TERRE HAUTE, IND. --
Four-year varsity letter winner Derek Eitel (Marshall,
Ill.) set Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic
history after being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the
17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on
Eitel, the 511th overall
selection of approximately 1,500 players that will be chosen this
spring, became the first Rose-Hulman student-athlete in school
history selected in a professional sports draft.
Eitel will be introduced to the
local media and the Rose-Hulman campus community in a press
conference at 3:30 p.m. Indiana time on Wednesday.
His school records include
career marks for innings pitched (320.1) and wins (29). Eitel
ranks second in school history with 299 career strikeouts and
ranked third in school history with 92 strikeouts this
Eitel helped Rose-Hulman reach
the NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regional in 2008, 2009 and
2010, including Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament
titles in 2009 and 2010.
In his NCAA Division III
Tournament career, Eitel finished 2-0 with a 1.11 earned run
average and 26 strikeouts in 24 innings of work. He also
served as the starting pitcher in all three NCAA tournament
victories in Rose-Hulman baseball history.
This season, Eitel finished 6-2
overall with a 3.74 earned run average in 77 innings of work with
92 strikeouts. His efforts included three complete games, two
shutouts and one save.
His baseball honors also
included two first-team all-conference awards and a pair of
all-Mideast Region accolades from the American Baseball Coaches
The two-sport athlete also
completed a four-year varsity career as the team's quarterback in
football. Eitel established career school records with 7,507
passing yards, 576 completions and 52 touchdown
Eitel set Rose-Hulman
single-season school records for passing yards (2,723), touchdowns
(24) and passing efficiency (152.8) last fall. He passed for
a career-high 422-yards in the team's 34-21 victory over Franklin,
and was named HCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.
The most recent baseball alumnus
to play professional baseball was 1997 graduate Eric Tryon, who
reached the AA level in the minor leagues with the Chattanooga
Lookouts of the Cincinnati Reds organization. Tryon became
the first Rose-Hulman All-American in school history in
Three student-athletes went on
to appear in Major League Baseball at the turn of the previous
century. Former Fightin' Engineers to appear in the Major
Leagues have included Lester Backman (St. Louis and Toronto from
1909-12), Charles Demmitt (New York, Detroit, St. Louis and the
Chicago White Sox from 1914-19) and Art Nehf (Boston, New York,
Cincinnati and the Chicago Cubs from 1915-29).
Nehf is the most accomplished
Major League Player in school history, with a total of 184 pitching
wins and 833 strikeouts in 2,708 innings of work, and the
Rose-Hulman baseball field is named in his honor. Nehf is the
only player in Major League Baseball history to toss a complete
game victory in the deciding game of consecutive World Series in
1921 and 1922. He appeared in four World Series and over a
two-year span from 1921-22, held Babe Ruth to 2-12 with five
strikeouts in the championship round.