Ben Leeper, a junior right-handed pitcher for Oklahoma State University, got his start at Southlake Carroll High School in his hometown of Southlake.

As a high-school senior in 2015, Leeper’s 20-5 record, along with his 1.15 earned run average and 245 strikeouts capped a varsity career that included Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American and Texas All-Region Second Team. As his college bio states, his junior-year record (2014) saw an 11-1 record with 0.90 ERA and 106 strikeouts. His performance drew interest from at least half-a-dozen colleges, like Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

Once he chose Oklahoma for his future alma mater, Leeper’s bad luck with a tendon injury and Tommy John surgery to correct it kept him from playing most of 2016 and all of 2017, his freshman and sophomore years. But 2018 was his turnaround year, with 17 appearances, two starts and six strikeouts against Wichita State and Oral Roberts universities.