The former draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, Rollins has evolved from starter to the team's top candidate at closer... Was the team's mid-week starter early last season before moving into the set-up role... Has big shoes to fill with the graduation loss of all-conference closer Franco Pezely and the season-ending injury to honorable mention all-league closer Mitch Walter... Arm is showing signs of bouncing back from surgery... A lot stronger than a year ago.
during fall drills
Made one appearance from the hill for the victorious White Sox during the Fall Ball World Series... Posted a 0-0 record and 4.50 ERA in two innings pitched, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk.
as a sophomore (2002)
Evolved from mid-week starter to the set-up role by the end of the season... Made 12 appearances during the season, including four starts... Compiled a perfect 2-0 record and 7.51 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched with 28 strikeouts and just eight walks... His walk total ranked first on the team among pitchers with more than 30 innings pitched... Collected a 1-0 record and a 10.57 ERA in Big 12 play in five appearances with nine strikeouts and three walks... Made his first career start against Saint Francis on Feb. 23, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work... Picked up his first career win against Western Illinois on March 12, scattering three hits over five innings with a career-high six strikeouts and one walk... Allowed three earned runs (seven total) on 10 hits in a season-long six innings of work against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on March 18 with a career-tying six strikeouts and one walk... Made his first Big 12 appearance against No. 20 Oklahoma State on March 22, allowing six runs (all earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 3.2 innings of relief... Pitched 5.2 inning against C.W. Post on March 27, allowing five runs (all earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks... Did not allow a hit in one inning of relief against Creighton on April 24... Collected his first Big 12 win on April 26 against No. 15 Baylor, allowing just one run (earned) on seven hits in four innings of relief... Struck out five in 3.2 innings at Oklahoma on May 3, allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits with one walk... Allowed four runs (all earned) on three hits in 2.1 innings against Kansas on May 18 with two strikeouts and one walk.
as a freshman (2001)
Opted for a redshirt year to rehabilitate his arm after surgery during fall.
at latta high school
A four-year starter and letterman as a pitcher, infielder, outfielder and designated hitter at Latta High School in Ada, Okla. ... Selected with the 962nd overall pick in the 32nd round by the Boston Red Sox... Played on the Oklahoma Junior Sunbelt team in the summer of 2000 that won the AAU National Championship... Named to the National AAU 17-and-under All-Tournament team... Drove in the lone run in Latta's 11-1 run-rule loss to Dale in the 2000 Class 2A State Final with an RBI-single in the bottom of the third inning... Selected to the Daily Oklahoman's All-State team as a senior... Finished the season with a 9-0 record and a 1.26 ERA in 2000 with 98 strikeouts in 57 innings of work... Helped Latta to a 33-5 overall record and the Class 2A State Championship as a junior... Picked up his ninth win in nine decisions in the title game with six innings of work in the 5-4 win over Dale... Posted a 0.62 ERA with 97 strikeouts as a junior en route to impressive 9-0 mark as a starting pitcher... Just as impressive from the plate, as he tallied a .390 batting average with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs... Earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Daily Oklahoman as a sophomore after posting a 10-1 record from the mound... Also collected a .375 batting average with nine home runs and 57 RBIs... Also lettered two years in basketball... Coached in baseball by Eddie Collins.
(Full name: Eric Rollins) was born Oct. 27, 1981, in Ada, Okla. ... He is the son of Gary and Melissa Rollins... One of two children, Eric has a younger sister, Stephanie (17)... Lists his greatest sports thrill as when he struck out the side on just nine pitches in the state high school semifinals as a senior... Twice named Who's Who Among American High School Students... Is planning a major in social science.