Huskies Seeking Momentum in Three-Game Set With the Irish
2011 SEASON: Became the highest drafted UConn baseball played as the Houston Astros selected him as the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft... named the 2011 BIG EAST Player of the Year, as well as an All-BIG EAST First Team selection... earned First Team All-American honors from Perfect Game USA, Louisville Sluggerand NCBWA, while being named a Second Team All-American by Baseball America... selected to the ABCA Northeast Region First Team and chosen as a NEIBA First Team All-Star... a semifinalist for the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award... holds UConn career records in runs scored with 220 and home runs with 46... ranks second all-time in total bases (452), stolen bases (76), runs batted in (196) and hits (242)... ranks third in doubles (53), triples (10) and walks (128)... tied for single season record in games played with 66... batted .343 on 84-245... knocked in 77 runs and scored 61, while stealing 31 bases... totaled 38 extra-base hits on 23 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs... registered a .608 slugging percentage and .450 on base percentage... tallied four or more RBI in a game six times... score five runs, drove in four and went 4-4 with two doubles and a home run at San Diego (3/7)... drove in six runs with a home run and a double at Massachusetts (4/18)... batted 4-4 with four runs scored and six knocked in with two home runs and a double at Central Connecticut (4/27)... stole three bases and drove in three runs in a 2-4 performance against Louisville (5/13).
2010 SEASON: Played in a UConn record breaking 64 games leading the team in plate appearances with 318... recorded a batting average of .337 in 243 at bats with 82 hits and 18 home runs...broke Husky records; walking 60 times and scoring 84 runs... led the team in on-base percentage (.491)... had 33 stolen bases in 35 tries... had a season-high of two home runs vs. Massachusetts (4/6) and at Boston College (5/10)... stole a season-best three bases vs. Northeastern (5/22)... registered only one error and had a .993 fielding percentage...ABCA Northeast Region First Team... All-New England Second Team... All-Big East Second Team. 2009 SUMMER: Played for the USA Collegiate Team... batted .292 in 18 games with Team USA, while adding 21 hits, 12 runs and two home runs.
2009 SEASON: First UConn player in the history of the program to be named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year... led the team with 75 runs scored, 16 home runs and 57 RBI, while being third in hits with 76... became one of the Huskies' most successful freshmen in program history as he climbed atop the UConn single-season record book with 16 home runs, the most in a single-season by a freshman... also earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team, becoming the first UConn player to do so since the 2006 season... holds the school record with the most runs scored in a single-season with 75, while his 16 homers puts him into a three-way tie in third place on the UConn single-season home runs list... he was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on May 3, marking the first weekly honor for the UConn ballclub in 2008 and 2009... he batted .358 in 56 games played... added 75 runs and 57 RBI to his tally as he stole 12 bases... he recorded 14 doubles and three triples... walked 32 times... he earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 13...was named a Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA Freshman All-American and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American....earned a spot on the ABCA Northeast First Team... played in the NEIBA All-Star game. 2009 SUMMER: Played for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL)... named to the CCBL Year-End All-Star Team... earned the Silvia Bigelow Award from the Gatemen ballclub... batted .261 with three home runs and 25 RBI.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four year varsity letter winner at Avon Old Farms... drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2008... All-New England in 2007 and 2008... with Team Connecticut, won the 2008 National Championship in Nashville, Tenn.... played in the Cape Cod High School Classic in 2007... also played soccer.
PERSONAL: A History major... born September 19, 1989... his father George II and mother Marie graduated from UConn... his father George II played in the Little League World Series for Forestville (Bristol, Conn.)in 1976.