35 Ben Mayhew
Ben Mayhew

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brookfield, Wis.

High School:
Mt. Paran Chrisitan (Ga.)

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 220

Position:
RHP

Experience:
2VL

Major:
Leadership



Highly regarding pitching talent ... rangy athletic specimen ... possesses outstanding physical frame ... blessed with great deal of natural ability ... features loose arm action along with free, easy delivery ... boasts top-of-rotation potential ... pitches consistently in mid-to-upper-80s ... features hard-riding fastball, sharp-breaking curve and improving changeup ... bounces around pitching mound ... fields position well ... sports quick feet and excellent athleticism ... factored into Black Knights' Patriot League pitching plans immediately as a freshman ... filled valuable middle-relief role during Patriot League weekends ... gained regular turn in head coach Joe Sottolano's midweek pitching rotation as well ... shouldered same responsibilities last spring ... fast-rising righty ... major component in Black Knights' pitching staff ... logged important innings in second season at Academy a year ago ... welcomes heavy workload ... not afraid to take ball ... underwent surgery on pitching shoulder last fall ... should be at full strength in the spring ... expected to challenge for spot in conference pitching rotation ... successful campaign would be boon to Army fortunes ... could slot comfortably into Black Knights' weekend pitching lineup ... two-year letterman.

MILESTONES: Boasts 8-2 career record ... ranks tied for third on Army's career winning percentage list at .800 ... stands tied with teammate Nick Hill in that category ... owns strong 3.94 career earned run average.

2005: Appeared in 15 contests ... gained five starting assignments ... posted flashy 5-1 record with solid 3.24 earned run average ... allowed 41 hits in 33.1 innings ... struck out 23 and walked only seven ... authored 3:1 strikeout-walk ratio ... ranked sixth on club in strikeouts ... turned in strong showing after recovering from difficult start ... allowed one run or less in 11 of 15 appearances ... turned in impressive midweek starting efforts against New York Tech, Temple, Fairfield and Siena ... yielded total of just one unearned run in those four outings, spanning 17.0 innings ... credited with victories in all four showings ... fired three shutout innings against New York Tech ... permitted just one hit in five scoreless frames during win over Temple ... struck out five and walked only one versus Owls ... allowed seven hits and one unearned run during five-inning stint against Fairfield ... struck out four and did not walk a batter in that highly effective performance ... turned in strongest outing of season during non-league road defeat of highly regarded Siena ... scattered just three singles in dominating effort opposite Saints ... fanned five and walked only one ... credited with other win out of bullpen against Rhode Island ... posted shutout relief outings against Duke, Lehigh, Bucknell, Connecticut and Stony Brook ... ranked tied for second among team leaders in winning percentage (.833) and fourth in victories ... listed fifth on club in both appearances and games started.

2004: One of eight freshmen to earn varsity letter for Black Knights ... registered 3-1 record with 4.85 earned run average ... allowed 32 base hits over 26.0 innings of work ... struck out 19 and walked four for impressive 4.75-1 strikeout-walk ratio ... saw action in 11 contests to rank seventh among team leaders ... stood seventh in innings pitched ... drew five starting assignments ... went 1-1 with 2.57 ERA in four Patriot League appearances ... limited conference opponents to .192 batting average ... yielded five base hits in seven innings of conference mound work ... struck out seven and walked three ... allowed just five earned runs over first seven outings that spanned 17.0 innings ... authored 2.65 earned run average during that span ... struggled a bit down stretch ... notched victories against Bucknell, Manhattan and Hofstra ... fired three innings of shutout relief to aid regular-season defeat of Lafayette ... combined with Brad Johnson, Wes Bumgardner and Wade Greenlee on early season blanking of Sacred Heart ... tossed 3.1 innings of shutout ball in that contest.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Craig Wilson at Mt. Paran Christian High in state of Georgia ... three-sport standout ... lettered three times in baseball, twice in basketball and once in soccer ... served as team captain in both baseball and basketball during busy senior year ... saw time at first base when not on pitching mound ... played center in basketball, goal keeper in soccer ... standout for East Cobb Cardinals summer select team ... helped squad to 2001 Super Series ... served as sophomore class president ... moved from to state of Wisconsin three days prior to start of junior year ... returned to Georgia for second semester of senior campaign ... attended same Senior Showcase as current Army teammate Nick Hill.

PERSONAL: Given name is Benjamin Alexander Mayhew ... born Oct. 2, 1984, in Marietta, Ga. ... parents' names are Catherine and Paul Mayhew ... paternal grandfather, Donald Mayhew, was project engineer for the command service module (return capsule) on Apollo 11 ... later designed and produced mission pendants for future space missions ... pendants were unique and made of gold and diamonds ... played East Cobb Baseball for two years under Chris Caldwell ... voted most valuable pitcher twice ... helped squad win 2001 Super Series National Tournament ... voted tourney MVP ... wrecked mother's car at age of four ... majoring in Leadership.

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