25 Willie Kuhl
25 - Willie Kuhl
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Mission Viejo, Calif.
High School: Mission Viejo HS
Position: RHP
B/T: L/R
Experience: 1V

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In 15 appearances, tossed a total 13 innings for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League…finished the summer with a 0-1 record and 3.46 ERA…struck out 22 while walking just six.

Made 24 appearances and one start…completed the year with a 1-0 record, 3.38 ERA and one save…pitched in three combined shutouts…tossed a total of 29 and 1/3 innings, striking out 39…in Big West games, managed a 1.04 ERA, making 11 appearances and totaling eight and 2/3 innings and striking out 14…at Oral Roberts, in a 6-2 series-clinching win, tossed one inning of shutout baseball and struck out two to record the save… was credited with the win after tossing three shutout innings and striking out four in relief of starter Justin Garza as the Titans clinched the series with an 8-6 victory at Long Beach State (03/23)…longest outing was allowing one unearned run in four and 2/3 innings of relief, striking out a career-best eight in an 11-inning 8-7 win over Nebraska (03/19)…struck out the side at Cal State Northridge in the eighth during the Titans’ series-clinching 6-4 victory (05/24).

In 25 appearances for the Santa Barbara Foresters (38-15) of the California Collegiate League, finished the summer with a 3-1 record, one save and 2.25 ERA • Was named a NBC All-American • In 36 innings, struck out 43 and held opposing batters to a .127 clip.

Made a significant impact on the Titan pitching staff as a true freshman • Earned second-team All-Big West Conference honors and Freshman All-American status from Collegiate Baseball • Appeared in 18 games, all in relief, fourth most on the staff • In 26 and 2/3 innings he compiled a 2-4 record with one save and a 3.71 ERA • He had by far the best strikeouts-per-inning ratio (1.35) on the staff with 36 while walking 15 • In five Big West appearances he was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 11 and 2/3 innings • Struck out season-high eight batters in 3 and 2/3 innings vs. Cal Poly on Apr. 21 but absorbed 8-6 loss • Fanned seven in season-high four innings vs. UC Riverside on May 19 • Got first win at Texas A&M on March 10 with 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings during 6-5 win • Beat UC Davis on Apr. 6 with a perfect one inning in a 5-4 victory • Got his save in a dramatic collegiate debut on Feb. 26 in an 11-10 home win over TCU • Entered game in top of eighth (final inning due to pre-determined travel constraints) with tying run on second base and no outs • Got first out on a rundown play between third and home, the second on a bases-loaded strikeout and the third when he tagged out a runner trying to score from third when the ball eluded the catcher •  Other three losses came at USC, vs. Washington State and vs. Austin Peay in NCAA Regional at Oregon.

Was a four-year letterwinner for Head Coach Chris Ashbach and the Diablos of Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. • His four-hit victory over Etiwanda High School at Dodger Stadium in June 2011 not only won his team the CIF Div. II championship, but also set a new school record for wins in a Diablo career (22 victories) • Combined for a 22-14 career record with a 3.20 ERA; Struck out  206 batters in 211 innings • His best season came as a senior in 2011 when he went 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA while striking out 82 in 83 innings.

Born in Fountain Valley, Calif. • Full name is William Edward Russell Kuhl • His parents are Bill and Julie (deceased) Kuhl • Has an older sister, Rachael • Majoring in business • puts his left sock on before his right sock as a superstition • models his game after Sergio Romo • Favorites include: Jered Weaver (player), Fenway Park (stadium), Nolan Ryan (athlete), Goo Goo Dolls and Linkin Park (musical artists), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (team), Glover Stadium in Anaheim (place to play baseball), “The Hobbit” and “Money Ball” (books) and Lucille’s, Morton’s and Outback Steakhouse (restaurants).



Career Highs Graphic

Innings Pitched: 4.2 vs. Nebraska (03.19.13)

Strikeouts: 8, 2x, last vs. Nebraska (03.19.13)

Hits Allowed: 7 vs. Cal Poly (04.21.12)

Runs Allowed: 3, 2x, last at UCLA (04.02.13)

Earned Runs Allowed: 3, 2x, last at UCLA (04.02.13)

Walks Allowed: 4 vs. UC Riverside (05.19.12)

Wins: 3

Saves: 2


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