As a freshman:
- In first season, shared the team lead in wins with four
- Worked two scoreless innings of relief in his JMU debut at No. 35 Coastal Carolina
- Five innings against Hartford allowing two runs on five hits
- 3 2/3 scoreless innings allowing three hits against Liberty
- Two innings allowing an unearned run and one hit in William and Mary opener
- Two scoreless innings in GSU finale to earn fourth win as JMU rallied
- Played for Jody Rutherford at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke Va.
- Varsity letter winner in baseball his last three years of high school with the Bruins
- As a senior was named All-Patriot District Pitcher of the Year, All-Region Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Met, Honorable Mention All-State and started for the West team in the VHSCA Senior All-Star game
- Led his team to the 2012 AAA State Championship and District title
- As a junior went 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA, struck out 48 in 53 2/3 innings with 15 walks and surrendered just 13 extra-base hits
- First Team All-District, Second Team All-Region, honorable mention All-Met and played in the Virginia Commonwealth games as a junior
- Led his team to the 2010 District Championship
- Played club baseball for the Orioles Scout Team
- As a member of his club team, the Barnstormers, captured 2010 world series championship and played in the World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championship game
- Son of Carol and Dennis Church
- Majoring in computer science
- Hopes to continue playing baseball after school or pursue a job in computer science
- Enjoys weight lifting, working out, football, basketball and fishing
Innings: 5.1, Binghamton 2/24/13
Strikeouts: 3, Binghamton 2/24/13
Getting to know Michael...
What is your current major?
Why did you choose JMU?
I chose JMU because of all the great things I heard about, how nice the campus is, to get a good degree, and most importantly to be apart of the JMU Baseball team.
What is your favorite thing about JMU?
What is your Favorite place to eat on campus?
Most people don’t know that I…
Am extremely claustrophobic
Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
My family is my biggest inspiration. My dad, brother, and mom all help motivate me to become better on the field and in the classroom.
What is your “walk out” song?
Undecided but either “Money and the Power” or “Switch Lanes”
What is your Favorite pregame meal?
Who is your Favorite Athlete?
What is your Favorite Movie?
Too many to pick from
What is your biggest fear?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be invisible when I wanted to.
If you could travel to one place, where would it be?
If you could sit down and talk to any person, living or deceased, who would it be?
Machine Gun Kelly
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When someone starts to say something then says “never mind”, and wont tell me what they were going to say
Hamburger or Hot Dog: Hot Dog
Gray, White, Gold, Purple, or Black Uniform: Black
Ski or Snowboard: Ski
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Chinese Food or Mexican Food: Chinese
Skittles or M&M’s: Skittles
Country Music or Hip Hop: Country Music
Within the team, who is the…
Most looked up to: The Seniors.
Team Clown: Kevin Feehan
Best Dressed: Tyler Gregory
Most likely to be late: Alex Bowker
Most likely to break out in a song: Michael Howerton
Best Dancer: Ben Garner
Best Motivator: Chad Carroll
Most likely to become famous (from baseball or nonbaseball related): Michael Church