Four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2013, Spring 2012-13)
2013 (So.) Made four relief appearances, striking out two and allowing zero hits in three innings pitched ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Spring 2013) ... Three of four appearances were scoreless efforts ... Threw one scoreless inning at UC Irvine (Feb. 16), at Dallas Baptist (April 23) and at UT Arlington (April 30) ... Finished the season with a 3.00 ERA.
Pitched in seven games, all out of bullpen ... Pitched 1-2-3 ninth innings in three appearances and 1-2-3 eighth inning in another ... Made three of first four appearances on the road, including a career-long 2.1-innings outing at TCU (3/6) with one run allowed and a career-high four strikeouts ... Struck out four of first five batters faced vs. TCU and stranded pair of inherited runners ... Had four outings where only work was a 1-2-3 inning -- 3/3 vs. Lamar, 3/21 at Sam Houston State, 4/10 vs. Louisiana-Monroe and 5/15 vs. UTSA ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2011, Spring 2012).
Pitched and played first base for coach Dale Westmoreland at Magnolia (Texas) High School ... Four-year letterwinner ... Helped MHS to playoffs in each of last three seasons ... Team advanced to Region III finals in final season ... Rated No. 55 high school prospect in Texas and in top 500 nationally by Perfect Game ... Named second-team all-region pitcher as senior ... Earned second-team All-District 17-4A honors in 2010 and second-team All-Distrcit 18-4A honors as sophomore in 2009 ... Played in Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Teammate of Baylor infielder Duncan Wendel.
Full name is Joseph Walker Kirkland ... Born June 18, 1992, in Columbia, S.C. ... Son of Randy and Kathy Kirkland ... Health Science Studies major.