Adam Champion (Photo: Nelson Chenault/UALR)
A 2010 Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection, Champion went 7-4 with a 3.11 earned run average this past season to lead UALR to its highest-win total since 2003.
"Congratulations obviously go out to Adam," said UALR head coach Scott Norwood. "He has worked hard to get where he is and I think he'll have a great career in professional baseball. He was a big part of getting this program back on track."
Champion was a twice drafted during his UALR career, as the Evansville, Ind.-native was also picked by the San Francisco Giants in the 23rd Round of the 2009 MLB Draft. He ended the 2010 regular season ranked fourth in the Sun Belt Conference with a 3.11 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .253 batting average. He made 14 starts for the Trojans as a senior, leading the team in innings pitched (98.1) and strikeouts (74).
Champion totaled a season-high nine strikeouts on two occasions in 2010, the last of which came over 7.1 innings against Louisiana-Lafayette on April 16. He went the full 9.0 innings against South Alabama on March 12, limiting the Jaguars to six hits and three runs, while racking up seven strikeouts against one walk. Champion picked up his sixth win of the year by holding ULM to seven hits and one unearned run over 9.0 innings in a 3-1 win on May 14.
A four-year letterman at UALR, he ends his collegiate career with an 11-15 lifetime record and ranks fifth all-time in UALR history with 208.1 innings pitched. He also ranks fourth all-time in career starts (35) and shares sixth place with 163 career strikeouts.
The selection of Champion by the Houston Astros (No. 723 overall) marks the fifth-straight year a Trojan has been taken in the MLB Draft.
(Source: University of Arkansas at Little Rock Athletics)