The Owls are making their first-ever appearance at Lupton Stadium.
2006 First-team All-Mountain West Conference
MWC Pitcher of the Week (April 17)
2005 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
Member of the Whataburger College Classic All-Tournament Team
2006 Summer League:
Returned to Falmouth for his second stint in the Cape... earned all-star and all-league honors... honored with the Eric Milton Award for Most Outstanding Falmouth Pitcher... went 1-2 with 12 saves in 25 appearances... compiled a 1.72 ERA in 26 innings and struck out 38.
Led the team with six saves... finished the season with a 4.08 ERA in 23 appearances... made 13 starts... struck out 100 for the second straight season... allowed 93 hits in 92.2 innings pitched... was the Frogs opening day starter... picked up a no-decision against No. 12 Tulane... tossed seven innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, struck out eight and walked four... suffered first defeat of the season against No. 17 Arkansas (Feb. 17)... surrender five runs (three earned) on seven hits with five strike outs and two walks... fell to 0-2 on the season with a loss to Wright State on Feb. 25... rebounded with a dominating seven-inning performance against Florida Atlantic (March 4)... struck out a career-high 14 batters and allowed just three runs on six hits... improved to 2-2 with another dominating outing against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... struck out 13 in eight innings, surrendering just one run on six hits... picked up third win with five strong innings against UC Santa Barbara (March 19)... gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits with six Ks... earned first save of the season with 1.2 hitless and scoreless innings against UCF... took a no-decision in the series finale against UCF (March 26)... went eight innings, allowing two unearned runs on six hits with seven strike outs... suffered a sprained ankle prior to the MWC Preseason Tournament, forcing him into a three-week stint in the bullpen... made four straight appearances out of the pen, picking up two wins and two saves... earned the win against Air Force with 2.2 scoreless innings... save No. 2 came against UNLV on April 15... retired both batters he faced... picked up the win in the series finale against the Rebels with 4.2 scoreless innings... weekend earned him MWC Pitcher of the Week honors... earned the save in the series opener at BYU (April 20)... allowed a hit in 1.2 innings pitched... took the loss in the series finale... gave up five runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work... save game No. 4 on April 29 at San Diego State with a scoreless inning pitched... suffered two straight defeats in starts against the Aztecs (April 30) and Utah (May 7)... responded with a three-inning save at New Mexico on May 18... started the championship game against BYU in the MWC Tournament... earned the win with six strong innings on a blustery day in Las Vegas... got the save in the Frogs come-from-behind win the NCAA Norman Regional opener against No. 13 Oklahoma... retired both batters he faced... suffered the defeat in the Frog's final game of the season... held opponents to a .257 batting average.
2005 Summer League:
Spent the summer pitching in the prestigious Cape Cod League for the Falmouth Commodores... finished with a 2-2 record spanning 11 appearances... made six starts... had a 4.46 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched... struck out 45 batters while walking only 16.
Made 20 appearances and 12 starts on the mound... compiled a 5-5 record with a 4.64 ERA in 95.0 innings... ranked second on the squad with 100 strikeouts... held opponents to a .264 batting average... first appearance came against Utah... pitched the first two innings on Saturday before a rain delay and returned Sunday to pitch three more innings... surrendered four runs on eight hits and struck out five in the no-decision... suffered a tough-luck 3-1 loss at Fla. Atlantic on Feb. 19... gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits in five innings, with seven punch outs... earned first career win with a seven-inning performance against Dallas Baptist on Feb. 26... allowed just two earned runs on six hits and struck out seven... moved record to 2-1 with a dominating performance against Manhattan on March 5... struck out eight Jaspers and allowed just one run... had a rough outing against No. 5 Rice, suffering his second loss of the season... struck out a career-high 11 batters against Southern Miss on March 20 in a no-decision... after a rough outing at Saint Louis was moved to the bullpen... pitched 3.2 innings of relief over two appearances against East Carolina... earned his first career save in a 7-3 win over USF on April 9... allowed just two earned runs in 5.1 innings of relief but was tagged with the loss against Oklahoma on April 12... returned to the starting rotation against Memphis on April 17... had two quality midweek starts for the Frogs on April 26 and May 3... went five innings against UTPA, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits... struck out nine UTA hitters in a seven-inning stint to earn win No. 4... returned to the bullpen for three straight appearances... went three scoreless innings against Cincinnati on May 7... tossed six innings and struck out nine against Louisville on May 14... shut down No. 1 Tulane for six innings, striking out six... started the Frogs' opening game of the C-USA Tournament... went the distance, surrendering just two runs on three hits and striking out nine to earn a win against Louisville on May 25... suffered the loss in the Frogs' second game of the Waco Regional against the Bears.
Spring High School:
Drafted in the 35th round of the MLB Draft by Texas ... ranked by Texas Baseball News as the 11th top recruit out of the state of Texas... was an all-district performer as a sophomore... also named team's Most Improved Player as a sophomore... earned all-state honors as a senior... also earned first-team all-Greater Houston and first-team all-district accolades... selected to play in the Houston All-Star game as well as the Area Code Games... broke Josh Beckett's strikeout record, fanning 188 batters... also set school record for wins in a season with 15... represented Texas in the Sunbelt Classic... appeared in the Area Code All-Star game... had a 7-2 record in 69 innings with 77 Ks and a 3.01 ERA as a junior... was 15-2 with a 1.34 ERA in 109 innings pitched as a senior.
Sam is the son of Wayne and Claudia Demel... has three older brothers, Benny, Nick and Mathew... majoring in general studies.