22 Barry Benton
22 Barry Benton
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Jacksonville, Ala.
High School: Jacksonville H.S.
Position: LHP
Bats/Throws: L/L

Furman: Furman's most experienced left-handed pitcher...will again compete for a role as a weekend starter, possibly on Sundays...command pitcher who must keep the ball down to be effective...best pitches are curveball and slider. 2009 -- Made the switch from the bullpen into a starting role, primarily as a member of the weekend rotation...recorded mixed results, posting a 2-6 record and 6.31 ERA...had 19 appearances, including 15 starts...finished second on the staff in innings pitched (71.1) and strikeouts (57)...top outing and first victory came in 8-1 road win over Charleston Southern (7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K)...performance helped him capture SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week honors...came back in his next outing to earn his second win, in relief, in a 10-9 decision over College of Charleston (3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K)...tallied a career high seven strikeouts in a 6-4 loss to Western Carolina...earned the start (4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) but did not record the decision in Furman's 6-5 SoCon Tournament triumph over College of Charleston....named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll...posted a 2-4 record with 2.66 ERA in his second season of play with the Xenia Scouts in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League...team went 16-19. 2008 -- Made 24 appearances, all in relief, but did not earn a decision...worked 19 1/3 innings, recording 16 strikeouts...fashioned a strong start to the season, posting a 1.08 ERA in his first six appearances (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K)...threw 2.0 innings (1 H, 3K) of shutout ball against UNC Asheville (8-7 win) and 2.0 scoreless frames (1 H) against The Citadel (11-4 win)...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll...played with the Xenia Scouts in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League...went 1-2 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 appearances (three starts)...notched one save. 2007 -- Appeared in five games, all in relief...worked only 4.0 innings...was roughed up in his collegiate debut, surrendering a grand slam in a 12-1 season opening loss to 25th-ranked Kentucky...hurled 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball in his next three appearances...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

High School: 2006 graduate of Jacksonville (4A) High School..baseball coach was David Deerman...pitched and also played first base...went 24-8 with a 1.10 ERA and compiled 291 strikeouts during his career...helped Jacksonville to three state semifinal playoff appearances and one state runner-up finish, registered his junior year when his squad was ranked No. 1 in Alabama state Class 4A...two-time All-Calhoun County selection...earned first team all-state honors in 2006 after going 10-2 and recording 115 strikeouts...selected for 2004 Alabama Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine.

Personal: Full name Jordan Barry Benton...son of JB and Judy Benton...born February 23, 1988 in Birmingham, Alabama...has a sister, C.J...father ran track at LSU...great-uncle, James Cook, played basketball at American...carries a 3.86 GPA...biology major.