Was pitching extremely well prior to suffering a season-ending elbow injury last spring ... Had held opponents to a .194 batting average over his first six appearances, striking out 35 batters in 28 innings and posting a 2.89 earned run average ... Underwent surgery in early April and looked to be doubtful for the 2008 season ... Worked hard in his rehab during the summer and fall ... Made amazing progress and was cleared to pitch in January ... Whether or not he will be able to return to his prior form has yet to be determined, but he has the work ethic needed to be successful ... Came to Tech from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College in 2005 and brought all the pitches it takes to be successful ... Gained plenty of experience after starting a team-high 14 games and pitching 79.1 innings in 2006 ... The Hokies are hoping he can return at some point during the season.
2006-07: Pitched in six games before he was sidelined by an arm injury ... Started in four of those games ... Pitched 28 innings, striking out 35 batters and walking just 11 ... Had a 1-2 record and a 2.89 earned run average ... Started and pitched two innings at Charlotte to get some work ... Gave up one run, but was still tagged with the loss ... Started against Coastal Carolina, pitching 4.1 innings and giving up three runs on six hits ... Struck out six in a no-decision ... Pitched five no-hit innings against Minnesota before allowing six runs (only two earned) in the sixth inning ... Allowed a total of seven runs in 6.2 innings in taking the loss ... Entered game three against A&T in the second inning and pitched eight scoreless innings for a win ... Allowed just one hit and three base runners, while striking out a career-high 11 batters ... Pitched 6.1 innings in a no-decision at Georgia Tech, allowing four hits, two earned runs and striking out nine ... Suffered an elbow injury in a brief appearance against Marist and missed starts against NC State and UNC ... After further testing, doctors found a torn ligament in his right elbow ... Underwent surgery and missed the rest of the season.
2005-06: Started all 14 games in which he appeared ... Compiled a 3-8 record and 6.01 earned run average over 79.1 innings ... Started Tech's season opener at Campbell ... Pitched five innings but did not get a decision ... Allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits ... Struck out four batters and walked four ... Also pitched five innings in a loss to UNCW ... Gave up seven hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out five ... Picked up his first win with seven innings against Towson ... Scattered five hits and allowed three runs (one earned) ... Struck out eight and walked five ... Pitched 6.1 innings in a loss to Miami ... Allowed eight hits and six runs (five earned) ... Worked 6.1 innings in loss to FSU ... Gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits ... Walked five batters and struck out four ... Pitched five innings allowing five hits and four runs in a no-decision against BC ... Lasted just 2.1 innings at Wake Forest and picked up a loss ... Got his second win with five innings at Radford ... Lost game three against Georgia Tech, giving up four runs (three earned) in six innings ... Posted five strikeouts in that game ... Pitched well at UNC with 7.1 innings ... Allowed just three runs but took the loss when Hokies scored just once ... Went a season-high 7.2 innings in win against Duke ... Allowed just three runs and struck out seven ... Went six innings in loss at Clemson ... Worked 6.2 innings in game two against NC State, but did not get a decision ... Held the 'Pack to four runs ... Took the loss in game two at Virginia.
Junior College: Played one year at Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College before enrolling at Glendale ... Pitched 81.1 innings for Coach Dave Grant ... Compiled a 3-5 record and 3.43 earned run average ... Struck out 81 batters and walked 33.
High School: Played for Coach Jerry Dawson at Chaparral ... Lettered two seasons as a pitcher ... Helped the team to the Arizona Class 4A Championship as a senior in 2003 ... Team was 32-3 ... Compiled a 5-0 record and 2.04 earned run average ... Worked 37 innings with 30 strikeouts and 13 walks ... Named second-team all-city and all-region ... Was 2-1 on the mound his junior year, pitching a total of 27 innings.
Personal: David John Cross ... Born 8/29/84 in Springfield, IL ... Son of John and Paula Cross ... Enrolled in history.