Talented member of Army's deep pitching staff ... rangy right-hander with excellent movement on pitches ... delivers ball from three-quarter arm slot ... release point allows for substantial run on fastball ... possesses sweeping breaking ball and above-average changeup ... former "walk-on" who opened eyes with impressive rookie campaign ... followed that up with solid sophomore showing ... blossomed into one of East's most dominant relievers last spring ... gritty competitor ... fields position well ... fills valuable bullpen role for head coach Joe Sottolano ... capable of shouldering significant workload ... flourished in role as Black Knights' top setup man as a junior ... serves as dominant bridge to closer Milan Dinga ... consistently clocked at mid-to-upper-80s on radar gun ... capable of shutting down middle of opponent's batting order ... "rubber-armed" hurler who thrives with heavy usage ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Set or tied five team and Patriot League individual records ... set new single season Army records for appearances (28) and relief appearances (28) ... established Patriot League record for single season relief showings ... entered NCAA Regionals with school-record streak of 11 consecutive scoreless outings intact ... earned first All-Patriot League certificate last spring ... boasts standout 2.55 career earned run average.
2005: Second team All-Patriot League selection ... blossomed into one of Patriot League's premier relievers ... served in all-important set-up role throughout season ... fashioned one of finest seasons by a relief pitcher in Army history ... posted mind-boggling numbers ... authored 1-1 record with two saves and microscopic 0.88 earned run average ... limited opponents to .205 batting average ... struck out 22 and walked only five ... strikeout-walk ratio approached 5:1 ... yielded only 23 hits and three earned runs in 30.2 innings ... led squad with school-record 28 appearances ... ranked seventh among team leaders in innings pitched (30.2) ... stranded 14 of 20 inherited runners (.700) ... permitted just six extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple) ... carried school-record string of 11 consecutive scoreless appearances into Black Knights' showing at NCAA Regionals ... streak covered 11.0 innings before ending against South Alabama at NCAA Regionals ... appeared in more than half of Army's contests ... established new school mark for relief appearances (28) ... unscored upon in 21 of final 24 outings ... set school record with 10 straight scoreless showings earlier in season ... surpassed that figure later in season ... saw early 10.2-inning shutout streak snapped when he allowed two runs against Bucknell in mid-April ... followed that stretch with even longer scoreless streak ... scored upon just twice over final three months of season ... fired two shutout innings to notch win against Navy ... spotless effort helped Army complete first four-game sweep of arch-rival Mids ... registered saves against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Lafayette ... played large role in bullpen's 28.2 consecutive innings midyear scoreless stretch ... saw action in two of Army's three contests at NCAA Regionals.
2004: Appeared in eight contests out of Black Knights' bullpen ... posted 1-0 record with 5.23 earned run average ... allowed 16 hits across 10.1 innings of work ... mound work limited to non-league action ... tossed 1.1 innings of hitless relief to register lone victory of season in home defeat of St. Francis (N.Y.) ... fired one inning of shutout ball in late-game outing against nationally ranked LSU during Army's NCAA Regional appearance ... struck out two and allowed one hit in that solid mound effort ... registered effective stints against Texas-San Antonio and Sacred Heart as well.
2003: Shouldered heavy workload out of Army's bullpen during rookie season ... ranked second on club with 17 appearances ... that figure listed second only to teammate Dan Pluff among Patriot League leaders ... all showings came in relief ... logged 19.0 innings ... did not record a decision ... allowed 24 base hits and only eight earned runs ... posted solid 3.79 earned run average ... struck out eight and walked eight ... recorded 4.76 ERA across 5.2 innings of Patriot League work ... registered only three stints at least 1.2 innings in length ... burst on collegiate scene ... unscored upon in 10 of first 12 appearances ... recorded stingy 1.29 earned run average during that season-opening stretch ... dominant period spanned 14.0 innings ... did not allow a run in 12 of 17 outings overall ... combined with teammates Andrew Fortune and Jason Mulligan on 9-0 non-league shutout of Pace ... fired one scoreless inning of relief in that outing.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Jim Finn at The Hill School ... two-time letterwinner ... split time between pitching mound and outfield ... attended Redwood High in California before heading east.
PERSONAL: Given name is Monte Cutrer Porth Jones ... born Jan. 2, 1984, in Oakland, Calif. ... mother's name is Susan Porth ... father's name is Brice Jones ... mother, Susan, currently attending Law school ... father, Brice, graduated from U.S. Air Force Academy in 1963 ... Monte remains third generation West Pointer ... grandfather, William Wesley Jones, graduated from West Point in 1936 ... great-grandfather, Emile Victor Cutrer, also USMA graduate (Class of 1919) ... hobbies include surfing, skiing and playing golf ... played baseball in Hawaii collegiate summer league last July ... majoring in Engineering Management.