Hard-throwing right-hander with impressive physical build ... boasts tremendous natural ability ... filled valuable role on Army staff since arrival as a freshman ... features hard-boring fastball and knee-buckling slider that neutralizes right-handed batters ... repertoire includes deceptive changeup ... pitches consistently in mid-to-upper-80s ... three-quarter arm slot allows for darting action on fastball ... fiery competitor ... locates well ... thrives in pressure situations ... pounds strike zone with fastball and breaking ball ... possesses proper mental makeup to close games ... filled that role most of freshman season ... served as setup man to closer Milan Dinga much of last two seasons ... capable of spelling Dinga in closer's role whenever necessary ... features one of top arms in conference ... boasts ability to dominate batters ... unhittable at times ... valuable commodity out of Black Knights' bullpen ... harbors excellent command of strike zone ... combines with Monte Jones to form highly effective bridge to Dinga ... "shutdown" reliever with ability to register key strikeout ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Stands second on Army's career appearances list (62) ... enters senior campaign one outing shy of existing mark ... all but one appearance has been out of Army bullpen ... also ranks second in career relief appearances (61) ... one bullpen appearance short of Academy standard in that category as well ... stands fourth on Army's all-time saves list (8) ... features career strikeout-walk ratio nearing 5:1 (70-15) ... owns solid 3.82 career earned run average.
2005: Notched 22 game appearances, all in relief ... posted 2-0 record with two saves and tiny 1.33 earned run average ... impressive ERA ranked third among team's relievers ... yielded 27 hits in 20.1 innings ... permitted just three earned runs ... fashioned incredible 22-2 strikeout-walk margin for flashy 11:1 ratio ... did not allow a run in six Patriot League appearances ... yielded five hits in 6.1 innings of conference work ... limited league foes to .227 batting average ... fanned seven and walked only one ... did not allow a run in 18 of 22 outings overall ... strung together eight consecutive scoreless performances late in year ... unscored upon in 12 of final 13 outings ... played large role in bullpen's record-setting 28.2 consecutive innings midyear scoreless stretch ... fired 2.1 shutout innings during Patriot League road defeat of Lafayette ... permitted just one hit and struck out four to earn first win of season ... notched other victory with one scoreless inning of relief against Connecticut ... posted saves in Army wins over Duke and South Florida ... stranded 11 of 20 inherited runners (.550) ... fanned at least one batter in 14 of 22 performances ... did not allow an earned run in any of final 13 outings ... permitted earned runs in only two showings all season ... touched for an earned run just once in last 21 appearances ... registered scoreless performances against both South Alabama and Auburn in NCAA Regionals.
2004: Posted 1-0 record with three saves and 6.23 earned run average out of Army bullpen ... registered 20 appearances, all in relief ... allowed 19 base hits over 17.1 innings of work ... struck out 20 and walked only five for gaudy 4:1 strikeout-walk ratio ... stranded 16 of 19 runners inherited for flashy 84.2 percent success rate ... stranded first 13 runners inherited ... held opponents to .216 batting average with runners on base ... appeared in four Patriot League contests ... allowed just one hit and no runs over 2.2 innings of conference work ... recorded one save in Patriot play ... limited conference opponents to microscopic .111 batting average ... registered saves against UMBC, New York Tech and Holy Cross ... notched relief victory against Hudson Valley rival Marist ... entered Holy Cross game with bases loaded and two outs in bottom of seventh with Army leading 6-2 ... fanned only batter he faced to preserve victory ... picked up pair of clutch late-inning outs to aid 4-3 road defeat of arch-rival Navy ... saw action against both LSU and College of Charleston during Black Knights' trip to NCAA Regionals.
2003: Second team All-Patriot League selection ... burst upon Army scene with impressive rookie showing ... assumed Black Knights' closer duties at season's outset ... maintained role throughout year ... posted 2-2 record with 4.18 earned run average ... added team-leading three saves ... ranked tied for third among Patriot League leaders in saves ... allowed 31 hits over 23.2 innings of work ... led all Patriot League hurlers with 20 appearances ... all but one of those showings came in relief ... struck out 28 and walked only eight for flashy 3.5:1 strikeout-walk ratio ... dominated conference batters ... registered 2-0 record with two saves in Patriot play ... fashioned microscopic 0.75 ERA in seven league showings ... fanned 16 and walked just two across 12.0 innings of conference work ... limited Patriot opponents to stingy .209 batting average ... unscored upon in seven straight appearances during one midseason stretch ... failed to allow an earned run in 13 of 20 showings ... fired 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn first collegiate victory in Patriot League defeat of Lafayette ... worked out of bases-loaded, one-out jam ... recorded three of five outs by strikeout ... authored similar performance against Leopards the following day ... notched second career save in that showing by escaping another bases-loaded, one-out crisis ... named Patriot League "Rookie of the Week" for those efforts ... tossed two innings of perfect relief to notch conference victory at Bucknell ... fanned three in that outing ... also credited with saves in Army defeats of Holy Cross and Niagara ... helped squad to dramatic 15-inning, 5-4 win over Holy Cross with 4.2 innings of shutout relief ... did not factor into decision ... struck out four and walked one in longest stint of season ... honored with second league rookie of the week citation following dates against Crusaders ... combined with teammates Wade Greenlee and Monte Jones on 5-0 shutout of Quinnipiac ... hurled one scoreless inning to aid blanking ... first Army freshman to earn all-league honors of any kind since Lance Boyce in 1990.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Judd Sather at North St. Paul High ... three-time letterwinner ... two-time all-conference performer ... team MVP final two years as well ... all-region performer ... all-state choice ... academic all-state selection ... helped team to state runnerup honors as a senior ... served as team captain final two years ... lettered twice in soccer as starting goaltender.
PERSONAL: Given name is Daniel Joseph Pluff ... born June 10, 1984, in St. Paul, Minn. ... parents' names are Lynn and Jeff Pluff ... qualified at Expert level with M-16 rifle ... works with young children at chapel during offseason ... toiled as a butcher during high school years ... majoring in Economics.