Named the 47th-best prospect in the freshman class by Baseball America ... Made his collegiate debut in the season opener vs. Western Illinois (2.15) and retired all nine batters he faced with one strikeout ... Started the series finale vs. Evansville (2.24) and earned his first collegiate win, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings ... Retired the first 12 batters he faced in his start vs. the Purple Aces ... Combining his first two appearances, retired the first 21 batters he faced in his collegiate career ... Turned in a quality start vs. Arizona State (3.2), but took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and striking out nine in 6.1 innings ... Retired 16 straight batters during his start vs. the Sun Devils ... Improved record to 2-0 with a win in game three vs. San Diego State (3.9), throwing seven no-hit innings with seven strikeouts ... Retired the first 17 Aztec batters he faced and carried a perfect game until two outs in the sixth inning ... Only allowed two batters to reach during his outing ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance vs. the Aztecs ... Picked up third win of the season in series finale at South Carolina (3.24), striking out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning ... Worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen with one strikeout in series opener vs. Mississippi Valley State (3.26) ... Tossed 2.1 innings in game one of the doubleheader vs. New Mexico (4.9), allowing an unearned run on no hits and striking out two ... Struck out one and retired both batters he faced in series opener vs. No. 2 LSU (4.12) ... Tossed 1.2 shutout innings against Missouri State (4.30), striking out two and giving up one hit.
Mountain Home High School
Ranked as the top prospect in the state of Arkansas and the 117th-best prospect in the country in the class of 2012 by Perfect Game … Named a 2012 third-team Rawlings high school preseason All-American … Selected as the 2012 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year … Named to the All-Arkansas team by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette … Three-time all-state and all-conference selection … Named to the all-state tournament team as a senior … Went 8-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 138 strikeouts as a senior … Played in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field … Helped his team to the state quarterfinals as a sophomore and a senior and the state semifinals as a junior … Also was a four-year starter for the Mountain Home basketball team.
Son of Robin and Barbara Killian … Has three sisters, Alyssa, Kayla and Tyra McGowen and one brother, Preston O’Brien … Majoring in recreation and sport management.