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2009 - SOPHOMORE YEAR
Went 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA in 13 starts ... Led the team in strikeouts (69) for the second straight season ... 29 of his strikeouts were called third strikes, which was seventh in the SEC ... Had five-or-more strikeouts in eight out of 13 outings ... 73 innings led the staff ... Had four quality starts and pitched six-plus innings eight times ... Was 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA in four starts in March, striking out 28 in 29 IP while holding opponents to a .248 batting average ... Allowed two or fewer walks in 11 of 13 starts and finished the year allowing just 17 walks, second fewest on the staff ... Suffered a second consecutive loss for the first time in his career when he allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings in a 12-3 loss to Vanderbilt (3/27) ... Took the loss against Arkansas (3/20) despite fanning an Auburn season high 10 hitters in a career-high-tying eight full innings ... All three runs he allowed came on home runs, a two-run homer in the third and a leadoff homer in the ninth ... Retired 17 straight hitters after allowing a pair of hits and a pair of walks over the first two innings at Tennessee (3/13) ... Picked up the win over the Volunteers as he threw a then-career high eight scoreless innings in the 4-2 win ... Struck out eight and walked three against two hits ... Earned first win of 2009 with seven full innings for two-run ball in 11-2 win over Brown (3/6) ... Scattered six hits and a walk, striking out six ... Did not allow a hit for the first 4 1/3 innings before allowing a single ... Did not allow an extra-base hit in the outing ... Had an impressive season debut against Elon (2/20), lasting seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits while striking out seven on 91 pitches ... Did not factor into the decision despite leaving the game with a 3-1 lead
2008 - REDSHIRT FRESHMAN YEAR
Went 7-2 with a 3.89 ERA as the staff ace, making the series-opening start in all 10 SEC series ... 81 innings led the staff as did his 79 strikeouts, which were the most by an Auburn pitcher since Arnold Hughey had 80 in 2005 ... Issued just 13 walks on the season and only issued multiple walks in two appearances ... Had nine outings where he did not walk a batter ... Was 6-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 10 SEC starts ... His six SEC wins were the most since Hayden Gliemmo was 6-2 in 1998 ... Named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... SEC All-Freshman Team selection ... Took the loss in final start of the year vs. LSU on May 15 ... Struckout seven in the loss to give him 31 strikeouts over his final four starts ... Lasted a career-long 7.2 inning in no decision vs. Ole Miss on May 9 ... Allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits without issuing a walk, striking out six ... It was his fifth quality start of the season ... Picked up his sixth straight win with a quality start against Mississippi State (7.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K) ... 12 strikeouts vs. MSU was a career high and the most by an Auburn pitchers since Eric Brandon fanned 12 in his perfect game in 2002 against Murray State ... It was also the most K's by an AU pitcher in a SEC game since Chris Bootcheck fanned 12 in 2-1, complete-game loss to South Carolina in 1999 ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week following Mississippi State victory ... Picked up his fifth consecutive win with a 5.0-inning outing at Alabama on April 25, surrendering three runs on seven hits, striking out six ... Out-dueled Mike Minor in 6-3 win at Vanderbilt on April 18, allowing three runs on nine hits without issuing a walk for his second consecutive start ... Went a career-long 7 1/3 IP in start vs. South Carolina on April 11 without allowing a walk to the Gamecocks ... Picked up the win with a quality start in Friday night victory at Arkansas (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K) ... Both runs came on a home run in second ... Earned win against Tennessee on March 28, allowing six runs (five earned) in 6 innings of 12-6 win, striking out four ... Earned first career SEC win by throwing first 6 innings of 2-0 shutout victory over No. 2 Kentucky on March 21 ... Struckout five Wildcats ... Pitched in both of Auburn's shutouts in `08, throwing an inning against Appalachian State in relief (March 11) and throwing first 6.0 innings against Kentucky (March 21) ... Suffered first loss at Florida on March 14 despite fanning seven against just one walk ... Earned first career win in first career start, going 6 innings against VMI and surrendering just one hit against eight strikeouts ... Went 10 2/3 innings before issuing his first walk ... Earned a save in first collegiate outing, throwing final 4 innings against East Tennessee State on February 24.
2007 - FRESHMAN YEAR
Played for Al Rauls at Bob Jones ... Went 7-3 as a senior with a 2.39 ERA, striking out 115 while walking just 16 in 70 1/3 IP ... Named 2006 6A First Team All-State ... Struck out 20 in an opening-round playoff game against Clay-Chalkville in the 2006 6A playoffs ... All-Metro 6A Super Team Pitcher of the Year ... Threw a no hitter against Florence in 2005 and again versus Grissom as a senior ... Twice named to the All-Metro 6A Team and the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association North Team ... 2005 East-West All-Star Team ... National Honor Roll selection ... Listed as a Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Grant Dayton ... Son of Janis Dayton and Clay Dayton ... Has a brother, Stuart (23) ... Majoring in industrial systems engineering.