Hometown: Kinnelon, N.J.
Previous School: Vanderbilt University
Major: Business Management
As a Senior: ABCA/Rawlings South Region Pitcher of the Year…ABCA/Rawlings first-team all-South Region…Daktronics and ABCA/Rawlings third-team All-American and Jewish Sports Review first team member…All-Sunshine State Conference first team selection and SSC Pitcher of the Year…Earned SSC Pitcher of the Week for the period ending on 3/26…Started all 15 games he appeared in, pitching a total of 83.1 innings…Led the Spartans with eight wins, 85 strikeouts and a team-best 2.27 ERA…Also picked-off a team-high six batters…Dominated SSC opponents with five wins, a 1.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts in eight starts…Picked up first victory against Bentley (2/03) in only three innings of work with six strikeouts…Started four-consecutive games against SSC opponents (Saint Leo, Rollins, Barry and Florida Southern) without giving up an earned run (3/24-4/14)…Struck out a career-high ten batters against Barry (4/07)…Appeared in NCAA South Regional (5/18) and was a member of the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
As a Junior (2011): Received a medical redshirt after appearing in just two games as a pinch-runner.
As a Junior (2010): Started seven games and appeared in nine with the Spartans…Ended the 2010 season with a 4-2 record…Compiled a 3.60 ERA…Pitched a total of 40 innings with Tampa…Walked only seven batters…Collected 31 strikeouts…Earned his first win at UT with a 5.0 inning game versus Georgia College and State University (2/7)…Had an 8.0 inning performance with a career-high nine strikeouts versus Florida Tech (3/26), allowing only one run…Pitched 5.0 innings in the first round of the NCAA Championships and struck out four against Central Missouri (5/22).
As a Sophomore (VU): Appeared in 15 games with four starts for the Commodores…In 43.1 innings, struck out 37 batters and notched one save…Threw 2.2 innings of relief against eventual national champion LSU in the SEC championship game, striking out two...Picked up first career save with 3.1 inning effort against Mississippi State (4/25)…Did not allow a run in 1.2 innings of two-hit scoreless relief with two strikeouts against Belmont (4/1)...Threw 1.1 innings of one-hit scoreless relief against Auburn (3/28)...Earned first collegiate win with five strikeouts against Illinois-Chicago (3/8)...Earned academic honors (Honoral) both years.
As a Freshman (VU): Pitched 16.2 innings in his first collegiate season at Vanderbilt University...Made first collegiate appearance against Arizona State (2/23)...Struck out the side in his only inning against Evansville (2/27)...Saw first SEC action against South Carolina (3/14), pitching 0.1 of an inning, walking one and striking out one...Struck out five in two innings of scoreless work against Lipscomb (3/19)... Made first collegiate start against Middle Tennessee (3/26)...Pitched two scoreless innings against Austin Peay (4/9), allowing only one hit while striking out two batters...Closed out Auburn (4/19), allowing one hit with two strikeouts and a walk in 0.2 innings.
High School: Attended Kinnelon High School and played for head coach Jamie Manco…First-team all-county selection…Captain of the baseball and soccer teams as a junior and senior…Four-year letterwinner in both sports…Tabbed as the seventh best prospect out of New Jersey by Baseball America entering the 2007 MLB Draft…Played club baseball for Bayside Yankees and coach Marc Cuseta…Helped team to Premier League national championships in 2006 and 2007…Was 3-3 with 3.00 ERA in nine games, including seven starts in 2007…Struck out 32 batters with 14 walks in 32.2 innings, while also recording one save.
Personal: Played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 2009…Went 2-2 with 3.70 ERA in 10 appearances for Keene of the New England Collegiate Baseball League over the summer of 2008 while striking out 42 batters in 41.1 innings of work...Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 42nd round of the 2007 MLB Draft…Son of John and Candice Bierman…Has one sister, Ashley…Business management major…Birthdate: 10/20/88.