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SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll (2013)
2013 Became a key left-handed reliever and midweek starter as a freshman, helping UK to the best bullpen ERA in program history ... Appeared in 16 games with two midweek starts, with a 2.01 ERA ... Tossed 22.1 innings, allowing 27 hits - 23 singles - nine walks and striking out 11 ... Appeared in seven games in SEC action, with a 3.68 ERA in 7.1 innings, walking five and striking out three ... Appeared in nine games with two starts in non-league action, with a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings ... Appeared in eight games with two starts at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with a 1.84 ERA in 14.2 innings ... Allowed only two steals in four attempts ... A great athlete on the mound, picked off one runner ... Led the team with 13.3 ground-ball outs per nine innings pitched ... UK went 2-0 in his midweek starts ... Inherited 10 runners, allowing just four to score ... Had a team-leading 1.23 ERA in his two starts, allowing a run in 7.1 innings ... Had a 2.40 ERA in his 14 relief outings ... Allowed only five hits to left-handed hitters ... Made collegiate debut in relief of UK starter Corey Littrell at USC Upstate, working an inning, allowing three hits and one run ... Bounced back the following weekend with two perfect innings vs. 2013 NCAA Tourney team Elon, needing just 18 pitches ... Made first career start vs. Eastern Kentucky in the second home game of the year, working 3.1 innings, allowing six hits and no runs ... Worked 1.2 innings in relief vs. Michigan State, allowing an unearned run ... Made second career start vs. Ohio in midweek action, working four innings, allowing one run ... Worked five consecutive outings without allowing an earned run, before No. 2 LSU scored a run after allowing a walk ... Made SEC debut with a key out vs. Georgia ... Pitched in six consecutive road games, including a key out at Western Kentucky in the 18-inning marathon and a shutout frame at No. 16 Ole Miss ... Final outing of the year came in 2.2 innings vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt, allowing a pair of runs on two doubles.
High School One of the top prospects in the nation, named the Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball and Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year ... Went 10-1 in 2012 with a 0.59 ERA, striking out 105 in 71 innings ... In his career, owned a 23-5 record with four saves and a 1.47 ERA ... At the plate, hit .363 with 11 doubles, five triples, three homers and 24 steals, sporting a .570 on-base mark in 2012 ... Joined former UK infielder and former MLB standout Doug Flynn as the only players to have their Bryan Station jersey retired ... Earned six letters under coach Eddie Brooks, a former UK player ... "Ryne is a big game player," Brooks said. "When he's on the mound he takes control of a game. He has earned the respect of his teammates on and off the field. He's the kind of player who makes you look like a really great coach. He's a special, once-in-a-lifetime player. And he's a quality young man on and off the field." ... Played basketball his sophomore year.
Personal Full name is Michael Ryne Combs ... Born March 14, 1994 in Lexington, Ky. ... Son of David Combs and Susan Redmon ... Clay (14) is only sibling ... Sported a 3.83 GPA in high school.