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#31 Turner Phelps
Position: Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
High School: Lord Botetourt
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Career Highlights:

  • Third Team All-CAA as a junior
  • Second Team All-East Region by ABCA as a sophomore
  • Second Team All-CAA as a sophomore
  • VaSID Second Team All-State as a sophomore
  • Second in CAA history for career winning percentage (16-2, .889)
  • Pro-Line Athletic NCBWA Freshman All-America Second Team
  • All-Ping! Freshman Second Team by Ping!Baseball
  • ABCA Second Team All-Region as a freshman
  • VaSID State Rookie of the Year and First Team All-State
  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • CAA All-Tournament Team as a freshman

As a junior:

  • Third Team All-CAA
  • Preseason honorable mention All-CAA by league's coaches
  • Baseball America preseason All-CAA and league's #4 pro prospect
  • Listed as a top player to watch in the CAA by Collegiate Baseball
  • SEBaseball preseason CAA Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-CAA
  • #3 pitching combo in the CAA with Trevor Knight according to SEBaseball
  • Rated best changeup among Virginia collegiate players by PGCrosschecker
  • Listed as an All-CAA candidate by CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • Named one of the CAA's three best starters by CollegeBaseballInsider.com
  • 239 strikeouts are fourth all-time at JMU while 231 1/3 career innings pitched ranks 10th in JMU history
  • In all games played for 2010, rankedthird in the CAA for games started (14), 13th in innings pitched (72.0), and fourteenth in batters struck out (63)
  • Rankedninth in ERA(3.50) in CAA conference play and tenth in strikeouts (43)
  • Finished the 2010 season with a 5.88 ERA and 3-4 record, making his career record 19-6
  • .760 career winning percentage ranks just outside top 10 in CAA history
  • Pitched 72 innings and struck out 63 opponents to close his junior season
  • Struck out three and gave up only five hits in four innings against #12 Coastal Carolina
  • Had four strikeouts and gave up only five hits in four innings against Longwood
  • Had five strikeouts in over six innings pitched against Stetson
  • Weathered career-high eight walks to shut out Towson through 6 1/3 with just five singles
  • Second straight win in Mason finale with two runs on seven hits in six innings
  • Honored as CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week, ECAC Pitcher of the Week, and CollegeBaseballInsider.com Northeast Region Pitcher of the Week after complete game win at ODU, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out 10 to move into seventh in JMU history in strikeouts and passing 200 in his career
  • Allowed five runs, though only one earned, in five innings in UNCW finale as JMU later rallied for win
  • Allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in five innings, leaving with 3-2 lead over Kennesaw State before Owls later rallied for win
  • Allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings with six strikeouts in start at Hofstra while walking none for first time all season
  • Added six strikeouts in four innings in the VCU finale.

As a sophomore:

  • Second Team All-East Region by ABCA
  • Second Team All-CAA
  • VaSID Second Team All-State
  • Second in CAA history for career winning percentage (16-2, .889)
  • Tied for eighth at JMU in season strikeouts (90)
  • In the NCAA, ranked 66th wins (8), 66th strikeouts per nine innings (9.79), 65th strikeouts (90)
  • In the CAA, ranked second wins (8), sixth innings (82.2), third strikeouts (90), fourth in starts (13), first in shutouts (1), and fourth in complete games (2)
  • Preseason watch list for Brooks Wallace Award for national player of the year
  • Preseason All-CAA Team
  • Projected preseason pitcher of the year in the CAA by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and SEBaseball.com
  • Baseball America and SEBaseball.compreseason All-CAA
  • Rated #4 pro prospect for 2009/2010 drafts in CAA by Baseball America
  • Listed as one of top three starters in CAA and the one CAA pitcher opposing coaches least want to face by CollegeBaseballInsider.com
  • Identified as a preseasonall-conference candidate by CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • Starter for the Diamond Dukes first win of the season versus Coastal Carolina
  • Pitched 6 2/3 innings against Coastal Carolina, striking out nine batters and allowing six runs, five earned, while being credited with the win
  • Threw complete game one hitter and struck out eight in victory over Lafayette earning him CAA Pitcher of the Week honors
  • Pitched 7 1/3 inning at Stetson while only giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out seven and walking five with one hit-by-pitch
  • Recorded third win of the season after throwing six innings, and allowing four earned runs on eight hits with a season high nine strikeouts
  • Won his fourth game of the season in a conference matchup versus Northeastern by allowing two earned runs on six hits through 7 1/3 innings while striking out six hitters
  • Won fifth game of the season, and his fourth straight, by battling through six innings while allowing nine earned runs on ten hits at Towson with eight strikeouts
  • Improved to 6-0 against ODU, allowing three runs with five strikeouts in seven innings
  • Pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings while only allowing four runs and striking out six in a no decision at VCU
  • Struck out eight hitters in 5 2/3 innings at Delaware
  • Pitched a complete game five-hitter with nine strikeouts to defeat Georgia State
  • Suffered first career loss in William & Mary opener, allowing eight runs in one inning
  • Two innings in start at GWU with three Ks for eighth win
  • Invited to Cape Cod League for summer
  • Helped lead the Bourne Braves to their first-everCCL championship while going3-3 with a 4.62 ERA in 37 innings over eight starts
  • Named as an alternate to the All-Star Game, having allowed just one earned run over one stretch of 22 2/3 innings earlier this season
  • Finished with 35 strikeouts to 11 walks.

As a freshman:  

  • Pro-Line Athletic NCBWA Freshman All-America Second Team
  • All-Ping! Freshman Second Team by Ping!Baseball
  • ABCA Second Team All-Region
  • VaSID State Rookie of the Year and First Team All-State
  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • CAA All-Tournament Team
  • Ranked 72nd in the NCAA in victories (8.0), 40th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.09), 70th in strikeouts (86) and 44th in hits allowed per nine innings (7.28)
  • Ranked fifth in CAA in earned run average (3.87), second in opposing batting percentage (.230), tied for 13th in innings pitched (76.2), fourth in strikeouts (86), tied for third in wins (8), tied for 14th in appearances (21), tied for third in hits allowed (62), tied for third in runs allowed (36)
  • Ranked 11th in JMU season strikeouts (86), second in season winning percentage (1.000)
  • Made his collegiate debut in relief in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, going 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out four batters
  • Picked up his first collegiate victory in relief against William and Mary in the second game of the series, going five innings, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs and striking out three
  • Picked up his second win in relief against the Tennessee Volunteers by going three strong innings while giving up no runs, three hits, and striking out five
  • Pitched a scoreless eighth inning against GSU in game two while fanning two batters
  • Came in for two innings of relief against Liberty giving up one unearned run and fanning two batters
  • Earned his first collegiate save against VMI by going the final four innings allowing just one run off three hits and striking out a season-high six batters
  • Came in for three innings of relief where he allowed no runs, no hits, and struck out five of the 10 batters he faced
  • Went 2 1/3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and fanning five batters in a combine shutout against Liberty
  • Struck out eight batters in 4 1/3 innings of relief against Delaware in game two
  • Pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning against George Mason in game two as he fanned three batters
  • Came out of the bullpen and went 7 2/3 innings to earn his third win of the year while striking out a career-high ten Liberty batters
  • Earned his fourth win of the season and first as a starting pitcher against VCU in game three as he went seven innings allowing four runs off five hits and fanning five Rams
  • Made another impressive relief appearance going final seven innings against ETSU allowing no runs on four hits while fanning six Buccaneers
  • Improved to 6-0 with third start at Marist, working seven frames, allowing three runs with two earned on six hits and striking out five
  • First career complete game in 6-1 CAA tournament opening win over ODU, matching career high with 10 strikeouts while allowing five hits
  • Allowed two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings during NCAA start against N.C. State
  • Only JMU pitcher to pick up two postseason wins (ODU in CAA Tournament and Charlotte in NCAA Raleigh Regional)

Before JMU:

  • Played for Todd Smith and the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers
  • 2007 Blue Ridge District champions
  • As a freshman, was honorable mention All-District
  • As a sophomore, was named second-team All-District shortstop
  • Three-time first-team All-District pitcher
  • Two-time first-team All-District shortstop
  • Two-time first-team All-Region player
  • Two-time Blue Ridge Player of the Year winner
  • As a junior, made first-team All-State
  • As a senior, named second-team All-State player
  • First team All-Timesland

Personal:

  • Son of Lisa and Marc Phelps
  • Enjoys golf
  • Kinesiology major with a concentration in sports management.

Year

G/GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

ERA

SO

BB

W

L

S

2008

21/5

1

0

76.2

62

36

33

3.87

86

45

8

0

1

2009

13/13

2

1

82.2

90

60

49

5.33

90

41

8

2

0

2010

14/14

1

0

72.0

89

53

47

5.88

63

48

3

4

0

Career

48/32

4

1

231.1

241

149

129

5.02

239

134

19

6

1

 

 

 

Getting to Know Turner.

Why did you choose JMU?
Coach McFarland is the man.

What is your major, and why did you choose it?
Sport Management I like sports.

What are your hobbies outside of baseball?
Golf, hanging out with friends and college football.

Do you have a nickname on the team? How did it come about?
T-Bone...I gave it to myself.

What are your goals for the season and what motivates you to reach them?
CAA Championship...thinking of my freshman year celebration motivates me.

If you could hang out with one MLB player for a day who would it be and why?
Nick Swisher, because he likes to have a good time.

If you could be on one reality or game show what would it be?
Maury.

What is your favorite memory of JMU baseball thus far?
The celebration after our CAA Championship in 2008.

What team do you want to beat more than any other?
Radford because all my friends go there.

Where is your favorite place to play other then at JMU?
Coastal Carolina was pretty cool.

What is your favorite memory at JMU outside of baseball?
The JMU lacrosse championship in 2010...great day.

Who on the team is the most fashionable who is the least?
Most fashionable....Brett Garner....Least fashionable...100% Evan Scott.

Pick One.

Fresh Prince of Bell Air or Saved by the Bell?   Will Smith.
Dell or Apple?  Dude...you got a Dell.
Subway or Quiznos? Eat Fresh.
Video Games or Golf? Golf...bring your wallet.
NFL or NBA? NFL.
World Cup or Olympics? Olympics.

Favorite.

Athlete? Ron Artest.
MLB Team? Hotlanta Braves.
Movie? The Hangover.
Quote? Anything Chaz Ayoub (my roommate) says to people during games of Halo.
Restaurant? Franco's.
Song? Crystal Baller by Third Eye Blind..the Botetourt County anthem.
Place to eat on campus? D hall 11 o'clock.