Coach Corbin Quote: Stephen is probably one of the most versatile pitchers for us over the last four years. He fits any role and wants the ball every time and you want to give it to him. He is extremely competitive and fearless.
2006: Finished with a 2-3 record and 3.62 ERA in 23 appearances, all in relief ... Struck out 31 with 17 walks in 37.1 innings pitched with two saves ... Was 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 appearances in SEC play ... Hurled 1.2 innings of three-hit scoreless relief against Georgia Tech (6/3) in the NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Gave up three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings of work against Ole Miss (5/28) in the SEC tournament championship game ... Threw 1.2 innings of one-hit scoreless relief against Georgia (5/27) ... Pitched two innings of two hit relief against Georgia (5/24) in the opening game of the SEC tourney ... Allowed one run on two hits in 1.2 innings against South Carolina (5/20) ... Gave up just two hits in 2.2 innings against South Carolina (5/18) ... Allowed one run on two hits in a third of an inning against LSU (5/12) ... Gave up a season high four earned runs in an inning against Lipscomb (5/10) ... Picked up the win with 2.1 innings of two-hit scoreless relief against Tennessee (5/6) in the final game of the series ... Held the Vols scoreless for 0.2 innings in the first game of the doubleheader that day ... Struck out only two batters he faced against Kentucky (4/29) ... Picked up a save after giving up a run on a hit in an inning of relief against Kentucky (4/28) ... Pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless ball in first win of the year against Austin Peay (4/25) ... Gave up four runs, two earned in 3.1 innings against Alabama (4/23) ... Pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in two games against Georgia (4/14-4/15) ... Pitched an inning of one-hit scoreless relief against Lipscomb (4/12) ... Gave up a run on two hits in an inning of work against Ole Miss (3/17) ... Pitched season long 3.2 innings against Brown (3/12). Allowed one run on four hits with season high four strikeouts and two walks ... Pitched three innings of two-hit scoreless relief with three strikeouts against USC (2/18) to pick up the save ... Pitched for the Navigators in the Nashville Woodbat League. Was 2-1 with 20 strikeouts in 16 innings and a 1.31 ERA.
2005: Went 3-2 on the mound with a 3.69 ERA in 20 appearances ... Struck out 36 batters in 39.0 innings with two saves against Connecticut (2/27) and LSU (4/30) ... He made one start on the year against Belmont (4/19) ... Recorded wins over Tennessee Tech (3/23), Belmont (4/19) and Tennessee (4/24) ... Also saw action in the outfield, batting .241 with three homers and 14 RBI in 28 games played (23 starts) ... Had two hits and a homer and three RBI against Western Kentucky (4/20) ... Played in the Nashville Wood Bat League for the Travelers over the summer ... In 30 innings pitched he had an ERA of 0.47, with a 57% strike out rate ... He also batted .385 in 26 at bats.
2004: Played in 18 games, including eight starts in left field and two starts on the mound...Owned a .211 batting average (8-42) with three doubles and two RBI...On the mound he was 4-0 with a 3.45 ERA...Pitched 31.1 innings giving up 12 earned runs on 24 hits...Struck out 32 batters...Opponents owned a .211 batting average against him.
High School: Was a three-year letterwinner at Mount Juliet for coach Mark Purvis...Helped the Bears to the Region 5 finals in 2001 and 2002 before winning the region as a senior in 2003...Mount Juliet finished the 2003 campaign with a seventh-place showing in the state tournament...Capped off his senior season by being named All-State as a pitcher and won left-handed Pitcher of the Year...As a junior, he hit .414 with seven home runs, 52 RBI and 17 doubles, while amassing a 9-2 record with a 1.78 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 71 innings of work...Was named District 9 MVP and garnered All-State honors as a utility player...Named to the All-District team as a sophomore...Earned high honors and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Stephen Pinyee Shao...Born 3/24/85 in Baltimore, Md....Son of Stephen and Elizabeth...Has a brother, Matt that is a redshirt freshman infielder on the team, and a sister, Sarah... An anthropology major...Favorites include: The TV show Family Guy, Dave Matthews, Andy Roddick, Colin Farrell and the San Diego Padres...Most memorable sports moment was advancing to the NCAA Super Regional.