Outlook Senior reliever will help anchor a dynamic UK bullpen in 2013 ... Is especially skilled as a middle-innings reliever who specializes in getting right-handed hitters out ... Is coming off a dominant performance in the Cape Cod League, going 1-0 with a 0.91 ERA in 16 outings with a save in 19.2 innings ... Has improved his velocity over the last two years and has advanced with his command and control of an effective breaking ball ... One of three seniors on the roster ... Made an impromptu start vs. No. 7 Florida as a freshman as scheduled starter Alex Meyer battled mononucleosis ... Did not allow a run over his final seven appearances in 2012.
Summer Had a breakout summer in the Cape Cod League as a middle reliever for Hyannis, joining UK outfielder Zac Zellers ... Earned a 1-0 record and a 0.91 ERA in 16 relief appearances with one save ... Tossed 19.2 innings, walking six, allowing 12 hits and striking out 13 ... Picked up his win in a two-inning outing on July 3 ... Notched his save with a perfect nine inning on July 22 vs. Chatham ... Didn't allow a run in 15 of his 16 relief appearance in the summer, just surrendering two runs in a June 24 inning vs. Bourne ... Final 15 innings went without allowing a run, a span of 12 appearances ... Without his one outing allowing runs, had a 0.00 ERA in 18.2 innings, surrendering 10 hits and striking out 12.
2012 Was a key right-handed reliever for a UK bullpen that went 40-0 when leading after seven innings ... Pitched in 20 games in relief, with a 2-0 record and a 5.57 ERA ... Tossed 21 innings, allowing 22 hits and seven walks, striking out 17 ... Inherited 22 runners, allowing only five to score (23-percent) ... In eight SEC games, posted a 1-0 record and a 4.32 ERA, working 8.1 innings, allowing seven hits and four walks, striking out six ... Excelled in seven night games, posted a 0.00 ERA in 7.1 innings, allowing three singles and one walk, holding opponents to a .143 average ... Was perfect in his last seven appearances, tossing 5.1 innings without allowing an earned run ... In his season debut in the opener, was given the chance at a three-inning save after a pair of dominant innings, before allowing three runs on a grand slam ... Rebounded with three shutout innings with four strikeouts vs. Buffalo ... Worked two innings with one run allowed vs. UIC ... Allowed five runs in two outs vs. Caniusius in a pair of outings ... Responded with two shutout innings vs. No. 2 South Carolina in the opener, striking out two on just 20 pitches ... Tossed another solid 2.1 shutout innings for a win vs. USC in the series finale to help UK clinch the sweep ... Got a key out to start his outing at No. 18 Georgia, before allowing a pair of runs in his next inning ... Worked a shutout frame vs. Dayton ... After allowing two hits and two runs without getting an out vs. No. 10 Ole Miss, rebounded to fire seven consecutive shutout outings to end the year ... Worked two shutout innings at No. 9 Arkansas, a shutout frame vs. Cincinnati and at No. 20 Louisville and getting two outs each at Vanderbilt and Indiana ... Had a great summer as a late-inning reliever for the Danbury Westerns in the New England Collegiate Baseball League ... Appeared in 17 relief outings for Danbury, posting a 0-2 record and a 4.08 ERA, with eight saves ... Struck out 20 in 17.2 innings, walking only five and allowing 20 hits.
2011 Was a workhorse out of the bullpen, appearing in 20 games with a 3-0 record and a 4.58 ERA ... Tossed 35.1 innings, walking 13 and striking out 30 ... Appeared in nine games in SEC play, posting a 6.38 ERA in 18.1 innings, striking out 14 ... Went 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA in 11 non-conference games ... Was excellent at home, posting a 2-0 record and a 2.57 ERA in 10 games at Cliff Hagan Stadium ... In road games, ranked third on the club with 20 innings, going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA, striking out 18 ... Pitched in seven games that UK won, posting a 3-0 record and a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings ... Pitched in 13 games that UK lost, posting a 6.65 ERA ... Tossed 14 games during the day, owning a 3-0 record and a 3.10 ERA ... Tossed six night games, charting a 11.37 ERA and a 1-0 record ... Through his first 13 games in 2011, went 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA ... Inherited 19 runners on the year, allowing 10 to score ... Made season debut at No. 20 College of Charleston in the 2011 lidlifter, going 1.2 shutout innings ... Tossed a season-high 3.2 shutout innings in his next game vs. Morehead State for his first career win ... Allowed first runs of the year vs. Rice in the 2011 Houston College Classic, allowing two runs in 1.1 innings ... Went 2.1 innings vs. Tennessee and picked up his third win of the year with 1.2 innings vs. Canisius ... Was great in 3.1 shutout innings vs. Alabama ... Hit a rocky patch to end the year, allowing runs in his last seven appearances from April 9 vs. Auburn to May 21 vs. Florida ... After allowing three runs with one out at Western Kentucky, didn't pitch for 10 days, before pitching in two games during the LSU series.
2010 Had a great freshman season as a key reliever ... Appeared in 14 games with one start, posting a 0-0 record and a 3.60 ERA ... Made one start, coming on a Saturday against eventual SEC Champion Florida, earning BluGrass Baseball Freshman of the Week accolades ... Tossed 25 innings, allowing 23 hits, walking only seven and striking out 19 ... Appeared in six SEC games with one start, tossing 15 innings with a 3.60 ERA, striking out 12 ... Had a 3.60 ERA in eight non-conference appearances ... In six games at home and one start, had a 0.73 ERA, tossing 12.1 innings with only one run allowed ... Was the surprise starter in UK's series-salvaging win over Florida, putting UK in position to win ... Went 3.1 innings against Florida, allowing three hits and one run, walking one and striking out three ... Was dominating into the fourth inning against UF, before the UK bullpen relieved him with one out in the inning ... Had a crucial outing against LSU on Friday night, setting UK up for the series sweep over the defending NCAA Champions ... Came on in relief of Friday night starter Logan Darnell against LSU and kept UK in the game with 4.1 shutout innings, with Lance Ray's walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth giving UK the win ... Had another 4.1 innings pitched at Georgia on Friday night, allowing three hits and three runs, striking out a career-high four.
High School One of the top pitchers in Illinois, Wijas was named all-area and all-conference in 2009 ... As a senior, struck out 100 in 73 innings, posting a 1.63 ERA and a 5-5 record ... Posted a 0.76 ERA and a 2-0 record in 2008, striking out 40 in 28 innings ... As a sophomore, earned a 6-1 record and a 0.42 ERA, working 33 innings with 66 strikeouts ... Owns the single-season ERA record at Conant ... Hit .482 with seven doubles, two homers and 17 RBI as a sophomore and .419 with four doubles and 11 RBI as a freshman ... Coached by Jerry Song ... Led team to the regional championship as a sophomore and senior ... Played basketball as a freshman.
Personal Full name is Walter James Wijas ... Born Feb. 13, 1991 in Chicago, Ill. ... Son of David and Patricia ... Has a brother, Kevin (15) and two sisters, Kate (19) and Bridget (18).