AS A JUNIOR: Rose to the challenge in fine fashion, winning all five of his decisions while his 3.16 season ERA was just shy of Gagne's 3.14 as best among Irish pitchers with 25-plus innings ... made 12 of 16 appearances in relief, with 36 strikeouts, 14 walks and 45 hits allowed (.278 opponent batting avg.) in 42.2 innings ... ranked fourth on staff with 2.6 K-to-walk ratio ... allowed just .215 opponent batting with runners on base (third-best on staff) ... showed good control, with just one wild pitch and two hit batters ... helped secure two of season's biggest wins, matching Virginia Tech ace lefty Joe Saunders in 2-1 regular-season thriller before winning BIG EAST Tournament title game vs. Rutgers (3-2, in 11 innings) ... logged two shutout innings in 6-2 win over Creighton at Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio (2 H, K) ... picked up relief win vs. Western Michigan (5-4; 3 IP, 2 H, 3 Ks) ... earned BIG EAST start due to Chris Niesel's illness and responded with six strong innings vs. Virginia Tech (6 H, UER, BB, 5 Ks, 89 pitches), setting up 2-1 win in seven-inning opener that extended to 11 (that game proved key in the final standings, with ND and VT tying for the regular-season title) ... won his next start vs. potent Bowling Green squad, in tight game that was called after six innings (3-2; 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 Ks) ... pitcher of record in planned rotation vs. Detroit (23-1; 3 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 5 Ks) ... improved to 4-0 with 10-6 relief win over Boston College (4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 Ks) ... his 3-2 win over Rutgers in the BIG EAST title game was more noteworthy due to a 5th-inning comebacker (off the bat of Val Majewski) that glanced off his forehead ... shook off the noticeable welt and matched that goose-egg with seven shutout innings, as Irish won in the 10th (6 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks, 114 pitches) ... logged 1.2 shutout relief innings in 4-3 loss to Stanford at College World Series (H, BB, K).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Developed into solid midweek contributor, making four appearances and winning both starts ... posted 2.45 ERA in 11 innings, with nine strikeouts, eight walks, five wild pitches and 10 hits allowed (.238) ... won first career start in 9-2 game with Hillsdale, tossing three shutout innings in planned rotation (3 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks) ... added strong five-inning start in 9-8 win over Detroit, allowing one run on three hits (4 Ks, BB) ... tossed shutout inning to close 15-2 win over Villanova (K, 3 BB) ... did not appear in final 20 games.
AS A FRESHMAN: Made lone appearance in second game of April 9 doubleheader versus Boston College (11-1 loss), tossing shutout inning (2 BB, K, WP).
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year member of baseball team at Oak Park-River Forest High School, playing alongside his brother Tim in 1996 ... led junior-year team to undefeated conference title and No. 7 national ranking ... posted 6-2 record as a senior (team-best 1.81 ERA) ... tossed three straight one-hitters ... helped '99 team earn No. 1 preseason state ranking ... pitched as a junior in state tournament loss to eventual champ Edwardsville, at Cane County Stadium ... hails from same high school as former Irish great Mike Amrhein, a versatile player who posted .361 career batting average (37 HR, 202 RBI) ... named academic all-conference and a cum laude graduate ... born Feb. 2, 1981, in Oak Park, Ill. ... son of Joseph and Nancy Kalita ... full name is Ryan Joseph Kalita ... a marketing major, enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.
Kalita's Career Stats
Kalita?s Career Bests
7.0, vs. Rutgers (5/25/02, BET)
6.0, vs. Boston College (4/24/02)
6.0, vs. Virginia Tech (4/12/02)
6 vs. Rutgers (5/25/02), 7 IP
6 vs. Bowling Green (4/24/02), 6 IP
5 vs. Detroit (5/15/02), 3 IP
5 vs. Virginia Tech (4/12/02), 6 IP
Fewest Hits Allowed (min. 5 IP)
3, vs. Detroit (4/11/01), 5 IP
4, vs. Bowling Green (4/24/02), 6 IP