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31   Ruairi O'Connor
Ruairi O'Connor

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
River Forest, IL

High School:
Oak Park HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205

Position:
OF

B/T:
R/R


2009: Team captain

2008: Made 33 appearances with seven starts as a junior...started four games in left and three in right field...hit .300 with three doubles and two home runs...scored 19 runs and drove in eight...collected a hit in three straight games to start the season including his first home run of the season on opening day against Duquesne...went 2-for-3 with a double in a start against Maryland driving in a season-high three runs...has faired well against the Terrapins in his career posting six hits and six RBI...batted .429 in a four-game series sweep over Savannah State...knocked in two runs and scored another on his second home run of the season in a game one victory over the Tigers...made an appearance as a pinch runner in the ACC Tournament against North Carolina and scored the sixth run of the game...tied a season-high with two hits in an elimination victory over Bucknell in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional...recorded three hits in his role as a pinch hitter.

2007: Appeared in 44 games, starting 29...played and started in every outfield position for the Seminoles in 2007...batted .296 with 10 doubles, 18 runs and 42 hits...made his way back in the starting line-up against Boston College after missing two weeks with an aggravated hamstring...served as the backup catcher in the Appalachian State series and appeared behind the plate in two games...at one stretch collected at least one RBI in five straight games...surpassed his career-high for RBI in a season driving in three against Maryland, finished the season with 22 RBI...registered five multi-RBI games in 2007...his lone home run of the season came in College Park in game one against Maryland...the solo shot was his third career round tripper...tied career-highs for doubles (2) against UNC Asheville and hits (3) against Tennessee.

2006: Played in just two games due to a fractured wrist and had surgery to repair it...redshirted his sophomore season.

2005: An important outfield reserve who made 40 appearances and started 14 games in right field...started five games in right field in ACC competition...hit .227 in 66 at bats...best game of his first season as a Seminole came in a victory over Virginia Tech as he recorded a career-high three hits and a career-high five RBIs...also pounded out a career-high two doubles and scored a run...hit two home runs and both came in wins over VMI and Hawaii-Pacific...home run against Hawaii-Pacific came in a pinch hitting role at Aloha Stadium...totaled 16 RBI on 15 hits with three multiple-RBI games.

HIGH SCHOOL: The #1 rated player in Illinois by PG/Baseball America and Midwest Prospects since June of 2002...rated 42nd at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June of 2004...projected as a third-10th round draft choice by Baseball America prior to signing with the Seminoles...earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore...Chicago Tribune All-State catcher special mention in 2003...attended the Chicago White Sox Silver & Black Series/Combine in the summer of 2004...Area Code tryouts summer of 2004...Minnesota Twins Top Prospect Team (East Coast MLB Showcase) summer 2004...a three year varsity starter and two year captain...in three years at Oak Park-River Forest he collected 110 hits and posted a batting average of .425 with 14 HR, eight triples and 43 doubles in 259 at bats...after just three seasons, O'Connor finished third all-time for home runs in school history...slugged .814 with an on-base percentage of .515...junior year he hit .377 with three home runs and 27 RBIs while playing short...as a sophomore O'Connor batted .449, slugged 1.017 and was on base 56% of the time...hit eight homers, drove in 47 runs and struck out just once per every 10 at bats...graduated early from high school to enroll at FSU in the spring of 2005...J. Kyle Baird Leadership Award...starting QB on varsity football team as a sophomore...had a 3.5 GPA.

PERSONAL: Son of Pat and Irene O'Connor...father is an FSU grad and mother attended FSU before eventually getting her degree from Harvard...ACC Academic Honor Roll (2006-07, 2007-08)...member of the 3.0 GPA Club (Spring & Fall 2008) at Florida State...major is literature...born on September 11, 1986.

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