RICHMOND, Va. – VCU junior pitcher Blake Hauser was selected in the 13th round by the Seattle Mariners during Tuesday's portion of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Hauser, the Rams closer this season, was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in the 17th round in 2009. The right-handed pitcher turned down the Indians' offer so he could attend VCU. Hauser served as a starting pitcher for his first two seasons of his career with the Black & Gold, making 19 starts in 23 appearances.
During the summer of 2011, Hauser pitched in the Cape Cod League, considered the top wood bat collegiate summer league in the country. Hauser helped his team, the Harwich Mariners, capture the league title while serving as the team's closer. He was so successful in the position, that VCU head coach Paul Keyes designated the junior as the closer for VCU for 2012 during the fall practice period.
Hauser put together a strong 2012 season on his way to earning second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors after making 30 appearances out of the bullpen. He finished the season with a 5-2 record, posted a 3.03 ERA and picked up 10 saves. The 10 saves earned by Hauser is tied for fifth best in VCU single season history. The junior was a strikeout machine for the Black & Gold this past season, fanning 66 batters in 35.2 innings pitched, while limiting the opposition to a .136 batting average.
Hauser joins an illustrious group of VCU baseball players that have been selected in the draft, including active MLB players Cody Eppley (New York Yankees), Brandon Inge (Oakland Athletics), Sean Marshall (Cincinnati Reds) and Scott Sizemore (Oakland Athletics - currently on the disabled list).