UC Santa Barbara
As the Gauchos' closer, Meals had a team-best five saves and was tied for the team lead with 20 appearances...His five saves ranked seventh in the Big West, while his 18 games finished was tied for fifth...Earned his first save on Feb. 24 by pitching four innings against No. 9 UCLA...Best outing came on Mar. 14 at Saint Mary's when Meals pitched 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out four to earn his second save...Was a member of the 2009 Big West All-Academic Team ... Made one start, Apr. 28 vs. Cal State Bakersfield...First collegiate victory came on Mar. 7 vs. Loyola Marymount when he allowed one earned run in two innings with two strikeouts...Two scoreless innings on Apr. 17 vs. San Jose State netted him second win and picked up third win on May 10 vs. Long Beach State with 2.2 solid innings pitched...Two of his saves came vs. UC Riverside, as he totaled five scoreless innings in the Mar. 22 and May 17 victories...Struck out the side in first appearance as a Gaucho, Feb. 22 at Cal State Bakersfield.
West Valley College
Went 8-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 86 innings...Made 13 starts with 15 total appearances...Struck out 57 batters...Held opponents to a .216 batting average...Went to the California Community College Final Four in 2008...His Vikings squad finished with the best record in California at 40-11...Including playoffs, he went 10-2 with a 3.45 ERA in 107 innings with 64 strikeouts and just 35 walks...Named to the First Team Coast-South All-Conference Team and All-Northern California Team in 2008...Received the Community College Pitcher of the Year Award at the 2009 Santa Clara County Hot Stove Banquet...A four-time scholar athlete, he was also a valedictorian nominee.
Graduated from Air Academy High school in Colorado Springs, Colo....Pitched and played second base...Coached by Glenn Millhauser.
David Ray Meals was born on Oct. 2, 1986 in Wichita, Kan...Majoring in sociology and business economics at UCSB...Aspires to a career in professional baseball or private equity...Roots for the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...Favorite athlete is Troy Tulowitzki...Would play basketball if he could not play baseball...Favorite movies are "The Dark Knight" and "The Shawshank Redemption"....Enjoys watching "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Dexter"...Would be played by Josh Hartnett in a Hollywood movie of his life...Favorite author is John Grisham...Would invite Jason Bateman and Michael Cera to dinner if given the opportunity...Most memorable sports moment came when he pitched in the California Community College Final Four...Best baseball advice he was ever given was "Play every day like it's your last"...Was also recruited by St. John's, the University of San Francisco and Southern Illinois University...Has a brother, Thomas...Parents are Randall and Linda Meals.
|Innings Pitched||5||vs. CSU Bakersfield||4/28/09
|Strikeouts||4||@ St. Mary's||3/14/09
|Walks||3||vs. CSU Bakersfield||4/28/09
|Hits||7||vs. CSU Bakersfield||4/28/09
|Runs||7||vs. CSU Bakersfield||4/28/09
|Earned Runs||7||vs. CSU Bakersfield||4/28/09
|Hit Batters||2||@ CSU Northridge||3/28/09