3.42 ERA, 82 strikeouts in 113 innings as a starter in 2005
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Month (April 2005)
Led USD in appearances (26) as a true freshman in 2004
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week (3-15-04)
Butler's Collegiate Pitching Stats
Sophomore (2005): Led all Torero starting pitchers with a 3.42 ERA... Emerged as one of the better starters in the WCC after beginning the season earmarked as the Torero closer... Made 16 starts and 18 total appearances... Began the season 1-3 despite posting a 2.78 ERA in his first five appearances... Was excellent in late February and throughout the months of March and April... Essential in helping USD claim team championship honors at the 2005 Aggie Baseball Classic hosted by then-No. 11 Texas A&M... Pitched a 7-inning complete-game shutout vs. Evansville (2-25-05) in USD's opening game of the tournament and was later named an all-tournament player... Two weeks later he struck out seven and allowed just two runs in eight innings of work to lead the Toreros to a series victory over rivals San Diego State (3-13-05)... Rewarded for an outstanding month of April by being selected as the WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Month, going 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA, averaging 7.4 innings per start spanning five April appearances... During the month Butler set a career-high with nine strikeouts during a win at Santa Clara (4-9-05)... Assumed the role as USD's No. 1 starter during the month, leading USD to a 12-2 victory over then-No. 29 Pepperdine (4-15-05)... Was the top man in the USD rotation throughout the remainder of the season... Lasted seven or more innings in nine of his 16 starts... Ranked among the WCC league-leaders with 82 strikeouts... Supplied with only three runs per game spanning his final four starts, losing three straight decisions to finish the season with an overall record of 7-7... Very durable, pitching in 113 innings... Limited opposing batters to a .260 batting average and issued just 42 walks on the year.
Freshman (2004): Enjoyed a solid freshman season, making more appearances (26) than any other USD pitcher... Called upon immediately out of the bullpen... Used twice in early-season series against both No. 5 Texas and No. 23 Washington... Struck out four during two scoreless innings of work against Washington (2-13-04), a 5-1 USD win... Fanned a season-high four batters on two different occasions... Named the WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week (3-15-04), leading USD to three victories over nationally recognized schools Cal State Fullerton (3-9-04), No. 19 Nebraska (3-12-04) and No. 9 Long Beach State (3-14-04)... Threw a combined 6.2 scoreless innings in relief, helping USD win all three of those games... Culminated by recording his first collegiate save in three innings vs. Long Beach State (3-14-04) in front of 20,737 fans at San Diego's new downtown stadium Petco Park... Allowed just 10 extra-base hits in over 45 innings of work... Posted a 3-2 record and a 4.96 season ERA... Fanned 25 batters and allowed 55 hits through 45.1 innings.
High School: Attended San Ramon Valley High School and played for Rick Steen... Was named the NCS Player of the Year as a prep senior... All-State performer and East Bay Athletic League Player of the Year after leading the Wolves to the East Bay Championship in 2003.
Personal: Born on December 11, 1984 in Auburn, California... Also recruited by California, Santa Clara and Notre Dame... Chose to attend USD for the location, academics and team reputation... Also lettered as a prep basketball player at San Ramon... Son of Jeff and Susan Butler.
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