Hawk Item — Made 66 career appearances — fifth-most in program history.
2019 — Went 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA in 14 appearances, spanning 8 1/3 innings… recorded his first win, pitching 2/3 of an inning in a midweek victory over Milwaukee (4/23).
2018 — Went 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA in 17 appearances… tossed a season-high 1 2/3 shutout innings against Missouri State (3/14), fanning a season-high three.
at World University Games (2017) — Went 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three relief appearances… allowed one run on one hit over 5 1/3 innings, fanning four… didn’t allow a run in two appearances against Japan… went 1 2/3 innings on Aug. 22, fanning two and 2 1/3 innings in Aug. 29 gold medal contest.
2017 — Went 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA in 22 appearances (one start)… had five saves — tied for 13th in Big Ten… finished with 24 strikeouts over 27 innings… notched his fifth save of the season, getting the final three outs in Iowa’s semifinal winner-take-all Big Ten Tournament victory over Minnesota (5/27)… notched his first career three-inning save, scattering three hits over three shutout innings at Nebraska (4/15)… earned his third save against Western Illinois (4/11)… earned his second win, tossing two shutout innings, scattering two hits and fanning one against UNLV (4/1)… recorded his second save in a game two victory over Purdue… notched his first career save, striking out the only batter he faced in series finale at Kansas State (3/19)… recorded his first win of the season, allowing two runs on one hit and fanning four over 2 1/3 innings against Northern Illinois (3/7)… made his first career weekend start at South Florida (2/19).
2016 — Went 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 13 appearances (two starts)… had 19 strikeouts in 27 innings… logged his second start in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal game against Maryland… tossed three shutout innings, allowing three hits… earned his second win, tossing three shutout innings, scattering two hits and fanning two at Western Illinois (5/17)… made his first Big Ten appearance at Indiana (4/16), tossing 2 1/3 shutout innings, allowing one hit and fanning two… earned his first career victory, allowing four runs on six hits over four innings against Air Force (4/12)… struck out a career-high six to one walk in the relief outing… made his first career start against Milwaukee (4/6), tossing two shutout innings, fanning a pair… threw 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief against Bradley (3/22) with two strikeouts and two walks… made his collegiate debut against Northwestern College (3/8), throwing two innings of one-hit ball.
High School — Ranked as the 325th-best prospect nationally by Perfect Game… was rated as the ninth-best prospect in Illinois by the Prep Baseball Report… all-state and all-area honoree as a senior… two-time all-conference selection… went 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA as a sophomore, 5-3 with a 2.01 ERA as a junior, and 5-3 with a 0.67 ERA with 99 strikeouts over 61 innings as a senior… the 99 strikeouts are a single-season school record… pitched a complete game, no hitter in regional semifinal and a complete game to win a regional title as a sophomore… also was an all-conference selection in basketball as a junior and senior… honor roll all four years… played for the Illinois Edge… high school coach was Phil Bodine… club coach was Tony Folino.
Personal — Born Feb. 21, 1997, in Mesa, Arizona… son of Don and Susie Ritter… has two siblings, Brett and Kyle… majoring in sport and recreation management.