Scouting Report: Hard-throwing righthander will be mainly used out of the bullpen and/or in midweek starting role.
Summer 2001: Helped lead the Harrisonburg Turks of the Shenandoah Valley League to playoff appearance ... teammates included fellow Boilermakers Simon Klink, Kris Luce and Sean O?Neil ... posted a 4.08 ERA in 35.1 innings ... struck out 20 while allowing 41 hits and 15 walks.
2001: Appeared in 18 games as a freshman, second most on the team ... made four starts and totaled 30.1 innings pitched ... struck out 14 hitters ... pitched in six Big Ten games ... struck out three batters in 1.1 innings during collegiate debut vs. Central Florida (2/17) ... pitched scoreless eighth inning vs. Illinois State (2/24) ... threw four scoreless innings of hitless relief and struck out two at Cincinnati (3/11) ... retired only batter faced in relief appearance at Long Beach State (3/15) ... made first collegiate start at Cal State Northridge (3/17) ... pitched two innings of scoreless relief vs. Minnesota (3/23) ... retired all three batters faced in relief appearance vs. Valparaiso (3/27) ... threw 1.1 innings without allowing a run at Ball State (4/4) ... earned first collegiate victory by throwing four innings without allowing an earned run in start at Butler (4/11) ... hurled two innings of scoreless relief vs. Penn State (4/15) ... retired all three batters faced vs. Illinois State (4/18) ... struck out two batters in three shutout innings as starter to earn win at Valparaiso (4/24) ... pitched 2.2 innings of relief and struck out two vs. Illinois in Big Ten Tournament game (5/17).
High School: Earned four baseball letters for head coach Mark Pelfrey at Springboro High ... was three-time all-conference selection ... went 7-2 with 1.40 ERA during senior season to earn first-team all-conference honors ... named second-team all-state as senior ... was team?s most valuable player and most outstanding pitcher as senior ...posted a 5-2 record with a 1.30 ERA as junior ... also earned four letters in football and basketball.
Personal: Born April 18, 1981 ... son of Kelly and Jayte Howard ... has one older sister, Katie ... liberal arts major ... aspires to work in sports business.
Howard?s Career Bests:
Innings Pitched (Start): 4.0, at Butler, 4/11/01
Innings Pitched (Relief): 4.0, at Cincinnati, 3/11/01
Strikeouts (Innings): 3 (1.1), vs. Central Florida, 2/17/01
Howard Fact: Made six consecutive appearances as a freshman, spanning 11.1 innings, without allowing an earned run from April 11 to April 24. Earned victories in consecutive starts during that stretch at Butler (4/11) and at Valparaiso (4/24).