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#11 Ben Garner
Position: Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 175
Year: Junior
Hometown: Burke, Va.
High School: Paul VI
Major: Kinesiology
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As a sophomore:

  • Struck out a career-high nine batters in just four innings in season debut vs. Longwood
  • Allowed an unearned run in 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts at VMI
  • Two scoreless innings of relief in middle game of ODU series
  • Tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts to pick up his first win as JMU rallied at Radford
  • Out with injury since mid-April

As a freshman:

  • JMU Athletics Director Scholar-Athlete
  • 2 1/3 innings in start against Longwood in JMU debut
  • 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts against Mount St. Mary's
  • One scoreless inning of work with two strikeouts against Radford
  • Two scoreless innings of relief at Maryland
  • Worked career-high 5 2/3 innings at Hofstra with five runs allowed but only two earned
  • Tossed three scoreless innings in the 11th, 12th and 13th to earn first collegiate win at VMI, ran streak to 2 earned runs allowed in 10 2/3 innings of relief (1.69 ERA) to drop overall ERA nearly three runs

Before JMU:

  • Played for head coach Billy Emerson and Paul VI Catholic High School
  • Panthers were Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state runner up in 2011 while winning state titles in 2008 and 2009 and reaching the semifinals in 2010
  • Paul VI was also champion of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) in 2008 and 2009 while also winning the Southeastern Baseball Classic each year
  • Four year Academic Scholar Athlete
  • In 2010 recorded a 2.35 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings
  • Named team's Player and Pitcher of the Year while also earning WCAC First Team All-Conference accolades
  • Also competed summer 2011 for American Legion Post 1976 with a selection to the Northern Virginia American Legion All-Star Team
  • Recorded a 2.00 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 27 innings for Post 1976 while also hitting .386 with nine doubles and 24 RBIs


  • Son of Connie and Fred Garner
  • Brother, former JMU catcher Brett Garner (2006-10), and sister, Kate Gross, each attended JMU
  • Mother was a collegiate diver at Niagara University (N.Y.)
  • Plans to teach and coach at the high school level
  • Enjoys guitar, tennis and golf
  • Kinesiology major

Career Statistics

2012.... 6.64 2-3 18 5 0 0/0 0 39.1 55 40 29 21 22 17 1 4 196 .342 3 3 0 3 8
2013.... 6.04 1-2 13 3 0 0/0 0 28.1 30 20 19 23 28 8 0 1 135 .291 7 5 1 2 2
TOTAL... 6.38 3-5 31 8 0 0/0 0 67.2 85 60 48 44 50 25 1 5 331 .322 10 8 1 5 10

Career Highs

Innings: 6.0, Towson 5/19/12
Strikeouts: 9, Longwood 2/20/13


Getting to know Ben...

What is your current major?
Kinesiology, specializing in Education

Why did you choose JMU?
Family Tradition, The Wonders

What is your favorite thing about JMU?
The Beautiful “Atmosphere”

What is your Favorite place to eat on campus?

Most people don’t know that I…
Play Guitar and Surf

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
My sister, Ashleigh

What is your “walk out” song?
Ladies and Gentlemen by Saliva

What is your Favorite pre-game meal?
A fat Chipotle burrito

Who is your Favorite Athlete?
Kevin Feehan

What is your Favorite Movie?
Tommy Boy

What is your biggest fear?
Stickers…not even kidding

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

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

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

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Lipstick. Ladies don’t ruin your beautiful faces

Pick one.
Hamburger or Hot Dog:
Chipotle Burrito
Gray, White, Gold, Purple, or Black Uniform:
Ski or Snowboard:
Facebook or Twitter:
I live in the people world
Chinese Food or Mexican Food:
Chipotle (Mexican)
Skittles or M&M’s:
Peanut Butter M&Ms
Country Music or Hip Hop:
Hip Hop

Within the team, who is the…
Most looked up to: Aaron Hoover
Team Clown: Alex Bowker
Best Dressed:
Chris Hanson, him and his one outfit
Most likely to be late:
Michael Church
Most likely to break out in a song:
Michael Howerton, (Creed voice)
Best Dancer:
Self Proclaimed (Carlton)
Best Motivator:
Coach Cohen
Most likely to become famous (from baseball or non-baseball related):
Aaron Hoover