Has developed into a major force for the Minutemen out of the bullpen ... Has tied the all-time UMass career record for saves (eight).
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2003: A first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection as a reliever ... Went 2-2 with seven saves and a 3.70 ERA in 18 relief appearances ... Ranked first on UMass single season list for saves, third for appearances ... Tossed three shutout innings for save against Xavier in A-10 Tournament ... Threw one inning of relief to earn win in second game vs. St. Joseph's ... Tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the victory at Siena ... Threw one shutout inning to earn the save at Boston College ... Picked up two saves at Fordham, allowing one run over 2-2/3 innings ... Tossed one scoreless inning for the save in the final game at La Salle ... Earned save in final game at Duquesne, throwing three scoreless innings ... Threw two shutout innings to record save in win over Eastern Kentucky.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2002: Was 2-2 with a 6.44 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 15 appearances (five starts) ... Ranked second on team in strikeouts, despite only 36-1/3 innings pitched ... Struck out eight in five innings of shutout relief at Central Connecticut ... Earned win against Holy Cross with 3-1/3 innings of scoreless relief ... Picked up save at Sacred Heart, striking out five in two shutout innings ... Earned victory at Quinnipiac, with 2-2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
UMASS FOOTBALL: Saw action in every game as a backup quarterback and holder in 2002 and 2003 ... Has completed two of five career passes for 27 yards ... Redshirted during the 2001 football season. HIGH SCHOOL: Standout pitcher for head coach Tyler Sherlock at Granite Hills H.S. ... Two-year captain of both football and baseball teams ... Recorded 108 strikeouts in just 49 innings during senior season ... Named first team All-Desert Sky League after going 6-1 as a senior ... Set school records for both passing yards and touchdowns with 1,110 yards and 13 touchdowns during senior season.
PERSONAL: Born June 20, 1983, in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... Son of Jan and Susan Ratliff ... Father played football at the University of Michigan ... Majoring in History.