On Aust: One of team's top pitchers who can be used in any role ... Suffered a season-ending injury early in the 2006 season ... Has an additional year of eligibility remaining ... Has been used as a long reliever during his career but has also started and closed ... Features a dominating breaking ball and offspeed pitches that keep hitters off balance.
Career: Needs just three more innings pitched to qualify for the team's career ERA list ... His 2.64 career mark would rank second all-time at Villanova ... Has appeared in 48 career games with five starts ... Owns a 10-2 record and five saves ... Career 0.84 ERA in the five starts (3 ER in 32 IP) ... Has allowed only 112 hits and 28 walks in 112.1 innings pitched ... Has struck out 67 while allowing 33 earned runs ... Opposing batters hit .255 off of him.
2006: Pitched in six games with one start before sustaining a season-ending injury ... Had a 1-0 record with three saves and a 4.41 ERA before the injury ... His final appearance was a start against Long Island in which he pitched eight innings of five-hit, one-run ball in a 5-1 victory ... Allowed 15 hits in 16.1 innings pitched and held opponents to a .234 batting average ... Walked five and struck out nine while allowing nine runs (eight earned) ... Did not pitch after March 19 and received a medical redshirt for the season ... Team captain.
2005: Logged a team-high 23 appearances, all but one of which came out of the bullpen ... Compiled a 4-2 record with two saves and a team-leading 2.55 ERA ... Allowed just 14 earned runs in 49.1 innings pitched ... Allowed 48 hits while walking just 11 and striking out 32 ... Opposing hitters batted only .251 against him ... Allowed no earned runs in 17 of his 23 appearances ... Owned a 0.88 ERA through his first 14 appearances, spanning a total of 30.2 innings ... Ranked as high as fourth in the nation in ERA during the season ... Had seven relief outings of at least three innings and pitched to a 2.96 ERA in those games ... Went a stretch of 11.1 innings without allowing an earned run midway through the season ... That streak included a stint of five scoreless relief innings against Georgetown on April 4 ... Pitched the last five innings of an eventual 4-3 victory in 13 innings ... Went 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 11 games and 17.1 innings pitched against Big East opponents ... His only start of the season came against Mercer on March 9 ... Tossed six scoreless innings and earned the victory in a 10-1 Wildcat win ... Led the team in ERA for the second straight season.
2004: Pitched in 15 games with three starts ... Went 5-0 with a 1.73 ERA ... Tossed 41.2 innings and allowed 41 hits while issuing just 10 walks ... Gave up eight earned runs and struck out 22 ... Opposition batted .250 with just nine extra-base hits against him ... Villanova was 10-5 in games he pitched ... Allowed no earned runs in 11 of 15 appearances ... Surrendered just three earned runs in 30 innings in his first nine appearances ... Went 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA in that span, which culminated with a season-high seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball against La Salle ... Was 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his three starts (18 innings) ... Villanova won all three of those games ... Struck out a season-high five batters against Seton Hall on April 25 ... Pitched in seven Big East games and was 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA.
2003: Saw action in four games out of the bullpen ... Logged 5.0 innings with a 5.40 ERA ... Surrendered eight hits and three earned runs, while striking out four and walking two.
Brophy College Prep: Earned four varsity letters in baseball ... Earned Team MVP honors as a senior ... Earned All-League, All-Region and All-State honors ... Played in the Super 50 All-Star Game ... All-Arizona Sunbelt Team ... Went 11-1 as a senior and ranked fifth in the state in strikeouts.
Personal: Communications major ... One of three children of Bill and Louise Aust ... Siblings are Colleen (25) and Jenny (19) ... Father played football for Holy Cross ... Born 8/16/83 in Phoenix, Ariz.