Coach Farley on Ochs: "Joe had an excellent summer, pitching in the Central Illinois Collegiate League. He will open the spring as one of our top starting pitchers. He has good command of three pitches and is not a guy who is easily rattled. Joe is capable of putting up some great numbers for us in 2009."
2008: Finished as the team's leader with three wins on the year...had a streak of 27 consecutive innings spanning nine games without allowing an earned run...did not allow an earned run in 11.2 innings in Horizon League play...held league opponents to a team-low .186 batting average...his 3.33 strikeouts-to-walks ratio (20 strikeouts, six walks) was the best on the squad...started in six of his 12 games...held Indiana Tech scoreless on four hits while striking out three in 3.0 innings of work (March 12)...scattered three hits in five scoreless innings of relief against Milwaukee (March 29)...started and allowed just two hits in four scoreless frames against Dayton (April 23)...2007: Came out of the bullpen in all but one game...allowed just one run and struck out three in 5.0 innings of relief to earn his first win of the year against Marian (3/20)...worked a scoreless inning to notch his second win at Marian (4/24)...held Youngstown State to just one run on five hits in 4.1 innings (4/28)...went four strong innings of relief against YSU in the Horizon League Championship...2006: Came out of the bullpen in all but three of his 13 appearances...earned his first career save in his first appearance against Marian (2/22)...High School: All-conference pitcher at Hamilton Southeastern High School...named all-county and selected to the All-Metro North team...helped high school team win two sectional championships...earned three varsity baseball letters...high school coach: Curry Harden...Personal: Born August 17, 1986...son of Joe and Cathy Ochs...communications major.