WCU team captain duo among elite 81 from all of NCAA baseball
WCU hosts UNCA Tuesday before visiting UNCG in league play
WCU hosts Wofford in Southern Conference play
WCU lands two on Collegiate Baseball preseason squad
Senior shortstop is a SoCon preseason Player of the Year candidate
Named to the "watch list" for the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award by the College Baseball Foundation ... Named preseason first team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... Was also named to the 2007 Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American team ... SEBaseball.com singled Strausbaugh out as one of the "top 10 power hitters in the South" ... Baseball America, in its 2006 preseason issue, listed Strausbaugh as having the best arm among the league's outfielders ... In the summer of 2006, was the starting right-fielder for the Yarmouth-Denis Red Sox, who were the Cape Cod champions ... Was named the Cape Cod Player of the Week on July 31, 2006.
2006: Hit .340 for the season ... Recorded a SoCon-best 17 home runs in 54 games with his average of 0.31 home runs per game ranking 23rd nationally ... Additionally ranked among the NCAA leaders in RBI (34th), slugging percentage (36th) and runs scored (39th) ... Also led the SoCon in RBI (64) and slugging percentage (.675) and was among the SoCon leaders ranking third in runs (61) ... Between his RBI and runs scored, he was single-handedly responsible for 2.3 runs per game ... Strung together hits in 14-consecutive games - second longest on the team - from early March through April, adding a nine-game streak in mid-April ... Batted .417 (25-of-60) during the 14-game streak ... Hit .571 with the bases loaded and .378 (45-of-119) with runners aboard ... Posted 22 multiple hit games with a team-leading 19 multiple RBI outings ... Tabbed First Team All-Southern Conference as well as Second Team ABCA All-Atlantic Region ... Was a 2006 preseason first team All-Southern Conference pick by the coaches.
2005: Named to 2005 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball, and first team Freshman All-American, as selected by Baseball America ... Tabbed consensus Southern Conference Freshman of the Year ... Also selected second team All-SoCon by the league's coaches and second team All-Atlantic Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association ... In the SoCon rankings, was 14th in batting, 12th in hits, 12th in RBI, 10th in total bases, 16th in on base percentage and 11th in slugging percentage ... Had hit streaks of 15 and 19 games and had at least one hit in 35 of the final 37 games to end the regular season, batting .399 (59-for-148) with 37 RBI and 32 runs scored over the span ... During the 19-game hit streak, batted .427 (32-for-75) ... During the 15-game hit streak, batted .426 (26-for-61) ... As WCU went 8-1 over its final nine SoCon games, led the team with a .382 batting average, four HRs and 12 RBI over the span ... Was 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored in WCU's 14-13 win over New Mexico ... Was 2-for-4 with two RBI as WCU fell 4-3 to #23 Coastal Carolina ... Went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored versus Georgia State ... In game two versus App State, was 3-for-5 with a home run and a total of three runs scored ... Had three hits, including a home run, with three RBI, in a win over UNC Asheville ... Started his 15-game hit streak with a 1-for-4 outing in the second CofC game, driving in one and scoring twice ... Hit a walk-off, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to lift WCU past UNCA ... Led WCU to a win over Citadel in the opening game of the series, going 3-for-4 with four RBI ... Had a 3-for-4 performance in the first Brown game, then went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in the nightcap ... In the first game versus East Tennessee State, went 3-for-4 with four RBI, hitting a single, double and home run ... Had his 15-game hit streak snapped in the ETSU finale ... The next game, started a 19-game hit streak by going 2-for-5 with an RBI versus Clemson ... In the second game at UNC Greensboro, hit a three-run home run ... In the first Elon game, was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with four RBI ... In the Elon finale, went 2-for-4 with a home run ... Was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the first game versus Charleston Southern ... In game two, went 2-for-4 with three RBI ... Had 19-game hit streak snapped in the second Wofford game, but bounced back to hit his 12th homer of the season in the finale.
PRIOR TO WESTERN: Selected 5A first team All-State as a senior ... Batted .513 with five home runs while going 11-1 and posting an 0.70 ERA as a pitcher with two saves, 95 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 70 innings ... Also named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star team and the Baseball Area Player of the Year by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune ... As a junior, batted .397 with five home runs and went 5-3 on the mound with a 2.17 ERA to earn all-area honors by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and third team All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association.
PERSONAL: Born Steven James Strausbaugh in Venice, Fla. ... Son of Timothy and Debra Shipley.