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INSIDE THE COACH'S BOX
AS A R-SENIOR IN 2010: Game-By-Game Statistics | 2010 Media Guide Bio
AS A SENIOR IN 2009: Redshirt season due to injury.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2008: Proved to be the ace of the pitching staff, leading Penn State starters in a number of categories: starts (14), wins (6), ERA (3.41), complete games (4), innings pitched (87.0), strikeouts (59) and opponents' batting average (.272) ... Named a Second Team All-Big Ten Performer ... The only pitcher to start in every appearance ... Also had an incredible 11 quality starts ... Pitched at least six innings in 10 starts and at least seven on six occasions ... Never went less than four innings ... Allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 starts and allowed one earned run or less seven times ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in ERA, seventh in strikeouts, seventh in opponents' batting average, third in strikeouts looking, third in innings pitched and tied for eighth in wins ... Lions won half of the games he started (7 of 14) ... Plagued by poor run support in first eight starts (only 14 total runs) ... Run support improved in final five starts (39 runs), posting a 3-1 record in those contests with the only no decision being a Penn State victory ... Pitched in the second game of the series (and first of doubleheader) in the first six Big Ten series of the year ... Earned the complete-game victory, allowing just one run in the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana (5/21) ... Tossed seven strong innings against Iowa (5/9), allowing only two earned runs while equaling career-high with seven strikeouts. Did not earn a decision in a game that Penn State went on to win in extra innings ... Only allowed one run against Michigan State (5/2) while striking out four in six innings to pick up third win in as many starts ... Posted second straight win, with seven innings while allowing four earned runs against Illinois (4/26) ... Snapped a personal two-game losing streak with seven strong innings against Indiana (4/19), allowing one run on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts ... Was the hard-luck 1-0 loser against Michigan (4/5), going seven innings while allowing just two hits and one run with four strikeouts ... Led Penn State to its first Big Ten win at Ohio State (3/29) with a six-inning, three-hit, one-run performance ... Received a no decision against Lehigh (3/23), allowing just five hits and one run ... Struck out a career-high seven in seven innings and allowed just five hits and two runs in a no decision against Troy (2/29) ... Made Nittany Lion debut in the season-opener at High Point (2/23), tossing six shutout innings on just five hits while striking out five for the victory.
SUMMER 2007: Went 4-0 with a 2.02 ERA in five appearances, all starts, for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles of the New York Collegiate Baseball League ... Allowed just 15 hits, eight earned runs, struck out 38, walked just 12 and limited opposing hitters to a .124 average in 35.1 innings ... Also made one start in the league playoffs in helping lead squad to the league championship series ... Struck out seven and allowed six hits in a 4.2-inning start ... Team won the deciding game of the playoffs' opening round.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2007 (ST. PETERSBURG): Went 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 65 innings of work for St. Petersburg, which went 35-12 and won The Suncoast Conference championship ... Struck out 58 and allowed just 23 earned runs in All-Conference season.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006 (BOSTON COLLEGE): Went 3-3 with a 5.46 ERA in 11 appearances, including three starts, for the 29-26 Eagles ... Threw 29.2 innings, allowing 32 hits, 18 earned runs, striking out 26 and walking 12 ... Did not allow an earned run in five of his 11 appearances ... Posted an impressive start to career, only allowing one earned run in first 14.1 innings of collegiate career ... Retired the only batter he faced in season-opener against Charleston Southern (2/17) ... Earned the win the following day, pitching 4.1 innings while only allowing one earned run ... Was victorious in next two appearances as well (one start), allowing only three hits and an unearned run in 9.2 frames ... Started against St. Peter's (2/24) and dazzled with five shutout innings while only allowing one hit ... Then came out of the bullpen against Pittsburgh (3/5), allowing two hits and an unearned run with a season-high five strikeouts.
HIGH SCHOOL: Had a 22-2 career record with a 0.75 ERA and school-record 285 strikeouts at Nyack High School ... Threw three no-hitters in career to go with a school-record 18 complete games ... Allowed just 3.01 hits per game over career ... A three-time All-Conference honoree, a three-time All-Section pick and a two-time All-State selection ... Named the All-Section Pitcher of the Year as junior and a senior ... Named the All-Northeast Region Player of the Year as a senior ... Team won three league championships and a section championship ... As a sophomore, hit .360 with two home runs and had a 1.30 ERA on the mound ... Led squad to a 21-3 record as a junior while hitting .456 with two home runs and 15 doubles at the plate and a 0.70 ERA with 128 strikeouts on the mound ... Team went 23-2 and won the league and sectional championship as a senior behind a .415 batting average with four home runs, 0.30 ERA and 90 strikeouts ... Also lettered one year in football ... A member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the recipient of a Business Law Award ... Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
PERSONAL: Full name is Michael John Wanamaker ... Born on March 14, 1987 in Nyack, N.Y. ... Parents are Steven and Lia Wanamaker. Steven played football at Penn State from 1973-75 ... Brother of Steve (26), who played baseball at Cortland State and Andrew (17) ... Majoring in crime, law and justice.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I've been a Penn State sports fan my whole life because my father played football here. There's just something different about Penn State. The people here have more school pride than at other schools, which is very appealing to me. I feel like I was always meant to come to Penn State."
CAREER BESTS Innings Pitched: 9.0 vs. Indiana (5/21/08) Hits: 0, two times; last vs. Massachusetts (4/18/06) Hits (In Start): 1 vs. St. Peter's (2/24/06) Runs: 0, three times; last vs. High Point (2/23/08) Runs (In Start): 0 vs. High Point (2/23/08) Earned Runs: 0, six times; last vs. High Point (2/23/08) Earned Runs (In Start): 0 vs. High Point (2/23/08) Walks: 0, seven times; last vs. Iowa (5/7/10) Walks (In Start): 0, four times; last at Purdue (4/18/10) Strikeouts: 10 vs. Iowa (5/7/10) Scoreless Inning Streak: 6.2, (3/23/08 - 3/29/08 & 2/24/06 - 3/5/06)
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