Brant Rustich
Brant Rustich

Player Profile
RS Junior

El Cajon, Calif.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 225



Pitched in 20 games, starting one game...led the team with six saves and compiled 28 strikeouts in 29.2 innings...posted a 3-2 record and a 6.67 ERA...pitched two scoreless innings through two games against Winthrop (Feb. 2, 4), striking out three hitters while allowing one hit...registered three strikeouts in the ninth inning against UC Riverside (Feb. 13) to earn his second save...pitched three scoreless innings at Mississippi (March 10) to help UCLA nail down a 7-6 victory; recorded his fourth save that afternoon...made his one start against Pacific, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4.0 innings and striking out a season-high five batters...collected four strikeouts in 3.1 scoreless innings against Cal State Northridge (April 22)...pitched effectively at Pepperdine (May 8), recording two strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless and hitless innings...tied his season-high of five strikeouts against Oregon State, surrendering three runs in 3.1 innings (May 26)...selected in the second round of the MLB Draft by the New York Mets (93rd overall selection).

Made six relief appearances and pitched 6.0 innings...injured the middle finger in his right hand in February and used a medical redshirt...compiled a 1-0 record, tallied two saves and posted a 1.50 ERA...threw 1.0 innings with two strikeouts to earn his second save of the season against Pepperdine (Feb. 21)...earned his first save by pitching 1.0 innings and notching one strikeout at Pacific (Feb. 18).

2005 (Summer)
Posted a 3-0 record with a 1.39 ERA and one save for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League...pitched 32.1 innings in 15 appearances (including one start), striking out 30 batters...led the Cardinals to the Cape Cod League Championship.

Appeared in 21 games, making 11 starts...collected a 2-7 record, a 5.23 ERA, one complete-game victory and 53 strikeouts in 62.0 innings pitched...earned the victory by pitching a complete game at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 13); against CSUN, he pitched 9.0 innings, giving up one unearned run on eight hits while striking out five batters as UCLA won 7-1...fanned a career-best seven batters in 5.2 innings as the Bruins' starting pitcher at UC Santa Barbara (April 17)...earned his second victory of the season in 2.1 innings of relief while striking out two hitters against UC Irvine (April 26)...pitched 7.0 innings in a start against California (May 1), tallying six strikeouts in a no-decision...recorded his only save of the season in 0.2 innings of relief, while notching one strikeout at Washington State (May 20).

Appeared in 25 games (tied for second-most on the staff), including one start...appeared in nine games as a hitter...recorded at least one strikeout in each of his first 14 games...compiled a 3-2 record and 23 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched...earned his first win against Pepperdine (Feb. 24)...struck out a season-high five batters in three innings without allowing one run...pitched 2.0 innings of relief and earned his second victory at USC (March 28)...recorded his first career save at Pepperdine (April 6), tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief...registered his third win of the season after striking out three batters in 2.1 innings pitched at Arizona (April 8)...struck out two hitters in 2.0 innings of scoreless relief in the Oklahoma city Regional against Florida (June 5)...recorded seven at-bats in his freshman campaign...his first collegiate hit came at San Diego State (March 30)...also collected one hit against Long Beach State (April 13).

Grossmont HS
Three-year letterwinner in baseball and two-year letterwinner in basketball for head coaches Rob Phillips and Tim Berry, respectively...earned CIF Division II Player of the Year accolades...twice honored as an All-CIF selection...helped lead Grossmont HS to the CIF Division II Title in 2001 and league titles in 2002 and 2003...served as the team captain his senior year and compiled an 8-1 record, three saves and a 2.00 the plate, he registered a .430 batting average with nine home runs and 34 RBI his senior season...set a school record with one 22-game hitting streak...was selected in the 47th round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Brant Allen Rustich...born January 23, 1985 in San Diego, Calif...Brant is one of Craig and Donnell Rustich's three sons (brothers, Jarrett and Derek)...political science major.

Career Highs
Innings Pitched - 9.0 vs. Cal State Northridge (2/13/05)
Strikeouts - 7 vs. UC Santa Barbara (4/17/05)

2004 8.54 3-2 25-1 0 1 26.1 39 29 25 15 23 .345
2005 5.23 2-7 21-11 1 1 62.0 71 48 36 38 53 .285
2006 1.50 1-0 6-0 0 2 6.0 7 4 1 2 10 .280
2007 6.67 3-2 20-1 0 6 29.2 31 27 22 20 28 .265
Career 6.10 9-11 72-13 1 10 124.0 148 108 84 75 114 .294