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John Slusarz Taken By Texas Rangers in 2006 MLB Draft

New York, N.Y. (June 7, 2006) - University of Connecticut senior John Slusarz (Farmington, Conn.) stands as the third Husky to be selected in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.  Slusarz was chosen by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round.

Slusarz joined the Huskies in 2005 after two years at UConn-Avery Point where he was a star pitcher for head coach Roger Bidwell.  From the time of his arrival in Storrs, Slusarz made an impact on the Huskies’ two most winningest seasons.  The right-hander was 10-2 in his last two seasons. 

In 2006, Slusarz made 12 appearances and pitched a total of 44.1 innings.  He fanned a total of 35 batters.  While on the mound, Slusarz helped to lead UConn to one of its most successful seasons to date.  The team broke the season wins record for both the regular season as well as for conference play.  The Huskies ended the season with a 39-18-1 overall record and an 18-6-1 record in conference play.  This was also the first season since 2000 that the Huskies advanced to the BIG EAST Championship.

“He’s another success story for Avery-Point and the Huskies,” said Head Coach Jim Penders.  “He knows how to win games and he proved that here with his 10-2 record in two seasons.  He had a real impact on our team and our success.  His coaches and teammates are excited for him and his family.  John’s brightest days are still ahead of him.”