|Nick Graffeo - 24
Appeared in 21 games out of the bullpen, the second-most on the team, often in the closer role ... led UAB and ranked seventh in Conference USA with six saves ... tallied five of his six saves during conference play ... logged 36 strikeouts in 33.2 total innings ... held opponents to a .248 batting average ... posted a season-high six strikeouts in three innings April 12 at Marshall ... struck out three batters in five other relief appearances ... pitched a season-high four innings April 4 in the second game of a doubleheader with East Carolina ... earned the win with three innings of scoreless relief March 29 against Savannah State ... also picked up the win May 16 in the regular-season finale against Rice after pitching 2.1 innings of relief ... picked up his sixth save of the year two days earlier against the Owls ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2007-2008 (Freshman and Sophomore)
at Olney Central College
Finished the 2008 season with the second-lowest ERA at the junior college level at 0.98 ... selected first-team all-region ... named to the All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference First Team ... posted an even lower ERA as a freshman in 2007 at 0.87 ... went 3-1 with four saves during his freshman season ... was also a hitter at Olney Central.
Played baseball at Raytown High School in Overland Park, Kan., for head coach Jamie Oyler ... posted a 5-1 record on the mound ... earned all-state, all-area and all-conference honors ... finished his senior season in 2006 with a 1.20 ERA and 80 strikeouts ... set a school record with 18 strikeouts in one game.
Nicholas Scott Graffeo ... born Dec. 14, 1987 ... parents are Steve Graffeo and Beth Seitzer ... has three brothers ... major is communication management.