Ranks second at UCLA in career strikeouts (376), third in career games started (49) and fifth in career innings (322.1)...ranks third on UCLA's single-season strikeouts list with 153 as a sophomore in 2010...ranks sixth on the Pac-10 Conference's career strikeouts list (376)...was a two-time All-Pac-10 team selection (2009, 2010) and secured honorable mention All-Pac-10 team accolades in 2011...twice competed for the USA Collegiate National Team (summer of 2009 and 2010)...only player at UCLA to log at least 100 strikeouts in each of three seasons...only player at UCLA to have twice been selected in the first round of the MLB Draft (2011, No. 1 overall by Pittsburgh; 2008, No. 28 overall by New York Yankees).
Selected first overall in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the first UCLA player chosen first overall in the MLB June Draft...the previously-highest drafted UCLA ballplayer was right-handed pitcher Tim Leary, the second overall pick of the New York Mets in 1979...the 2011 MLB Draft marked the first time since 1978 that one college baseball program had two players selected in the first three picks (Cole at No. 1 to Pittsburgh, Trevor Bauer at No. 3 to Arizona)... in 1978, Arizona State had Bob Horner chosen No. 1 (Atlanta) and Hubie Brooks selected No. 3 (New York Mets)...was selected in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees (No. 28 overall) after his senior season at Orange Lutheran High School.
Went 6-8 with a 3.31 ERA in 16 starts as a junior, throwing four complete games (three CG wins)...allowed one run or less in seven of his 16 starts...secured honorable mention All-Pac-10 team acclaim...registered at least 10 strikeouts in five games...totaled nine quality starts as a junior (6.0+ IP, 3 ER or fewer)...carried a perfect game into the seventh inning in back-to-back outings...had a perfect game broken with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh at Nebraska in 25-degree weather (March 4); also had a perfect game snapped with a one-out double in the top of the seventh against Georgia (March 11)...pitched consecutive complete game wins in Pac-10 play against Washington (April 1) and at Washington State (April 8)...against Washington, struck out 10 batters while allowing just one run and five hits in nine innings...at Washington State, nearly duplicated his pitching line from the previous week by allowing one run and scattering five hits, striking out seven and walking one...had 12 strikeouts through seven innings in a 6-2 loss to Georgia (March 11)...did not earn a decision in a spectacular start at Nebraska (March 4), limiting the Cornhuskers to two hits through nine scoreless innings (UCLA won the game, 1-0, in 11 innings in 25-degree weather)...opened the season with his first career complete game shutout, limiting San Francisco to four hits while logging 11 strikeouts and one walk in 1-0 victory (Feb. 18)...pitched two innings at Cal Poly in the first game of a doubleheader (March 21), due to a rain-altered schedule.
Played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for the second consecutive summer...went 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA and one save in five games (four starts)...totaled 23 strikeouts and four walks in a team-leading 25.0 innings...struck out two batters and walked one in seven scoreless innings in the start for Team USA in the gold medal game of the FISU World University Baseball Championships...Team USA fell to Cuba, 4-3, in the title contest...was rated the No. 1 prospect on the USA National Team by Baseball America for the second consecutive year.
Made 19 starts, going 11-4 with a 3.37 ERA, recording 153 strikeouts and 52 walks in 123.0 innings...earned second-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and Ping! Baseball and third-team accolades from Baseball America and the NCBWA...served as UCLA's No. 1 starting pitcher in the weekend rotation...ranked third in the nation in strikeouts (153), 13th in strikeouts per nine innings (11.2) and 15th in hits allowed per nine innings (6.73)...finished in the top-10 in numerous categories in the Pac-10, including tied for first in starts (19), second in innings (123.0), second in strikeouts (153), fourth in opposing batting average (.205) and ninth in ERA (3.37)...logged 10 or more strikeouts in five games, including a career-high 15 at Texas A&M Corpus Christi at the Whataburger College Classic (March 12)...went 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in four postseason starts, registering 29 strikeouts and six walks in 26.2 innings...registered 13 strikeouts and two walks in eight innings in a 6-3 win over TCU (June 21) at the College World Series, limiting the Horned Frogs to three runs and five hits...earned All-Tournament Team honors at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional...allowed one hit in five scoreless innings in a 15-1 victory against Kent State in UCLA's opening game of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional (June 4), collecting seven strikeouts and issuing one walk...during the regular season, earned the victory in each of his first six starts, becoming the first UCLA pitcher to win his first five starts since Casey Janssen (2004)...allowed two runs and one hit in six innings, recording nine strikeouts and no walks in UCLA's season-opening 16-2 win over Southern (Feb. 19)...picked up the victory against Vanderbilt (Feb. 26), recording eight strikeouts and two walks in five innings, surrendering two runs and four hits...logged nine strikeouts and no walks, allowing one run and two hits in seven innings to collect the victory in game one of a doubleheader against Nebraska (March 5)...won his fourth consecutive start, an 11-3 win at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi at the Whataburger College Classic (March 12), striking out 15 and walking two while allowing two runs (one earned) and five hits in seven innings...did not earn a decision in a masterful effort at Arizona (April 23), allowing two runs and seven hits in eight innings while collecting 10 strikeouts and no walks in a series-opening win... collected his first Pac-10 victory of the season at Washington (May 7), limiting the host Huskies to two runs and three hits in eight-plus innings - did not allow a hit until the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning ... struck out 11 batters in a 6-1 series-opening win over Washington State (May 28), limiting the Cougars to one run and four hits (all singles) in 6.2 innings.
Played for the USA Baseball National Team (collegiate)...went 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA in six games (five starts)...led Team USA in strikeouts (46) and innings (34.0)...issued just 10 walks and limited the opposition to a .104 batting average...helped Team USA throw a combined no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Guatemala (July 2), registering 11 strikeouts in 5.2 scoreless innings...pitched a complete game in a 1-0 victory against Canada (July 24), scattering two hits and striking out seven batters in nine innings...that victory allowed Team USA to advance to the championship game of the 2009 World Baseball Challenge...was rated the No. 1 prospect on the USA National Team by Baseball America.
Made 15 appearances, including 14 starts...was one of three freshman to earn All-Pac-10 team honors...captured Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper...also earned second-team Freshman All-America accolades from Ping!Baseball...went 4-8 with a 3.49 ERA, compiling 104 strikeouts and 38 walks with a .191 opponent batting average in 85.0 innings...established UCLA's freshman single-season record with 104 strikeouts...ranked in the top-10 among Pac-10 pitchers in opponent batting average (second), strikeouts (fourth) and innings (ninth)...pitched in the Bruins' weekend rotation the entire season...in his seven losses as a starting pitcher, logged a 3.50 ERA and .193 opponent batting average, as UCLA's offense managed just 14 runs...posted three double-digit strikeout efforts...logged a season-high 13 strikeouts in a one-hit effort against Washington (April 17); allowed two unearned runs, one hit and three walks in 8.0 innings to record the victory...pitched a season-high 8.1 innings against California (May 8), allowing three runs (one earned) and two hits while collecting 11 strikeouts and five walks...registered 12 strikeouts in 5.0 innings in the second game of a doubleheader at East Carolina (March 13); was forced to exit the game with a 5-3 lead after five innings due to a rain delay; allowed three runs and three hits...allowed two runs and two hits in 6.1 innings at Arizona State (May 22), notching nine strikeouts and four walks...limited Oregon (May 1), to three runs (one earned) and six hits in 8.0 innings...earned the victory against Oregon State (April 24), allowing five runs and four hits in 5.0 innings...notched seven strikeouts and no walks at Stanford (April 9), allowing three runs and seven hits in 6.1 innings...secured the win at USC (March 21), surrendering two runs and six hits in 5.0 innings...registered eight strikeouts and five walks against Baylor in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park (Feb. 28), allowing one unearned run and two hits in 6.0 innings...collected the victory in his first career start, limiting UC Davis (Feb. 21) to one unearned run and one hit in 6.0 frames; struck out seven hitters and issued two walks.
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Orange Lutheran High School under head coach Mike Grahovac...selected in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees (28th overall), becoming the first high school player drafted in the first round to ever attend UCLA; became the first such draft pick to enter college since 2002 (John Mayberry, Jr. played at Stanford after being selected 28th overall by Seattle); was highest draft selection in 2008 to enroll in college...as a senior, rated the top high school prospect and the fourth-best high school player in the nation by Perfect Game Crosschecker and Baseball America, respectively... captured 2008 All-USA High School first-team honors from USA Today...also named a first-team EA Sports All-America selection and a second-team Baseball America All-America honoree in 2008...selected as an AFLAC All-American in 2007...ranked No. 17 among Baseball America's top-200 pre-draft prospects...as a senior, registered a 0.46 ERA and an 8-2 record, totaling 121 strikeouts and 18 walks in 75.2 innings; also notched one save...pitched in 13 games, making 12 starts on the mound...registered 10 or more strikeouts in nine games as a senior, including a season-high 14 against Tesoro (March 8)...tossed seven complete games, including a string of five consecutive complete game victories (April 2 through April 30)...hurled three complete game shutouts, including a one-hit complete game against Servite (April 16)...surrendered no more than four hits (four times) in any of his appearances...at the plate, batted .310 with seven home runs and 25 RBI...helped lead Orange Lutheran to the 2008 Trinity League title and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals...as a junior, posted a 1.21 ERA and a 3-0 record, compiling 39 strikeouts and 11 walks in 29 innings; recorded two saves and allowed 12 hits...earned second-team All-Trinity League honors in 2007...batted .269 with two home runs and four doubles as an outfielder...tossed six-plus innings of one-hit ball in his final outing as a junior, a 2-1 victory over JSerra High (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), striking out 11 hitters...as a sophomore, logged a 1-0 record and 14 strikeouts in 14.0 innings, making one start...was never charged with a loss in each of his first three high school seasons, including his time on the junior varsity squad as a freshman.
Full name: Gerrit Alan Cole...born Sept. 8, 1990 in Newport Beach, Calif...Gerrit is the older of Mark and Sharon Cole's two children...has one younger sister, Erin...admires Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig and New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera...undeclared major.
Innings Pitched - 9.0 (five times), last vs. Cal State Bakersfield (5/13/11)
Strikeouts - 15 at Texas A&M Corpus Christi (3/12/10)