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#34 Kurt Houck
Position: Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 210
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Gilbertsville, Pa.
High School: Boyertown

As a redshirt senior:

  • Listed as a top player to watch in the CAA by Collegiate Baseball
  • Missed 2009 season due to injury.

As a redshirt junior:

  • Preseason listed as a CAA player to watch by Collegiate Baseball
  • Ranked 13th inCAA in earned run average (4.90), ninth in opposing batting average (.255), tied for 10th in innings pitched (79.0), seventh instrikeouts (73), tied for seventh in wins (7), 15th in hits allowed (78)
  • Opening day pitcher for the Dukes in 2008 against Binghamton
  • Had a rough first inning but then settled down to shut out the Bearcats for the remaining 3.2 innings he pitched
  • Struck out five batters in six innings of work against the Tribe of William and Mary in a no-decision
  • Picked up his first win of the season against GSU by going six strong innings, allowing three runs off three hits and fanning seven Panthers
  • Provided the final seven innings of relief for JMU in game one against Towson for the victory as he gave up just one earned run off five hits and retiring four Tigers on strikes
  • Struck out nine Hofstra batters in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision
  • Earned his third win against Liberty by going three scoreless innings while striking out two in a combined shutout
  • Struck out a career-high 11 batters against Delaware in his fourth win of the year in six innings of work where he only allowed one walk as well
  • Earned his third straight win in as many starts against George Mason in game two going six innings allowing just two earned runs while fanning four Patriots
  • Improved to 6-2 with 3 1/3 inning relief appearance at Northeastern, allowing an unearned run with four strikeouts
  • First career complete game in CAA championship win over Towson, allowing four hits and one unearned run with six strikeouts
  • Allowed two runs in three innings of NCAA start against Charlotte in Raleigh

As a redshirt sophomore:

  • Improved his record to 4-6 on the season with a win in the series opener versus Georgia State
  • Picked up his third win in three appearances in a start versus Hofstra
  • Lasted seven innings, and allowed five runs on nine hits
  • Earned his second win of the season in a relief appearance in second George Mason game
  • Threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and one run to earn the victory
  • Picked up fist win of the season in a start versus George Washington
  • Threw five innings giving up three hits and no runs, while striking out three
  • Threw into the ninth in start versus Northeastern
  • Surrendered four runs through eight, but allowed another two in the ninth in the loss
  • Matched career and season-highs with eight strikeouts and eight innings pitched in the start
  • Started series opener versus UNCW, and went six innings, giving up six runs with just two being earned
  • Dukes' defense let him down in start versus W&M
  • Threw six innings giving up seven runs, but just three were earned in the 11-8 loss
  • Took 8-3 lead into sixth inning versus VCU before allowing five runs in the sixth
  • Set a season-high and matched a career-high with eight innings pitched against ODU
  • Also sset a season-high with six strikeouts
  • Made opening day start in Tampa, Fla. in Buckeye Classic versus Ohio State
  • Gave up just one run on four hits through four before surrendering five runs in the fifth
  • Pitched summer 2007 for Torrington Twisters in New England Collegiate Baseball League
  • Finished third in the league and led Torrington with 1.60 ERA
  • Went 4-2 with two complete games (one shutout), seven earned runs, .221 opponent batting average, nine walks, 29 strikeouts while leading Twisters to 24-16 record and first place in the Southern Division.

As a redshirt freshman:

  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • Won JMU's Kevin Nehring Rookie of the Year Award
  • Started and worked 5 2/3 innings vs. UNCW in Dukes' third game of CAA tournament - a battle between unbeaten teams
  • Allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts
  • Final inning on the mound in that game came after a rain delay of two hours and 16 minutes
  • Gave the Dukes an outstanding start in game three of UNCW series
  • Held Seahawks scoreless through 6 2/3 in a no-decision
  • Scattered four hits, walked four, and fanned two before departing with 5-0 lead and two runners, that eventually scored, on base
  • Toiled 3 1/3 in second game of the Towson series
  • Surrendered two runs, four hits, and four walks, while striking out three
  • Started game two against Georgia State and pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out a career-high eight to pick up his second win
  • Shut out the Panthers for 6 2/3 innings
  • Was named the CAA Rookie of the Week for his efforts vs. GSU
  • Threw 5 1/3 innings in relief in game three at Hofstra
  • Allowed two runs on two hits, walking two and striking out seven, but was tagged with second loss of the season
  • Picked up his first career victory, against Radford
  • Threw eight innings, allowing one unearned run, with seven hits, two walks, and five strikeouts
  • Got his first start of collegiate career against Liberty and pitched a then career-long five innings, giving up three runs on five hits
  • Threw two scoreless innings against Radford with four strikeouts
  • Took the loss in relief in game one at Marshall
  • Worked three innings in the first Virginia Tech game, yielding three runs on four hits and three walks while fanning one
  • Pitched one scoreless inning in the first Wagner game
  • Tossed two scoreless frames versus Fairfield
  • Redshirt in 2005 who made debut in final game of the Clemson series
  • Worked one inning and allowed one run on a hit and three walks, while striking out one
  • Played for the Torrington Twisters of the New England Collegiate Baseball League during the 2006 Summer
  • Went 2-0 with a 4.42 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and a .246 opponent batting average in 36 2/3 innings.

As a freshman:

  • Redshirted 2005 season.

Before JMU:

  • Was a starting pitcher for the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship team at Boyertown in 2004
  • Helped lead the Bears to a 21-1 record as a senior
  • Earned conference Pitcher of the Year honors, with a 7-1 record and 62 strikeouts in 49 innings during the 2004 season
  • Also earned first-team All-PAC 10 honors as a senior in basketball
  • As a junior earned second-team PAC 10 honors in baseball and played in the East-West All-Star game
  • Earned 2003 World Youth Classic Sportsmanship Award
  • Earned first varsity letter as a sophomore
  • Coached in baseball by Todd Moyer
  • Pitched for Pennsylvania in the 2004 American Legion World Series in Corvallis, Oregon
  • Went the distance in a 7-3 win against Boulder, Colorado
  • Scattered five hits, walked five, and fanned four in the win
  • Team was eliminated in the semifinals by former JMU teammate Ryan Reid's team from Maine.

Personal:

  • Son of Vickie and Lance Houck
  • Marketing major.

Year

G/GS

CG

SHO

 IP

H

R

ER

ERA

 SO

BB

W

L

PCT

2006

14/6

0

0

50.2

40

23

20

3.55

38

29

2

2

.500

2007

14/12

0

0

72.2

108

78

67

8.30

40

32

4

8

.333

2008

16/13

1

0

79

78

58

43

4.90

73

31

7

2

.778

Career

44/31

1

0

202.1

226

159

130

5.78

151

92

13

12

.520 

Getting to Know Kurt

Why did you choose JMU?

The atmosphere, the education, and the baseball program

What are your goals for the year?

To be better than last year.

What is your major?

Marketing- College of business

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy other than baseball?

Watching TV, eating, sleeping, arts and crafts, playing with my dog Skippy, laughing and enjoying life.

Who was your baseball idol growing up?

My older brothers

What was your greatest baseball moment pre-college?

Winning the 2004 American Legion Mid-Atlantic regional and going to the American Legion World Series in Corvalis Oregon.

What influenced you the most in your decision to play baseball?

I grew up watching my brothers playing baseball and always wanted to emulate them in every way.  Baseball is something I've always enjoyed watching and playing.

Do you have a nickname on the team?

Not really. Sometimes I get a variation of my name for example; Urt, Urty,

and K.

Do you have a pre-game ritual? If so, what is it?

Eating chicken parmesan, with pasta and chocolate cake the night before a game from La' Italia.  I make sure to get rid of any pre game jitters and I warm up the exact same way every time.

Do you have any superstitions when you're on the field or in the dugout?

I will sit in the same seat in the dugout and whichever teammate hands me the ball I ask them for, "A little help here," because I know that I need my fielders to back me up to be successful.

What was your favorite moment from last year's championship season?

Winning the CAA Championship as a team and being blessed to be the pitcher on the mound and throwing my first complete game that day.  I also enjoyed being able to rid the ghosts and disappointments that still haunted some of us that were a part of the collapse in 2006 in the CAA Tournament.

What is one thing you would change about baseball?

As a pitcher I have to say making colleges use wooden bats.  A very close second is taking away the designated hitter.

Who or What is your favorite:

Fast Food?  Right now it is Sonic.

Movie?  Batman the Dark Knight

Pre-Game Music?  Country

MLB Team?   Phightin' Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Player?  Ryan Reid

TV Show?  House

Place to eat on Campus?  Cranberry Farms