Became a dominant starting pitcher for the Razorbacks in
2014, making 16 starts and leading the squad with a 9-4 record … Recorded a
2.51 earned run average in 93.1 innings of work and added 59 strikeouts and
five pickoffs … Held opponents to a .213 batting average … Allowed one earned
run or less in 10 of his 16 starts … Tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts to
shutout No. 1 South Carolina (April 5) and earn SEC Pitcher of the Week honors
… Faced three consecutive ranked teams and defeated all three, taking down No.
1 South Carolina (April 5), No. 8 LSU (April 13) and No. 11 and eventual
National Champion Vanderbilt (April 20) … Faced seven ranked teams over the
course of the year and posted a 5-1 record against them … Went 7-1 over his
final nine starts, with wins in each of his final four starts, including a
victory over Liberty in the opening game of the NCAA Charlottesville Regional …
Was selected in the 4th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year
Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 112th overall pick … Finished
his Arkansas career with 41 appearances, a 2.64 earned run average, a 12-6
record and a .217 batting average against.
Pitched in 14 games, 13 in relief, and had a 2-2 record with a 2.25 ERA ... Struck out 21 batters in 20 innings and held opposing hitters to a .197 batting average, allowing 14 hits in 20 innings ... In conference play, pitched in seven games and had a 0-1 record with a 1.59 ERA … Made his first appearance of the season in the series opener vs. Evansville (2.22) and pitched a scoreless ninth inning with a strikeout ... Earned first win of the season in start vs. Alabama A&M (3.13) throwing three scoreless innings and striking out a career-high five batters ... Closed out series-opening win at South Carolina (3.22), striking out three in two hitless innings of relief ... Finished Arkansas’ series-opening win vs. Mississippi Valley State (3.26), tossing a hitless ninth inning ... Threw three scoreless innings in relief in game two vs. Mississippi State (3.30), allowing just one hit and striking out three ... Made two appearances in series at Alabama (4.4-4.6), tossing three innings and giving up an unearned run with four strikeouts ... Picked up second win of the season in game two of the doubleheader vs. New Mexico (4.9), striking out two in three hitless innings … Retired the only batter he faced in SEC Tournament game against LSU (5.25).
Pitched in 11 games, 10 in relief, and had a 1-0 record with a 3.86 ERA ... Made collegiate debut in second game of series against Villanova (2.18), throwing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts ... Tossed two innings out of the bullpen against Northwestern State (2.22), giving up a run on two hits ... Threw 1.1 scoreless innings in relief against Valparaiso (2.26), allowing two hits ... Appeared in relief against BYU (2.29) and retired all three batters he faced ... Started the series opener against Gonzaga (3.13) and tossed 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two ... Earned first win of collegiate career in relief against Nevada (3.21), striking out four and not allowing a hit in three scoreless innings.
Shiloh Christian High School
Earned all-state honors twice in his career and was a three-time all-region honoree ... Named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Team following his junior and senior seasons ... Helped his team to back-to-back 4A state championships and pitched in the state championship game in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Went 12-1 on the mound in his senior season and hit .390 with three homers and 30 RBI ... Finished his sophomore season with a 10-2 record and had an 11-1 record as a junior ... Also played basketball at Shiloh Christian.
In the Draft
2011 - Baltimore Orioles, 27th round (815th overall)
Son of Stanley and Jenny Oliver ... Has one sister, Michelle ... Majoring in communication.