Drew Harrington -- Pitching Coach
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Ky.
High School: Central Hardin
• 2016 MLB Draft - 3rd Round (80th overall) - Atlanta Braves
• 2016 Louisville Slugger First Team All-America
• 2016 NCBWA First Team All-America
• 2016 D1Baseball Second Team All-America
• 2016 Perfect Game Second Team All-America
• 2016 NCAA Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team
• 2016 ACC Pitcher of the Year
• 2016 All-ACC First Team
2016: Finished 12-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 17 starts and 110.2 innings pitched while earning All-America honors. Tabbed as ACC Pitcher of the Year after finishing 8-0 with 1.33 ERA in 10 conference starts. Had career-best 12 strikeouts in 7.0+ shutout innings in no-decision against UCSB in NCAA Super Regional finale. Earned 12th win of the season with 7.1 shutout innings against Wright State in NCAA Regional clinching victory on June 5. Twirled seven shutout innings allowing just three hits with three strikeouts for 11th win of the season in May 20 triumph at Wake Forest. Improved to 10-1 on the season finishing with seven strikeouts in seven quality innings against No. 10 NC State on May 14. Pushed record to 9-1 with seven quality innings in victory against St. John’s in second game of April 29 doubleheader. Suffered no-decision on April 23 at Boston College despite allowing just one run on five hits with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Won seventh straight start taking record to 8-1 on the season after allowing two runs with three strikeouts in 6.1 innings against No. 16 Clemson on April 16. Moved to 7-1 on the season after allowing only one run on just two hits with five strikeouts in 7.2 innings of dominant work at No. 5 Florida State on April 9. Improved to 6-1 on the season with six shutout innings in April 3 victory over Virginia Tech. Pushed record to 5-1 with seven shutout innings against No. 9 Virginia on March 27. Moved to 4-1 on the season allowing two earned runs on just two hits with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings at No. 5 Miami on March 20. Delivered arguably best career collegiate start finishing with seven strikeouts and no walks while scattering five hits in a career-best eight shutout innings to earn the victory over Notre Dame on March 12. Improved to 2-1 on the season with six shutout innings and seven strikeouts in win over Princeton on March 6. Matched a career-high with nine strikeouts in a career-long six innings of shutout work and did not issue a walk in first collegiate weekend start in Feb. 21 win over SIU Edwardsville.
2015: Finished with a 3-1 record, four saves, a 0.29 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 18 appearances and 31.0 innings pitched. Improved to 3-1 on the season after striking out seven in three innings of no-hit, shutout relief against Miami (Ohio) on March 31. Earned a pair of saves in two dominant relief appearances against No. 22 Notre Dame on March 20-22. Struck out two in 1.1 innings of work to complete series sweep of Irish on March 22. Finished with three strikeouts in two innings of shutout work in series-opener at Notre Dame on March 20. Locked down second save of the season and the Cardinals’ series-opening win against No. 10 Miami with two innings of shutout relief, highlighted by four strikeouts. Earned second career save and first of the season finishing with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of relief against EKU on March 3. Made fourth straight strong relief appearance with two innings of shutout work against Xavier on Feb. 28. Moved to 2-0 on the season with 2.1 innings of perfect relief in Feb. 25 win over Eastern Kentucky. Worked 3.2 innings of shutout relief against Arkansas State on Feb. 21. Finished with career-high nine strikeouts in career-best 4.1 innings of relief to earn the victory over USF on Feb. 14 in Clearwater, Fla.
2014: Finished with a 3-2 mark, a 4.95 ERA, one save and 34 strikeouts in 21 appearances, including four starts, in first collegiate season. Had three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief work at Temple on May 10. Earned third win of the season allowing one run in two innings of relief at USF on May 4. Improved to 2-0 on the season with career-best five strikeouts while matching a career-high with four shutout innings in a start against Ohio State on April 30. Had two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of shutout relief to earn first career save on April 26 against UConn. Earned first career collegiate win at Western Kentucky on March 26 after two innings of relief. Finished with no-decision in first career start on March 11 against Western Illinois after allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in four innings. Worked a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout on March 9 against Miami. Made collegiate debut working 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in Cardinals' win over Delaware on Feb. 16 in Charleston, S.C.
High School: Named Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky as a senior. Two-time First Team All-State selection at Central Hardin. Two-time Regional Player of the Year. Area Pitcher of the Year in 2013. Rated as the No. 4 player in Kentucky as a senior according to Prep Baseball Report. Ranked No. 240 nationally by Perfect Game. Perfect Game National Showcase participant. Went 10-1 with a 0.26 ERA & 146 strikeouts as a senior under the guidance of head coach Todd Thompson. Also hit .465 with three home runs and 50 RBI as a first baseman.
Personal: Born on March 30, 1995, in Princeton, Ky. Son of Greg and Tonya Harrington. Has two sisters, Chelsey and Janece. Majoring in sport administration. After college, he plans to play baseball professionally then serve as a pastor. Person with the greatest influence on his career is his dad because he was always there for him. Hobbies and outside interests include hunting, fishing and playing basketball. Favorite movie is Remember the Titians. Favorite TV show is Duck Dynasty. Favorite athlete is Tim Tebow. Favorite candy bar is Snickers. Favorite restaurant is Lambert's. Favorite music to listen to is country. Favorite quote is "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."