|10 Chris Rusin
- 2009 Wallace Preseason Watch List
- 2008 First-Team All-SEC (coaches)
- 23rd round draft pick in 2008 (Athletics)
One of the top returning seniors in college baseball ... A 2008 first-team All-SEC selection, one of only three pitchers and two starters on the first team, as voted by the coaches ... Did not get much support during his starts in SEC play, but still managed a 3.33 ERA and a 3.29 ERA in 10 SEC starts, including two complete games ... A workhorse, tossed quality starts in 9-of-13 starts ... Without an injury-riddled NCAA regional opening game at Michigan, Rusin finished with a 2.84 ERA in 82.1 innings ... Has command that rivals anyone in the league, with a good fastball and excellent command of a breaking ball.
Became UK's first, first-team All-SEC pitcher since MLB setup man Scott Downs earned the honor in 1997 ... One of a league-high four UK players named to the All-SEC first-team in 2008 and one of only two starting pitchers in the league on the first-team, joining Patrick Keating (Florida) and the best closer the nation, reliever Joshua Field (Georgia) ... Posted a 3.33 ERA and a 6-3 record in 13 starts ... Hurled quality starts in 9-of-13 assignments, going seven or more innings seven times in 2008... Worked 83.2 innings, striking out 65 and throwing two complete games ... After helping UK clinch an SEC Tournament berth in his final regular season start vs. Ole Miss, Rusin experienced a minor injury that resulted in him not pitching in the SEC Tournament ... After a week of rest, was asked to pitch in the opening game of the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional, but was not 100-percent and was pulled after 1.1 innings ...Throw out the game vs. Michigan, which was the worst statistical outing of his career, and Rusin had a 2.84 ERA in 82.1 innings ...Two of three losses on the season came when the lefty hurled two complete-game performances on the road in the SEC (at Auburn, at Vanderbilt) - two eight-inning complete games that saw Rusin strike out 18 and allow five runs ... On the road in 2008, totaled a 2.63 ERA in 37 innings, striking out 33 in five starts ... Worked seven inning of one-run ball in his first start, walking none and striking out four ... In the second start of the year, Rusin worked seven scoreless, allowing only four hits and striking out nine ... Struck out a career high 10 in a complete-game loss at Auburn, holding the Tigers to two runs and one walk ... Worked 8.2 innings vs. South Carolina, striking out six, one out shy of the complete game ...Tossed 7.2 innings vs. Tennessee, striking out six despite sitting out during a rain delay ... Against LSU, worked 8.2 innings, where he allowed only one run and five hits.
Promising young southpaw emerged as the top weekend starter on the staff ... Started 14 games, accumulated a 4.90 ERA and a 5-4 record ... Worked two complete games ... Named SEC Pitcher of the Week after holding down the hot hitting No. 18 Ole Miss batters to six hits and one unearned run in a complete-game Friday night win ... Began the season as the Saturday starter but moved to Friday night after the first weekend ... First start of the season, worked five innings against Furman, struck out seven, gave up one earned run, and allowed three hits ... Worked four or more innings in each of his 14 starts ... Struck out a career-high nine batters in a 6 2/3 inning performance against Wisconsin Milwaukee ...Took first loss of career in the SEC opener against No. 9 Arkansas ... Struck out two or more in each appearance of the season ... Dangerous left-handed pick off move caught a team-high five runners ... First complete game of career came in front of over 3,000 hostile fans at Florida, where Rusin worked nine innings, struck out eight, and allowed only two runs ... Followed up Florida performance with a 8 1/3 inning outing against Georgia, securing his fifth win of the season ... Had a solid outing against Tennessee in the first game of a doubleheader, before the defense allowed two unearned runs, chasing him from the game in the fifth ... Through first three starts, tallied a 2.70 ERA ... With two outs, held opponents to a .229 (24-for-105) average ... Forced 61 fly outs and 105 ground outs ... Averaged a team-best 6.17 innings per outing ... In the eight UK wins that Rusin started, the southpaw tallied a 5-0 record and a 2.50 ERA ... Had a 6.41 ERA at home and a 3.15 ERA on the road, including a 4-1 record away from Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Opened year as a mid-week starter before moving to the bullpen midway through the season ... In five starts, recorded three wins en route to his spotless 5-0 record ... Came on in relief to beat South Carolina and Mississippi State ... Against the Gamecocks, retired all 10 batters he faced to close out an 11-inning victory ... Streak got to 18 consecutive batters retired the next weekend ... Did not allow a home run in 38 innings ... Struck out five in back-to-back starts vs. Xavier and Morehead State ... Appeared in seven SEC games in relief.
Played three years for coach Tony Demare at Divine Child High School ... Led team to back-to-back state championships in final two years while being named to the All-State Dream Team both times ... Hurled shutouts in three consecutive Catholic Leauge championship games at Comerica Park from 2003-05 ... Won the Catholic League Walt Bazylewicz Award as a senior as the league's top male athlete in all sports ... Named MVP of state all-star game after pitching three scoreless innings and driving in game-winning runs ... Went 28-4 in career with all four losses by one run ... Two of the losses came when he threw a one-hitter ... As a junior, went 12-1 with a 1.05 earned-run average while striking out 88 in 69 2/3 innings ... Went 7-1 with a 1.75 ERA en route to All-Catholic League honors ... Also played basketball, earning all-city honors as a junior.
Full name is Christopher Patrick Rusin ... Son of Pat and Arlene Rusin ... Has a younger brother, Tyler (12), and a younger sister, Shannon (16) ... Born on Oct. 22, 1986 in Detroit, Mich.