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Cal Poly Player Profile: Spencer Howard

In 2017, Spencer Howard quickly moved from the bullpen into the weekend rotation in early March. He has compiled a 2-0 record and 1.83 ERA, best in the Big West. Howard has 49 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings and has issued just nine walks. His opponents are hitting just .200 against the sophomore right-hander from Templeton High School. He has made 10 appearances on the mound with five starts and also earned one save.

Howard compiled 3-1 record and 2.95 ERA as a redshirt freshman in 2016. He had 21 appearances on the mound with starts against UC Irvine on May 13 and UC Davis on May 28. He allowed one run and five hits over six innings for win against UC Irvine. Howard’s other wins were against Wichita State on March 25 (4 2/3 scoreless innings) and CSU Bakersfield on March 29 (3 2/3 scoreless innings). He had a season-high seven strikeouts at Pepperdine on March 8 and five more in start at UC Irvine. Howard earned save against Hawai’i on April 16, securing the final two outs in 5-4 victory. He played summer ball for Bellingham Bells in West Coast League. Howard posted 2-0 record and 1.33 ERA in regular season with 31 strikeouts over 27 innings.

In 2015, Howard, a redshirt, played summer ball for Bellingham Bells in West Coast Collegiate League. He appeared in 14 games and compiled no record, one save and a 3.17 ERA with 23 strikeouts over 17 innings.

A 2014 graduate of Templeton High School, Howard was an outfielder and pitcher on the Eagles’ baseball team. He hit .306 and compiled a 7-3 record and 2.20 ERA as a senior under head coach Brad McComber, earning 2014 North San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year honors. At the plate, Howard contributed four doubles, three triples and a home run, knocking in 15 runs and stealing nine bases. On the mound he earned one save and complete games against Channel Islands and Agoura. Howard struck out nine in eight innings for a two-hit 2-0 win against Agoura. For the season Howard struck out 87 batters in 66 2/3 innings en route to first-team All-San Luis Obispo County honors as well as most valuable player in the Los Padres League. Howard led Eagles to 15-12 overall record, second-place finish in the Los Padres League and a berth in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. As a junior he hit .269 with five doubles and one triple, he was 3-0 with a 3.17 ERA on the mound with 40 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings, all while being an honors student.

Howard is the son of Kevin and Jackie Howard. He has one sister, Savanna. Howard claims to be an amateur magician! He was born July 28, 1996, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. and is majoring in business administration.

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