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#38 Kevin Munson
Position: Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Year: Junior
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
High School: Cave Spring
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Career Highlights:

  • Named Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), and Ping!Baseball
  • ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region as a junior
  • CAA Pitcher of the Year as a junior
  • First Team All-CAA as a junior
  • VaSID First Team All-State as a junior
  • ECAC All-Stars Second Team as a junior
  • First Team All-East Region by ABCA as a sophomore
  • First Team All-CAA relief pitcher as a sophomore
  • ECAC Division I All-Stars Second Team as a sophomore
  • VaSID Second Team All-State as a sophomore
  • Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • Ping!Baseball All-Ping! Freshman Third Team

As a junior:

  • Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in fourth round (#121 overall) of 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
  • Named Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), and Ping!Baseball
  • ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region
  • CAA Pitcher of the Year
  • First Team All-CAA
  • VaSID First Team All-State
  • Finalist for JMU Male Athlete of the Year
  • ECAC All-Stars Second Team
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • Preseason All-CAA by league's coaches
  • Preseason watch list for NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award
  • Baseball America preseason CAA Pitcher of the Year and All-CAA
  • Top pro prospect in the CAA by Baseball America
  • Second Team All-Ping!Baseball (similar to All-America)
  • Collegiate Baseball preseason CAA Pitcher of the Year and a probable draft choice in the first two rounds
  • First Team preseason All-CAA by SEBaseball
  • Rated JMU's top pitching prospect, #3 in Virginia, and #61 nationally by PGCrosschecker
  • Best fastball in Virginia by PGCrosschecker
  • Listed as an All-CAA candidate by Easton's CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • Named CAA's top closer and the pitcher league coaches least want to face by CollegeBaseballInsider.com
  • Preseason All-CAA by Yahoo! Sports
  • Named a sleeper outside the top 100 in the draft by College Baseball Blog
  • Listed as 35th-best prospect in Cape Cod League for Summer 2009 by PGCrosschecker.com
  • After being drafted as a junior, finished JMU career ranked third in career ERA (2.35) and first in career saves (23)
  • In final 2010 NCAA stat leaders, ranked first in fewest hits allowed (33), first in fewest doubles allowed (4), third in fewest runs allowed (13), third in fewest earned runs allowed (10), fourth in opponent average (.174), fifth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.40), sixth in ERA (1.64), 11th in strikeouts per nine innings (11.45), 28th in saves (10), and 89th in wins (8)
  • In overall games played for 2010, rankedfirstin the CAA inearned run average (1.64), opponent batting average (.174), saves (10), fewest hits allowed (33), fewest runs allowed (13), fewest earned runs allowed (10), and fewest doubles allowed (4)
  • Placed ninth in league in batters struck out (70), twelfth in batters struck out looking (26), fifth in appearances (28), second in games finished (24), and fifth in games in relief (28)
  • In CAA conference play, rankedfirst in wins (5-0), first in saves (6), first in opponent batting average (.118), third in CAA appearances (13), and first in ERA (0.61)
  • In all-time CAA records, tied forsixth inseason saves (10),tied for third for career saves (23), fourth in season ERA (1.64), and tied for fourth incareer ERA (2.35)
  • Finished his stellar junior season with a 1.64 ERA, which ranks fourth in JMU history
  • Went 8-1, added a JMU record ten saves, 70 strikeouts and pitched 55 innings
  • His 28 appearances were one shy of JMU single-season record
  • Held opponents to a .174 batting average at the mound
  • Had one strikeout and gave up only one hit in two innings pitched against #6 UC Irvine
  • Earned the win after allowing Longwood to tie with an unearned run in the ninth
  • Struck out four and allowed only two hits over two innings pitched against North Florida
  • Struck out the side in one inning against Alcorn State
  • Totaled six strikeouts in over two innings pitched against North Florida
  • 2 2/3 innings vs. Virginia with two unearned runs and three strikeouts
  • Scoreless inning with two strikeouts to finish 10-0 shutout of Towson
  • Escaped jam to preserve 2-1 lead vs. Maryland with JMU posting five runs in next inning to earn the win
  • Finished 1 1/3 innings vs. VMI for fourth save
  • 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in middle game at ODU for fifth save
  • Four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings in appearance at VMI
  • Retired all four batters in W&M opener for sixth save
  • Three scoreless innings (9th-11th) facing minimum batters with five strikeouts in W&M finale for fourth win
  • 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief with three strikeouts to get win as JMU rallied in UNCW opener
  • Season-high four innings of relief with no runs and four strikeouts as JMU again rallied past UNCW in series finale
  • CAA Pitcher of the Week 4/19
  • Scoreless ninth in Delaware opener with two strikeouts for seventh save
  • Went finale 4 1/3 innings in Delaware finale to keep JMU in the game trailing 4-3 before a ninth-inning rally gave him his seventh win
  • CAA Pitcher of the Week 5/3
  • 3 1/3 scoreless innings in Hofstra opener for eighth save
  • Entered middle VCU game with one out in ninth and 11-7 lead, surrendered sac fly and strikeout to record ninth save
  • Tossed four scoreless innings and allowed two hits with three strikeouts for save in VCU finale
  • Added three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings in the final loss against UNC Wilmington in the CAA Tournament.

As a sophomore:

  • First Team All-East Region by ABCA
  • First Team All-CAA relief pitcher
  • Honorable Mention All-Ping!Baseball
  • Listed on mid-season watch list for NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award
  • ECAC Division I All-Stars Second Team
  • VaSID Second Team All-State
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • Tied JMU record for season saves
  • In the NCAA, ranked 37th in saves (9)
  • In the CAA, ranked seventh in strikeouts (67) and first in saves (9)
  • Aside from two ineffective outings at Towson and Delaware, registered 0.61 ERA in 44 1/3 of 47 1/3 total innings for the season
  • Identified as a preseason all-conference candidate by CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • Credited for a save against Coastal Carolina after working final 2 2/3 innings allowing no runs while striking out two and giving up one walk and three hits
  • Struck out three batters in 1 2/3 work against Maryland
  • Allowed no runs or hits in one inning against Lafayette
  • Recorded his first win of the season by throwing 3 2/3 innings at Stetson and only allowing one run on five hits while striking out four
  • Recorded his second save of the season against Youngstown State with two innings of work and only allowing one hit
  • Threw 2 1/3 over two games in a double header against Bryant while only allowing one hit and recording three strikeouts
  • Recorded his third save of the season against CAA opponent Northeastern by throwing 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts
  • Struck out a season-high five batters in three innings of work for his fourth save of the season against Northeastern
  • Worked three innings and only allowed two hits for his fifth save in Towson opener
  • Earned sixth save with two no-hit innings in ODU opener
  • Fired 2 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts in ODU finale
  • Struck out a career high six batters in two innings of work at VCU, but took the loss on an unearned run
  • Struck out six batters in 4 1/3 innings in a Friday win against Delaware
  • Pitched 1 2/3 inning with two strikeouts to record his seventh save of the season against Georgia State
  • Pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out three to record his eighth save against Virginia Military Institute
  • Tied JMU record with ninth save at GWU with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings
  • Winning pitcher in season finale and final game at Long Field/Mauck Stadium, allowing one unearned run in four innings with two hits and five strikeouts against Mason
  • Spent 2009 summer with Bourne Braves in Cape Cod League
  • On mound for final out as Bourne won first-ever CCL championship
  • Named to Western Team for Cape Cod League All-Star Game in Fenway Park
  • Compiled three saves for the season with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings spread over 16 relief appearances
  • Allowed just three earned runs, struck out 24, and limited opponents to a .204 batting average.

As a freshman: 

  • Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • Ping!Baseball All-Ping! Freshman Third Team
  • Tied for seventh in CAA in saves (4), tied for 14th in appearances (21)
  • Ranked 10th in JMU season saves
  • Made his collegiate debut in relief for the Dukes in game three against Georgia State where he pitched the final two thirds of the ninth inning and retired the two batters he faced, one by strikeout
  • Came out of the bullpen to provide 1 2/3 innings of hitless and scoreless relief while fanning three Towson batters
  • Made two relief appearances against ODU in games one and two going a total of four innings while allowing just two hits and fanning four batters
  • Earned his first collegiate save against Hofstra in game one by pitching a scoreless ninth inning to seal the win for the Dukes
  • Picked up his second save in back-to-back games against Radford by recording the final five outs where he fanning two batters
  • Compiled a 0.73 ERA in his first nine appearances out of the bullpen going 12 1/3 innings, striking out 12 batters, allowing just one run off seven hits, and earned two saves
  • Shut down the Delaware Blue Hens in game three during his 2 1/3 innings of work while allowing just one hit and fanning five of the nine batters he faced
  • Pitched two innings of scoreless relief against George Washington allowing just one hit
  • Pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to go along with three strikeouts to earn his fourth save of the year against VCU in game two
  • Fired season-high 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief in finale of Northeastern series while striking out five and allowing just two walks to improve to 2-0 and earn CAA Rookie of the Week
  • Worked two innings of relief in CAA Tournament win over George Mason, allowing an unearned run

Before JMU:

  • Played for Dave Duston and the Cave Spring Knights
  • 2004 state runner-up team
  • 2004 Region III champs
  • Three-time regular season district champs
  • Two-time district tournament champs
  • As a sophomore, named honorable mention All-District
  • As a junior, named second-team All-District
  • As a senior, made first-team All-Timesland team
  • Named River Ridge District Player of the Year
  • First-team All-Region
  • Named Region III Player of the Year
  • First-team All-District pitcher and catcher
  • First-team All-State
  • Cave Spring's Athlete of the Year
  • Second-team All-Timesland swimmer his sophomore and junior year
  • As a senior, he was both a first-team All-Timesland and first-team All-State swimmer
  • Beta Club member
  • Three-time Lamp of Knowledge winner.

Personal:

  • Enjoys H.O.R.S.E., Xbox, YouTube, and TONK
  • Kinesiology major concentrating in sports management.
  • JMU Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament Champion 2010

Year

G/GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

ERA

SO

BB

W

L

S

2008

21/0

0

0

31.2

24

11

10

2.84

34

9

2

0

4

2009

24/0

0

0

47.1

38

17

15

2.85

67

23

3

3

9

2010

28/0

0

0

55.0

33

13

10

1.64

70

24

8

1

10

Career

73/0

0

0

134

95

41

35

2.35

171

56

13

4

23

Getting to Know Kevin

Why did you choose JMU?
Good Reputation, Good location, Best baseball in VA

What is your major/minor and why did you choose it?
Sports management, I've always liked sports.

What are your goals for the 2010 season?
Omaha.

What are your hobbies or interests off the field?
Beating Turner Phelps in Golf, Youtube, Fishing, XBOX, H.O.R.S.E. and "tonk"

Do you have any unique talents?
I stomp Brett Garner and Matt Browning in Scrabble whenever we play.

What has been most memorable JMU baseball moment thus far?
Winning CAA tournament.

What is the best advice you have received?
"Luck is when hard work meets opportunity."

What advice would you give a prospective recruit?
Come visit JMU in the spring time.

Do you have a nickname on the team?
MUNEY

Do you have a special pre-game ritual or tradition that you always follow?
I always try and make a "webgem" while shagging batting practice.

What is the best class you have taken at JMU?
Sports Ethics with Ben Carr, or Communication with April Roth.

What do you want to do after college?
Play Pro Ball.             

Who or what influenced you to get involved in baseball?
My teammates.

FAVORITE

Food?  Brazilian Steakhouse
TV Show?  Entourage
Movie?  Remember the Titans
Athlete?  Usain Bolt
Pro sports team?  Detroit Tigers
JMU sport to watch besides baseball?  Basketball
Place to eat on campus?  E-hall
Guilty pleasure song on your iPod?  "All I want to do" - Sugarland