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2009 Baylor Captain
2009 Wallace Award Watch List
2009 Baseball America No. 6 MLB Draft Prospect (college)
2008 USA Baseball National Team Member
2008 Baseball America No. 3 USA Baseball National Team Prospect
2008 First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference
2008 QTI Baylor Classic All-Tournament
2008 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 25)
2007 Big 12 Conference Championship All-Tournament
2007 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (coaches)
2007 Fall Semester Baylor Award for Academic Excellence
2006 MLB Draft Pick (Arizona Diamondbacks, 50th Round)
Five-time Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll
Pitched for the USA Baseball National Team ... Joined Pat Combs (1988), Jason Jennings (1997, 1998) and Zane Carlson (2000) as the only Baylor pitchers to play for the USA Baseball National Team ... Led Team USA to a 24-0 record, including gold medals at Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and the FISU World University Championships in the Czech Republic ... Member of pitching staff heralded as the best in USA Baseball's 30-year history ... Staff established program-record 0.88 ERA, eclipsing previous mark of 1.29 set in 2003 ... Team defeated Cuban Olympic Team twice at Haarlem Baseball Week, including a 4-1 victory in the event's gold medal game that marked the first time a USA collegiate team defeated Cuba's Olympic Team in the championship game of an international event ... Served as Team USA's closer, converting eight saves in as many attempts ... Allowed only one unearned run in 14.0 innings over 13 appearances for a staff-best 0.00 ERA ... Scattered six hits and five walks against 16 strikeouts ... Held opponents to a .130 batting average and posted a 0.786 WHIP ... Posted a 1.12 ERA with 13 strikeouts against four walks in 8.0 innings over four appearances during the National Team Trials ... Final appearance in Trials was a 2.0-inning relief appearance in an intrasquad ... Struck out all six batters faced in that outing on 25 pitches ... Pitched three times during Team USA's seven games in North Carolina ... Earned save with two strikeouts in 1.0 inning against Chinese-Taipei at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. (6/27) ... Allowed one hit and struck out two in an inning of work against Chinese-Taipei at the USA Baseball National Training Center in Cary, N.C. (6/30) ... Scattered two hits with four strikeouts in 2.0 scoreless innings against the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain Collegiate League (6/1) ... Recorded five saves in Team USA's seven wins at Haarlem Baseball Week ... Walked one and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning in Team USA's 5-2 win over Japan (7/5) ... Entered game with one runner on base and one out in the ninth and stranded the runner at second ... Preserved Team USA's 1-0 victory over Cuba, working through trouble for the save (7/6) ... Stranded runners at second and third with two strikeouts to end the game ... Notched fourth save of the tour against host Netherlands in a 2-1 Team USA victory (7/9) ... Allowed one hit and walked one over 1.0 inning of work ... Earned the save in Team USA's 5-2 semfinals victory over Chinese-Taipei with a walk and a strikeout in the ninth (7/12) ... Pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save against Cuba in the gold medal game (7/13) ... Pitched 1.0 perfect inning of relief with one strikeout in a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic in a friendly game (7/16) ... Allowed a walk and an unearned run over 1.0 inning in a 5-2 victory over Korea in Team USA's first pool-play game at the FISU Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic ... Recorded one strikeout in 1.0 perfect inning of relief against Japan in a pool-play game at Brno, Czech Republic (7/15) ... Earned the save with a perfect ninth inning and one strikeout against Chinese-Taipei in Team USA's semifinal game (7/26) ... Completed Team USA's perfect tour with a save against Japan in a 1-0, 12-inning victory (7/27) ... Allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the 12th; runner advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then stole third ... Recorded a swinging strikeout on a 3-2 slider and induced a game-ending groundout to maintain Team USA's perfect record and personal perfect ERA ... Was named Team USA's third-best pro prospect by Baseball America.
Bears' primary Friday starter ... Made 12 appearances, all starts ... Missed one start -- at Texas Tech in the regular season's final series -- due to a strained oblique muscle ... Posted a 3-6 record with a 4.20 ERA ... Recorded 85 strikeouts against 28 walks in 70.2 innings ... Established Baylor season record for strikeouts per nine innings by a starter (10.83), eclipsing Jason Jennings' 1999 mark (10.55) ... Led staff and ranked sixth in the Big 12 in strikeouts ... Led all conference starters in strikeouts per nine innings ... Posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.04, the ninth-best season average among starters in Baylor history ... Held opponents to a .213 average (17-for-80) with two outs ... Foiled by poor run support, averaging a staff-low 3.92 runs per game ... Evidenced by 0-5 record in Big 12 play ... Recorded 58 strikeouts against 20 walks over 44.1 innings in eight Big 12 starts ... Led staff in strikeouts in conference action ... Big 12 strikeouts ranked fourth in the league and eighth in Baylor history ... Averaged 11.77 strikeouts per nine innings in Big 12 play, best in the conference by more than 2.0 strikeouts per nine innings and a Baylor season record ... Topped Jennings' 1999 previous Baylor mark (11.02) ... Posted a 2.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio in Big 12 play, the sixth-best season mark in Baylor history ... Was 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 53 strikeouts against 13 walks over 38.1 innings in six starts at Baylor Ballpark ... Named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after tossing 8.0 scoreless innings against Purdue in the season opener (2/22) ... Held Boilermakers to four singles and two walks with 10 strikeouts ... Earned all-tournament honors at the QTI Baylor Classic after notching the victory against Illinois (2/29) ... Held Illini to three runs on six hits and no walks with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings ... Moved to 3-0 on season with victory in the series opener at Mississippi State but did not earn another win all season (3/9) ... Held MSU to four runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and five walks with five strikeouts over 7.0 innings ... Allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts over 7.2 innings in a no-decision in the series opener against 21st-ranked Oklahoma State (3/14) ... Held Kansas to three runs on eight hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings in the series opener but again did not factor in the decision (4/4) ... Suffered tough-luck loss in the series opener at Kansas State the following weekend (4/11) ... Allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 6.1 innings in Bears' 6-1 loss ... Again was bitten by bad luck in a 2-1 loss at 19th-ranked Texas A&M the following weekend (4/18) ... Held Aggies to two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over 7.1 innings ... Left game tied 1-1 and winning run scored after his exit ... Held eighth-ranked Nebraska to two runs on five hits and five walks with eight strikeouts over 6.0 innings (4/26) ... Did not factor in decision after leaving game tied 2-2 ... Suffered more tough luck the following weekend and was saddled with the defeat in Baylor's 12-1 loss against Texas (5/2) ... Held Longhorns to one run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over 3.0 innings before leaving game with a strained oblique muscle ... Returned to action in Bears' season finale against Kansas State at the Big 12 Championship (5/24) ... More tough luck ensued, suffering the loss after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 5.1 innings in Baylor's 3-2 loss.
Pitched for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League ... Named league's 51st-best pro prospect by Perfect Game Crosschecker ... Was 1-7 with a 4.83 ERA in eight games, all starts ... Held opponents to a .266 average and logged 50 strikeouts against 14 walks in 50.1 innings.
Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league's coaches ... Split time as middle reliever and midweek starter prior to moving into weekend rotation in early March ... Appeared in 18 games with 14 starts, second on staff ... Finished third on team with 65 strikeouts and 8.60 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ... Tied for second on staff with six wins, becoming the first Baylor freshman since 2003 and only the ninth freshman in school history to record at least five victories ... Joined Matthew Marcom (1995), Kip Wells (1996), Ryan LaMotta (2003) and Abe Woody (2003) as the only freshmen to record at least five victories during head coach Steve Smith's tenure ... Appeared in nine Big 12 games, all starts ... Finished second on team with three victories in Big 12 play ... Was 3-0 in nine non-conference games, five of which were starts ... Went 4-1 with a 4.28 ERA in 10 games, eight starts, at Baylor Ballpark ... Allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over 1.2 innings against Houston at the Astros College Classic in Bears' season opener (2/9) ... Made first career start against Texas State in Baylor's home opener (2/13) ... Surrendered only one run on two hits over 5.0 innings in a no-decision against the Bobcats ... Earned first career victory against UTSA (2/2), allowing one run on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings ... Tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief against San Diego State at Pacific State Bank Tigers Classic (3/4) ... Made first career weekend start against Mississippi State at Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic but did not factor in decision (3/10) ... Scattered four hits with four strikeouts in 5.0 scoreless innings for the victory in the Texas Tech series finale (3/25) ... Allowed one unearned run on three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over 7.0 innings for the victory in the series finale against 19th-ranked Oklahoma (4/6) ... Yielded one run on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 5.0 innings for the win in series finale at Kansas (4/15) ... Earned all-tournament honors at the Big 12 Championship after dominating performance against Oklahoma (5/26) ... Established Big 12 Championship record with 13 strikeouts over 7.0 innings against the Sooners, allowing two runs on seven hits for the victory ... Joined Jason Jennings (1999) and Chad Hawkins (1999) as the only Baylor pitchers to record at least 10 strikeouts in a game at the Big 12 annual event ... Strikeout total was most by a Bear since Jason Jennings' 14-strikeout effort against Kansas in 1999.
Attended Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas ... Pitched for head coach George Proctor ... Led team to playoffs three straight years, reaching state semifinals in 2005 ... No. 7 on Texas Baseball News Texas Top 25 ... No. 85 on Baseball America Prospect Plus National Top 300 ... Named No. 1 prospect at 2005 Perfect Game USA South Showcase ... Two-time all-state honoree ... 2006 Pro-Line Texas Player of the Year ... Three-time all-district and all-city honoree ... 2005 San Antonio Express News 5A Player of the Year, first-team all-state, Greater San Antonio Player of the Year and All-Greater San Antonio ... Three-time all-district and two-time district MVP ... Three-time academic all-district and three-time All-Comal County ... 2005 Comal County MVP ... Participated in 2006 THSBCA Sunbelt Classic ... Named 2006 San Antonio/Austin Regional All-Star by SportsIllustrated.com ... Posted a 14-3 record with a 1.29 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 97.1 innings as a junior ... Also hit .356 with two home runs, 12 doubles and 29 RBI ... Participated in 2005 Texas Scouts Association South All-Star game and 2005 Area Code Games ... Earned three letters in football ... Three-time all-district selection at linebacker ... All-state and all-city as a senior ... Led Smithson Valley to a 36-7 record in three seasons ... Graduated top five percent ... National Honor Society member.
Full name is William Kendal Volz ... Born Dec. 2, 1987, in San Antonio, Texas ... Son of Roger and Karen Volz ... Business major.