Appeared in a team-high 28 games, all in relief, and led the AU pitching staff with a 2.95 ERA ... Went 1-1 with two saves, throwing 39.2 IP ... Recorded three holds on the season ... Retired 21 of 28 first-batters faced ... Opponent batting average of .212 was also the lowest on staff ... Held SEC opponents to a .210 batting average in 18.2 IP ... Righthanded hitters hit just .133 (12-for-90) against him ... Earned his first win for Auburn in 3.0 innings of scoreless relief work on 2/28 vs. Davidson ... Did not allow a run of any kind in his first six outings of the season (9.2 IP) ... Did not allow a HR in his first 21 appearances (28.0 IP) ... Recorded at least one K in 19 out of 28 appearances ... Earned first career save with 1.0 IP allowing just one H against Samford (3/21).
JUNIOR COLLEGE Played for two years at Southern Union Community College under Joe Jordan ... 2005 AJCCC Central League Co-Player of the Year ... Two-Time NJCAA All-Southeastern District, All-Region XXII and All-AJCCC Conference selection ... Went 11-0 in 2005 with an ERA of 1.70 in 84.2 IP ... K'd 81 while walking just 39 ... Was 8-1 as a freshman with an ERA of 2.63 ... Struckout 58 in his first season at SUCC ... SUCC Most Valuable Pitcher as both a freshman and sophomore.
HIGH SCHOOL Played four years for Rusty Burroughs at Jacksonville High School ... As a senior, he earned a place in the Alabama High School Athletic Association baseball record book with an all-time career strikeout record of 302 putting him eighth in state history ... Selected First-Team All-State Pitcher ... Compiled a 9-3 record with a 1.20 ERA ... Helped lead his team to the fourth round of the Alabama State Playoffs ... Hit .426 with four home runs, two triples, five doubles and 28 RBI as a senior ... Struckout 112 batters in 73 innings as a junior ... Twice struckout a career-high 17 batters in a 7-inning game ... Selected to the Alabama North-South All-Star Team.
PERSONAL Johnny Warren Thompson, Jr. ... Son of Major (Ret.) Johnny and Melissa Thompson ... Has two brothers: Bob (20) and Joey (14) ... Major: Psychology.