50 Brandon Copp
2008: Made 19 appearances and started 11 games ... Went 2-7 with a 7.04 ERA in 61.1 innings ... Posted a 2-6 record as a starter and recorded one loss as a reliever in eight appearances ... Ranked fifth on the team in strikeouts with 48 ... Had seven games with 4-plus strikeouts ... Pitched 5.1 innings, struck out four, walked five and gave up four earned runs to earn his first win and the team's first win of the season against SIU (3/1) ... Pitched his first career complete game with seven innings, six hits and four strikeouts in a losing effort against Bradley (3/25-G1) ... Gave up three hits and one earned run while striking out four in five innings of work in a loss against UW-Milwaukee (4/2) ... Struck out a career and Huskie season-high 10 batters in 6.1 innings against Toledo (4/20) ... Earned his second win of the season against Northern Iowa (5/12).
2007: Finished the season ranked ninth in the MAC with 6.75 strikeouts per game ... Tied for third among NIU pitchers with five victories and tied for fourth on the team with 11 starts ... Went 5-0 in his non-conference starts ... Posted a 4.25 ERA and held opponents to a .275 batting average, both bests among NIU's starting pitchers, in non-conference games ... Struck out 16 in 22.2 innings during conference play ... Won his only decision and posted a 1.80 ERA with 13 strikeouts and two walks in three home starts ... Had a 3.80 ERA with two victories during the month of March ... NIU went 9-2 (.818) in his 11 starts, the best record on the staff ... Totaled 5.1 innings and scattered three hits with three earned runs in a no-decision at Texas Tech (2/24) ... Earned the win and allowed one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 7.1 innings vs. Maine (3/10) ... Notched the victory with 6.0 innings and four strikeouts while yielding seven hits and two earned runs vs. Fordham (3/15) ... Gave up just one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out three over 6.0 innings in a no-decision vs. Ohio (3/24) ... Took the loss in 4.0 innings with 5 hits, four earned runs and five strikeouts at Akron (3/31) ... Started and went 1.1 innings before game was suspended by snow at Kent State (4/7) ... Struck out six in 5.2 innings with four hits, two earned runs and one walk in a no-decision vs. Miami (4/14) ... Took the loss after 1.1 innings in a start at Central Michigan (4/21) ... Earned the win with 5.0 innings, four hits, two earned runs and three strikeouts at UIC (4/24) ... Notched the victory with 5.0 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, and three strikeouts at Northwestern (5/1) ... Tossed 1.1 innings of relief with one strikeout at Ball State (5/11) ... Won third consecutive decision and fanned four in 3.1 shutout innings vs. Chicago State (5/15) ... Took the loss in relief after 2.1 innings of work with four hits and one earned run at Toledo (5/18) ... Struck out three in 2.0 relief innings vs. Toledo at the MAC Tournament (5/24) ... Fanned four in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief vs. Eastern Michigan at the MAC Tournament (5/25) ... Pitched in the Cape Cod League for the second consecutive season and struck out eight in 7.2 innings over two appearances for the Falmouth Commodores during the summer season ... Also notched two victories with a 3.63 ERA and fanned 34 in 34.2 innings of work for the DuPage Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate League.
2006: Set the NIU freshman record and tied for the MAC lead with 32 appearances ... Went 3-2 with a 5.88 ERA and earned wins in each of his two starts ... Racked up 35 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work on the year ... Was 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 MAC games, totaling 12 strikeouts over 11.1 innings ... Made his collegiate debut at Arizona State (2/3) ... Retired his only batter faced in consecutive appearances at Arizona State (2/4 and 2/5) ... Struck out the two batters he faced at Evansville (2/25) ... Set down the side with one strikeout at Southern Illinois (3/3) ... Threw 1.2 innings at Nevada (3/17) ... Took the loss in a 0.1-inning stint in game one of a doubleheader at Ohio (3/25) ... Tossed a scoreless inning with one strikeout vs. Kent State (4/7) ... Notched his first collegiate win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief while fanning three at Northern Iowa (4/12) ... Earned the win in his first collegiate start by throwing 5.0 innings with five hits, three earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts vs. Wheaton (4/18) ... Notched a victory by throwing 5.0 innings while yielding four earned runs on eight hits while fanning four against one walk vs. Chicago State (4/26) ... Struck out three in 2.2 innings at Eastern Michigan (4/29) ... Tossed 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts at UW-Milwaukee (5/2) ... Worked 1.1 scoreless innings with one strikeout at Western Michigan (5/6) ... Tossed a scoreless inning, recording all three outs via strikeout, vs. Toledo (5/19) ... Pitched 2.1 innings of hitless relief with strikeout vs. Toledo (5/20) ... Became the first NIU player in nearly two decades to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League by joining the Falmouth Commodores in mid-July of the 2006 summer season ... Tossed a perfect game with 15 strikeouts while pitching for the Crystal Lake Cardinals of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League earlier in the summer.
High School: Named the Pitcher of the Year and all-area by the Aurora Beacon-News as a senior and was a three-time all-conference selection ... Tabbed all-area and all-conference after posting a 8-3 record and 1.29 ERA with 118 strikeouts and 24 walks in 72 innings during his senior season ... Earned all-area and all-conference honors from the Beacon-News after a 4-2 record as a junior ... Combined to compile a 9-5 record with a 2.33 ERA, 145 strikeouts and just 40 walks during his junior and sophomore seasons ... A first team all-conference selection after posting a 1.81 ERA during his sophomore season ... Was a key reserve for the 2003-04 basketball team that finished third at the Class AA State Championship, was ranked sixth nationally, and featured current Illinois center Shaun Pruitt.
Personal: Education major ... Born Nov. 4, 1986 ... Son of Dennis Kellen and Judy Harreld ... Mother is a police officer ... Uncle, Bill Copp, was a pitcher at Triton (Ill.) C.C. and Iowa State, a seventh round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, and reached the Triple A level during his pro career ... Has worn the number "five-o" since age 13 ... Hobbies include playing video games.
COPP'S CAREER STATISTICS
YR W L SV ERA G/GS CG IP H R ER BB SO HBP
2008 2 7 0 7.04 19/11 1 61.1 72 56 48 36 48 5
2007 5 3 0 5.22 18/11 0 58.2 70 47 34 23 44 9
2006 3 2 0 5.88 32/2 0 33.2 33 23 22 17 35 6
Career 10 12 0 5.85 69/24 1 153.2 175 126 104 76 127 20
COPP'S CAREER HIGHS
Innings Pitched (start): 7.1, vs. Maine, 3/10/07
Innings Pitched (relief): 2.2, twice, last at E. Michigan, 4/29/06
Strikeouts: 10, at Toledo, 4/20/08