Meet James Oliver
|James Oliver - 21
Voted to the Conference USA All-Academic Team ... appeared in 16 games on the mound, including eight starts ... ranked third on the team with four wins and third among all Blazers with 50.0 innings pitched ... pitched a complete game April 25 against Marshall, allowing just three runs to earn the win ... struck out a season-best five batters in the Marshall win ... also earned the win in his prior start April 18 after pitching 7.0 innings against then-No. 19 Houston ... threw a complete seven-inning game April 6 against Presbyterian, shutting out the Blue Hose and allowing just four hits ... struck out four Presbyterian batters ... his other win came in his first start of the season when he held Hawaii-Hilo to one run in 3.0 innings on March 9 ... made his longest relief outing of the season when he held UCF scoreless over 5.0 innings out of the bullpen on May 10 ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll ... earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal.
Appeared in 22 games, the most relief appearances on the staff ... recorded one win on the year ... held an ERA of 4.20 ... struck out 24 batters and walked 23 ... held opponents to a .241 batting average ... gave the Blazers 2.2 innings of scoreless relief at Tulane May 6, striking out one and allowing just one hit ... at Houston on April 8, he posted 4.1 innings with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed ... had a brilliant outing against Troy on March 20, shutting down the Trojans for 1.1 innings, striking out one to earn the save ... closed out UAB's win at Kennesaw State on March 16 by throwing 2.0 innings and allowing just one earned run ... threw three scoreless innings in relief against Furman March 11 ... struck out two batters and allowed just one earned run in 2.1 innings of work against Central Michigan on Feb. 18 ... shut down Central Michigan on opening day, throwing 1.2 innings in which he allowed no earned runs ... was selected to play in the Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game over the summer while playing with the Mineral Wells Steam with whom he finished the season with a 4.00 ERA after holding hitters to a .254 average.
2006 (Freshman and Redshirt Season) at Birmingham-Southern
Made five appearances on the mound, while making one start in 2006 ... earned one victory and posted a 6.00 ERA with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings ... also played 19 games and made five starts in the Panthers' infield ... redshirted in 2005 ... named to the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll ... played for the Athletes in Action Mineral Wells Steam in the Texas Collegiate Summer Baseball League ... played in 17 games with 15 strikeouts in 24.0 innings with the Steam.
Played locally for the late Sammy Dunn at Vestavia Hills HS ... earned three letters and started for three years ... named all-state in 2004 and all-area in 2003 and 2004 ... awarded the Rising Rebel Award as a sophomore and the Outstanding Hitter Award as a senior ... hit .470 with four home runs and was 1-0 with a save and a 0.99 ERA his senior year ... batted .420 and was 11-3 with a save and a 1.40 ERA for his entire prep career ... lettered two years in football.
James Caleb Oliver ... born Dec. 24, 1985 ... married to Whitney Oliver ... parents are John and Laura Oliver ... has two brothers ... majoring in biology.