11 Taylor Varnell
11 - Taylor Varnell
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Sayre, Okla.
Position: LHP
Previous School: Western Oklahoma State College
B/T: L/L

Returned from injury in the middle stages of the season and made 13 appearances, including three mid-week starts ... Finished the year with a 2-0 record, defeating Oklahoma State at home May 2 and again in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional June 3 ... Posted a 2.03 ERA in 26.2 innings of work ... Struck out a career-high seven OSU batters in 3.2 innings of work May 16 and finished the season fanning 33 ... Recorded his first collegiate save after throwing three scoreless innings from the bullpen at home against Fort Wayne April 28.

The lefty started the season as the Golden Eagles’ Sunday starter, but was sidelined due to injury ... Made seven appearances including six starts ... Finished the year with a 2-0 record and a 3.28 ERA ... Struck out 27 batters and walked only ten in 24.2 innings of work ... Allowed only nine earned runs ... held opponents to a .303 average against ... Went a career high five innings three different times with the last coming against Omaha on April 16 in a 2-0 win.

Spent one season at Western Oklahoma State where he was a bullpen specialist for the Pioneers ... Finished the year with 11 appearances and a 2-0 record in 19.1 innings of work ... Allowed only seven earned runs and struck out 29 batters ... Averaged 13.50 strikeouts per nine innings while holding a 3.26 ERA ... Gave up just one home run during his freshman campaign ... Played at Sayre High School under head coach Colt Allison ... Was named All-State in 2014 as well as an Under-Armour Preseason All-American ... Earned conference MVP honors in 2013 ... Earned All-Conference accolades in 2012, 2013, and 2014 while also earning Team MVP in those same years ... Participated in basketball and football as well as baseball.

Majoring in business administration at ORU ... Parents are Roy and Hope Varnell ... Father is a business owner and mother is a graphic designer ... Chose ORU because it has a tradition of having a great baseball team ... Also recruited by Oklahoma.