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#14 Jonathan Holder
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 229
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Gulfport, MS
High School: Gulfport HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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CAREER: One of the most accomplished closers in NCAA baseball history, with MSU having gone 80-0 when leading after the eighth inning since his arrival in Starkville • Named a 2014 preseason All-American by the NCBWA, Louisville Slugger and Perfect Game • Named 2014 Preseason All-SEC by Perfect Game • Named a 2013 consensus All-American and earned 2012 consensus Freshman All-America honors • Enters his junior season 23 saves shy of tying UC Irvine’s Blair Erickson (2004-07) for the all-time NCAA saves record (53) • One of nine players in NCAA history to record 21-plus saves in a single season (21 in 2013) • Along with South Carolina’s Blake Taylor (2002), is the SEC single-season saves record holder (21 in 2013) • Enters 2014 13 saves shy of tying South Carolina’s Matt Price (2009-12) for the all-time SEC saves record (43) • Mississippi State’s career and single-season record holder for saves (30/21) • Also holds the school record for consecutive scoreless innings with 27.1 as a freshman in 2012 • Owns a 1.19 career ERA in 58 career relief appearances, having gone 4-1 with 120 strikeouts in 83.0 innings pitched • Boasts a microscopic 0.23 ERA in 25 career games inside the SEC, holding opponents to a .159 average at the plate with 52 strikeouts in 38.2 innings of work • Has struck out 37 percent of career batters faced (120 of 324) • Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll • Named a Top-250 prospect for the 2014 MLB Draft by Perfect Game • Played for Wareham Gateman of the Cape Cod League in summer ball.

2013: Tied South Carolina’s Blake Taylor’s 2002 SEC single-season record with a school-best 21 saves, becoming one of nine players in NCAA history to accomplish the feat • A consensus All-American, earning first-team honors from Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and the NCBWA, as well as second-team honors from College Baseball Insider • Finalist for the ABCA Stopper of the Year Award, while also earning ABCA All-South Region Second-Team honors • Named to the All-SEC First Team • As a closer, finished in the Top-75 nationally and seventh in the SEC with a team-high 90 total strikeouts • Tallied a 14.8 K/9 ratio, which would have led the NCAA and tied for 10th in college baseball history had it met the minium requirements • Recorded a 1.65 ERA in 34 appearances out of the bullpen, going 2-0 in 54.2 innings of work • Held opponents to a .175 batting average • His total number of relief outings tied for third all-time at MSU in a single season for both total appearances and total relief appearances • Did not give up an earned run from March 19-May 23, a span of 19 appearances and 32.2 innings on the mound • Tossed 26.1 scoreless innings during the stretch, coming an inning away from the school record he set in his debut campaign in 2012 • Struck out a career-high seven batters vs. Auburn on April 18 • Broke the single-season school record with his 14th save vs. Oral Roberts May 14 • Pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. • Picked up the save in the series-clinching win of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional vs. Virginia June 9, striking out two in as many innings • Earned the save in all three of MSU’s victories in Omaha at the NCAA College World Series • Pitched a career-high 4.0 innings June 25 in game two of the CWS Championship Series vs. UCLA June 25 • Member of the 2013 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.

2012: Named a consensus freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, NCBWA, Perfect Game) • Carded a 2-1 record with nine saves (tied for seventh in SEC) and a remarkable 0.32 ERA in 24 appearances • Recorded 30 strikeouts and allowed just one earned run in 28.1 innings pitched • Set school record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched, opening his career with 27.1 innings of shutout pitching • Made his collegiate debut retiring the two batters he faced against Washington State Feb. 17 • Recorded his first career save with two shutout, no-hit innings of relief against Mississippi Valley State Feb. 26 • Earned his first career win and pitched a season-longest 2.2 innings against Lipscomb March 4 • Struck out a season-best four in State’s shutout win against South Alabama April 14 • Earned a win and eight saves in his final 11 outings • Five of those saves came during his 11 SEC relief appearances (0.00, 11 strikeouts, 11.2 innings pitched) • Went 1-0 with three saves in four SEC Tournament relief stints in Hoover, Ala., to join two other Bulldogs on the 2012 SEC All-Tournament Team • Represented MSU on the 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team • Named to the 2012 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll • Finished with a 3-1 record, two saves and a 1.99 ERA last summer in 14 relief appearances (22.2 innings pitched) with Cape Cod Collegiate League champion Wareham Gateman.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starting first baseman and pitcher at Gulfport High School • Coached by Tim Dowdy • Earned First-Team Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State and Second-Team Jackson Clarion-Ledger All-State and Biloxi Sun Herald All-Coast Team honors in 2011 • Hit .383 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 19 RBIs • Sparkled on the mound with a 9-1 record, compiling a 1.36 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 61 innings • Invited to compete in the Crossroad Diamond Club All-Star Game • Paced the Admirals with a .429 batting average, 40 hits, 43 RBIs, 12 doubles and 10 home runs as a junior in 2010 • Blasted two grand slams in one game his junior season • Also fashioned a 3-5 pitching mark with a 2.62 ERA and a staff-best 51 strikeouts in 48 innings • Named to the MAC All-State second unit and the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team in 2010 • Hit .313 and posted a 7-3 record with a 2.26 ERA in 2009 • Played summer league baseball with Marucci Elite, coached by Chad Rales, and with the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, coached by Rick Caver • Honor roll student and member of the GHS Key Club.

PERSONAL: Born Jonathan Blake Holder on June 9, 1993 in Gulfport, Miss. • Son of Sindy and Herbie Holder of Gulfport, Miss. • Majoring in marketing.