Junior who will open the season as the starter in left field ... has led the Seminoles with a batting average over .400 in each of his first two seasons ... a first team preseason Louisville Slugger All-American, selected by Collegiate Baseball ... a third team preseason All-American according to Baseball America ... regarded as one of the top pure hitters in the country ... im-proved his home run total from three to nine from his freshman to sophomore year ... will bat either second or third in the lineup ahead of Ryan Barthelemy.
2000 AS A SOPHOMORE: Led the team and ranked 45th nationally with a .403 batting average ... split time between left field and DH ... ranked third nationally with 33 doubles, coming up just short of Jeremy Morris' NCAA mark of 36 ... named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the ABCA ... a first team All-ACC selection ... had a career-long hitting streak of 23 games last year ... named the most outstanding player of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional after going 13-for-25 (.520) with six doubles, two homers, eight runs and eight RBI ... led the team with 38 multi-hit games ... hit second grand slam of the season against Central Florida on 5/27 in the NCAA Regional ... average never dropped below .400 during entire 2000 sea-son ... went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in 6-2 CWS win over Texas ... had two hits and two RBI in final game of the season against LSU ... earned ACC Player of the Week honors after going 10-for-15 in the series against then-No. 1 Stanford.
1999 AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 55 games while starting 30...led the team with a .436 batting aver-age in 1999...established a new single sea-son school record for the highest batting average (126-199 at bats)...the only Seminole to be named to the ACC All-Tournament team after hitting .583 (7-for-12) with two RBI...belted a career-high four hits and drove in a career-high three runs vs. Mercer on 3/30... blasted his first career home run against Clemson on 4/9...knocked in three runs on a base-clearing double vs. Jacksonville on 4/14... contributed a pair of hits vs. Florida on 2/28...singled and scored the game-winning run in a 10th inning victory vs. North Carolina on 3/27...went 3-for-5 at Miami on 4/23 with three runs and two RBI...a perfect 2-for-2 with three runs scored in FSU's 26-2 win over Maryland with a key hit that allowed Marshall McDougall to get an extra at bat...picked up two hits vs. Georgia Tech and three hits vs. Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament... knocked in a career-high five runs against The Citadel (5/28)...went 2-for-4 in Super Regional vs. Auburn (6/5)...had at least one hit in all five CWS appearances... finished 7-for-14 with six runs scored and four RBI in his first trip to Omaha.
PREP: Was a three-year letterman in both baseball and football ...earned first team all-state honors in each of his three baseball seasons...was ranked the 85th best pros-pect in High School Baseball USA...se-lected to the Florida All-Stars as a senior ...invited to the Team One National Show-case and Area Code Games as a sophomore and junior...batted .500 for his high school team as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Born on November 19, 1979...named John Olerud as his favorite athlete...lives with former FSU pitchers Mike DiBlasi and Jon McDonald...a social science major.
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