On Ellis: Developed into one of the team's top starting pitchers in 2007 ... Has outstanding breakout potential entering his senior season ... Capable of being a front-line starting pitcher ... Expected to hold down one of the spots in the weekend starting rotation ... Transferred to Villanova in 2006 from the University of Virginia ... 2008 season is his final year of collegiate eligibility.
Career: Debuted with the Wildcats as a midweek starter in 2006 and became a weekend starter during his junior season ... Has made 17 starts and seven relief appearances while at Villanova ... 3.91 ERA in 94 1/3 innings pitched with an 11-2 record ... Has struck out 61 and walked 55 while allowing just three home runs.
2007: Began the season as a midweek starting pitcher and earned a role in conference games ... Came out of the bullpen five times before being moved into the conference starting rotation, ending the season as the team's number two weekend starter ... Overall was 6-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 69 2/3 innings pitched ... Made 10 starts and five relief appearances ... Villanova was 8-2- in his starts ... Walked 35 and struck out 40 while allowing 33 runs (29 earned) ... Surrendered just one home run on the season ... Started and pitched 7 1/3 innings in eventual 5-4, 11-inning victory over Rutgers on day that Wildcats clinched first playoff berth in 10 years ... Also pitched seven strong innings in the BIG EAST Tournament to eliminate five-time defending champion Notre Dame in a 3-2 decision ... In his first conference start against USF allowed two earned runs on seven hits in a career-high eight innings ... Pitched six innings of one-hit ball against Mount St. Mary's ... Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for that performance ... Opposing batters hit just .240 off of him, including a .201 average against right-handers and a .205 average with two outs.
2006: Started seven of the nine appearances he made during first season with Villanova ... Led the pitching staff with five victories ... Struck out 21 batters in 24.2 innings ... Held the opposition to a .258 batting average against him, surrendering 25 hits ... Issued 20 walks and scattered 12 earned runs ... Went 5-1 with a 4.38 ERA ... Logged 11 consecutive scoreless innings over three appearances in April, including starts against Coppin State and Saint Joseph's ... Pitched five scoreless innings to get a victory in each of those games ... Villanova was 5-2 in his starts and 7-2 overall when he pitched ... Held right-handed hitters to a .219 batting average ... Opponents batted just .219 against him with two outs.
University of Virginia: Was limited by injury during 2005 season but pitched in two games ... Had no record and a 4.50 ERA in 2.0 innings pitched ... Allowed three hits, one earned run and a walk ... Pitched a scoreless inning on April 13 in a 6-0 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in the second game of a doubleheader.
Radnor High School: Lettered in baseball and basketball ... 2004 First Team All-Main Line and Second Team All-Delco selection ... 2000 All-Main Line Honorable Mention ... Two-time team MVP and co-captain ... Recipient of the Brad Hayman Award for overcoming adversity ... Pitched seven complete games as a senior and compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.47 ERA and 68 strikeouts ... Ranked 130th overall prospect in the nation and third top prospect in Pennsylvania by TeamOneBaseball.com ... The 170th national prospect by Baseball America/Perfect Game ... Ranked 11th overall in Pennsylvania (including high school and college players) by Baseball America ... Ranked as high as fourth in the state among all high school athletes ... All-Main Line Honorable Mention in basketball as a junior ... Team's leading scorer and rebound man that season.
Personal: Born 9/11/85 in Fresno, Calif. ... Second of three children of Ted and Cheryl Ellis ... Has an older brother Zack (31) and younger sister Beth (16) ... Played against current Wildcat teammates Derek Shunk and Ryan Wendler in high school ... Chose Villanova because of its outstanding academic reputation and its location ... Enjoys golf, music and fishing in his spare time ... Majoring in Communications.