SENIOR YEAR (2005): The Seminoles' starting first baseman who was one of only three seniors in Florida State's everyday starting line-up...made 43 starts on the season with 41 coming at first base and two in the designated hitters spot in the lineup...has started 30 consecutive games at first base...move came after Bryan Henry was inserted in the starting rotation from third base and Ryne Malone was moved to the spot of every day third baseman...has committed only two errors since becoming the starter at first base...two starting assignments as the designated hitter against St. Joseph's and Georgia Tech...finished the season with career-high statistics for hits (42), home runs (ten), RBIs (37), stolen bases (three), extra base hits (20) and games started (43)...of his career-high ten home runs, six have come against ACC teams and two were hit against Florida...home runs in back-to back games against Miami...home run on Sunday against Miami was the first grand slam of his career and led to a career-high four RBI in the Seminoles victory in the third game of the series...seven multiple-hit games including a career-high four against North Carolina in the Seminoles victory in the first game of the series...two doubles against Maryland marked the first time in his career he had multiple extra base hits in the same game.
JUNIOR YEAR (2004): Appeared in 49 games for FSU and made 32 starts...all 32 starts came at first base and in those games FSU posted a 27-5 record...scored 28 runs and recorded nine doubles, a triple and four home runs...recorded 18 RBIs and slugged .422, which was eighth-highest amongst starters...in the top 10 for walks with 23 and his three sacrifices were among the top five as well...among in-fielders, only Aaron Cheesman had a better fielding percentage than Wardell's .975...had six two-out RBIs on the season.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Made his first-career start at first base in the season opener against VMI (1/31) after spending 2003 in the outfield...went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored at Arizona State (2/7)...hit his first home run of the season while going 1-for-2 at Jacksonville (2/15)...blasted his second home run of the sea-son, a three-run walk-off home run with two outs, to defeat Michi-gan State (3/12) 5-4...went 2-for-4 with a double against Michi-gan State (3/14)...plated three runs while going 1-for-2 with a double and was walked three times against Maryland (3/19)...had his first multi-home run game while going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs at UNC (3/27)....started two of the three games in the Clemson series...had a huge hit versus Duke (5/14) as his double with the bases loaded cleared the bags as he went 1-for-1 on the day...followed that game up with another solid performance at Wake Forest (5/21) going 2-for-2 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI...started versus North Carolina (5/29) at the ACC Tour-nament and got a hit in his third straight game...played a big role in the Tribe's ACC Championship clinching victory over Georgia Tech (5/30) going 3-for-5 with four runs scored, two RBIs, a triple and a walk...appeared in both the NCAA Regional and Super Re-gional as well.
2003 (Sophomore Year): Saw time in all three games at Stanford in right field, including his first career start (2/8)...hit his first career home run against Evansville (2/15)...his second home run of the sea-son came in the very next game against Evansville (2/16)...of his first five career hits, two were two home runs and one was a triple...went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored vs. Appalachian State on 2/23...went 2-for-5 vs. St. Joseph's (3/12)...took over for Eddy Martinez-Esteve at DH vs. Miami (4/25) and went 1-for-3...went 1-for-1 with a run scored at Maryland (5/10)...started the final two games of the Duke series in left field, going 2-for-5 with four runs scored and two doubles...started in left field in all five ACC Tournament games with Matt Sauls out of the lineup ...had an impressive tournament, going 7-for-20 (.350) with two home runs, six runs scored and five RBI...hit safely in 11 of his final 14 games of the season...hit .500 (4-for-8) with three home runs and a double in the NCAA Regional...had a pinch-hit home run in each of the two Sunday games vs. South Alabama (6/1) of the Tallahassee Regional...went 0-5 in the Super Regional series against Texas.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Pasco-Hernando Community College as a freshman before transferring to FSU... earned Academic All-Conference honors while at PHCC.
PREP: Voted first team All-State and All-Conference as a junior...made the All-Conference team and set the Pasco County home run record...had a batting average of .510 with 16 home runs his junior year and hit .479 with 12 home runs as a senior...was also a swimmer for three years in high school.
PERSONAL: Born on August 2, 1983...majoring in environmental studies...son of Russell and Elizabeth Wardell.