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5-11 / 175
NCAA active career saves leader (seventh all-time)
Big 12 Conference career saves leader
Baylor career saves leader
Cape Cod League career saves leader
2004 Team Co-Captain
2003 All-Big 12 Second Team (coaches, AAS)
2003 Big 12 Tournament All-Tournament Team
2003 MLB Draft Pick (San Diego, 16th round)
2000 USA Baseball National Team Selection
2000 National Co-Freshman of the Year (CB)
2000 All-America Third Team (CB)M
2000 Freshman All-America First Team (BA, CB)
2000 Big 12 Freshman of the Year (consensus)
2000 All-Region (ABCA)
2000 All-Big 12 First Team (consensus
Career - Big 12 Conference recordholder for career saves (34) and appearances (88) ... Begins the season as the NCAA Division I active career saves leader ... Ranks seventh all-time in NCAA D-I history in career saves and needs just 15 saves to tie the NCAA D-I record of 49, held by USC's Jack Krawczyk (1995-98) ... Holds Baylor single-season saves record (15 in 2000) and career records for saves and relief appearances (87) ... Needs just four appearances to set a new career record in that category, as well ... Ranks 14th in the Baylor recordbooks in career strikeouts (181) and 19th in career ERA (3.36).
Summer 2003 - Expanded his own Cape Cod League career saves record, closing out 10 games to push his total to 34 ... Went 0-2, 1.35 with 29 strikeouts in 20.0 innings ... Is the only pitcher in Cape Cod history with three consecutive seasons of 10 or more saves after saving 12 games in 2001 and 12 more in 2002; no other player has even put together two such seasons ... Ranks second in the Cape recordbooks in career games pitched (61), career relief appearances (61) and career strikeouts by a relief pitcher (91).
2003 (Junior) - Named to preseason Rotary Smith Award Watch List ... Threw 2.2 shutout innings in a loss to Arizona (2/7), striking out five ... Earned his first save since 2001 by closing out a 9-8 win over then-No. 7 USC (2/22) as the Bears swept a doubleheader ... Struck out three in 1.1 innings for his second save of the weekend, finishing a 3-1 win over USC for the series sweep (3/23) ... Stranded the tying run on second in the seventh, then closed out an 11-6 win at UC-Irvine (3/1); struck out four in 2.1 shutout innings for his third save ... Picked up another save the next day, shutting out UCI over 1.2 innings and striking out four (3/2) ... Earned his first win by pitching the final 2.2 innings of a 4-3 win over Oklahoma (3/22); struck out four and allowed only one hit ... Tied Oklahoma's Jeff Bajenaru for the Big 12 Conference record with his 28th career save at SWT (4/15); retired all four batters he faced, including three strikeouts; added the Big 12 career saves record to his resume after already setting Baylor single-season and career save records, as well as the Cape Cod League career save record ... Five days later, made his first career start after 76 relief appearances; allowed just one unearned run in five innings against Missouri (4/20) but took the loss ... The next weekend, set a new Big 12 career saves record with his 29th career save; pitched the final 2.1 innings at Kansas (4/27), striking out five without a walk ... Picked up career save No. 30 by pitching the final three innings against Centenary (5/6), striking out four ... Finished out the last three innings again for the save in a 7-1 victory at Nebraska (5/17); made his 80th career relief appearance in the game, setting a new Baylor record ... Pitched the final 2.1 shutout innings of a 9-8 Baylor win over Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament (5/23), allowing only one infield hit and earning his ninth save of the year ... One day later, tossed a season-long 5.1 innings of relief in a 7-5, 14-inning Baylor win over Nebraska (5/24); struck out a career-best seven batters and allowed only one hit and no runs for the victory ... Named to the All-Big 12 Tournament team after pitching in four of the Bears' six games, allowing no earned runs in 10.1 innings and striking out nine; walked only one and allowed just two hits while earning a win and a save ... Pitched in all three games at the NCAA Regional (5/30-6/1), earning a win and two saves; struck out nine in 4.1 innings and did not allow an earned run ... Was unavailable for the NCAA Super Regional after slamming his right index finger in a car door and requiring stitches ... In addition to holding the school's career saves and appearance records, is second all-time at Baylor in career games pitched ... His 30 appearances was the second-best total in school history, as were his 29 relief appearances ... Finished with 11 saves, third-best in program history ... Tied for 29th in the nation in saves ... Finished third in the Big 12 in saves, tied for third in appearances and ranked eighth in strikeouts ... Tied for ninth in the Big 12 in saves for conference games only.
2002 (Redshirt) - Hampered by pain in his right (throwing) arm before undergoing surgery to correct a problem which had affected his delivery for nearly two years ... Baylor career leader in saves ... Also ranks among Baylor's career leaders in relief appearances (5th, 58) ... Struck out four in 3.1 innings while picking up the win against Oral Roberts (Feb. 23) ... Followed that with a 4.1-inning, six-strikeout relief appearance against then-No. 9 Texas (March 3), grabbing his second victory of the year ... Improved his record to 3-0 with a win in relief at Texas-Arlington (March 13) ... Added yet another win against Kansas (March 16) after throwing 2.1 shut-out, no-hit innings in relief ... Made three more appearances before going down for the year and having surgery on his right (throwing) arm to relieve an entrapment of his median nerve in the bicep area; the problem caused a tenderness in one particular spot in his arm when he released the ball on a pitch ... Underwent exploratory surgery on April 12; rehab following the surgery kept him out for the year ... Received a medical redshirt.
2001 (Sophomore) - Extended his own team record for career saves to 23 ... Made 24 appearances while picking up eight saves, the third-best single season total in school history ... First Bear to lead the team in saves in consecutive seasons since Michael Roberts (1978-1979) ... Finished fourth on the team with 44 strikeouts in 38.0 innings of work ... Struck out the side against TCU at the Astros College Classic (Feb. 3) in his only inning of work ... Struck out five Nicholls State batters in two innings (Feb. 18) ... Earned a save in conference opener at Texas A&M (Feb. 24) by striking out the side in the ninth to preserve a 2-1 victory ... Worked one inning and struck out three to get the save against Oklahoma (March 16) ... Worked a career-long 6.2 innings and struck out a career-high seven batters in a 15-inning win over Southwest Texas (April 17) ... Was excellent against Texas Tech (May 12), picking up a save and allowing just one hit while striking out two ... Picked up the save in Baylor's amazing 11-10 comeback win at Rice during the NCAA Regional (May 26).
2000 (Freshman) - Set Baylor records for saves in a season and career saves while only a freshman ... Ranked fifth nationally with 15 saves ... Posted a 1-2 record with a 2.28 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched ... Struck out 46 batters while walking just 21 in 24 appearances on the mound ... Named Big 12 Freshman Pitcher of the Year (consensus) ... First team all-Big 12 (consensus) ... Named to Baseball America's Freshman All-America first team ... Honored as Collegiate Baseball's Co-Freshman of the Year ... Most dramatic performance of the season came against Texas A&M (March 5), when he struck out Daylan Holt and Carlos Sepulveda looking with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh ... Also was magnificent in the Nebraska series (March 31-April 2), earning two saves and a win over eight innings of work ... Earned a key save in game three of the Texas series (April 23) ... Broke Baylor saves records set by Jason Jennings, the 1999 consensus National Player of the Year ... Spent the summer touring the United States and Europe with USA National Team.
High School - Earned four letters for coach Lew Kennedy at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas ... Posted a 30-7 record with a 1.70 ERA and struck out 372 batters during his high school career ... Named to all-state first team three times ... Led his team to the 1998 state 4A championship as a junior ... 1998 co-player of the year ... Also earned all-district and all-area honors.
Personal - Full name is Zane Rodney Carlson ... Born Aug. 11, 1980 in Spokane, Wash. ... Son of Ron and Sandra Carlson ... Chose Baylor over Texas, Texas A&M, Louisiana State and Rice ... Majoring in health/fitness ... Prides himself on his knowledge of Major League Baseball; says he would like to put that knowledge to the test someday as general manager of the Texas Rangers.