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Price bobblehead giveaway Thursday, seniors honored Saturday
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Weather forecast pushes season opener up to Thursday
Behind the scenes of Price's big gift
Gift caps $12 million projetct
Dick Howser Trophy Winner
Golden Spikes Award Winner
Collegiate Baseball's Co-National Player of the Year
CSTV's College Player of the Year
First-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Rivals.com
Brooks Wallace Award Winner
Roger Clemens Award Finalist
SEC Male Athlete of the Year
SEC Pitcher of the Year
First Team All-SEC
No. 1 Overall Draft Pick (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
PRINT DAVID PRICE'S BIO (PDF)
2007: Finished 11-1 on the year with 2.63 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 133.1 innings pitched ... 194 strikeouts shatters his school single season record of 155 set last year. It also is the second most in a single season in SEC history behind Ben McDonald's 202 in 1989 ... 11 wins is a career high and is second most in school history ... Strikeout total leads the nation while his strikeouts per nine innings ranks second (12.8) ... First in the league in wins ... First in the league in Innings Pitched ... 12 Double Digit Strikeout games, 7 against SEC opponents ... Vanderbilt is 16-1 in games he started ... Named to the NCAA Nashville Regional All-Tournament team ... Charged with his only loss of the year in a relief performance against Michigan in the championship game of the regional (was pitching on two days rest) ... Tied a career high with 17 strikeouts in nine inning five-hit performance over Austin Peay (6/1) in the first game of the NCAA Nashville Regional. Had a shutout going into the ninth and finished up giving up one run on five hits ... Threw fifth complete game of the year against Mississippi State (5/24). Carried a perfect game into the seventh inning, before giving up leadoff hit. Allowed five hits and two runs with 11 strikeouts to the Bulldogs ... Named Collegiate Baseball's National Pitcher of the Week after striking out 15 in 8.2 innings against LSU (5/17). Allowed just one run on four hits with three walks in earning his 10th win of the year ... Picked up ninth win of the year against Auburn (5/11). Allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks ... Gave up season high 12 hits in no-decision against Georgia (5/4). Allowed five runs, two earned in seven innings with eight strikeouts and two walks ...Earned eighth win of the year after giving up one run on five hits with 13 strikeouts against Florida (4/27). It was the ninth double digit strikeout game in 13 starts this year ... Carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against Tennessee. Finished with 14 strikeouts and no walks in eight innings of work in the win, allowing one run on five hits ... Became the school's all-time strikeout leader (currently has 441) against Kentucky (4/13) after finishing with nine giving him 355 in his career. Moved past Mike Willis who had 350 in four years from 1969-72. Price carried a no-hitter into the sixth before running into trouble. Finished with a no-decision after giving up six runs on six hits. ... Recorded first complete game shutout of any conference pitcher in SEC play against Alabama (4/6). Struck out 10 while walking four and gave up three hits in fourth CG of the season ... Moved past Jeremy Sowers (327) into second place on the school's career strikeout list with 10 against South Carolina (3/30). For second straight outing, had a no decision after giving up three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work against the Gamecocks ... Did not factor in decision after giving up five runs, four earned on six hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and four walks against Arkansas (3/23) ... Opened SEC play for the Commodores beating Ole Miss (3/16) with a 10-inning complete game... Struck out 14 while limiting the Rebels to two runs on four hits and walking just two... Put up a string of five consecutive wins (02/18-03/16) striking out 10 or more in each game... Beat Illinois-Chicago (03/09) with a complete game victory allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out 16. Named National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball as well as SEC Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against UIC ... Notched first complete game victory against Xavier (03/02) allowing two earned runs on seven hits while punching out 13 and walking just one. Named Collegiate Baseball's National Pitcher of the Week for his efforts ... Improved to 2-0 against Pittsburgh (02/23) allowing three earned runs on five hits in 5.2 innings with 10 strikeouts... Earned first victory versus Ohio (02/18) allowing one earned run on three hits in 6.1 innings with 12 strikeouts and no walks. Named Collegiate Baseball Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against the Bobcats ... Pitched the 2007 season opener in the Houston College Classic versus Rice (02/09) receiving a no-decision in 5.2 innings allowing six hits, three earned runs, three walks while striking out six.
2006: Third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after posting a 9-5 ledger with a 4.16 ERA ... Set a school record for strikeouts in a single season with 155 (third in NCAA, tops in SEC) in 110.1 innings with just 43 walks ... Was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top player in college baseball ... Was a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the top pitcher in college baseball ... Was a second-team All-SEC pick by the coaches ... First-team All-South Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association ... Was the ace of the USA Baseball National Team's Gold Medal Winning squad that competed at the FISU World University Championships in Cuba over the summer. Finished 5-1 with a 0.20 ERA in eight starts with 61 strikeouts and only seven walks in 44.0 innings ... Named the top prospect on the USA squad, which included 22 of the top collegiate players in the country ... Price won National Pitcher of the Week honors three times this season and had four SEC Weekly Honors as well ... Was 7-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 10 SEC starts and had 91 strikeouts and 28 walks in 67.1 innings ... Charged with the loss after giving up seven runs in 6.1 innings in start against Georgia Tech (6/3) in NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Picked up ninth win of the year against South Carolina (5/25) in the SEC Tourney. Allowed one run on six hits in seven inning complete game win over the Gamecocks ... Struck out nine and picked up eighth win of the year in seven innings of work against South Carolina (5/19). Gave up four runs on four hits in final regular season start against the Gamecocks ... Picked up seventh win of the year with seven innings of four hit ball against LSU (5/13). Gave up two runs while striking out eight Tigers ... Pitched two innings of hitless work in controlled start against Lipscomb (5/10) ... Gave up nine runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings in loss to Tennessee (5/5) ... Gave up five runs, four earned, on 10 hits in six innings in win over Kentucky (4/28). Struck out nine Wildcats in sixth win of the year. Charged with the loss after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in the opening game of the Alabama (4/22) series ... Had streak of six straight starts with 10 or more strikeouts snapped against Georgia (4/14). Gave up five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of work against the Bulldogs with seven strikeouts ... Was named National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after recording a career high 17 strikeouts in winning start against Arkansas (4/7). Gave up one run on three hits with four walks and also picked up his third straight SEC Weekly honor ... Gave up a run in one inning of relief against Austin Peay (4/5), breaking a streak of 19.2 innings of shutout baseball ... Was named SEC Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after striking out 13 in eight innings of scoreless work in a win against Florida (3/31) ... Was one of nine pitchers to contribute to Vanderbilt's school record of 38.2 consecutive scoreless innings (span of five games from 3/18-3/25) ... Named National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and SEC Pitcher of the Week for a complete game one-hit shutout victory over Auburn (3/24). He struck out 11 with two walks in the win ... Opened SEC play with a win over Ole Miss (3/17). Allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits in seven innings of work with 10 strikeouts and two walks ... Picked up National Pitcher of the Week honors by both Collegiate Baseball and the National Baseball Writers after striking out 15 batters in seven innings of work against Brown (3/10). He gave up one run on four hits with a walk in the winning performance, his first of the year ... Was the hard luck loser against Ball State (3/3) in a 3-2 game, gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits in eight innings of work with 10 strikeouts and two walks ... Struck out nine and allowed one run on four hits in six innings of action in a no-decision against Pittsburgh (2/24) ... Struck out three batters on 10 pitches in a relief outing against Tennessee Tech (2/22) ... Allowed seven runs, five earned, on five hits in 4.2 innings in opening day loss to San Diego (2/17). Struck out seven with five walks. Closed out his ace turn for Team USA over the summer with complete game five hit shutout against Nicaragua. Struck out nine in the team's win in the first game of medal play.
Dick Howser Trophy Winner
2005: A Freshman All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... Went 2-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 19 games including 10 starts ... Showcased dominating stuff with 92 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched ... Opponents only hit .207 against him ... Posted wins over Lipscomb (3/8) and Ole Miss (4/3) ... Did not allow more than four runs in any of his appearances ... Struck out season and career best 11 batters against Tennessee (4/24) and Florida (5/21) ... Recorded nine strikeouts in three starts: Lipscomb (3/8), Alabama (3/26) and Ole Miss (4/3) ... Second on the team in strikeouts and ERA ... Went 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in five games for the US National Team over the summer ... Started in four contests with one complete game and finished with 39 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 28.2 innings pitched ... Capped off his summer experience with a complete game five-hit shutout over Nicaragua on Aug. 2 ... Was named to Baseball America's College Summer All-America Team second-team.
High School: Owned a 0.43 ERA with 151 strikeouts at Blackman High School...Two-time Rutherford County MVP Pitcher...Co-District 7AAA Pitcher of the Year...Rutherford County Male Athlete of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004)...Played in the 2004 High School All-America Game in Albuquerque, NM...Daily News Journal Baseball Pitcher of the Year...All-area, all-district and all-region Baseball Team...Also earned numerous honors in basketball...Coached by Doug Greene.
Personal: David Taylor Price...Majoring in sociology ... Born 8/26/85...Son of Bonnie and Debbie Price...Brothers Damon and Jackie...Favorites include: The movie Coming to America, TV shows Family Guy and The Fresh Prince, David Justice, Will Smith and the Atlanta Braves...His dream dinner guests would be Dave Justice, Will Smith and Christina Milan ... Craziest ambition is to sky dive...Lists David Justice as the greatest baseball player of all time.