Air Force Junior: Pitched in 18 games with 12 starts... 4-6 record with a 7.34 ERA... Third on the team with 60 strikeouts in 72.1 innings... Eleven appearances in conference games were the seventh most in the league... Solid outing in relief as he earned the win over BYU in Provo... Pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed just one run on three hits with no walks... Stellar performance in a win over SDSU at the Academy... Pitched a complete-game and allowed just two runs on four hits with only one walk and nine strikeouts... Ranks seventh on the career strikeouts list with 182.
Sophomore: Tied for the team lead with six wins (6-10)... Second among the starters with a 7.36 ERA... Led the team and the conference with 19 starts... Tied for second on the team with 21 appearances... Second on the team with 95.1 innings, the fourth most in AFA history... Second on the team and fifth in the league with 74 strikeouts... Walked just 20 batters in 21 appearances... Named to the all-tournament team at the Service Academies Classic for the second straight year... Led the Falcons to a win over Army, pitching six innings and giving up one unearned run on five hits... Named the MWC Pitcher of the Week, March 7... Second in the MWC in called strikeouts (33)... Six quality starts tied for the team lead... Earned MWC wins over San Diego State and Utah.
Freshman: Led the team with 20 appearances and was third with seven starts... Led the team with six wins and tied for the team lead with two complete games... Third with 62 innings pitched... Led the Falcons with 48 strikeouts... Three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio as a starter... Best outing of the season came in a complete-game victory over No. 1-ranked Rice in the final series of the season... Went nine innings and allowed just five runs on eight hits with a career-best 11 strikeouts... Handed the Owls just their 11th loss of the season as they went on to the College World Series... Earned all-tournament honors with a complete-game victory over West Virginia in the Service Academies Classic.
High School (Billings West) Lettered three years in American Legion baseball and twice in cross country... Member of the National Honor Society... Graduated with honors.
Personal: Nickname is Kracker... Major is biology/ecology... Member of Cadet Squadron 30, the Knights... Birthdate is Jan. 2, 1980... Has been on the superintendent?s list once for military, academic and athletic excellence... Hopes to go to pilot training after graduation... Hobbies are fly-fishing, fly-tying, backpacking and rock climbing... Is a fan of the Atlanta Braves and right-hander Greg Maddox.
Kaercher?s Career Pitching Stats
YEAR G/S W L S IP CG SH ER SO B ERA 1999 (Fr.) 20/7 6 4 0 62.0 2 0 66 48 25 9.58 2000 (So.) 21/19 6 10 0 95.1 1 0 78 74 20 7.36 2001 (Jr.) 18/12 4 6 1 72.1 2 0 59 60 30 7.34 Career 59/38 16 20 1 229.2 5 0 203 182 75 7.96