Right Handed Pitcher
Florida Christian HS
Ricky Orta returns as Miami’s most experienced starter with 12 career starts in 32 career appearances … will compete for a spot in the weekly rotation … began his sophomore season in the bullpen before working his way into the starting rotation … won his first four starts before slowing down in the middle of the season … came on strong in the postseason, earning a win in the Coral Gables Regional and pitching 4.2 innings of no-hit ball against Nebraksa in the Lincoln Super Regional … well-rounded pitcher who has complete command of four pitches and will throw them at any time … posted a 2-0 record as a freshman in 2003 with two saves … out of Florida Christian High School, Orta is an outstanding athlete with an excellent fastball and good curveball.
Ranked second on the team in wins and posted a 7-5 record with a 4.98 ERA … second on the team in innings pitched (77.2), strikeouts (61) and opponent batting average among starters (.240) … started 12 of the 18 games he appeared in … gave up four hits (all singles) and one earned run in 10.2 innings of postseason play … Won his first four career starts, giving up only two earned runs in 24.2 innings during that span. Lincoln Super Regional (6/11): Spelled Brandon Camardese in the third inning of the second game and responded by throwing 4.2 innings of no-hit relief … struck out two and walked three. Coral Gables Regional (6/3): Started and won the Regional opener against Virginia Commonwealth … it was his first win since April 1 vs. Oral Roberts … went 6.0 innings and gave up four hits and one earned run … tied a career high with seven strikeouts and walked one to earn his seventh win of the season. At Clemson (5/21): Started and lasted 5.0 innings and gave up four runs on six hits in the loss. At Virginia (5/15): Pitched five innings of relief and gave up one run on three hits with four strikeouts in a no-decision. Vs. Maryland (5/1): Charged with the loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings. Vs. Florida State (4/24): Gave up six earned runs on five hits with five striketouts and three walks in the loss. At North Carolina (4/17): Earned a no-decision … gave up three earned runs with two strikeouts and walk. At Virginia Tech (4/10): Started and threw six solid innings in a no-decision, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. Vs. Oral Roberts (4/1): Won his sixth game of the season, going 6.0 innings and giving up five earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a walk … Vs. Georgia Tech (3/26): Took the loss, giving up six earned runs on a season-high 10 hits with six strikeouts and a career high four walks… At Wake Forest (3/20): Won his fourth consecutive start with a career-high 7.0 innings, giving up one run on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Vs. Duke (3/13): Pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a career-high seven strikeouts. Vs. Pittsburgh (3/8): Gave up two hits in 6.0 innings for his second consecutive win. Vs. Northeastern (3/2): Gave up one hit, a solo home run on the first pitch of the game … recovered to throw five hitless innings to earn the win in his first career start. At Florida (2/19): Charged with the loss, giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning pitched … walked two batters. Vs. South Florida (2/11): Gave up four runs in the sixth inning … pitched 2.2 innings of relief. Vs. High Point (2/4, 6): Made his first two appearances of the season … earned a win in his first appearance of the season with 2.1 innings of relief, letting in one unearned run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts … Pitched 2.0 innings in the series finale, giving up one hit and striking out four.
Played an increased role in the Hurricanes’ bullpen in the final two months of the season … posted a 2-0 record with two saves in 14 appearances … finished the season with a 6.14 ERA in 14.2 innings of work … struck out 16 batters on the year and walked seven … pitched 1.0 perfect inning vs. LaSalle in his Hurricane debut on Feb. 28 … gave up three hits and struck out one in 0.1 innings vs. Campbell on March 10 … pitched 2.0 innings vs. Illinois-Chicago on March 20 giving up two runs on two hits and struck out four … went 2.0 innings with giving up three hits and no runs vs. Virginia April 24 … picked up the first save of his career vs. Coastal Carolina on May 2 … pitched one inning on May 8 versus Jacksonville, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two … threw 1.1 innings on May 9 against the Dolphins … struck out one and didn’t allow a hit … dominated in 1.1 innings vs. North Carolina on May 14 striking out two and walking one without allowing a hit … appeared for one-third of an inning against Ball State on May 22 … allowed two runs on one hit and hit a batter … pitched two-thirds of an inning on May 27 … allowed on run on one hit against Long Beach State … earned the second save of his career on May 29 versus the 49ers with two-thirds of an inning an one strikeout … did not pitch in the Coral Gables Regional. 2004 Coral Gables Super Regional: Orta recorded the second win of his career in Miami’s 8-7 victory against Florida on June 12. 2004 College World Series: Orta pitched 2.1 innings against third-ranked South Carolina … allowed two runs on five hits … walked two and struck out one.
Played for Ernie Padron, earning Team MVP honors in each of his last three seasons … was a two-time first-team All-Dade selection and a second-team choice as a sophomore … posted a career record of 37-3 at Florida Christian. Senior (2003): Orta was 8-0 on the mound with a 0.25 ERA and 78 strikeouts … hit .447 at the plate with 15 home runs and 43 RBI … led Florida Christian to a berth in the state semifinals. Junior (2002): Pitched and played first base … compiled a 14-2 record on the mound with a 0.91 ERA and 138 strikeouts … hit .415 with seven home runs and 39 RBI … team finished runner-up at state. Sophomore (2001): Orta went 12-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 128 strikeouts … hit .318 with 23 RBI at the plate … Florida Christian lost in the regional quarterfinals. Freshman (2000): He played shortstop and pitched … finished 3-0 on the hill, while batting .467 with three home runs.
Son of Martha and Enrique Orta … has one brother, Michael … majoring in health science and minoring in chemistry at the University of Miami … made Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll his first two semesters at Miami.
Orta’s Career Statistics
Year W-L ERA Sv G-GS CG SH IP H R ER BB SO HBP WP 2B 3B HR AB Avg PO A E Fld.2004 2-0 6.14 2 14-0 0 0 14.2 20 12 10 7 16 2 1 3 0 1 62 .323 1 4 0 1.0002005 7-5 4.98 0 18-12 0 0 77.2 69 47 43 36 61 6 4 9 3 8 288 .240 9 10 0 1.000Total 9-5 5.17 2 32-12 0 0 92.1 89 59 53 43 77 8 5 12 3 9 350 .254 10 14 0 1.000