MOBILE, ALA. -- Four-year varsity letter winner Derek Eitel (Marshall, Ill.), the first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athlete selected in a professional sports draft, closed the first half of the Class AA season with nine consecutive hitless relief appearances in the last month.
Eitel has not allowed a hit in his last 12.1 innings of work over nine appearances for the Mobile Baybears in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Eitel has walked three and struck out 16 over the nine hitless appearances. He has not allowed a hit out of the bullpen since June 14.
His efforts helped Mobile claim the first half division title this year for a squad that won the 2011 and 2012 Class AA Southern League championship.
On the season, Eitel stands 4-1 with a 3.43 earned run average and 39 strikeouts in 44.2 innings of work. He has held the opposition to just a .179 batting average this season.
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.
In 2011, Eitel pitched with the Visalia Rawhide in the Class A California League, in addition to making two starts for Class AAA Reno. Last summer, he recorded an 8-11 record and a 4.37 earned run average in 25 starts for Mobile.
Eitel's career Minor League statistics include 24 wins and 292 strikeouts in 392.0 innings of work. He has made 95 career appearances and 58 starts within the Diamondbacks organization.
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) in 2009. 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.