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#14 J.T. Root
Position: Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 192
Year: Freshman
City/State: Hagerstown, Md.
High School: North Hagerstown
Major: Kinesiology: pre-PT
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As a freshman:

  • Worked one inning allowing an unearned run in his JMU debut against Longwood
  • Scoreless inning of relief in middle game of Hofstra series
  • Scoreless inning of relief at VMI
  • Posted best career outing and earned first collegiate victory with four innings of relief at Longwood allowing one run on one hit and keeping JMU in a tie game as Dukes rallied for 10th-inning win
  • Five scoreless innings as the starter as JMU defeated Liberty 13-4 in the final home game

Before JMU:

  • Prior to enrolling at JMU, competed during the summer of 2012 for the Baltimore Redbirds in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and seven strikeouts in 10 innings
  • Played for Drew Crawford at North Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown Md.
  • Senior year, named first team All-MVAL, all-county and all-area as a pitcher
  • 2012 Washington County Pitcher of the Year
  • As a senior was selected to play in the Brooks Robinson Classic All-Star game, Mid-Atlantic All-Star game and the Heartland Classic All-Star game
  • During his senior year started 12 games and pitched 45 2/3 innings with a 1.79 ERA, 82 strikeouts and three no-hitters
  • Helped lead the Hubs to the 2012 Maryland AAA State Semifinals
  • Junior year, named first team All-MVAL, All-County, All-Area as a pitcher
  • As a junior played in 9 games, started 8, and posted a 3.68 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings pitched
  • Helped to lead his high school to 2011 Maryland Regional Runner Up
  • As a sophomore was named Second Team All-Conference and All-Area as a pitcher while playing in nine games, starting eight, while going 38 innings with 63 strikeouts and a 2.88 ERA.
  • Helped his team to 2010 Maryland AA State Championship
  • Played club baseball for Allen Haines and the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox
  • Helped the Atlantic Red Sox become 2011 Pastime Champions at the University of Pittsburgh and the 2011 Draftable Champions at the University of Richmond
  • Also a member of his high school's honor roll, student council, Latin club and varsity club


  • Son of Diane and Jeff Root
  • Kinesiology major
  • Hopes to continue working around sports and athletes as a physical therapist
  • Enjoys football, volunteer coaching and spending time with his family
  • Dad, Jeff, played baseball for NCAA Division II Clarion University
  • Mom, Diane, All-American High School Band - Trumpet
  • Sister, Kris, played softball for Hofstra, 2007-2010
  • Sister, Steph, played field hockey for NCAA Division III Washington and Jefferson College

Career Statistics

2013.... 4.64 2-0 13 1 0 0/0 0 21.1 21 16 11 17 15 5 1 1 106 .263 7 6 0 1 2
TOTAL... 4.64 2-0 13 1 0 0/0 0 21.1 21 16 11 17 15 5 1 1 106 .263 7 6 0 1 2

Career Highs

Innings: 5.0, Liberty 5/14/13
Strikeouts: 4, Liberty 5/14/13


Getting to know J.T....

Why did you choose JMU
It was the best fit for me

What's your current major:
Kinesiology: pre-physical therapy

If you didn't play baseball what other sport would you want to play

Describe yourself in three words
Loving, hardworking, funny

Biggest inspiration
My dad

Favorite personal baseball memory
When I hit my first homerun

Best advice you were ever given
Never give up on your dreams

Favorite part of being on a team
Playing as one

Personal saying or motto you try to live by
Work hard

Any weird pre-game rituals
Say a Prayer to St.Sebastian

Your Go-To outfit
Cargo shorts, t-shirt, socks and shoes

Favorite place to eat on campus

Biggest fear

What do you enjoy doing other than playing baseball
Friends, family, being outside

"After college I see myself..."
Playing professional baseball or becoming a physical therapist

Pick One:
Baseball in the hot or cold weather:

Early bird or night owl:
early bird
Pepsi or Coke:
Vanilla or Chocolate:
Gray, White, Gold, or Purple uniform: