On Cecil: Fireballer who has established himself as one of the premier closers in the country as well as Maryland history ... tied school's career save record as a sophomore ... a prime contender for All-ACC honors ... southpaw with a devastating slider and intimidating mound presence ... possesses stamina of a starting pitcher ... focused player with an intense work ethic and passion for the game.
As a Sophomore (2006): Put together one of the finest seasons ever by a Terrapin reliever ... shattered the school's single season save record with 13, nearly doubling the previous mark of seven ... total ranked him third in the conference and tied for 12th in the nation in the category ... stood ninth in the ACC with 54 strikeouts in 58.1 innings (8.33/nine innings) ... also posted a 4-5 record and 4.78 ERA ... coming out of the bullpen, he was 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA ... factoring out one poor outing at Wake Forest, his relief numbers improved to 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA ... 26 appearances tied him for fourth on Maryland single season list ... allowed just one of 12 inherited runners to score ... pitched three hitless innings en route to his first save of the year in 1-0 shutout of ECU (Feb. 12) ... tossed two shutout innings and struck out one to pick up the save at Jacksonville (Feb. 25) ... came on in the eighth inning and pitched 3.1 shutout innings to notch his first win of the year against the Dolphins (Feb. 26) ... threw a scoreless ninth inning en route to the win vs. GW (March 1) ...
As a Freshman (2005): Finished 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 18 appearances ... finished second on team in saves with two ... led freshman pitchers and was second on the team in appearances ... pitched 2.0 innings of shutout relief in a 2-1 game against Western Kentucky, picking up a save in his first collegiate appearance (Feb. 13) ... threw 4.0 hitless innings at UNC- Wilmington, striking out six to notch his second save of the season (Feb. 19) ... picked up his first career win against Virginia Tech in the series opener, striking out two and giving up no runs in 2.0 innings (Mar. 4) ... battled through 2.2 innings at NC State, giving up just one earned run (Mar. 13) ... made his first career start against UMBC, throwing 2.0 innings on a limited pitch count (Mar. 29) ... gave up one hit and didn't allow a run ... made his first career appearance at first base against Temple and had one at-bat (Mar. 30) ... threw a career-high 5.0 shutout innings of relief against Duke, striking out five and allowing just two hits and no walks (Apr. 17) ... gave up just two hits and one run in 4.0 innings of relief against Wake Forest ... struck out two and walked one (Apr. 22) ... struck out two and allowed a walk in a scoreless inning in the series opener against Florida State (May 6) ... didn't allow a run in the series finale against the Seminoles (May 8).
At DeMatha: Named NHSBCA and Louisville Slugger Player of the Year in the state of Maryland ... was Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year as a senior ... was a first team WCAC and first team All-County selection ... was DeMatha's co-MVP, along with fellow Terp Joe Palumbo ... Stags were conference champions in both his junior and senior years ... during that span he compiled a 13-1 record, 134 K's and 1.75 ERA in 89.1 innings on the mound ... also hit .307 with 23 extra-base hits, 8 HR and 41 RBI.
Personal: Son of Duane and Linda Cecil ... has one brother, Brad, and one sister, Jessica ... lists his mother and father as the people he admires most because of the sacrifices they've made to help him get where he is today ... chose Maryland over Clemson, East Tennessee State, Siena, Stetson and UNC-Charlotte ... majoring in criminal justice.
Cecil's Career Pitching Statistics
Year ERA W-L APP GS IP H R ER BB SO SV 2005 3.77 1-1 18 4 43.0 41 21 18 13 40 2 2006 4.78 4-5 26 2 58.1 55 35 31 13 54 13 Totals 4.35 5-6 44 6 101.1 96 56 49 33 94 15
Cecil's Career Game Highs
Innings Pitched: 7.1, vs. NC State (4/16/06)
Strikeouts: 6, twice, last at North Carolina (3/19/06)