Reliable "lynchpin" of Black Knights' pitching staff ... key member of Army's talented stable of hurlers ... boasts fiery nature and excellent command ... fastball touches upper-80s ... features sharp-breaking curveball and nasty change of pace ... possesses ability to throw both pitches for strikes ... fierce competitor with "bulldog" mentality ... plays game with great deal of passion ... respected team leader on and off playing field ... assumed regular turn in Army's Patriot League pitching rotation upon entering Academy ... held role each of past three seasons ... tabbed as Army's No. 2 starter for second straight year this spring ... not afraid to pitch inside ... adept at working corners ... one of top right-handers in Patriot League ... pitched in terrible luck throughout sophomore season ... bounced back with tremendous junior campaign ... "big-game" hurler with excellent mound presence ... combines with teammate Nick Hill to form one of top pitching tandems in country ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Boasts impressive 3.21 career earned run average ... sports 13-11 career record ... ranks tied for 13th on Army's all-time victories list and 15th in career ERA ... one victory shy of cracking school's career top 10 list ... career strikeout-walk ratio stands at flashy 2.5-1 (125-50) ... registered 10 career complete games ... logged 182.2 innings over West Point career to stand 11th on school's all-time chart ... ranked 18th on Army's career winning percentage list (.542) ... also stands ninth in strikeouts (125) ... ranked 47th nationally in ERA last spring ... listed by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America as one of Patriot League's "Top Players to Watch" this spring.
2004: First team All-Patriot League selection ... posted 7-3 record and impressive 2.57 earned run average ... closed season as conference ERA leader ... held down second spot in Army's pitching rotation throughout season ... struck out 48 and walked 22 across 77.0 innings of work ... registered three complete games and one shutout ... allowed 85 hits ... appeared in 13 contests ... drew starting assignments in all those showings ... ranked second on team in complete games (3), innings pitched and strikeouts ... stood second among conference leaders in wins, eighth in strikeouts, tied for fourth in shutouts, third in innings pitched, tied for first in starts and tied for sixth in complete games ... posted perfect 5-0 record with 2.45 ERA in Patriot League play ... first Black Knight to register victories against all five conference foes ... allowed 30 hits in 29.1 innings of Patriot League work ... limited league opponents to .268 batting average ... fanned 23 and walked 11 against conference opposition ... overall victory total ranks tied for fourth on Army's single-season chart ... fired tidy four-hit shutout against eventual Patriot League runner-up Lafayette during key regular season 1-0 victory ... struck out two and did not walk a single batter in that showing ... teams locked in scoreless battle before Army finally broke through with game's only run in bottom of sixth ... retired 11 of final 12 batters he faced ... allowed just two Lafayette base runners to advance into scoring position all game and none after the fourth inning ... blanked Leopards over seven innings during Army's conference championship-clinching victory in Game Two of Patriot League Championship Series ... yielded just four hits, while fanning one and walking one before giving way to allow members of Army bullpen much-needed work ... fashioned impressive outing against arch-rival Navy in Annapolis ... allowed eight hits and two earned runs in critical 15-2 victory that allowed Army to claim "star" against its arch rival ... registered career-high 11 strikeouts and walked only one in clutch performance ... permitted just one run and six hits over 5.1 innings of road win against Holy Cross ... suffered hard-luck loss in season debut versus powerful Texas-San Antonio ... yielded only four hits and one earned run over six innings of setback ... limited UMBC to six hits and one run during following outing ... career-best six-game winning streak snapped with season-ending 2-1 loss to College of Charleston in NCAA Regional showing ... allowed just four hits and two unearned runs over 5.1 innings of hard-luck loss ... closed year ranked 47th nationally in earned run average.
2003: Posted deceiving 1-6 record with team-best 2.91 earned run average ... threw much better than record would attest ... improved pitching numbers across board over freshman season despite sub-standard ledger ... topped team with 58.2 innings pitched ... allowed 55 base hits and 19 earned runs ... tied for team lead with 44 strikeouts ... walked only 15 batters ... limited opponents to .248 batting average ... drew 12 starting assignments ... notched four complete games ... limited right-handers to .243 batting average ... ranked among Patriot League leaders in ERA (6th), innings pitched (4th), strikeouts (T6th), complete games (T3rd) and opponent batting average (4th) ... winless in four Patriot League decisions ... recorded impressive 1.85 ERA over 34.0 innings of conference action ... yielded only 29 hits ... fanned 18 and walked just eight ... held conference opponents to .234 batting average ... completed four of five league starts ... allowed two earned runs or less in 6 of 12 starts overall ... three of those efforts came during Patriot League play ... permitted only three hits and two unearned runs over 7.0 innings against arch-rival Navy ... tagged with tough-luck 2-0 loss in that performance ... retired 17 of first 18 Mids he faced ... entered seventh inning of that contest locked in scoreless pitchers' duel ... nicked for pair of unearned runs in seventh ... struck out three and did not walk a single batter ... allowed four hits and two runs following week in similar 2-0 loss at Lehigh ... scattered four hits and allowed one earned run in tough 2-1 road setback against Bucknell ... yielded just one earned run over 7.0 innings of home loss to Holy Cross ... received total of only six runs of offensive support across 34.0 innings of Patriot League play ... registered lone victory during season-ending defeat of Siena ... allowed six hits and four runs in six-inning stint versus Saints ... struck out nine and walked only one.
2002: Burst on Army scene during impressive rookie campaign ... posted team-best 5-2 record with 4.60 earned run average ... allowed 56 hits in 47.0 innings of work ... recorded solid 33-13 strikeout-walk ratio ... ranked 12th among Patriot League strikeout leaders ... conference's top strikeout pitcher in league play ... appeared in 10 contests overall ... drew seven starting assignments ... registered three complete games ... ranked 13th among Patriot League ERA leaders ... finished 3-1 with 4.25 ERA in five Patriot League appearances ... led league with 25 strikeouts, while walking only six, in conference action ... worked out of bullpen against Hofstra and Wright State during first two collegiate outings ... battled nationally ranked Florida in collegiate starting debut ... put forth respectable effort in loss to powerful Gators ... remained in starting rotation, thereafter ... other loss came against Lafayette ... registered 5-0 record with sparkling 2.15 earned run average when discounting those two performances ... allowed just 23 hits in 37.2 innings of work in other eight contests ... touched for just three hits and one earned run during complete-game defeat of Lehigh ... struck out five and walked one in home victory ... allowed three runs and seven hits during complete-game defeat of Navy one week earlier ... struck out nine and walked three in hurling Black Knights to win ... fired four-hit shutout in road triumph over Holy Cross down stretch ... struck out two and did not walk a single batter in "must-win" situation for Black Knights ... retired 11 of final 13 batters he faced ... permitted just two Crusader runners in scoring position all game ... did not allow single runner past first base following third inning of season-best effort ... continued dominance down stretch against Pace next time out ... tossed 6.0 innings of shutout ball to earn non-league victory in final appearance of season ... allowed just six hits while fanning two and walking one to pick up fifth win of year ... touched for only two earned runs and 13 hits over final three starts ... struck out 10 and walked just one during season-ending 18.2-inning span ... did not allow a run across final 13.0 innings on mound ... earned Patriot League "Rookie of the Week" honors during each of season's final two voting periods ... registered other win opposite Hofstra.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for his father, Jeffrey Kashner, at Pleasant Valley High ... earned three varsity letters in both baseball and football ... split field duty between pitching mound and third base on diamond ... all-state placekicker in football ... also saw time at linebacker ... helped squad to consecutive conference championships ... served as team captain in baseball as a senior.
PERSONAL: Given name is Justin Charles Kashner ... born May 3, 1983, in East Stroudsburg, Pa. ... parents' names are Patricia and Jeffrey Kashner ... majoring in Studies in Leadership and Management.