Ping! Baseball Preseason All-American
Ford saw action in 15 games, making 10 starts ... Recorded a 4-5 record with a 6.75 ERA ... Opened the season 3-0 with wins over UCLA and Washington ... Best outing came on March 29 at Cal State Northridge when he went eight innings, allowing eight hits and two earned runs while striking out three ... Started UCSB's home opener vs. UCLA and tossed five strong innings in a 7-6 victory, striking out five ... Named to Dairy Queen Classic Tournament Team after throwing 7.2 innings in 8-2 win over Washington when he allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts ... Fanned 31 hitters in 57.1 innings ... Went 4-1 with a 4.54 ERA in non-conference games ... Had consecutive successful relief outings when he threw three scoreless innings (allowing just one hit) with four K's vs. Cal State Bakersfield on April 15 and then 3.1 hitless innings on April 19 against San Jose State ... Struck out a season-high six batters on May 22 vs. No. 1 UC Irvine ... A Preseason All-American by Ping! Baseball ... Ford was also named to the Brooks Wallace Award Preseason Watch List.
Second Team All-Big West
A Second-Team All-Big West selection, Ford started 13 games with one relief appearance...Led all starters with a 2.96 ERA...ERA was fourth-best among all Big West starters...Struck out five or more batters in nine of his 13 starts...Led the team with four complete games, which also tied for most in the Big West...Finished the season with a 6-4 record, tied for third-most wins on the team...Pitched at least five innings in every game he started...Struck out 76 batters, finishing second on the team and ninth in the conference...His 94.1 innings led the team and were ninth-most in the Big West...Allowed opponents to hit just .227, second-best in Big West...Three of his victories came against Big West teams...Was named to the Brooks Wallace Watch List, the award for college baseball's best player...Also named to Ping! Baseball's Preseason Third-Team All-American list...Pitched seven innings, allowing one hit with 11 strikeouts to open the season against Marist on Feb. 22...Made his only relief appearance in the last game of the season against UC Irvine...Threw eight innings, allowing one unearned run with five strikeouts against Southern Utah on Mar. 14...Gave up only four hits in eight innings in a 9-2 victory against UC Davis on Apr. 11.
Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
Proved to be the Gauchos most reliable starter going 2-2 in 13 starts...His 13 starts were tied for first on the team...Freshman lead the team in innings pitched with 82...Strong right-hander stabilized the rotation with a 5.05 ERA good for third on the staff...First on the Gauchos and among all Big West freshman pitchers in strikeouts with 68...Sported a 68 to 34 strikeout to walk ratio. Struck out at least five batters on eight different occasions...Took the ball into the eigth inning four times...Had a career day against TCU on April 1 when he took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, finishing the game with one earned run on seven innnings pitched and three strikeouts...Against Cal State Northridge on March 11, Ford pitched eight innings, allowing only one earned run, while striking out five...Struck out a career-high 10 batters against Long Beach State on May 12...Struck out nine batters on April 28 against Cal State Northridge...Pitched into at least the sixth inning in five of his last six starts.
Played for Brandon Buck at Mountain Pointe High School, where he pitched and played outfield for the Pride...Also recruited by Arizona State and the University of Arizona.
Michael Wallace Ford was born April 22, 1988 in Seattle, Wash...Is a political science major at UCSB...Aspires to become a professional baseball player...If he didn't play baseball he would play paintball...Roots for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks...Favorite athletes are Lance Armstrong and Nolan Ryan...Enjoys watching war movies and Westerns...Would invite Nolan Ryan, Trace Adkins and Toby Keith to dinner if he could...His favorite aspect about UCSB is playing on the baseball team...Best advice he has ever received about baseball was from his father who said: "Believe in yourself". Has one brother and one sister, Joey and Emily...Son of Jim and Michelle Ford.
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|Walks||5||four times||four times
|Hits||10||at Saint Mary's||3/15/09
|Runs||10||vs. UC Irvine||5/22/09
|Earned Runs||10||vs. UC Irvine||5/22/09