18  Tyler Kirkpatrick
Tyler Kirkpatrick

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.

High School:
Charlotte Christian HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205

Position:
INF

B/T:
R/R


2010 (Senior): Started 58 of the 59 games in which he played at third base for WCU in his final season ... Ranked third on the team with a .332 batting average, matching his career total through his first three seasons with 16 doubles and a career-high 13 home runs, second on the team while also posting the second-best slugging percentage at .572 ... Hit .413 against left-handed pitching while also posting a .643 average with a runner at third and less than two outs ... Also ranked second with 56 RBI including 13 two-out RBI ... Stole five bases in seven attempts ... Posted a 10-game hitting streak, the fourth-longest consecutive game hit streak on the squad ... Finished with 23 multiple hit and 15 multiple RBI games ... Hit a grand slam home run as WCU upset nationally-ranked Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

2009 (Junior): Appeared in 31 games on the season making 24 appearances in the starting lineup including 21 at third base, two as designated hitter and once at first base ... Finished with a .253 batting average with four doubles and his first career triple, legging out the three-bagger at nationally-ranked San Diego ... Suffered a bone bruise on his right ankle that forced him out of the lineup at the end of March through the beginning of April ... Saw extensive action as a defensive substitution at third base the second half of the season ... Finished the year with seven multiple hit games and four multi-RBI outings ... Recorded 16 RBI on the season.

2008 (Sophomore): Played in 53 of Western's 57 games on the year, making 50 starts including 30 at first base, 19 at third and once at second ... Hit .258 in his second season with 47 hits in 182 at bats and 35 RBI to rank fifth on the team ... Recorded a career-long, five-game hitting streak in mid-March ... Tallied 11 multiple hit games including four, three-hit outings, with seven multiple RBI games ... Drove in a career-high five runs in game one of a double-header against Hartford, blasting two home runs in his first career multi-home run game as WCU scored a school-record 32 runs in the win ... Ranked third on the team with eight home runs, adding eight doubles for a .434 slugging percentage ... Played for the Winchester Royals of the Valley League during the summer.

2007 (Freshman): Started ten of the 28 games he appeared in as a freshman ... Finished the season with a .209 batting average, including four doubles and nine RBIs ... Recorded his first career hit vs. Columbia in a game in which he also scored the first run of his Catamount career ... Connected on his only home run of the season in the second game of the Columbia series to drive home a career-high three runs ... Had a season-high two hits against The Citadel, going a perfect 2-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

Prior to Western: Spent the summer after his senior season playing with future Catamount teammate Reid Rollison on the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League ... Made 28 starts and 30 appearances on the season, batting .151 with three home runs and nine RBIs ... Defensively, made 31 put outs with 60 assists for a fielding percentage of .95 ... Named first team North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 3A All-State as both a senior and junior ... Tabbed second team All-Mecklenburg County by the Charlotte Observer after his junior season ... Rated 31st by IMPACT BASEBALL.com on the North Carolina top 50 prospects list ... Led Charlotte Christian to back-to-back state championships in 2005 and '06 ... As a sophomore, played at Independence High, who was the state runner-up.

Personal: Born Michael Tyler Kirkpatrick in Charlotte, N.C. ... Son of Marty Kirkpatrick and Karen Harvey.

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