At Missouri State: Jake Bunten is a two-year letterwinner who will sit out the 2008 season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
2007: Redshirted his junior season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
2006: Bunten finished his sophomore campaign with a 5.40 ERA in 15 relief appearances with no record ... Tossed 40 innings to rank sixth on the staff ... Recorded a season-high five strikeouts in his first outing of the season against UNC-Greensboro (2/25), and followed that up with seven innings of scoreless two-hit relief the next week at Oral Roberts (3/7) ... Had a stretch of 8.2 scoreless frames and 10.2 innings without allowing an earned run over his first three appearances ... Had a similar scoreless streak of 5.2 innings over four outings from May 7-27 ... Notched at least one strikeout in each of his final eight appearances.
2005: Bunten posted a 4-4 record and 5.12 ERA in his first season on the mound for the Bears ... He ranked second on the team in strikeouts with 56 ... He also contributed one save on the season ... Jake's four wins in 2005 were all in long relief appearances, going 4.2 innings against Kansas (3/1) and Iowa (3/5), 3.1 against Middle Tennessee (3/19) and 4.0 against Northern Iowa (5/21) ... Had a seven-strikeout game against Iowa and two games with six strikeouts each ... Was the Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Week March 7 for his games against Kansas and Iowa.
Background: Bunten came to Missouri State following a standout career at Palmyra High ... He pitched his team to three consecutive Clarence Cannon Conference Championships and PHS also had a pair of 20-plus win seasons ... Jake was a two-time conference player of the year, and was twice named to the all-state first team ... On the mound, Bunten's four-year record was 29-4, turning in a 0.23 ERA in 61 innings pitched his senior year ... Bunten also shone in the field at Palmyra High, being named CCC Offensive Player of the Year while playing shortstop, putting up a .549 batting average and 11 home runs.
Personal: The son of Robert and Linda Bunten, Jacob Robert Bunten was born on December 28, 1985, in Quincy, Ill. ... Has one sister, Leslie ... Jake is majoring in hospitality and restaurant administration.