Outlook Talented freshman had a breakout 2012 season as an anchor in the bullpen and as a midweek starter ... Is a polished, strike throwing left-hander ... Owns good arm strength and an arsenal of secondary offerings ... Has a competitive, poised demeanor on the mound ... Had arm surgery in the fall and will miss the 2013 season ... The 2011 Gatorade Wisconsin High School Player of the Year.
2012 Had a strong freshman season, making 22 appearances with two midweek starts ... Went 3-3 with a 2.79 ERA, notching two saves ... Worked 38.2 innings, allowing 36 hits and 12 earned runs, walking 11 and striking out 33 ... Held opponents to a .245 average, not surrendering a homer ... Inherited 21 runners and allowed seven to score ... Appeared in nine games in SEC play, going 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings, with one save ... In 13 games and two starts vs. non-conference competition, was 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA and a save in 27.2 innings, walking seven and striking out 28 ... Was 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in 15 home games with one start and a save in 30.1 innings, walking five and striking out 28 ... Pitched in 15 games that UK won, with a 3-0 record and a 1.01 ERA, with two saves and 22 hits, five walks allowed in 26.2 innings, striking out 27 ... Had a team-high 2.81 ERA in night games, tossing 10 games with two starts and a 3-2 record ... UK went 1-1 in his midweek starts vs. Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville ... Was 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 20 games in relief ... Allowed opponents to hit .227 with runners on base, .200 with runners on and two outs and .211 with runners in scoring position and two outs ... Had a perfect 0.00 ERA in the first inning (2.1 IP), second inning (3.0 IP), fourth inning (3.0 IP) and fifth inning (3.2) ... Was named SEC Freshman of the Week after a two-save week against Indiana and Alabama ... Made season debut with a strikeout in 0.2 innings at USC Upstate ... Worked shutout innings vs. Buffalo and Xavier to open the home schedule, tossing 1.1 shutout vs. UIC and getting a key strikeout vs. Tennessee Tech ... Tossed a then career-long 2.2 innings with one run allowed vs. Marshall ... Tossed 1.1 innings vs. Canisius with four hits and one run allowed ... Had a strong two relief outings vs. No. 2 South Carolina, getting two outs in the series opener and getting a key out to clinch the series ... Tossed a three innings with one earned run allowed vs. Western Kentucky as he started to prove to be highly effective in extended innings ... Had a rocky two-out game at No. 18 Georgia, allowing a run on two walks ... Rebounded with 4.1 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out five ... Was strong in relief vs. No. 19 Louisville, tossing three innings with one run allowed ... Earned first career start in his next outing, hurling a career-long six shutout innings with two hits and five strikeouts ... Made second career start at No. 20 Louisville, allowing six runs - four earned, walking two ... Allowed a run in 1.1 innings at Vanderbilt ... Had a strong 2.1 innings vs. No. 5 Florida as part of the ESPN Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week ... In the 12th inning, picked up his first career save at Indiana in relief of Trevor Gott, who worked extended innings ... Got second career save with 2.1 shutout innings vs. Alabama ... Worked 2.2 shutout innings at Mississippi State ... Was shut down for the year after allowing a run on to hits in the regular-season finale at MSU.
High School Gatorade Wisconsin High School Player of the Year ... Set the career mark for strikeouts at Kenosha Tremper High School and coach John Matera, fanning 318 in four years ... As a senior, posted a 6-3 record and a 1.27 ERA, striking out 118 and walking 30 in 60.2 innings ... Had a 5-4 record and a 2.51 ERA as a junior, with 93 strikeouts in 50.2 innings ... Went 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 15 walks in 50 innings ... Went 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA as a freshman, saving two games and striking out 48 in 33.1 innings.
Personal Full name is Samuel John Mahar ... Son of John and Marjorie Mahar ... Has a sister, Emily (23) and a brother Luke (14) ... Born April 1, 1994 in Waukegan, Ill.