Michael Busby - 20
Michael Busby

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Vicksburg, Miss.

Last College:
Hinds CC

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 205

Position:
RHP/INF

B/T:
R/R


2012 Conference USA Tournament MVP
2012 Conference USA Spirit of Service spring semester recipient


2012 (Senior)
Pitching

· Emerged as the staff ace towards the end of the 2012 season
· Finished with a 5-5 record and a 3.77 ERA
· Pitched a total of 98 innings, third most in Conference USA
· Appeared in 18 games, making 15 starts, which tied for second in the league
· Totaled 59 strikeouts, 26 walks and held opponents to a .265 batting average against him
· Held opposition to just two earned runs over first four appearances spanning 17 innings for 1.06 ERA (Feb. 18-March 13)
· Struck out a career-high nine batters over seven innings vs. Ball State (Feb. 26)
· Went 7.2 innings to earn a victory vs. Marshall (March 25) with eight strikeouts
· Fired the first complete game shutout by a Blazer since 2004 by blanking Houston on April 29
· Scattered five hits and walked one UH batter with five strikeouts in the victory
· Defeated Southern Miss (May 17) by tossing eight innings, allowing just one earned run
· Over his last four appearances (three starts) allowed just four earned runs in 24.2 innings for a 1.46 ERA (May 17-June 1)
· Defeated UCF (May 24) by pitching six innings, yielding just one earned run, in the first game of the C-USA Tournament
· Pitched in the C-USA Championship vs. Memphis (May 26) as a reliever, tossing the final 2.2 innings to earn the save
· Entered the championship game with the bases loaded and one out and recorded back-to-back strikeouts to earn the C-USA Tournament MVP award
· In the C-USA Tournament, pitched 8.2 innings, earned a win, save and allowed only one run (earned) off four hits (1.04 ERA)
· Given the starting nod against No. 3 Florida State (June 1) at the Tallahassee Regional - UAB's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991
· Pitched a complete game, eight-inning effort, surrendering just two runs (earned) off five hits in a 2-1 loss to the Seminoles
· Finished his two-year career with a 6-7 record, 4.28 ERA with 130.1 innings pitched and 79 strikeouts
· Named the 2012 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award recipient for the spring semester
· Selected to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
Hitting
· Participated in 22 games, making 15 starts
· Hit .211 (12-for-57) with nine RBI and seven runs scored
· Six of his 12 hits went for extra-bases, including two homers
· Went 2-for-3 with two doubles in a game he started on the mound and hit for himself at No. 16 Clemson (Feb. 18)
· Launched a two-run homer, which proved to be the game winner at Alabama State (Feb. 21)
· Roped a double and triple at Jacksonville State (Feb. 28)
· Connected for a homer and knocked in three vs. Gardner-Webb (April 20)

2011 (Junior)
· Made 18 starts at designated hitter and appeared in 26 games
· Received the starting nod on the mound in nine games
· Scored nine runs, knocked in seven and roped a pair of doubles
· Went a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI against Xavier on February 25
· Collected two hits, scored a run and brought home another on May 21 at Utah
· Out of his nine starts on the mound, five came against C-USA opponents
· Finished with a 1-2 record and 5.85 ERA
· Totaled 20 strikeouts in 32.1 innings on the mound
· Posted season highs in innings (6.0) and strikeouts (6) at Marshall on March 27
· In the outing vs. Marshall, surrendered just one earned run on three hits
· Earned the victory at Jacksonville State on May 10, collecting three strikeouts in 3.0 innings
· Allowed just one earned run over 4.2 innings in a no decision vs. Memphis at the C-USA Tournament
· Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll

2010 (Hinds Community College)
· Played for coach Sam Temple and alongside fellow Blazer newcomer Ryan Nance
· Helped Hinds to a Mississippi state championship and a runner-up finish in its region
· Hit .324 with 10 doubles
· Scored 42 runs and drove in 40 in 52 games
· Went 8-for-10 on steal attempts

2008-09 (Mississippi State)
· Redshirt the 2009 season because of injury
· Coached in 2008 by the legendary Ron Polk, who is now a volunteer assistant at UAB
· Tied for the team-lead with 19 relief appearances as a freshman in 2008
· Struck out 30 batters in 37 innings, working mainly in middle relief
· Played in three games as a reserve shortstop for the Bulldogs

High School
· A four-year standout at Porter's Chapel Academy in Vicksburg, Miss., for coach Randy Wright
· A second-team Louisville Slugger All-American as a senior in 2007
· A three-time all-state selection
· Helped his team to a Mississippi state championship in 2006
· Hit better than .450 at the plate all four years
· Capped his career with a .566 batting average in 2007
· Tallied 22 doubles and 35 RBI in that senior campaign
· Also made good on 26-of-26 stolen base attempts
· Posted a 9-1 record on the mound in his senior year with a 0.60 ERA
· Struck out 118 batters in 57 innings
· Finished his high school career with 323 strikeouts
· Never posted an ERA worse than 0.88 in any of his four seasons

Personal
Michael Joseph Busby ... born Aug. 20, 1989 ... parents are Don and Pat Busby ... has two brothers and one sister ... majoring in physical education (exercise science concentration).

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