The Trojans are looking to open their Pac-12 slate on a high note.
Boxberger was selected in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) of the 2009 draft by the Cincinnati Reds and later signed with the club...in his three-year career with the Trojans, Boxberger was 11-12 with a 3.81 ERA...he made 37 starts in 46 games with one complete game and three saves...in 234 innings, he allowed 201 hits and 99 earned runs while walking 110 and striking out 223 batters...opponents hit just .235 against him in his career...he was an All-Pac-10 selection as a junior and was a Freshman All-America second team pick.
After recovering from his elbow injury, Boxberger was a solid No. 1 pitcher in the weekend rotation as a junior and earned All-Pac-10 honors...he was 6-3 on the year with a 3.16 ERA during 14 starts...in 94 innings, he allowed just 69 hits...allowed 33 earned runs while walking 50 and striking out a team-high 99 batters...opponents hit just .211 against him...in his final start as a Trojan on May 23 at Cal, he earned the win with six innings and giving up four runs on seven hits...picked up his fifth win on May 17 against Stanford in the 5-2 victory by giving up only two runs on four hits in six innings while allowing one walk with eight strikeouts...recorded his first complete game on April 24 in a 5-1 win against Washington State, allowing just one run on four hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts...at No. 14 Oregon State on April 17, he gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings...allowed just two runs on four hits in eight innings during his no-decision against Oregon on April 9 at Dedeaux Field...despite getting the loss on March 27 against No. 3 Arizona State, he gave up just two runs on three hits in eight innings while walking two and striking out eight...allowed only two runs with seven hits, two walks and 10 strikeouts on March 4 in a 4-2 win at Tulane...on Feb. 27 against Western Carolina, he allowed just one run on two hits in six innings with five walks and five strikeouts...threw six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with a career-high six walks and 11 strikeouts in the 2009 season opener on Feb. 20 against Long Beach State...during the summer, he went 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League...appeared in 19 games for the A's as their closer, recording nine saves...in 18 2/3 innings, he allowed 11 hits, six runs, walked eight and struck out 28...did not allow a home run during the summer.
As a 2008 sophomore, he went 2-4 with a 6.14 ERA and three saves...in 50 innings, he allowed 54 hits and 34 earned runs while walking 26 and striking out 52...opponents hit .280 against him...he made nine starts in 18 games, finishing the season as the team's closer...recorded the save on May 25 at Washington State, allowing one run on two hits in one inning...his second save came with a third of an inning against two-time defending national champion Oregon State on May 16 with a strikeout to end the game...his first collegiate save came on April 29 with one no-hit inning at Cal Poly in the 4-3 victory...earned the win on April 12 against No. 5 Cal by allowing three runs on five hits in eight innings with two walks and seven strikeouts...first weekend start in a month came on April 6 with six innings at No. 23 UCLA where he struck out seven without giving up a walk...threw a scoreless inning of relief on March 21 in a 5-0 shutout of No. 2 Arizona after missing three weeks due to a slight elbow injury...in the season opener on Feb. 22 at Florida International, he threw three scoreless innings before allowing a four-run fourth inning...struck out five Golden Panther batters while scattering six hits...during the summer, he went 1-0 with a 1.24 ERA for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League...rated No. 24 by Baseball America on its Cape Cod Baseball League prospect list...threw 29 innings in seven games (six starts) and allowed 15 hits with 11 walks and 26 strikeouts.
After starting his 2007 freshman season in the weekend rotation, Boxberger later took over as the team's No. 1 starter and eventually earned Rivals.com All-America second team honors...went 3-5 with a 3.20 ERA...in 90 innings, he allowed 78 hits and 32 earned runs while allowing 34 walks and striking out a team-leading 72 batters...opponents hit only .234 against him...despite a 5-2 loss on May 12 at No. 14 Arizona, he allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings...on April 20 at Washington, he went seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits with nine strikeouts for the win at Washington...at No. 9 Oregon State on April 6, he earned the win with seven strong innings where he allowed just one run on three hits with five strikeouts to earn Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors...in a loss to No. 17 Arizona State on March 24, he struck out a season-high nine batters...on March 10 at Stanford, he allowed only one run on six hits in the no-decision...recorded his first collegiate win on March 3 at Georgia by going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts...on Feb. 11 at No. 17 San Diego, he threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed four hits with four walks and three strikeouts...allowed four unearned runs in his collegiate debut on Feb. 3 at Long Beach State, going five innings and allowing four hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
As a starter at Foothill High in Tustin, Calif., Boxberger was the 2006 CIF Division II Player of the Year in his senior season, as well as being named Orange County Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register...earned NBCA All-America second team honors...he was perfect on the season with a 12-0 record to go with a 1.17 ERA...in 78 innings, he allowed only 22 walks and struck out 99 batters...after giving up three runs in the Division II title game against St. Francis of La Cañada, Boxberger did not allow a run for the remainder of the game as Foothill rallied for the 4-3 victory...went 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA in his junior season...threw 62 2/3 innings, allowing 50 hits, walking 29 and striking out 79...earned All-Sea View League first team honors...honor roll member all four years.
He is majoring in communications...parents are Rod and Marjorie...his father went 12-1 with a 2.00 ERA and earned College World Series most valuable player honors for the 1978 USC national championship squad that went 54-9...has one sister, Megan...favorite movie is Super Troopers...favorite television shows are Family Guy and South Park...lists Nolan Ryan as his biggest sports hero...birthdate is May 27, 1988.