seventh six times ... Held opponents to three or fewer earned runs nine times, including not allowing an earned run four times ... Went 2-4 with a team-best 3.34 ERA in 10 SEC starts.

2002: Evolved into UT's No. 1 pitcher, going 5-3 in 15 starts ... Posted a 5.08 ERA in 90.1 innings with 75 strikeouts ... Tied for the team lead in victories while ranking second in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts ... Was just 2-2 in first 10 starts before going 3-1 in his last five ... Won three straight starts over Arkansas 4/19, No. 6 Mississippi 4/26 and No. 23 LSU 5/4, working into the ninth against the Rebels and Tigers, respectively ... Also won back-to-back starts versus Bowling Green State 2/16 and Minnesota 3/3 ... Tossed five shutout innings in Bowling Green State game, giving up four hits ... Held the Gophers to one run on one hit in six innings at the Hormel Foods Classic in the Metrodome ... Worked at least five innings in 11 of his 15 starts, logging a season-high 9.1 innings versus Vanderbilt 5/17 in a game that went 12 innings ... Struckout 10 batters in that game ... Was only Vol hurler to start every SEC game, going 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA ... Struckout a season-high 11 in loss to Auburn 3/22 in eight innings ... Also struckout eight in 5.2 innings against Kentucky 4/3, while punching out seven in 6.2 innings versus Georgia 3/29.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Iowa Western Community College where he was coached by Therron Brockish ... Made one start in 2001 before missing the remainder of the season due to injury, taking a redshirt year ... 2001 Academic All-America ... Was the staff ace as a freshman in 2000, compiling a 13-2 mark with a 2.59 ERA, striking out 107 in 100.2 innings ... Has 13 complete games in 14 starts ... Opponents hit .206 ... Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 49th round in 2000 ... Garnered second team All-America and first team all-region honors while setting school records for wins, ERA, strikeouts, complete games and innings pitched ... Team finished with a 43-18-1 record and Region XI champions.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a two-time all-district and all-conference selection at West Des Moines Valley High School ... Coached by Steve Mohr who led team to four consecutive conference titles ... Named first team all-state following senior campaign in which he fashioned an 11-1 mark with a 1.69 ERA, striking out 110 in 78.2 innings ... Also hit .446 with 16 doubles, three home runs and 46 RBI ... Was a second team all-state choice his junior season with a 10-1 record and 1.29 ERA in 65.1 innings with 82 strikeouts ... Held a .398 with 17 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBI ... Holds school records for wins in a season and career and most doubles in a season.

PERSONAL: Born: Feb. 13, 1981 in Independence, Kan. ... Full name: Daniel Benjamin Riley ... Parents: John and Joanne Riley ... Has two brothers, Brett and Pete, and a sister, Abbey ... Models himself after Hall of Famer George Brett.



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