The ace of the staff ... Will be the team's No. 1 starting pitcher this season ... Coaching staff is counting on him for leadership on and off the field ... Over his first three seasons, he was one of the Golden Eagles' top pitchers ... Sustained a arm injury in 2004 during the Tulane series (4/23-25) ... Made his return against Charlotte (5/16) and pitched two games in the Conference USA Tournament ... Had shoulder surgery during the summer for a torn labrum and redshirted for the 2005 season ... Has great physical presence and good strength ... Throws four pitches for strikes (fastball, change-up, curve and slider) ... Tough competitor ... Believes he is going to win every time he takes the mound ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Conference USA Academic Medalist.
2005 (Sr.): Redshirted.
2004 (Jr.): Made 13 appearances, all starts ... Posted a 6-4 record with a 3.93 ERA in 71.0 innings pitched ... Struck out 67, walked 37 and opponents hit .228 off of him ... Registered a 2-2 record with a 6.11 ERA in Conference USA games, striking out 33 and walking 22 ... Five or more strikeouts six times ... In Conference USA statistics in overall games, he is No. 3 in opposing batting average and No. 9 in ERA ... In Southern Miss' career numbers, he is ranked in the top 10 in career earned run average and tied for No. 4 in shutouts ... Threw the school's sixth no-hitter against Eastern Illinois (3/13), collecting a career-high 15 strikeouts and walked only three ... Picked up a win over Oklahoma State (3/6), pitching 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits, walking one and striking out two ... Pitched 7.0 innings in a win at USF (4/2), giving up one run on four hits, walking three and striking out four ... Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against Northwestern (La.) State (2/21), giving up two hits, walking one and striking out seven ... Followed that with another 7.0 shutout innings at Louisiana Tech (2/28), giving up four hits, walking three and striking out seven ... Pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run on three hits, walked six and struck out 10 at Saint Louis (4/9) ... Earned his sixth win against Memphis (4/16), giving up two runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out seven in 7.0 innings.
2003 (So.): Made 17 appearances and 13 starts ... Posted an 8-5 record with a 3.31 ERA, tied for the lowest among the starters, in 87 innings pitched ... Struck out 80, second most on the team and walked 35 ... Opponents only hit .192 against him ... Finished with four complete games and had two shutouts ... In Conference USA overall game statistics, he ranked No. 2 in opposing batting average, tied for sixth in wins and tied for 10th in Conference USA in ERA ... Named to the NCAA Hattiesburg Regional All-Tournament team after his outstanding complete-game shutout victory over Murray State ... He spread out six hits, walked one and struck out eight ... Since the first of April, Russum posted a 6-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in 53.1 innings pitched ... He struck out 43, walked 17 and held opponents to a .205 batting average ... Gave up one run on four hits, walked one and struck out one in seven innings in Southern Miss' 7-2 win over Houston in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament (5/22) ... Pitched two innings of relief at Houston, giving up one walk and striking out three, helping the Golden Eagles' clinch the regular-season championship (5/17) ... Collected 13 strikeouts against Mississippi Valley State (3/25), going the distance and recording a three-hit shutout with two walks ... Struck out 10 batters against Ole Miss (4/9), pitching a four-hit, two-run complete game with two walks ... Recorded nine strikeouts against Southeastern Louisiana (4/2), going the distance and pitching a three-hit one-run performance with three walks.
2002 (Fr.): Made 19 appearances, most on the team ... 2002 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American ... 2002 Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... Posted a 1-2 record with a 2.39 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched ... Finished with a team-high four saves, tying for No. 8 in Conference USA ... Struck out 31 batters and walked 19 ... Opponents hit .259 off of him ... Gave up two hits over three innings and struck out two, picking up the first save of his career against Louisiana-Monroe (2/22) ... Pitched 3.2 innings, giving up two walks and striking out four, earning his second save against Ole Miss (2/27) ... Earned his first collegiate win in the opening game of the series at UAB, pitching 1.1 innings and striking out two batters (4/26) ... Pitched two innings at Tulane, giving up one walk and striking out one in the third game of the series (5/18) ... Gave up one hit, one walk and struck out one in two innings at Southeastern Louisiana, earning his fourth save of the season (4/9) ... Season-high 5.0 innings at TCU (3/16).
Prep: Three-year letterwinner for Coach Larry Knight at Hattiesburg High School ... Posted a 9-3 record with a 1.45 ERA in 69 innings pitched as a senior ... Struck out 97 ... Two-time team Cy Young Award ... Recipient of the Tiger Award ... Two-time All-Division 8-5A ... Mississippi High School Activities Association All-Star game ... Named MVP of all-star game ... ESPN preseason All-American (2001) ... Finished with an 8-3 record with 1.45 ERA as a junior ... Contributed to Hattiesburg High's district and South-State championships as a senior and the state championship as a sophomore ... Three-time letterwinner in football and two-time letterwinner in soccer ... Third-team all-state in soccer.
Personal: Son of Larry and Kathryn Russum ... Majoring in finance with an emphasis in real estate ... Enjoys hunting and fishing ... Born May 16, 1983.
Russum's Career Statistics
Year ERA W-L G-GS CG SV IP H R ER BB SO
2004 (Jr.) 3.93 6-4 0 13-13 1-1 71.0 58 36 31 37 67
2003 (So.) 3.31 8-5 0 17-13 2-0 87.0 60 35 32 35 80
2002 (Fr.) 2.39 1-2 4 19-0 0-1 37.2 36 11 10 19 31
Totals 3.37 15-11 4 49-26 3-2 195.2 154 82 73 91 178