SACRAMENTO, CALIF. -- Four-year varsity letter winner Derek Eitel (Marshall, Ill.), the first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athlete selected in a professional sports draft, made his first Class AAA start for the Reno Aces in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on July 22.
Eitel tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs with five strikeouts in a solid first start at the AAA level. CLICK HERE or the link above to read the Tribune-Star full account of the game.
The Pacific League stands as the highest Minor League level below the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League roster.
Eitel was selected in the 17th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball by the Arizona Diamondbacks and began his Minor League pitching career in Rookie League Missoula and Class A South Bend last summer.
This season, Eitel has pitched with the Visalia Rawhide in the Class A California League, in addition to his previous appearance for Reno. In his 18 appearances and 15 starts, Eitel has a 5-6 record with 71 strikeouts in 90.2 innings of work.
At Rose-Hulman, Eitel established school records 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 in 2010.
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.
His baseball honors also included two first-team all-conference awards and a pair of all-Mideast Region accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association.
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 passes.
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.