Picked up some experience on the mound last year as a freshman ... Saw action in 19 games, including six as a starter ... His 55 innings on the mound were the fourth-highest total on the 2006 squad ... Has a big frame and good athleticism ... Needs to expand his role from last season for the Hokies to have success ... Could fit into a number of roles, from the bullpen to the starting rotation, depending on his continued progress and work during the preseason ... Has an opportunity to provide depth and contribute ... Transferred to Tech from Liberty University in fall 2005.
2005-06: Pitched in 19 games ... Made his first collegiate appearance with a start against West Virginia ... Pitched just 2.1 innings, allowing six hits and four runs in a loss ... Also started at Richmond and worked 4.2 innings without a decision ... Had four strikeouts in that outing ... Started at home against JMU and pitched just 2.1 innings in a no-decision ... Came out of the pen for 1.2 innings against FSU allowing one run on two hits and striking out three batters ... Started and pitched five innings at VCU ... Gave up two runs on six hits ... Did not get a decision ... Pitched 2.2 innings of relief in game three against Boston College ... Pitched a shutout inning of relief at Radford and came back the next night with four innings versus VMI to pick up his first win ... Worked seven innings of relief against Appalachian, allowing just two unearned runs ... Started against Longwood and picked up a win, allowing one run in seven innings ... Pitched 3.1 innings of relief in game three with Duke ... Pitched one shutout inning at Clemson ... Started and picked up a win at home against VCU ... Pitched 5.2 innings ... Suffered a loss in relief against Charlotte ... Worked 4.1 innings of scoreless, hitless relief in second game at Virginia ... Finished with a 3-3 record and 6.22 earned run average.
Liberty: Was redshirted during the 2004-05 school year before transferring to Tech.
High School: Played his senior year at Southwest Guilford ... Had a 1.50 earned run average on the way to all-area and all-conference honors ... Attended Oak Hill Academy in Virginia prior to his senior year ... Was team MVP as a pitcher his junior year ... Played basketball at both schools.
Personal: Rhett Christopher Ballard ... Born 11/13/85 in Greensboro, NC ... Son of Rick and Diane Ballard ... Enrolled in history.