Gillheeney Drafted By Seattle

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Seattle Mariners selected second-team All-ACC and preseason All-America starting pitcher Jimmy Gillheeney of NC State in the eighth round in the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

As the 233rd overall pick, Gillheeney becomes the 20th Wolfpack player selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft under head coach Elliott Avent and the 10th Wolfpack player drafted in the last two years. The Johnston, R.I., native posted a 12-8 career record with 11 saves and a 4.23 ERA in three years at NC State. He struck out 163 and walked 69 in 178 1/3 innings.

Gillheeney went 6-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 13 starts for the Wolfpack in 2009, striking out 75 and walked 34. In one of the more memorable performances of the 2009 campaign, Gillheeney scattered seven hits in seven shutout innings May 8 vs. North Carolina, striking out 10 in a 3-0 win over the then-top-ranked Tar Heels. Following the year, Gillheeney was voted second-team All-ACC by the league's head coaches.

Gillheeney moved into the starting role this past season after spending his sophomore year in 2008 as the Pack's closer. That year, he went 2-0 and recorded 10 saves in 21 appearances, posting a 1.12 ERA. He struck out 42 and walked 12.

Following the 2008 season, Gillheeney was named third-team All-America by the NCBWA and was voted first-team All-ACC, becoming the third NC State closer to earn first-team all-conference honors, joining Jamie Wolkosky (1992) and Joey Devine (2003-04-05). Gillheeney's performance as a closer earned him a spot on the National College Baseball Writers Association's preseason watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award for 2009.

As a freshman in 2007, Gillheeney split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, finishing with a 4-3 record with one save in 19 appearances (nine starts). Gillheeney notched 46 strikeouts and 23 walks in 63 2/3 innings with a 6.36 ERA.

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