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#25 Chris Huffman
Position: Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fort Defiance, Va.
High School: Fort Defiance
Major: Sport & recreation management
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As a sophomore:

  • Led JMU in opponent average (.263), wins (4), saves (8) and appearances (26)
  • Named to preseason watch list for Stopper of the Year
  • CAA Pitcher of the Week April 22
  • Ranked second in the CAA with eight saves, third with three saves in league play and fourth with 12 appearances in conference-only games
  • Climbed to fourth in JMU history with 10 career saves, fourth with eight season saves and fourth with 26 season appeances
  • His eight saves also ranked 89th nationally
  • First full season in closer’s role after taking over at midpoint of 2012 campaign
  • Struck out six in three innings of work in second game of Hartford series to earn first save
  • Worked three no-hit innings spread over finale two games of Mason series
  • Made first season start by working a career-high 7 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts in ODU opener
  • Six innings in start at William and Mary allowing three runs with four strikeouts
  • Moved back to relief role and earned CAA Pitcher of the Week after posting three saves and a win in four appearances
  • Began award week with consecutive games with a save, pitching the ninth after a rally at Radford and pitching the 10th at Longwood
  • Tossed three innings allowing two hits as JMU emerged from a tie to defeat GSU in 10 innings
  • In fourth appearance in six days, worked the ninth for his seventh save in GSU finale
  • Five shutout innings of relief, pitching the eighth through 12th innings as JMU rallied past GW
  • 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts at UNC
  • Earned eighth save of the season with 2 2/3 innings vs. Delaware in CAA Tournament allowing one run
  • Pitched for Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League and recorded one save in six relief appearances.
  • Also pitched in the Valley League with the Staunton Braves going one and one with three saves with six appearances out of the bullpen.
  • Named number seven overall on Perfect Game's top 40 list of Valley League prospects.

As a freshman:

  • Shared JMU's team Rookie of the Year honors
  • Ranked ninth in the CAA for relief appearances with 25
  • Within the 30-game league schedule, ranked 11th in the CAA in earned run average (3.69), fourth in appearances (15), sixth for fewest hits allowed (35), third for fewest earned runs allowed (13), sixth fewest walks allowed (11) and third fewest doubles allowed (5)
  • Moved to eighth in JMU history for season pitching appearances with 25
  • JMU debut with one inning of relief against Coastal Carolina
  • Following Lafayette's rally with five runs to tie, shut down the Leopards for three innings before JMU rallied to win, giving first career victory
  • Limited Georgia State to one run on three hits with season-high four strikeouts in season high 3 2/3 innings in series opener
  • 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in Delaware finale
  • Tossed a 1-2-3 ninth in 3-2 win over Northeastern for first career save
  • Followed the next day with another perfect ninth in NU finale
  • Earned second save with 1 2/3 innings and two strikeouts in ODU opener and followed the next day with the win after allowing one unearned run in two innings as JMU rallied for a 10th-inning triumph
  • Worked 3 1/3 innings and allowed an unearned run to earn third victory of the season in middle game at Hofstra
  • Made first collegiate start in emergency fashion in Mason finale with career-high five innings pitched
  • Was a late summer signing in the Cape Cod League and helped the Wareham Gatemen to a title with no earned runs and seven strikeouts in six innings.  Began the 2012 summer with the Staunton Braves in the Valley League with a 4.35 ERA in 16 appearances with a .226 opponent average and 19 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.

Before JMU:

  • Played for head coach Vic Spotts at Fort Defiance High School
  • Indians captured four straight Southern Valley District championships and captured 2010 Region III title to reach state semifinals
  • For his high school career, Huffman went 16-2 with an ERA under two
  • Represented West squad in 7-5 loss to East during Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game July 13, 2011 at Christopher Newport University
  • As a senior First Team All-Region III as a shortstop and Second Team as a pitcher
  • Two-time Southern Valley District Player of the Year as a shortstop and pitcher
  • Member of South Team for Best of the Valley All-Star Game as a senior
  • Went 7-1 in 2011 as a senior with 76 strikeouts, 12 walks, 1.17 ERA and .190 opponent batting average in 54 innings
  • As a junior hit .479 with 33 RBIs while going 7-1 on the mound with a 2.55 ERA and six complete games
  • Also First Team All-District and All-Region as both a shortstop and pitcher as a junior and went on to earn All-State as a shortstop
  • As a sophomore First Team All-District and honorable mention All-Region III as a shortstop while hitting .450 with 15 RBIs.
  • Also played for head coach Mike Myers and the Carolina Cubs and played at 17-U World Wood Bat Tournament
  • Won bronze medal at Commonwealth Games
  • Also lettered in football and basketball at Fort Defiance
  • Honor roll student
  • Played the summer of 2011 for the Broadway Bruins in the Rockingham County Baseball League.


  • Son of Erica and Randy Huffman
  • Sport and recreation management major
  • Enjoys fishing, swimming and playing video games
  • Father Randy Huffman played basketball at Bridgewater College
  • Uncle Robbie Huffman coached three state champions in girls volleyball at Fort Defiance

Career Statistics

2012.... 4.53 3-5 25 1 0 0/0 2 47.2 54 35 24 18 38 8 1 4 220 .290 7 7 1 5 4
2013.... 4.88 4-5 26 2 0 0/0 8 55.1 56 35 30 25 42 11 4 5 252 .263 2 7 0 2 5
TOTAL... 4.72 7-10 51 3 0 0/0 10 103.0 110 70 54 43 80 19 5 9 472 .276 9 14 1 7 9

Career Highs

Innings: 7.2, Old Dominion 4/5/13
Strikeouts: 9, Old Dominion 4/5/13

Getting to know Chris...

What is your current major?
Sports Management

Why did you choose JMU?

What is your favorite thing about JMU?
My teammates

What is your Favorite place to eat on campus?

Most people don’t know that I…
Listen to Bassnectar

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
My Family

What is your “walk out” song?
Big Poppa by Biggie Smalls

What is your Favorite pre-game meal?
Jimmy John’s

Who is your Favorite Athlete?
Aroldis Chapman

What is your Favorite Movie?

What is your biggest fear?
The people who doubt me being right

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To Fly

If you could travel to one place, where would it be?
Bora Bora

If you could sit down and talk to any person, living or deceased, who would it be?

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who can’t drive

Pick one.
Hamburger or Hot Dog:

Gray, White, Gold, Purple, or Black Uniform: Black
Ski or Snowboard:
Facebook or Twitter:
Chinese Food or Mexican Food:
Skittles or M&M’s:
Country Music or Hip Hop:
Hip Hop

Within the team, who is the…
Most looked up to:
Aaron Hoover
Team Clown:
Chad Carroll
Best Dressed:
Michael Howerton
Most likely to be late:
Michael Church
Most likely to break out in a song:
Ben Garner
Best Motivator:
Trent Cundiff
Most likely to become famous (from baseball or non-baseball related):
Connor Brown