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Howard Selected by Baltimore Orioles in 2011 MLB Draft
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Trent Howard delivers a pitch against Kent State earlier this season. Howard was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan junior left-handed pitcher Trent Howard was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.

He was the fourth pick in the seventh round and the 215th selection overall.

Howard is CMU's highest draft pick since right-handed pitcher Chad Pleiness was selected by Toronto in the fifth round of the 2002 MLB Draft. This is the fifth straight year CMU has had at least one player selected in the draft.

A three-time All-Mid-American Conference second team selection for the Chippewas, Howard is 13-9 in his career with a 3.60 earned-run average and 213 strikeouts in 212-2/3 innings pitched. In 2011, Howard was 4-4 with a 2.78 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 87-1/3 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .234 average. His 96 strikeouts are the eighth most in a season in CMU history, while his 213 career strikeouts rank 10th in school history.

Howard was named MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week twice in 2011: following a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts against Indiana in March and after striking out 11 in seven innings in a win over Kent State in April.

The Chippewas won their second straight MAC West Division title in 2011, finishing 31-27 overall, 17-9 in the MAC.