Vanderbilt held off Arkansas in a 3-2 win to advance to the SEC Tournament Championship game.
Career Game Highs Innings Pitched:6.0, 5/11/10 vs. Louisville Strikeouts:8, 6/11/11 vs. Oregon State Hits Allowed:7, 4/20/10 at Lipscomb Walks Allowed:*4, last 4/13 vs. Auburn Runs Allowed:5, 4/20/10 at Lipscomb
Coach Corbin Quote: When Will decided not to sign professionally, our program got better. He has a love of Vanderbilt that transcends his childhood. He is completely unselfish and team oriented. The growth that he has made on the mound in the last two years has been substantial. Down the stretch last year, we relied on Will a great deal in tight situations. His versatility and durability allow him to be utilized in many roles - the ball will be in his hands a great deal.
2012 - Pinned with the loss at Raleigh Regional against NC State 6/4 giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits in one-plus inning... Recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning in loss to NC State 6/3... Tagged for a run while recording only one out in win over NC State 6/2... Earned his seventh win of the season despite allowing two run son six hits against Florida 5/26 in SEC Tournament... Notched his fifth save of the season with two scoreless innings against South Carolina 5/23 in SEC Tournament... Nailed down his fourth save of the season throwing only three pitches to strike out the final batter of win over Ole Miss 5/19... Gave up a run for the first time in four outings allowing a run on three hits over 1.1 innings against Ole Miss 5/18... Won his sixth gave of the season working 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen at LSU 5/13... Notched his third straight save with 1.2 scoreless innings at LSU 5/12... Tossed two scoreless innings to notch his second save in as many days at Tennessee 5/6... Earned his first save of the season retiring three straight in win at Tennessee 5/5... Picked up his team-best fifth win of the year despite allowing three runs on three hits in one inning against Kentucky 4/28... Worked a spotless inning at MTSU 4/25... Gave up a walk-off, three-run homer to take the loss at Alabama 4/21... Pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts at Alabama 4/20... Earned his team leading fourth win with three innings of relief against Auburn 4/13 allowing two runs on five hits and four walks... Earned his third win of the season working 3.1 innings of relief at Mississippi State 4/7 walking four and striking out three... Started for the second straight Sunday allowing four runs on six hits over 4.2 innings in a no decision against South Carolina 4/1... Started for the second time in his career and first time since 2010, pitching four solid innings allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts in no decision against Georgia 3/25... Picked up the win in relief against Georgia 3/24 despite allowing one run on two hits in one inning... Worked a season-high four innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with four strikeouts against Evansville 3/20... Allowed three runs on no hits and two walks over one inning at Florida 3/18... Pitched three solid innings giving up one run on three hits in loss to San Diego 3/11... Stranded two inherited runners, recording two outs against San Diego 3/10... Recorded the final out at Belmont 3/6... Earned the win in relief against Rhode Island working 2.1 scoreless innings and fanning four... Pinned with the loss against Oregon 2/26 after surrendering four runs on five hits and three walks over 3.2 innings of relief... Stranded a runner and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in loss to Oregon 2/24... Allowed a leadoff single in one scoreless inning against Oakland 2/22... Worked a perfect inning in his first game of the season at Stanford 2/18.
2011 - Retired the only batter he faced with the bases loaded in College World Series loss to Florida 6/24... Tossed two hitless innings after resumption of College World Series loss to Florida 6/20... Pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in College World Series win over North Carolina 6/18... Earned the win and struck out a career-best eight batters pitching in a season-high 4.2 innings against Oregon State in Super Regional clinching win 6/11... Picked in the 30th round (928th) by Minnesota but elected to return to Vanderbilt, only player of SEC record 12 VU players drafted to return to school... Tossed 2.1 hitless innings to notch his third save of the year in win against Troy 6/4... Worked into and out of a bases loaded jam against Belmont 6/3 in NCAA Tournament... Allowed two runs on three hits without recording an out in loss to Florida 5/29 in SEC Tournament Championship game... Punched out only two batters faced against Arkansas 5/28... Recorded two outs against South Carolina 5/26... Pinned with the loss in relief allowing go-ahead run on bases loaded wild pitch at Georgia 5/19... Tossed 1.1 innings stranding both inherited runners against Tennessee 4/30... Stranded two inherited runners in win over LSU 4/24... Pitched two scoreless innings to finish off win against LSU 4/23... Stranded the two runners he inherited in loss at South Carolina 4/15... Walked one and struck out one recording two outs against Alabama 4/10... Struck out the only two batters he faced in win over Alabama 4/9... Earned his first win of the year at Auburn 4/3 entering with the bases loaded and working out of the jam... Fanned three in two scoreless innings against UT-Martin 3/29... Allowed a run for the second time in three outings giving up one run on one hit at Arkansas 3/27...Gave up two runs and recorded only one out in loss to Mississippi State 3/20... Struck out four over two scoreless innings against UIC 3/12... Tagged for three runs on six hits, including a two-run homer, over 1.2 innings against Kennesaw State 3/9... Gave up three unearned runs over 2.1 innings with five strikeouts against Brown 3/6 in game one... Allowed his first run of the year giving up one run on one hit and two walks in 1.1 innings against Stanford 2/27... Entered the game with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners and picked up the save tossing two innings against Belmont 2/23... Allowed two of three inherited runners to score while recording one out at SDSU 2/19... Earned the save on Opening Day getting the final two outs of rain-shortened game at USD 2/18.
2010 - Made two relief appearances at the NCAA Regional, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings... Allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings of scoreless relief against LSU at the SEC Tournament 5/27... Earned third win of the season, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts in career-high six innings of work in 17-inning walk-off win over Louisville 5/11... Allowed two hits while fanning two in one inning of scoreless relief against Georgia 4/30... Threw two-innings of no-hit relief against Tennessee 4/23... Allowed season-highs in runs (5) and hits (7) with three walks in four innings of relief against Lipscomb 4/20... Threw four innings of three-hit shutout baseball with one walk and five strikeouts, earning second win of the season against Wofford 3/30... Threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts against Tennessee Tech 3/3... Retired Southern California in order at Dodgertown Classic 2/27... Made first collegiate appearance in Niagara series, throwing one-inning of scoreless relief 2/21... SUMMER BALL - Pitched for Orleans in the Cape Cod League over the summer going 1-1 in 16 games with a 3.70 ERA... Earned the Coaches Award for the the Firebirds.
2009 - Redshirted... SUMMER BALL - Went 2-0 with 3.46 ERA in 10 appearances for Sanford in the New England Collegiate Baseball League... Struck out 25 in 26 innings of work with two saves. Made three starts. Opponents hit just .167 off him.
High School - Named the 2007-08 Robertson County Times Player of the Year and 2006 Robertson County Times Pitcher of the Year... Named to the 2008 Tennessean All-Mid-state Team and 2008 Rawlings Preseason All-Region Team... Ranked fourth-best baseball prospect in TN... Named to the 2007-08 TSWA All-State Baseball Team... Drafted in the 37th round by the LA Dodgers out of high school... Also played for the Brentwood A's... Chosen for the 2007 East Coast Professional Showcase and 2007 Perfect Game National Showcase... Was a Team Tennessee Selection 2006-08 All-District and All District Tournament Team, and All-Region 2006-07... Holds East Robertson High's record for most home runs hit, lowest ERA, and most strikeouts with over 300 in his career... Was a four-year letter winner in basketball and baseball, a four-year starter in baseball and two-year starter in basketball ... Was the captain his senior year in baseball and basketball... Helped lead his basketball team to the 2006 State Tournament and 2005 District Champs... Named to basketball's 2008 All-District, All-District Tournament team and Robertson County Times All-County Team... Was a Tennessee Scholar, Sr. Beta and member of the National Honor's Society.
ACADEMICS - Clinard is earning a degree in Environmental Studies and will receive his diploma in 2012.
PERSONAL - William Robert Clinard (CLY-nerd)... Born 11/3/89... Son of Kevin and Philicia Clinard... Has a sister, Kecia... Majoring in Environmental Studies... Favorites include Mark Wahlberg (actor), Twister (movie), SportsCenter and The Weather Channel (TV shows), steak (meal), Lil Wayne (musician) and LeBron James (athlete)... Would be a tornado chaser if he weren't playing baseball... If he could change one thing about his sport it would be to change from aluminum to wood bats... His advice to youngsters is to live your dream. It's possible!... Most memorable athletic experience is pitching in the College World Series... Has fulfilled a lifelong dream to play baseball for Vanderbilt.