Rich DeMarco catches up with the senior first basemen and relief pitcher following his strong performance last week.
MISCELLANEOUS: High-end talent ... dual-position standout who excels both at the plate and on the mound ... impressive physical specimen ... versatile athlete capable of handling several different defensive positions ... impact corner infielder ... exploded on Army scene with highly productive freshman season ... followed debut campaign with even better sophomore showing ... enjoyed stellar junior season as well ... missed majority of last year due to injury ... returns this season after being granted a waiver from the NCAA ... will see time at both first base and third base this year ... doubles as Black Knights' shutdown closer out of bullpen ... intimidating right-hander ... recognized as one of nation's top relievers ... landed host of national preseason recognitions off mound heading into last season ... named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list prior to this season ... possesses appropriate makeup to handle late-game bullpen role ... fierce competitiveness fuels closer's mentality ... thrives under pressure ... fastball touches mid-90s ... features devastating split-finger fastball ... boasts tremendous physical strength at plate ... features legitimate home run power ... hits for high average as well ... accomplished run producer ... doubles machine ... has assumed prominent spot in middle of head coach Joe Sottolano's batting order since outset of rookie season ... one of Patriot League's most feared offensive weapons ... possesses quick reflexes and strong throwing arm ... outstanding defensive performer as well ... capable of handling either infield corner spot ... drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 50th round of last year's Major League Baseball Draft ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Owns three All-Patriot League certificates ... boasts two first-team citings and one second-team recognition ... garnered first team all-conference laurels at first base as a sophomore after earning second-team honors at position as a freshman ... named to All-Patriot League First Team as a relief pitcher as a junior ... also garnered American Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-Region honors on mound as a junior ... featured in Sports Illustrated magazine's "Faces in the Crowd" section midway through sophomore season (April 27, 2009) following torrid week of action ... earned Patriot League Player of Week and Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors on strength of that performance ... selected to National All-Star Lineup as well ... added pair of Patriot League Player of the Week certificates as a junior ... tabbed the conference's Pitcher of the Week once last spring ... named to Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team as chosen by Collegiate Baseball magazine ... set single season school records for doubles (19) and multiple-RBI games (18) during rookie season ... multi-RBI standard has since been surpassed ... established Army freshman records for doubles, runs batted in (50) and multiple-RBI games ... holds down third and 13th spots on Academy's single season base hits list (79 in 2009, 64 in 2008) ... also ranks fifth and ninth on Army's single season RBI chart (50 in 2008, 44 in 2009), and seventh and 15th in total bases (107 in 2009, 92 in 2008) ... stands tied for 10th in home runs (8 in 2010) ... enters season on host of Army's career top 10 lists ... ranks tied for fourth in runs batted in (138), fifth in base hits (208), seventh in home runs (19), eighth in batting average (.348) and 10th in doubles (39) ... remains in striking distance of existing marks in all those categories ... needs 50 base hits to become Black Knights' all-time leader ... 16 home runs and 47 RBI shy of existing school marks in those respective categories ... owns 63 career multiple-hit showings ... registered 39 career multi-RBI outings ... also stands second on Army's career saves list with 22 ... second on all-time Patriot League list in that category as well ... enters final year five saves shy of Black Knights' career standard ... established single season school saves record as a junior with 13 ... set single season Patriot League mark in process ... already held fifth place on list (7 in 2009) ... established school standard for consecutive saves as a junior (13) ... streak remains at 14 straight entering final campaign ... twice cited as a "Top Player to Watch" in Patriot League by Collegiate Baseball magazine ... named to preseason watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award each of the last three years ... named to midseason watch list for same award as a junior ... earned preseason All-America citations from the NCBWA (second team), Louisville Slugger (third team) and College Baseball Lineup (third team) as well heading into senior year ... successfully converted 22 of 25 career save opportunities, including 14 consecutively, entering final campaign ... was unanimously named the Patriot League's top closer by conference coaches in a preseason poll conducted by collegebaseballinsider.com heading into last season.
2011: Started the first 12 games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury against Ohio State ... batted .306 with two home runs, three doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored in limited duty ... went 4-for-5 at Davidson ... belted a home run and a double, while scoring three times in that contest ... also recorded multi-hit games versus Georgetown, Maryland and Ohio State ... was 2-for-3 against the Hoyas ... went 2-for-7 with a double versus the Terrapins ... finished 3-for-5 with a home run and a season-high four RBI against the Buckeyes ... converted lone save chance of the season in Army's first win of the year ... worked the final 0.2 innings against Davidson to earn his 14th straight save and 22nd of his career ... performance earned him Patriot League Pitcher of the Week honors ... also appeared in relief versus Georgetown and Ohio State ... struck out a season-high four batters against the Buckeyes ... fanned the side in the ninth inning to preserve a 14-9 Army victory over OSU ... injury suffered in that that game derailed his season.
2010: First team All Patriot League selection as a relief pitcher ... garnered American Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-Region honors on mound as well ... authored solid season as Army's starting first baseman as well ... appeared in 44 games ... drew 42 starts ... spent time at third base early in season to fill void following injury to starter Steve May ... batted .331 with nine doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 34 runs scored, and 36 runs batted in ... piled up 50 base hits and 85 total bases ... posted .563 slugging percentage and .410 on-base mark ... led team in home runs, RBI, total bases and two-out RBI (16) ... ranked second in slugging percentage, hits and runs scored ... listed third in doubles, fourth in walks and fifth in on-base percentage ... topped squad with 15 multiple-hit games ... drove in at lease two runs on eight occasions ... slapped three hits five times ... added two multi-home run affairs ... ranked 18th among Patriot League batting leaders ... listed sixth among conference leaders in home runs and 10th in slugging percentage ... began season on tear ... batted .500 (7-14) with three home runs, three runs scored and five RBI over season's first three contests ... paced win over Wake Forest by blasting pair of home runs in 3-for-4 effort at plate ... fired one shutout inning of relief to register first save in season's third game ... named Patriot League Player of the Week for those efforts ... blasted two home runs and knocked in four runs during late season road date at New York Tech ... marked third career multiple-home run contest and second of season ... registered three-hit performances against Dayton, Wake Forest and Bucknell (twice) ... garnered second conference player of the week citing of season and third of career following stellar home series versus Cornell ... batted .750 (6-8) in the series against Big Red ... finished with two doubles, one home run, two runs scored and four runs batted in ... posted a 1.375 slugging percentage and .750 on-base mark in the four games ... nearly perfect in the final three contests, going 6-for-7 with two doubles, one home run, two runs scored and four runs batted in ... went 3-for-3 to lead Army's 4-2 victory in the second game of the four-game series, then combined to go 3-for-4 with two doubles, one home run, two runs scored and four RBI to head the Black Knights' twinbill sweep of the Big Red the following day ... helped Army capture its seventh consecutive "star" over arch-rival Navy with solid effort at plate ... collected four hits and two runs scored during four-game set opposite Mids ... closed season on hot stretch ... batted .583 (7-12) with one double, one home run four runs scored and three runs batted in during Patriot League Tournament Semifinal Series against Bucknell ... fashioned arguably finest season ever by an Army reliever ... enjoyed dominant campaign as Black Knights' closer ... posted stingy 1.33 earned run average across 20.1 innings of work ... allowed 19 base hits ... struck out 26 and walked seven ... limited batters to .247 batting average ... established single season school and Patriot League records with 13 saves ... automatic in save situations ... successfully converted all 13 save opportunities ... set another school record with 13 straight saves ... will carry that active string into senior campaign ... ranked seventh nationally in saves ... unscored upon in 15 of 17 outings ... owns active 11.1-inning scoreless string ... shutout streak spanned season's final 10 appearances ... perfect in seven save tries versus Patriot League opponents ... posted 1.42 ERA in 10 conference mound outings ... allowed 12 hits in 12.2 innings pitched ... fanned 20 and walked only four ... registered saves against Wake Forest, UNC Greensboro, Long Island, Navy, Iona, Marist and Lafayette ... earned two saves versus Holy Cross, Lehigh and Bucknell.
2009: First team All-Patriot League selection at first base ... one of Patriot League's top closers as well ... followed up outstanding freshman season with even better sophomore showing ... threatened Army single season batting average standard throughout most of year before late-season slump dashed those hopes ... closed with sparkling .389 batting average ... registered eight doubles, one triple, six home runs, 45 runs scored and 44 runs batted in ... garnered 107 total bases ... posted .527 slugging percentage and .457 on-base mark ... started all 50 games in which he appeared ... finished with 79 base hits to rank third on Army's single-season list ... fell just two base hits shy of Academy standard ... posted eighth best single season RBI total in Academy history ... ranked 108th nationally in batting average ... collected 23 multiple-hit games and 12 multi-RBI affairs ... hit safely in 40 of 50 contests ... listed second among team leaders in batting average and base hits, third in on-base percentage, runs batted in and total bases, fourth in slugging percentage and runs scored and tied for fifth in home runs ... ranked among Patriot League leaders in base hits (second), runs scored (fifth), on-base percentage (fifth), total bases (sixth) and RBI (seventh) ... seasonal average dropped 40 percentage points due to late-season slump ... challenged for Patriot League batting crown prior to late-season skid ... punished left-handed pitching to tune of .542 batting average ... fourth on club with 18 two-out RBI ... hit .411 in 14 Patriot League contests ... added two doubles, four home runs, 16 runs scored and 16 RBI ... authored .661 slugging percentage in Patriot League play and .460 on-base mark ... authored season-long 10-game hitting streak ... garnered at least three base hits on team-high 12 occasions ... registered four hits in four games ... figure also led club ... missed four games early in season due to injury ... returned to lineup with vengeance ... went 13-for-16 over next four games for sizzling .813 batting average ... scored eight runs and registered six runs batted in during blazing stretch ... posted .789 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage ... went 6-for-7 (.857) with four runs scored and three runs batted in to lead doubleheader sweep of arch-rival Navy during torrid span ... launched tape-measure 500-foot home run versus Mids ... shot landed on top of six-story Cullum Hall that sits behind left-field fence at Doubleday Field ... earned host of national plaudits on strength of that stretch ... featured in Sports Illustrated magazine's "Faces in the Crowd" section ... named to National All-Star lineup as well ... earned Patriot League Player of Week and Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week laurels ... wrapped Navy series with another sterling performance ... went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in to lead Black Knights to sixth straight series victory over Mids ... pounded two more home runs in that outing ... finished series with three round-trippers ... went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI to aid road defeat of Lafayette ... homered in that performance ... added four hits in wins over USC-Upstate, Sacred Heart and Iona ... entered Austin Regional mired in worst slump of season ... rebounded to bat .278 with one double, one triple, four runs scored and two runs batted during four-game set in Austin ... hit just .188 in four previous outings ... went 2-for-5 with one triple, one run scored and one run batted in against Texas in Austin Regional Final ... collected two hits in four plate appearances in elimination game versus Boston College hours earlier to help Black Knights advance to first regional final ... carried .426 batting average into Patriot League Championship Series ... that figure stood within four percentage points of Tom Cascino's single season school record batting average of .430 established in 1986 ... enjoyed outstanding season in first turn as Army's closer as well ... led Patriot League with seven saves ... that figure stands fifth on Army's single-season chart ... ranked 76th nationally in that category ... received mound duty in 23 contests ... figure listed tied for second among league leaders ... did not factor in single decision ... posted 4.57 earned run average ... allowed 17 base hits in 21.2 innings of work ... struck out 17 and walked 17 ... permitted just four extra-base hits ... scored upon in only four of 23 appearances ... worked off mound in three of four games at Austin Regional ... limited opponents to a lowly .215 batting average overall ... pitched to stingy 1.24 seasonal earned run average when discounting subpar performances against nationally ranked squads Illinois and Texas ... plagued by control problems in both outings ... authored streak of nine consecutive scoreless appearances before season-ending showing against Texas in Austin Regional ... did not allow an earned run in 12 of 13 performances entering that contest ... marked third mound showing within 30-hour period ... closed out three of Army's four Patriot League Tournament wins, including both victories over Lafayette in Patriot League Championship Series ... also closed out all three wins over Navy ... tossed scoreless frames against Texas State and Boston College to register saves in both of Black Knights' wins at Austin Regional ... recorded other saves opposite Sacred Heart, Northern Iowa, Navy, Lafayette and New York Tech ... combined with teammate Ben Koenigsfeld to shut out Northern Iowa ... fired two shutout innings against Panthers to secure quality victory during trip to Florida ... recorded final out of Army's 10-3 defeat of Marist in WPDH Hudson Valley Baseball Classic.
2008: Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America choice as selected by Collegiate Baseball magazine ... second team All-Patriot League choice at first base ... one of three Army freshmen to land all-league status ... served as Black Knights' starting first baseman throughout debut season in Black, Gold and Gray ... started 48 of 49 games in which he saw action ... batted .328 with school-record 19 doubles, three home runs, 33 runs scored and 50 runs batted in ... also set single season school record for multiple-RBI games (18) ... established Army freshman records for doubles, runs batted in and multiple-RBI games ... runs batted in total ranked third on Black Knights' single-season chart ... base hits figure (64) ranked ninth on single season school list ... run batted in total stood third on Army's single-season chart ... base hits aggregate ranked tied for ninth ... only second freshman in Army history to lead team in runs batted in ... first to accomplish feat in 25 years ... registered .472 slugging percentage and .368 on-base figure while working out of Black Knights' cleanup spot ... piled up 21 multiple-hit showings to rank second among team leaders ... total fell just one shy of earning share of team lead in that category ... also listed second among team leaders in base hits and two-out RBI (17), third in total bases (92), fourth in batting average and slugging percentage and tied for fifth in home runs ... total bases figure ranked 11th on Army's single-season chart ... successfully scored runner from third base with less than two outs on 17 of 23 opportunities (.739) ... number of runners scored from third base in those situations led team ... collected at least three base hits on four occasions ... drove in at least three runs seven times ... added five stolen bases in seven tries ... batted safely in 35 of the 49 contests in which he played ... hit .356 with runners in scoring position ... posted .365 batting average during 20 Patriot League tilts ... batted .351 with runners in scoring position during conference action ... topped all Patriot League players in doubles, runs batted in and RBI per game (1.02) ... also ranked among conference leaders in total bases per game (sixth), total bases (seventh) batting average (eighth) and base hits (eighth) ... posted season-best five-hit showing to lead road defeat of Holy Cross ... went 5-for-6 with one double, one run scored and three RBI in that performance ... finished 4-for-6 with two doubles, one run scored and three runs batted during road victory over Columbia ... added 4-for-5 effort with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI at Liberty ... smashed home runs in both ends of doubleheader against Dartmouth during Black Knights' spring trip to Florida ... garnered other longball during Patriot League win over Lehigh ... experienced good deal of success as relief pitcher as well ... finished 1-1 with one save and deceiving 5.25 earned run average ... injury to index finger on pitching hand limited effectiveness during midseason stretch ... allowed 11 base hits in 12.0 innings of work that spanned 12 appearances ... struck out 10 and walked nine ... limited opponents to stingy .229 batting average ... did not allow earned run during six of first eight mound showings ... registered first collegiate save with dominant shutdown inning against Manhattan ... closed out non-league defeat of Jaspers by striking out all four batters he faced in ninth inning (one batter reached when third strike eluded catcher) ... went 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI at plate to aid that victory ... recorded at least one strikeout during seven of 12 outings on mound ... featured sparkling 1-0 record with one save and 2.00 ERA following first eight appearances ... yielded only two earned runs during that span ... notched initial collegiate win against Bucknell during lone Patriot League performance of season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Sam Guy at Britt High ... split time between third base and pitcher's mound ... all-state selection as a senior ... three time all-conference selection ... earned pair of all-region citations ... region player of the year during final campaign ... earned four varsity letters ... served as team captain as a senior.
PERSONAL: Given name is Kevin Cole McKague ... born Dec. 24, 1988, in Berlin, Germany ... parents' names are Melanie and Robert McKague ... both parents served in U.S. Army ... lists golf and ping pong among his hobbies ... majoring in Management.