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James Leigh

Player Profile

RS Senior

Bryant, Ark.

High School:

Last College:
Texarkana CC

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 215




Career Stats

2008: Finished third in the OVC with 9.96 strikeouts per game ... tied for the team-lead with 13 starts on the season ... also made two relief appearances ... finished second on the team with five wins, 56 innings pitched and 62 strikeouts ... went 5-2 with a 6.11 ERA ... started the season 4-1 with a 0.72 ERA over the first month of the season ... named OVC Pitcher of the Week of March 9-16 after going 2-0 with 13 strikeouts and only one earned run allowed in eight innings pitched ... allowed 57 hits, 43 runs and 38 earned runs on the season ... held opponents to a .258 batting average and issued 32 walks ... went 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 31.1 innings at home ... tossed a career-best seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits with eight strikeouts in the OVC opener vs. Tennessee Tech (3/21) ... threw six innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts, yielding only four hits and one earned run at Memphis (3/15) ... struck out nine hitters over five innings, giving up only one earned run in first start of the season at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2/23).

2007: Pitched in eight games and made four starts in his first season with the program ... while pitching for the first time since a shoulder surgery, threw 17.1 innings from the mound ... did not allow a run and only two hits over his final three appearances totaling 5.2 innings ... one the team's leading pitchers in all runners-on-base situations ... batters hit only .207 with runners on, .200 with runners and two outs, .231 with runners in scoring position, .125 with runners in scoring position and two outs ... in four relief appearances, boasted a 1.17 ERA through 7.2 innings ... worked a season-high four innings, giving up only two earned runs with three strikeouts in a start vs. Freed-Hardeman (3/28) ... threw 3.2 innings of relief vs. Memphis (4/25), allowing only two hits and no runs.

Texarkana CC: All-conference selection ... led team to JUCO World Series in 2005 ... sidelined in his sophomore season due to arm problems ... received a medical redshirt.

Prep: All-conference, all-region pitcher at Bryant High School in Bryant, Ark. ... graduated in 2004.

Personal: Born 6-4-86 ... son of Wally and Debbie Leigh ... drafted in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft by the Chicago White Sox in 2004 ... drafted in the 37th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2005 ... favorite athlete is Ozzie Smith ... also recruited by Central Arkansas and Southern Arkansas.

Leigh throws to the plate during his start vs. Murray State on April 6, 2008.


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