Hughes says: “Along with Brandon Fisher, Ben is the most reliable guy coming out of our bullpen. We feel good about giving Ben the ball in any situation because of his ability to be ready, compete and throw strikes. He’s as mentally tough as any player we have. Look for Ben to be in there at the end of the game with Fisher.”
2010: Tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts against Coastal Carolina ... Threw a scoreless inning with three strikeouts against West Virginia ... Picked up his first save of the season in game two at CSU, striking out two in the ninth inning ... Fanned two more batters in a game-three appearance ... Pitched two scoreless innings in the Long Island series ... Tossed the final two frames on March 9 against Bryant, striking out four, to pick up his first win of the season ... Tossed 2.2 innings of relief in the Maryland series, allowing his first run of the season in game two ... Tossed a career-high three innings on March 16 vs. Rider to pick up his second save of the season ... Tied a career-best with four strikeouts and allowed only one hit ... Pitched in all three games of the Clemson series, totaling 2.1 innings, two hits, one walk, one unearned run and three strikeouts ... Tossed a hitless ninth to help preserve a shutout of Liberty ... Was not used in the Wake Forest series, but pitched a scoreless ninth against VMI on March 30 ... Struck out the side in the ninth at ETSU ... Got the final two outs of the first FSU win, and then pitched 2.2 innings in game two to collect his third save of the season ... Allowed just his second earned run of the season in that outing ... Also gave up four hits and struck out three ... Worked the final 2.1 innings of the first Miami game to earn his second win ... Gave up three hits, but did not allow a run and made game-saving catch of a line drive with runners on second and third in the top of the ninth to record the final out ... Returned to the mound in game three, striking out three in two scorless innings to record his fourth save ... Took his first loss of the year in game one at UVa ... Entered to begin the bottom of the eighth with the game tied at two, but allowed two runs - just his third and fourth earned runs of the season - on three hits to drop to 2-1 ... Bounced back in game three with 2.1 scoreless innings, including two strikeouts, to earn his third win ... Tossed the ninth, 10th and 11th innings in game one at Georgia Tech to pick up his fourth win ... Allowed two hits and a walk, while striking out two ... Had his first bad outing of the season in game three, giving up a career-high six earned runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two hit batsmen ... Pitched in two of the BC games, giving up four runs (three earned) over two innings ... In both the Davidson game and the first Savannah State game, pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts ... Entered the second Savannah State game with a two-run lead in the eighth, and did not allow a base-runner in picking up his fifth save ... Pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in the series-opening win over Duke ... Gave up one run on three hits in two innings of work in game three with Duke ... Allowed a run on one hit in 1.1 innings of work at UNC on May 21, while striking out two ... Made two appearances at the ACC Tournament to increae his season total to 35, setting a new single-season school record ... Was the winner against Clemson after throwing the final 1.2 innings and striking out two ... Tied a career-high with four strikeouts over two innings against NC State, but took the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, two walks and two hit batters.
2009: Was Tech's most heavily used pitcher, appearing in 30 games out of the bullpen, including both of Tech's shutouts … Led the team with four saves, the most by a Hokie since 2004 … Went 4-2 with 34 strikeouts and just nine walks in 34.2 innings pitched … Was named to the All-ACC Academic team … Struck out four and picked up the win in his Hokie debut, allowing two hits and no runs in 1.1 innings at Wofford on Feb. 21 … Fanned six batters over his next four appearances … Pitched two innings in the loss to No. 3 GT on March 22 … Was credited with his second win after tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball against USC Upstate on March 24 … Earned another win in game one at NC State after pitching the final 2.2 innings and striking out three … Also pitched the ninth in the shutout of JMU … Struck out three batters in game one with Wake Forest … Picked up his first two saves in the series at Maryland … The first came in game one, as he tossed 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts … The second came in 2.2 innings in game three, as he combined with two other pitchers to record Tech’s second shutout of the season … Pitched one inning in game two vs. Clemson … Took the loss against William & Mary, allowing six runs (though just two were earned) on five hits in the ninth inning … Also got tagged with the loss at Liberty after allowing a walk-off homer in the ninth … Over his next four appearances, tallied four innings pitched and four strikeouts without allowing a run … Appeared in all three games vs. Virginia, earning the win in game one and picking up his team-leading fourth save in game two … Didn’t allow an earned run in four innings of work in the series.
Los Angeles Harbor College: Before transferring to Tech, played two seasons for Coach Marco Alvillar in Wilmington, Calif. … As a sophomore in 2008, he was named team MVP and selected to the All-South Coast Conference First Team … In 40.1 innings pitched, he went 6-0 with five saves and a 1.34 ERA, while striking out 40 batters and walking just four.
High School: Pitched for Coach Evan Fujinaga at Palos Verdes High School, where he helped the team to the Pioneer League title and the CIF Division IV championship as a senior in 2006 … As a senior, tossed 38 innings and put together a 4-1 record with two saves … Had an earned run average of 1.47 and fanned 26 batters, while walking eight … Also played four years as a defenseman for the Los Angeles Junior Kings ice hockey club team.
Personal: Benjamin Ramon Rowen … Born 11/15/88 in Dunedin, Fla. … Son of Michael and Darlene Rowen … Enrolled in management.