25 Josh Birenbaum
Josh Birenbaum

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Malibu, Calif.

High School:
Malibu

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 190

Position:
Pitcher

Experience:
1VL



MISCELLANEOUS: Hard-throwing right-hander with bright future in "Black, Gold and Gray" ... rangy athlete with excellent mound presence ... hard-riding fastball touches upper 80s ... repertoire includes sharp-breaking curveball and improving changeup ... features solid command of all three pitches along with strong mental makeup ... fields position well ... boasts ability to thrive in pressure situations ... impact player with world of potential ... stepped in to fill Army's closer role out of bullpen as a freshman ... boasts excellent makeup to flourish in that position ... sports resilient right arm with ability to carry large workload ... bounces back quickly ... can pitch effectively on multiple days in succession ... could contend for spot in Army's weekend starting rotation as well .. hails from talent-rich state of California ... enrolled at University of Southern California briefly ... invited "walk-on" to baseball program, but did not play ... departed USC and enrolled at Santa Monica Junior College ... enlisted in U.S. Army in November 2000 ... entered Military Intelligence branch of U.S. Army prior to West Point entrance ... attended basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. ... went to AIT at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. ... served in U.S. Army for one year ... reached rank of Private 2 before arriving at Academy ... letterman.

2002: Made large impact on Army program during impressive freshman season ... began year in long relief ... emerged as "closer" out of Army's bullpen as rookie campaign progressed ... appeared in 13 games ... drew one starting assignment ... posted 2-1 record with two saves ... topped team with solid 3.71 earned run average ... allowed 30 hits over 26.2 innings of work ... registered impressive 20-9 strikeout-walk ratio ... closed season with flourish ... allowed runs in just three of final 10 appearances ... yielded only one run across final six outings ... stretch spanned 8.2 innings of work ... did not allow single hit over final four appearances ... battled Manhattan in lone starting performance ... allowed three runs and seven hits over four innings to earn first collegiate victory versus Jaspers ... fired 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to notch first career save opposite Bucknell ... helped Army to late season doubleheader sweep of Pace with pair of strong showings ... fired one inning of perfect relief to earn save in opener ... returned to toss 1.2 shutout innings to notch victory against Setters in nightcap.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Tony Walczuk at Malibu High ... lettered four times on diamond ... received playing time at shortstop in addition to mound duties ... four-time all-league scholar-athlete ... two time all-section performer ... county and league player of the year as a junior ... served as team captain during senior campaign.

PERSONAL: Given name is Joshua Nathaniel Birenbaum ... born Oct. 18, 1981, in Santa Monica, Calif. ... parents' names are Nidia and Sam Birenbaum ... cousin of Ed Cota, former basketball standout at University of North Carolina ... enjoys surfing and playing classical piano in free time ... majoring in Economics.

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