Pirates continue big hitting in earning a sweep of the Tigers in season's first Conference USA series.
2006: Appeared in 15 games coming out of the bullpen ... Made lone start of the season against Coastal Carolina (5/16) ... Posted a 1-1 record with a 5.25 earned run average ... Worked 24.0 innings, allowing 37 hits and 17 runs while fanning 20 and walking seven ... Made collegiate debut in the season opener against Maryland (2/10) throwing two innings of no-hit ball ... Did not allow an earned run in first three games pitched ... Longest outing of the season came against Albany (4/15) where he scattered four hits over 6 1/3 innings for his first collegiate win ... Also established a career-high with nine strikeouts against Albany ... Suffered first collegiate loss in relief appearance against instate rival N.C. State (3/29) in the bottom of the ninth ... Combined on one shutout against College of Charleston (2/17) ... Pitched two or more innings four times (2.0 vs. Maryland; 2.1 vs. Duke; 3.2 vs. Houston and 6.1 vs. Albany) ... Struck out at least two or more batters on five occasions ... In non-conference games posted a 1-1 record with a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings ... Enjoyed greater success playing at Clark-LeClair Stadium with a 1-0 record and a 4.05 ERA in 20 innings pitched ... Best month of the season came in February (3.18 ERA in four games and 5.2 innings) ... Played summer ball in the Coastal Plain League for the Gastonia Grizzlies ... Posted a 0-3 record with a 4.88 ERA in seven appearances with one save ... In 24.0 innings, allowed 15 runs on 21 hits with 23 strikeouts and eight walks ... Opposing hitters batted .223 against him ... High School: A two-time all-state performer (2004-05) at Wakefield High School ... Received three letters under coach Ronnie Peoples ... Earned Cap 6 All-Conference honors as a junior and senior ... As a senior, helped the Wolverines to a 28-4 record ... Posted a 1.06 ERA and struck out 85 batters, both school-records ... Was named team captain ... Named the Catfish Hunter Award recipient as Wake County's High School Player-of-the-Year in 2005 ... Selected to the Impact Baseball's Pitcher-of-the-Year Watch List as a senior ... Participated in the 2005 East/West All Star Game ... During his junior campaign posted an 8-2 record and a then school record 1.26 ERA while striking out 78 ... Was named Cap 6 Conference Player-of-the-Year, Wake County Hot Stove League Player-of-the- Year and team Pitcher-of-the-Year ... Member of the 2004 Region 3 State Games squad ... Participated in the East Coast Professional Showcase and the Impact Baseball's Underclassmen Showcase in Wilmington, N.C. ... Helped Wakefield to a 100-18 record during his four-year tenure while posting a 22-5 overall record on the mound ... Led his team to the Bobby Murray Tournament title and was a member of the Blue-Grey Classic championship squad ... Earned Academic All-Conference honors all four years at Wakefield ... Personal: Full name is Josh Thomas Dowdy ... Nickname: "JD" ... Born January 18, 1987 in West Palm Beach, Fla. ... Son of Mark and Toni Dowdy ... Has an older brother (Jason) and a younger brother (Jeremy) ... Intended major is construction management.
CAREER HIGHS - innings pitched: 6.1 vs. Albany (4/15/06); strikeouts: 9 vs. Albany (4/15/06)