2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Third Team
2007, 2008 ACC Honor Roll
2006 MLB Draft Pick (38th Round)
A physically gifted, hard-throwing pitcher ... Has three pitches that he throws very well ... Used primarily out of the bullpen as a freshman, but was the Yellow Jackets' No. 3 weekend starter his sophomore season ... Will be in Tech's weekend rotation again in 2009 ... An excellent competitor that shows great composure and maturity on the mound.
Drafted in the 38th round by the Washington Nationals in the 2006 Major Leage Baseball Draft, but elected to attend school.
Tabbed to the 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-District Third Team ... Named to the ACC Honor Roll in 2007 and 2008.
Went 7-5 and held opponents to a .272 batting average in his first year in the starting rotation ... Had the best ERA (4.33) of Tech's three weekend starters ... Allowed just two runs total through his first 21.2 innings of work in 2008 ... Also made one relief appearance on the season - in Tech's final game of the ACC Championships ... Yielded just one run on four hits while striking out five in six innings of work on opening weekend against Youngstown State (2/24) ... Worked seven strong innings against Rutgers (3/2), holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless on three hits while striking out seven to earn the first win of his career and pick up ACC Pitcher of the Week honors ... Improved to 2-0 by holding Virginia Tech (3/9) to one run on five hits while striking out six in seven innings ... Earned win No. 3 of the season by limiting Boston College (3/30) to two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings ... Picked up his fourth win of the season by holding third-ranked North Carolina (4/6) scoreless through seven innings ... Limited the Tar Heels to just four hits while striking out five ... Tossed a complete, five-inning game against Maryland for win No. 5 in 2008 ... Held Coastal Carolina (5/4) to two runs on four hits in six innings to pick up his sixth win of the season and help Tech to a series victory over the 18th-ranked Chanticleers ... Earned his seventh win of the season by limiting Virginia (5/17) to three runs, only two of which were earned, through six innings of work ... Gave up two runs to the Cavaliers in the first inning before holding them scoreless over the next five frames.
Made 13 appearances during the season, six of which were scoreless outings ... Made a start in the first appearance of his career ... Held Duquesne (2/25) scoreless while striking out one in his first relief appearance ... Pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning against Georgia Southern (2/28) in the Jackets' 6-2 win over the Eagles ... Struck out a season-high four batters in 1.2 innings against Georgia (4/24) ... Tossed two scoreless innings, striking out three, in the Jackets' 11-3 win at USF (3/28) ... Made a career-long outing against Florida State (5/19), holding the Seminoles scoreless on just one hit while striking out two in three innings of work.
Three year letterwinner for coach Jack Sole at Cedar Falls High School ... Went 5-1 with a save while posting a 0.97 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 57.2 IP his senior year at Cedar Falls ... The Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year, Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year and BCA District Player of the Year in 2006 ... Rated the No. 1 prospect in the state of Iowa by Perfect Game USA ... Named to the 2006 All-State Super Team ... First team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper and the Baseball Coaches Association ... Captain of the 4A Team ... Received the Bob Feller Pitching Award as the top pitcher in Class 4A ... Two-time first-team all-conference ... Participated in the Area Code Games and the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game ... Also lettered one year for basketball coach Jerry Slykhuis at Cedar Falls.
Full name is Zachary Taylor Von Tersch ... Born April 22, 1988 ... Son of John and Annette Von Tersch ... Majoring in Management.
Career StatisticsYear ERA W-L App/GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA BK 2007 11.74 0-1 13/1 0 0/0 0 15.1 19 21 20 14 18 2 1 2 79 .322 6 3 1 2 1 2008 4.33 7-5 15/14 1 0/1 0 72.2 80 43 35 32 49 13 1 3 334 .272 8 2 2 4 0 TOTAL 5.62 7-6 28/15 1 0/1 0 88.0 99 64 55 46 67 15 2 5 413 .280 14 5 3 6 1