Vanderbilt topped UC Irvine 6-4 to advance in the College World Series on Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park. (Photos by John Peterson)
Career Game Highs Innings Pitched: *3.0, last 3/14 vs. Arkansas G1 Strikeouts: 8, 3/1 vs. Illinois State Hits Allowed: 3, 3/21/14 at Mississippi State Walks Allowed: *2, last 4/17 at South Carolina Runs Allowed: *3, last 3/21 at Auburn G2
COACH CORBIN QUOTE: Maybe one of the more improved pitching talents on our team. Ben progressively gained more confidence and became more of an integral and reliable part of our bullpen at the end of the year. We will lean on him heavily in a very similar role this year. Ben loves the arena of competition, and is very team-oriented.
2015- Recorded the final four outs at Kentucky 5/3 to notch his second save of the season, retiring all four batters he faced... Gave up two runs on two hits and a hit batter at Belmont 4/28 while recording just one out... Worked two scoreless innings to notch his fifth win of the season against Missouri 4/26 striking out four... Walked in the go-ahead run in seventh inning in loss at South Carolina 4/17 allowing one run on three hits over 1.2 innings... Tossed two scoreless innings against Ole Miss 4/11... Entered and recorded the final five outs to finish win at Georgia 4/4 allowing one of two inherited runners to score... Recorded his first career save against Wofford 4/1 striking out two in one inning of work... Finished off series-clinching win vs. Tennessee 3/29 with a scoreless ninth inning... Tossed a scoreless ninth inning at MTSU 3/24... Picked up his team-best fourth win of the season despite blowing the save and giving up three runs in the ninth inning at Auburn 3/21 in second game of doubleheader... Punched out six over three scoreless innings to earn the win vs. Arkansas in game one of DH 3/14... Struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning vs. Quinnipiac 3/11... Pinned with his first career loss giving up a home run in the bottom of the ninth at USC 3/7... Dominated over three scoreless innings to earn his second win of the year vs. Illinois State 3/1 striking out a career-best eight... Worked a perfect ninth inning to finish win over Western Kentucky 2/25... Struck out the side in the ninth to clinch the series vs. Indiana State 2/22 in Port Charlotte, Fla. and preserve the Dores’ second shutout of the season... Earned his first collegiate win against Indiana State 2/20 in Port Charlotte, Fla. stranding the bases loaded by recording the final two outs of the ninth inning... Turned in three solid innings in his season debut against Santa Clara 2/14 allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits. 2014 - Needed just one pitch to get out of a two runners on jam in College World Series debut vs. Virginia 6/24... Walked one and recorded one out in SEC Tournament loss to Ole Miss 5/22... Entered with the bases loaded and threw one pitch against South Carolina 5/17 allowing one run to score... Gave up a solo home run in his one inning of work at Florida 5/10... Pitched one scoreless inning against Georgia 4/26... Needed just one pitch to get one out in the eighth inning at Arkansas 4/19... Worked a 1-2-3 inning against Texas A&M 4/11... Turned in a scoreless inning at Tennessee 4/6... Struck out two in one scoreless inning vs. UT-Martin 4/1... Made his SEC debut at Mississippi State 3/21 allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 1.1 innings... Punched out two in a scoreless inning of relief vs. Winthrop... Made his collegiate debut with two scoreless innings vs. UIC 2/2 allowing one hit, one walk and striking out one.
HIGH SCHOOL - The 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts while playing at Lynn English HS... A three-time Lynn Item All-Star and two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection... Pitched in both the East Coast Pro and Area Code Games... Captained the baseball team for three years and the basketball team for one... Basketball team advanced to the Eastern Massachusetts finals... Played summer ball for the North East Rays and the Boston Astros.
ACADEMICS - Majoring in sociology.
PERSONAL - Benjamin Douglas Bowden (BO-den)... Born 10/21/94 in Lynn, Mass.... Son of Larry and Stephanie Bowden... Has two sisters, Jackie and Jillian... Favorites include Josh Hamilton (baseball player), Boston Red Sox (baseball team), Step Brothers, Conjuring, The Town and Ted (movies), Family Guy and Survivorman (TV shows), momâ?TMs homemade mac â?~nâ?TM cheese (meal)... Says he would be a coach if not an athlete... Jim Carey would play him in a movie... Roommates with Carson Fulmer and Dansby Swanson... Chose Vanderbilt because itâ?TMs â?oethe top baseball program in the country, in the best league with the best coaches, staff and academics.â??