Missouri vs Auburn Baseball on Friday, February 17, 2012 in Auburn, AL.
2011 - JUNIOR YEAR
Went 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 14 starts ... Led the team in wins (six), innings (88) and strike outs (74), becoming Auburn's first pitching triple crown winner since Brent Schoening in 1999 ... .254 opponent batting average was second-best on the team ... 28 of 74 (38 percent) of his strike outs were looking, tied for fourth-most in the SEC at the end of the regular season ... Led the staff with six quality starts ... Took a hard-luck loss in the season-ending loss to Georgia at the SEC Tournament (5/26), getting tagged for three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five ... All three runs came in the sixth inning when only one of Georgia's four hits left the infield ... Had allowed only two base runners to get into scoring position before the sixth ... Clinched Auburn's SEC Tournament berth with a 6 2/3 innings outing at Tennessee (5/20), allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out seven in the 13-4 victory ... Did not factor into the decision in the series-clinching win over Alabama (5/14) despite working into the seventh ... Surrendered a career-high 10 hits and was charged for four runs ... Threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout in the series-clinching win over Georgia (5/7), striking out seven ... Didn't allow a runner to get past second and only had three get that far ... It was his first win in a month and his second complete game shutout of the season ... Had the shortest start of his career at #2 South Carolina (4/30), allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 IP without recording a strike out, the first time all season that happened ... Made the series-opening start against Ole Miss (4/21) but did not factor into the decision, leaving after six innings and 84 pitches with the game tied at 2-2 ... Allowed the two runs on three hits and three walks, striking out five in his first start in two weeks ... Did not make the trip to #21 LSU (4/15-17) after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday ... Was prescribed rest and nothing more ... Picked up his first win in over a month at Kentucky (4/9), working five innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk as Auburn won, 15-8 ... It was the second Saturday start of his career ... Took a no-decision in the Sunday loss to #1 Vanderbilt (4/3), leaving in the sixth with the score tied at 2-2 after allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks ... Took first loss of the season on Sunday at Mississippi State (3/27), allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings ... All eight hits were singles and all four runs came in the fifth ... Had a quality start against #9 Arkansas (3/20) but did not factor into the decision ... Allowed three runs on five hits without issuing a walk and striking out seven as he worked into the seventh ... Left with two on and none out in the seventh, with both runners coming around to score ... Took his first no decision in the 10-8 come-from-behind win over #7 Arizona State (3/13), throwing six innings and leaving with Auburn ahead, 5-4, though the bullpen would surrender the lead in the seventh ... Started the year a perfect 3-0, allowing just 12 hits over three starts while striking out 22 against just five walks ... Threw at least seven innings in each of his first three outings and had two quality starts ... Did not surrender a run through his first 16 1/3 innings and didn't allow an earned run for his first 21 1/3 innings ... Earned the win over No. 18 College of Charleston (3/5), working into the seventh and allowing just four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out five ... Departed with Auburn ahead, 7-2 and the bases loaded in the eighth ... Named the SEC Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Radford (2/27) when he threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout to clinch the series win ... Struck out 13 in the outing, the most by an Auburn pitcher since Chris Bootcheck struck out 15 on March 6, 1999 ... Struck out the leadoff hitter in seven of the nine innings and ended four innings with a K ... Did not allow any of the four base runners to reach third and only two reached second ... Threw a quality start in his Auburn debut, holding UAB to no runs on three hits through seven innings to pick up the win (2/20) ... Did not allow a base runner until there were two outs in the third inning and did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth innings ... Retired the leadoff hitter in six of the seven innings he threw ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.
JUNIOR COLLEGE (Chattahoochee Valley CC)
Played Adam Thomas ... Was 7-0 with a 3.64 ERA in 76 2/3 innings in 2010, striking out 99 ... 2010 Second Team All-ACCC and First Team All-Southern Division ... Was 6-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 80 2/3 innings in 2009, striking out 94.
Played for Stan Fricks at Oconee ... Was 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA as a senior, striking out 93 in 71 innings ... 2008 First Team All-Northeast Georgia by Athens Banner-Herald ... First Team All-Region 8AAA ... Georgia Dugout Club Elite 96 All-Star ... Was 5-2 with a 1.45 ERA and 40 strike outs in 33 innings as a junior.
Derek Alan Varnadore ... Born on July 10, 1990 ... Son of Al Varnadore and Andy and Pam Bowers ... Has three siblings; Drew (20), Holli (18) and Tanner (9) ... Majoring in building science with a minor in business.