WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008
Neal Frontz earns save in homecoming
It had been over three years since taking the mound in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. but former JU pitcher Neal Frontz made the best of his first appearance since then by earning a save for the Montgomery Biscuits against the Jacksonville Suns.
Frontz, who played for JU in 2005 after transferring from Florida Junior College, hurled two innings of perfect relief with three strikeouts to earn his fifth save and preserve a 9-6 win for the Biscuits (an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) on Aug. 13 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Since he was called up from the Single-A Vero Beach Devil Rays on July 20, Frontz has a 2.31 ERA with nine strikeouts in 11.2 innings as the squad’s closer. Prior to being summoned by the Biscuits, had a 1.38 ERA and 19 saves while striking out 41 batters and allowing opponents to bat only .192 in 52 innings.
Drafted by the Rays in the 24th round of the 2005 MLB Draft, Frontz finished 6-6 with a 4.74 ERA in 14 starts with JU and led the squad with 89.1 innings pitched, 54 strikeouts and tallied the squad's lone complete game in 2005. He became the first Dolphin pitcher to earn Atlantic Sun Conference “Pitcher of the Week” honors twice in one season.