After high school, he decided to take a chance. He was going to walk on to the University of Alabama baseball team. He went 14-0 and had a 1.09 ERA his senior season. He led his team to the 4A Pennsylvania Championship, and then, he won that game too. Not to mention, he amassed 109 strikeouts over the season. He had worked hard, and he wanted to take that next step for himself. But then, Mike Oczypok was cut from the University of Alabama baseball team.