WCU to celebrate back-to-back regular season SoCon championships
Named preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year by Baseball America ... Also tabbed ?Best Pure Hitter? and the seventh-best prospect in the league by the publication.
2001: Was a third team All-American and first team All-Atlantic Region selection ... (The Atlantic Region covers schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.) ... Became WCU's ninth baseball All-American and the school's first since pitcher Jason Beverlin earned second team honors in 1994 ... A first team All-Southern Conference selection after leading the league with 17 home runs, three of which were grand slams ... Finished the season ranked 12th in the nation and second in the SoCon with 1.32 RBI per game ... His 74 RBI was the third-most season total in Catamount history and the 10th-most in the league annals ... Finished fourth in the SoCon in hits (83), while placing fifth in batting average (.379), slugging percentage (.667) and total bases (146) ... Set a WCU single-game record with nine RBI in game two of doubleheader versus North Carolina A&T, which was only seven innings long ... Blasted three home runs in the contest, including a grand slam ... Also hit grand slams versus UNC Asheville (2/28) and Appalachian State (3/31) ... Had 30 RBI in the month of April (17 games), more than any other player in the SoCon ... Was 3-for-5 in game two of Davidson doubleheader, followed by a 3-for-4 performance in the Davidson finale ... Was 2-for-3 with three RBI in game one of VMI doubleheader and 3-for-5 with three RBI in game two ... Wrapped up series with 2-for-4 performance versus the Keydets ... Went 2-for-4 versus UNC Greensboro and 3-for-5 with two RBI versus the College of Charleston in the SoCon Championship ... Named Southern Conference Player of the Week (4/2) after raising his batting average 41 points during the week, going 10-for-18 (.555) with three home runs and 10 RBI ... Versus sixth-ranked Tennessee, went 3-for-5 with two RBI, a home run and a double ... In a Saturday doubleheader vs. Appalachian State, was 5-for-9 with seven RBI ... In the first game, was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, while going 3-for-5 and hitting his second grand slam of the season in game two ... Finished the week with a 2-for-4 performance against the Mountaineers on Sunday ... During his season-best, 11-game hit streak (3/25-4/13), raised his batting average 81 points by batting .500 (25-for-50) with five home runs and 19 RBI ... Blasted two home runs at East Carolina (2/9), adding a double and driving in three ... Also hit two home runs versus Georgia Southern (3/25) ... Had a career-high four hits (in five at bats) and five RBI versus the Eagles, accounting for eight of WCU?s 13 runs ... Had five RBI versus East Tennessee State, hitting a home run and a double ... Played ?big? versus ?big-time? competition, batting .368 (28-for-76) versus 2001 NCAA Regional teams with 16 RBI and five home runs ... Had a three-game explosion (East Tennessee on 4/15, UNC Asheville on 4/18 and Furman on 4/20), going 7-for-12 (.583) with eight RBI, five runs scored, two doubles and a home run ... Led the team with eight stolen bases.
PRIOR TO WCU: Spent one season at San Jose State University and two seasons at West Valley College ... At West Valley, was a Blue-Chip first team all-league and Juco All-Star ... Batted .413 with home runs in leading his team to a conference title in 1999 ... Was a first team all-league pick as a freshman (1998), batting .400.
HIGH SCHOOL: First team all-league for Gunderson ... Posted a .328 batting average as a senior and a .380 mark in his junior season ... Was also 2-0 on the mound with five saves as a senior.