Overview Co-captain ... One of the front-runners for the opening day start ... Boasts a legitimate slider, good change-up and well located fast ball ... Mike is a very competitive young man, who works with a good pace and controls the running game, said Pitching Coach Gary Adcock.
2002 (Summer) - Pitched for the St. Cloud Riverbats of the Northwoods League
2002 Began the season as a weekend starter ... Had a short stint in the bullpen ... Returned to starting position in mid-April ... Led the Bruins with 27 appearances ... Tied with Wes Whisler for a team-high 13 starts ... Compiled a 7-4 record with one save and a 4.55 ERA ... Tops on the squad with a 3.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... Started off the season with back-to back wins against Gonzaga (Feb. 1) and Florida Atlantic (Feb.10) ... Only allowed one earned run in five innings against the Bulldogs ... Picked up third win coming out of the bullpen at Tulane (Mar. 3), pitching three scoreless innings ... Grabbed only save of the season shutting down Loyola Marymount (Mar. 5), not allowing a run in 2.1 innnings ... On Apr. 26 against Washington State, gave up only one earned run in 6.1 innings for sixth win of 2002 ... Had best performance at Washington (May 3) in first collegiate complete game ... Struck out a career-high seven batters in the game, while allowing one run on three hits ... Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after trip to Seattle.
2001 (Summer) Posted a 5-2 record and a 1.82 ERA for the St. Cloud Riverbats.
2001 Appeared in 25 games for UCLA, starting three Was Bruins primary left-handed reliever, second on the team in appearances Posted a 3-2 record with one save and an excellent 3.55 ERA As a reliever, Kunes was 2-1 with a sparkling 2.62 ERA Picked up save against Tulane (February 23), twirling three scoreless innings Longest outing was 5 1/3 inning start in 14-inning marathon at Cal State Fullerton (April 18), where he gave up three runs on seven hits and received a no-decision Struck out season-high three batters in victory over Cal State Northridge (March 13) and two weeks later allowed just one run in 3.1 innings to defeat the Matadors again Picked up his third win of the season at Washington State (April 1, Game 1) by allowing just one run in 3.0 innings.
2000 (Summer) Set a Northwoods League record for lowest ERA as a pitcher for the St. Cloud Riverbats Allowed only 1.29 earned runs per game, and finished the season with a 6-1 record Was selected a league all-star Pitched 55.2 innings and allowed only eight earned runs Struck out 32 batters Team finished first in the league Combined with UCLA teammate Paul Diaz to beat Waterloo 2-1 on July 18, allowing one earned run inthe ninth inning and striking out five Diaz picked up the save.
2000 The only true freshman on the post-season roster One of two freshman to appear on the mound for UCLA (Wade Clark- redshirt freshman), and the only true freshman to handle regular duty Had an up-and-down year but showed flashes of brilliance at times and was an effective relief pitcher His 21 appearances was third on the team Pitched brilliantly in collegiate debut, as he blanked Hawaii over 5.2 innings of relief, allowing just one hit, one walk and recorded five strikeouts while collecting the victory on February 3 Shut out #15 North Carolina in three innings of work on February 19 Shut out San Diego State over 3.2 innings of relief, recording four strikeouts on April 14 Had best start of the season at UC Santa Barbara, allowing just one unearned run off one hit to grab his second victory of the season Threw four innings in relief at Washington State to garner his first collegiate save on April 29 Pitched a season-high six innings and tied his career-high of five strikeouts in a relief win vs. Long Beach State on May 9 Combined with Rob Henkel and Scott Arrasmith to shut out Arizona, 10-0, UCLAs only shutout of the season on April 14 Fifth on the team in innings pitched (55.0).
1999 (Summer) -- Played first base, left field and pitcher for the Valley Chatsworth American Legion team...Compiled a 6-1 record on the mound and hit over .450 with eight homeruns...Helped squad to American Legion World Series appearance in Connecticut...Fanned 10 hitters in a seven inning shutout relief effort to clinch the World Series berth...Pitched 21 innings in four days at one point in the summer...Earned the victory in the Western Regional championship game in Las Vegas...His five other victories cames in playoff appearances...Was 15-27 at the plate during the regional tournament...Struck out the side in one inning pitched of the legion all-star game.
Chatsworth HS (Chatsworth, CA) - Lettered three years in baseball as a pitcher, first baseman and left fielder for coach Tom Meusborn...As a senior, named 1999 L.A. Times Pitcher of the Year and as a junior earned 1998 L.A. Times Player of the Year honors...Two-time L.A. Amateur Athletic Union Player of the Year...Selected to the 1999 National Baseball Coaches Association Region Eight National Team...1999 Lee Haserot Coaches Award winner in the City 4A championship game...Earned all-city and all-league honors during junior and senior seasons...A 1998 All-America honorable mention first-team honoree...Led team to state legion championship in '97 and '99...As a senior, ended the baseball season with a 13-1 pitching record and batted .396 with five homeruns helping squad to 4A City Championship title...Compiled a 12-1 record on the mound as a junior in 98.2 innings pitched, while hitting .425 with three homeruns.
Personal - Also recruited by Pepperdine, the Naval Academy, and Cal State Northridge...Lists greatest athletic thrill as winning the 4A City Championship at Dodger Stadium...Fanned 10 batters and went 2-2 at the plate with three walks...Plays four musical instruments ... Favorite MLB team is the Atlanta Braves ... Favorite player is Chipper Jones ... Favorite aspect of baseball other than the game itself is knowing that everyday brings a new challenge and that nothing comes easily ... His parents are Richard and JoAnna Kunes...Full names is Mike Robert Kunes...Born on Sept. 16, 1981, in Glendale, Calif.
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