Derek Eitel to Compete for AAA National Title

Derek Eitel to Compete for AAA National Title

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --  Four-year varsity letter winner Derek Eitel, the first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athlete selected in a professional sports draft, competed for the El Paso Chihuahuas in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game on Tuesday.  

Eitel picked up the pitching victory in the deciding game of the Pacific Coast League championship series on Saturday night.  The Chihuahuas won an 11-inning contest to clinch a 3-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers in the championship series.  The title marked the first AAA Pacific Coast League championship for El Paso.

With the victory, El Paso advanced to the one-game, winner-take-all AAA National Championship contest against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won the game 3-1 in front of over 9,000 fans and in a game nationally televised by NBCSN.

Eitel has spent the entire 2016 season with AAA El Paso, compiling a 5-1 record and a 3.67 earned run average.  He has pitched 68.2 innings, allowing just 55 hits with 71 strikeouts out of the Chihuahua bullpen.  In his Minor League career, Eitel is 37-29 with a 4.47 earned run average and 474 strikeouts in 560 innings of work.

Eitel's career has included stops for eight teams over seven years in three Major League organizations.  He pitched for six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 2015 and the Padres organization in 2016.

Eitel's career highlights include selection in the 17th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball by the Diamondbacks to become the first Rose-Hulman student-athlete chosen in a professional sports draft.  He was also selected to the AAA All-Star Game in 2014.   

Eitel helped Rose-Hulman reach the NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regional in 2008, 2009 and 2010, highlighted by Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles in 2009 and 2010.

In his NCAA Division III Tournament career, Eitel finished 2-0 with a 1.11 earned run average and 26 strikeouts in 24 innings of work.  He also served as the starting pitcher in the first three NCAA tournament victories in Rose-Hulman baseball history.

His Rose-Hulman baseball honors also included two first-team all-conference awards and a pair of all-Mideast Region accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The two-sport athlete also completed a four-year varsity career as the team's quarterback in football.  Eitel established career school records with 7,507 passing yards, 576 completions and 52 touchdown passes.