2006 Roster – Stats – Recaps and Stories
Matt Angle • Sophomore • Ohio State • 5’10” – 170 • OF
2005 (Freshman Season): Started in 40 of the 54 games he played as a freshman … made 33 starts in right field, four in left and three in center … hit .307 overall with 41 hits, including seven for extra bases … had six doubles and drove in 18 runs … stole 13 of 16 bases … owned a .991 fielding percentage with four outfield assists and one error in 111 chances … team was 24-6 when he started as the lead-off batter … upped his average to .320 in Big Ten games with 24 hits and four doubles … pinch hit for Mike Rabin in his first collegiate game against Middle Tennessee (2/25) … had his first collegiate hit against Georgia (3/4) in a pinch-hit role and then added a pair of hits in a start in center field against No. 4 North Carolina (3/5), a game the Buckeyes won, 2-1 … also started against Arizona State (3/6), a team that advanced to the College World Series … batted .364 in three games in Jacksonville (3/11-12), delivering his first two RBI with four hits, including one double … was 2-for-2 at North Florida (3/11) with his first career extra-base hit, a double to right … added one hit vs. Bradley (3/12) and one against Rider (3/12) … hit .296 with eight hits and two RBI during the eight-game spring break trip (3/18-26) … went 2-for-4 and scored twice in the first game against Dartmouth (3/25) … knocked in two runs against Bucknell (3/19) … walked three times vs. Malone (4/13), including twice in the fourth inning, and scored twice … drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Michigan State 8-7 in the series finale (4/17) … the game-winning single was his only hit of the game and only his third in the series … started all four games of the Indiana series (4/29-5/1) in right field and had five hits, the most of any player against the Hoosiers … delivered a two-run single in the third inning against Cleveland State (5/4) … batted .429 (9-for-21) at Penn State (5/7-9) with a double and two RBI, while scoring twice … nine hits equaled the most on the team … had four hits at Northwestern (5/13-15) … delivered the winning run in a 3-2 win over Miami, Ohio (5/17) with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning … followed with three hits, including a double, vs. Minnesota (5/20-22) … named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after batting .360 (9-for-25) in the Big Ten tournament … led team in going 3-for-4 in the first championship game and then added two hits in the title game … drove in the first of two runs in the 2-1 victory over Virginia in the NCAA Corvallis Regional … finished season with 14 multiple-hit games, including 10 two-hit games and four three-hit games and had a season-long hit streak of eight games … tied for sixth in the Big Ten with eight sacrifice bunts and was ninth with a .991 fielding percentage … an OSU Scholar-Athlete … played summer of 2005 with the Delaware Cows of the Great Lakes League.
Whitehall-Yearling High School: All-league and all-district performer as a sophomore and a junior, but did not play his senior year because of a broken wrist … three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for coach Dave Hutchison and the Rams … career .440 hitter with 41 stolen bases and nine home runs … was all-state in football and captain of a team that won the league championship and finished 10-2 … earned two letters in basketball and was a Division I regional qualifier in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in track … was a member of the National Honor Society and was editor of his high school yearbook … active in student council and wrote for the newspaper … played summer of 2004 with the Columbus Sharks.
Personal: Born Sept. 10, 1985 … full name is Matthew Ryan Angle … son of Donna Stahr … has one sister, Crystal Brown … exploring majors.
Bobby Bramhall • Sophomore • Rice University • OF/LHP
Wayne Graham said — “Bobby had a good summer as a pitcher and he’s making progress with the bat. He could see playing time both ways.”
Rice — 2005: WAC all-academic … Competed in 25 games, including 22 appearances coming off the bench to play the outfield, pinch hit, run the bases or pitch… Worked his way into three starts in his inaugural season of Division I baseball… Started in left field against Texas A&M and Southern California and once as the designated hitter vs. Texas… Slugged a pair of hits, scored twice and had a sacrifice bunt in the 12-1 win over 18th-ranked USC… Came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit single against Baylor at Minute Maid Park… Fifteen of his 26 at bats were against teams that were ranked in the top 25 when the Owls played them… Made two appearances on the mound, against Missouri State and Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech… Perfect defensively in eight chances in the outfield… Maintained a 3.42 grade point average to earn selection to the Western Athletic Conference all-academic team.
High School — 2004 graduate of A&M Consolidated High School in College Station… Three-year starter and letterman for the Tigers under coaches Scotty Pugh and Rex Sanders… Two-time all-state honoree, three-time all-Brazos Valley honoree and three-time first team all-District 13-5A selection… Starter and letterman for the Tigers in football… Member of the National Honor Society… Maintained a 3.6 grade point average and graduated cum laude.
Personal — Full Name: Bobby Joe Bramhall. Born: July 13, 1985, at Fort Worth. Parents: J.P. and Belle Bramhall, College Station (one sister). Father was a four-year baseball letterman at Texas A&M (1978-81). College: Hanszen.
Michael Cisco, RHP, South Carolina, Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: A very competitive freshman with the command of three pitches similar to the former Carolina All-American pitcher Kip Bouknight. Named SEC Pitcher of the Week following his performance (4/14/06) in Carolina’s 1-0 win over Ole Mississippi, pitching 8 scoreless innings. As a high school senior was named to the 2005 South Carolina AAAA All-State Team and member of the 2005 SC/NC Select All-Star Team. Grandson of former MLB player and pitching coach Galen Cisco.
Personal Favorites: Food: Crab legs and any kind of seafood … Actor: Adam Sandler … Actress: Jennifer Aniston … Hobbies: hunting and fishing
Tony Delmonico, INF, Tennessee, Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic and Collegiate Highlights: Graduated in three years from Farragut High School in Knoxville, TN. Earned All-State and District MVP honors as a junior in 2005 while helping his high school team to a third-place finish in the state playoffs. Was the
10th ranked overall prospect at the 2004 East Coast Showcase in Wilmington, NC and was the only junior to be ranked. Tony’s father, Rod, is the head baseball coach for the University of Tennessee.
Dave Duncan • LHP • Georgia Tech • Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: Highly touted newcomer to the Georgia Tech pitching staff, who was very impressive in fall practice. Selected in the 14th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but elected to enroll at Tech instead. In high school, he earned 12 letters in baseball, basketball and golf at New Richmond High School. He was also a two-time Cincinnati Player of the Year honoree in baseball. He had a career record of 40-5 and a 0.93 ERA. Pitched three no hitters and one perfect game was named the SBAAC Player of the Year for three straight years. Rated as the No. 1 prospect in Ohio and #40 in the nation.
Sean Gaston • Catcher • University of Notre Dame • Junior
Talented second-year catcher who will be key factor in ’05, following graduation of two-year starter Javi Sanchez … excellent catch-and-throw defensive player who will be looking to improve his receiving, footwork and transfer to throw … saw limited action in ’04 (23 games/12 starts), due to bout with mononucleosis and presence of the veteran Sanchez … will be counted on as take-charge leader and confident director of pitching staff … surprising offensive force, with tremendous lefthanded swing and ability to drive the gaps (he earned national player-of-the-week honors in ’04, after starting college career 10-for-12) … a strong fundamental player … Academic All-America candidate with a 3.43 cumulative GPA that included 3.60 in ’04 spring semester … played for Waterloo (Iowa) Bucs of wood-bat Northwoods League in summer of ’04, appearing in 25 games while ranking 2nd on team with .268 batting avg. (5 RBI, 13 runs, 2 doubles, 8 walks) … hit 2-for-10 in ’03 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (RBI, 2 R, BB, K), as member of victorious Blue … leading hitter for Blue in ’04 fall intrasquad game (3-for-5, 3 R, RBI, 3B, 2B, SB) … he and ND classmate Mike Dury were roommates on Indiana Bulls team that won ’01 national title (two of their Bulls teammates, A.J. Prickel and Eric Osborn, are shortstops at Purdue) … could face former Brownsburg HS teammate Kyle Freeman (Valparaiso) in ’05 … one of four Indiana natives on ’05 roster … noteworthy ND players who have worn No. 11 include pitchers Tom Bujnowski (’52, ’56-’57) and Phil Donnelly (’61-’62).
FRESHMAN SEASON: Had strong start to college career – earning national hitter-of-the-week honors – but later missed a month due to mononucleosis … hit .316 in 23 games played (18-for-57, 12 GS, 11 RBI, 11 R, 18 H, 3 2B, 5 BB, 2 HBP, 9 Ks, SF, 4 SB) … his .989 fielding pct. included an error and 2 passed balls … hit .364 with runners on base … named BIG EAST Conference player of the week and national co-hitter of the week (selected by National Collegiate Baseball Writers) after batting 10-for-12 in second-week action at Florida Atlantic (6 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 SB) … that three-day stretch ended up comprising 10 of his 18 hits for the season (6 of 11 RBI, 7 of 11 runs, all 3 extra-base hits , 2 of 4 SBs) … joined ’02 outfielder Brian Stavisky as second ND freshman ever named BIG EAST player of the week … four recent ND players – RHP Aaron Heilman in 2000, Stavisky in ’01, and 2B Steve Sollmann and RHP Grant Johnson after the ’02 NCAA regional – have received a national player/pitcher-of-the-week award … saw first action off the bench in 19-6 win over Winthrop at FAU Classic (1-for-1, 2 RBI, R) … started next day in non-tournament game vs. Florida Memorial (4-for-5, RBI, 3 R, 2B, SB; 12-3) … entered `04 having never posted 4-hit game in competitive baseball career … went one better next day vs. Minnesota (19-7), hitting safely in first 5 ABs (3 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, SB) before 8th-inning flyout prevented him tying the Irish hit record … batted in 7-hole vs. Gophers, with 2-out, opposite-field single to left in the 2nd; single through right side (SB/R) in the 4th (helping cut deficit to 4-2); 2-out-double to right-center as part of a 4-run rally (6-6) in 5th; opposite-field RBI double to left-center as Irish exploded for 7 runs in the 6th (13-6); and RBI single through the right side in 7th (15-6) … first ND freshman with 5-plus hits since Scott Sollmann in ’94 (vs. Purdue) … Joe Binkiewicz (`89, vs. Dayton) is only other ND freshman ever to collect five hits in a game … singled and scored as part of ND’s 4-run 2nd vs. Penn State, in San Antonio (8-2) … helped post 4-0 win at West Virginia, with RBI groundout, single and run scored … hit 2-for-2 with 2 RBI vs. Oakland (17-5) … missed month of action (17 games) from April 22-May 20, due to mononucleosis … caught final two innings in 9-0 win over Virginia Tech (ending Sanchez’s streak of 92 straight innings caught) … played final two innings of NCAA regional win over Kent State (7-1).
PREP & PERSONAL: Runner-up for 2003 Indiana Mr. Baseball Award, after batting .478 (8 HR, 8 3B, 35 R) with stellar defense for Brownsburg High School state runner-up squad … ranked by Perfect Game/Baseball America as No. 9 prep prospect in Indiana (’03) … selected by Chicago White Sox in 50th round of ’03 Major League draft … set BHS career records for doubles (31), fielding pct. (.933), games played (113) and putouts (2nd with .453 career batting) … threw out 78% of attempted basestealers in ’02 spring and summer (opponents attempted just six steals in ’03, one successful) … hit .478 as junior (12 RBI), .450 as sophomore, .378 as freshman … 2000 Metro West player of year (all-conference) … member of ’02 Chicago White Sox Area Code Team … hit .398 in ’02 summer with Indiana Bulls (3 HR, 31 RBI, 7 SB, 43 games), after starting for Bulls ’01 national champs … selected by Chicago White Sox in 50th round of ’03 MLB draft … all-tournament at ’01 NABF Nationals … National Honor Society officer and member of student council, graduating with 4.0 GPA … made official visit ’02 ND-Pittsburgh football weekend (first-ever visit to campus) … born Feb. 12, 1985, in Indianapolis … son of Keith and Patsy Gaston … full name is Sean Patrick Gaston … enrolled in College of Arts and Letters … intends to major in political science and history.
Graham Godfrey • RHP • College of Charleston
Notes: Named Preseason All-SoCon by Baseball America… Projected as one of the SoCon’s Top Newcomers and Top MLB Prospects by Baseball America
Played for Coach Randy Putman at Wallace State-Hanceville CC… Helped team to a 44-11 record and a 3rd place finish in the JC World Series… First team NJCAA All-American… Conference MVP… 8-1 record…
0.93 ERA (3rd lowest in the nation)… 14 games… 88 strikeouts… 22 walks… 77.2 innings… .170 opponent’s batting average … Had one save… Had a 41-inning scoreless streak… Played at Memorial HS for coach Paul Plattsmier… Helped Memorial HS to District titles in 2000 and 2002… Earned four letters
Personal: Born Graham Hunter Godfrey on August 9, 1984… Parents are Vicki and Bosco Godfrey… Majoring in Business Administration.
Reese Havens, Shortstop, University of South Carolina, Freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four seasons at Bishop England HS under coach Mike Darnell … Named by ABCA and Baseball America as 2005 HS All-American … One of 36 high school players in the nation to play in 2005 HS All-American Baseball Game … 2005 South Carolina AA Player of the Year … 2004 and 2005 South Carolina AA All-State team … Member of 2005 SC/NC Select All-Star team … Member of 2005 South Carolina AA State Champions at Bishop England HS … Batted .530 his senior year with five HR and 48 RBI … Selected in the 29th round of 2005 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.
PERSONAL: Born David Reese Havens on 10/20/86 … Parents are Brent and Nancy Havens … Hobbies are fishing, hunting and all sports … His mom Nancy graduated from South Carolina … Favorite food is prime rib … Favorite actor is Will Ferrell … Favorite actress is Julia Roberts.
Josh Hula • Catcher • Ohio State University • Freshman
Coach Bob Todd says: “Josh came here as a highly touted defensive catcher. I felt like last year he really matured and developed a great deal. He is a hard worker that will definitely get playing time. He adds a lot of quality depth to our catching.”
2005 (Redshirt Season): Did not play in any games as a true freshman … gained valuable experience as a bullpen catcher and traveled with the team throughout most of the season … named an OSU Scholar-Athlete … played with the Grand Lakes Mariners of the Great Lakes League.
Margaretta High School: First team all-district selection and First Team Sandusky Bay Conference … batted .384 with seven doubles and three triples his senior year … holds the single season doubles record … had an incredible .994 fielding percentage and 185 putouts his senior year … team captain for a squad that went 17-7 as a senior and finished as the district runner-up in back-to-back seasons … three-year starter and letterwinner for head coach Steve Gravenhorst and the Polar Bears … earned an academic letter and was on the merit roll … also excelled in football, where he led his team in interceptions and was an honorable mention selection for conference and district honors … vice president of SADD and was active in his church youth group … played summer baseball with American Legion Post 83 in Sandusky.
Personal: Born May 3, 1986 … full name is Joshua Michael Hula … son of Michael and Sandra … has one sister, Michaela, and one brother, Jake … exploring majors … enjoys hunting, fishing and weight lifting.
Kellen Kulbacki • OF • James Madison University • Sophomore
As a freshman: Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team… earned JMU’s Kevin Nehring Rookie of the Year Award… 2-for-4 in second Virginia game… 1-for-4 with an RBI in final Delaware game… 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored in Hofstra series opener… also threw out a runner at the plate in a crucial eighth-inning play… 2-for-4 in final UNCW game… 2-for-4 and set JMU freshman record with his 18th double, plating a run in the process, in first UNCW game… 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in TU finale… 2-for-5 with a double and homer in Towson opener, extending his hitting streak to a team-season-best 12 games … 2-for-3, two-RBI, solo homer day versus Richmond… DH and went 2-for-4 with an RBI at Longwood… 2-for-5 as a DH in final game of the W&M series… netted three hits and two RBI in the first game of W&M series… also twisted right ankle after making a catch and crashing into the fence in W&M opener, then sat out game two… had a 3-for-4 day with a double, homer and three RBI in 5-1 win at Richmond… 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI in 3-2 win against Radford… named April 11 CAA Rookie of the Week after 10-for-20, three-double, two-homer week… 3-for-4 with a double and fifth homer of the season in series finale at ODU… 2-for-3 with his 12th double of the season in second ODU game after a 1-for-4 showing in game one… with a double cracked his fourth homer as part of a 2-for-6 outing at Radford… rapped a pair of singles and scored twice at home against Longwood… 2-for-3 with two RBI in final game of VCU series… broke into double-digit doubles with two in the first Penn State game… had three hits in that game… rapped out a career-best four hits in the Ohio game… cracked his third homer in Wagner finale, going 2-for-5 with two RBI… popped his second homer of the season and got the Dukes on the board in first Wagner game… went 2-for-2 that game… 2-for-4 with an double and RBI single in first Maryland game… doubled in one run and scored two in Kent State finale… the double was a team-leading sixth… two hits and an RBI in second KSU game… collected three hits for the first time of his career in first Kent State game… rapped out a pair of doubles in Western Carolina contest… two of those hits were RBI doubles… doubled and homered in his first JMU game, on opening day against GWU.
Before JMU: Named the Keystone Division Player of the Year as a senior at Hershey… batted .493 with four home runs among his 35 hits and drove in 22 runs… reached base at a .549 clip, had a .944 slugging percentage with 14 doubles and three triples… stole nine bases on as many attempts… as the team’s captain, led the Trojans to a District III tournament berth… as a junior hit .379 with four homers and 14 RBI… had a career-high 14 stolen bases on as many tries as a junior… led Mid-Penn Conference with 10 doubles as a freshman… multiple Mid-Penn and Keystone Division All-Star… twice named to the Harrisburg Patriot News Big 11 team… coached by Al Fricke… also played soccer at Hershey, earning Mid-Penn Conference and Liberty Division All-Star first-team laurels senior and honorable mention as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Born November 21, 1985… son of Vicki and Robert Kulbacki… his grandfather Bob Bettleyon played in the Philadelphia Athletics’ organization… kinesiology major.
Tim Ladd • LHP • Georgia Tech • Sophomore
2005 GA TECH: Southpaw who joins the Georgia Tech pitching staff this spring … Has a live arm and very good “stuff” … Uses an easy pitching motion, but has good velocity on his fastball … Could be a factor in the Tech bullpen this season as he continues to improve his command of the strike zone.
High School: A four-year letterwinner at Kell High School for coach Dennis Jordan … Rated as the No. 9 prospect in Georgia and the No. 48 prospect in the country by Perfect Game USA … Posted an 8-0 record and a 1.13 ERA for the East Cobb Yankees summer team that won the 2003 Connie Mack World Series … Struck out 74 batters in 56 innings and allowed just 36 hits in 17 appearances … Earned all-county honors as a junior and senior … Struck out 110 batters in 70 innings as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Timothy Ladd … Born on November 2, 1985 … Parents are Greg and Renate Ladd … Majoring in Management.
Brett Lilley • 3B/INF • University of Notre Dame • Sophomore
Returning ND starter at third base, tabbed for preseason all-BIG EAST honors by the league’s coaches and Baseball America (which also rated him the BIG EAST’s “top defensive third baseman”) … his first season with the Irish in 2005 produced Freshman All-America honors (also third team all-BIG EAST and league rookie of the year) … set for return from back injury that sidelined him for most of 2005 summer (he played just four games with the Delaware, Ohio, Cows) and all of `05 fall practice … pesky left handed batter and strong top-of-the-order producer, due to his on-base ability and advanced hitting approach … led the BIG EAST in `05 with a .502 on-base pct. that included 30 times hit-by-pitch (4th-most in NCAA history) … top candidate for All-America and Academic All-America honors, entering `06 with 3.62 cumulative GPA as a business major (3.67 in spring of `05, 3.65 in fall of `05) … tough competitor and strong leader who plays with controlled intensity … effective bunter who also can hit for high average … has great knowledge of strike zone and fireplug attitude that puts pressure on defenses … shows great ability to control bat and use whole field, with gap power … adds speed and great baserunning instincts … has great range and quickness, with good hands and strong arm … prep shortstop who has proved to be a fearless defensive player at the hot corner in `05 … hit 1- for-5 (R, SB) for Blue in `04 fall intrasquad game … 13th Ohio native (five starters from `02 CWS team) to play for Irish in 12-year Mainieri era (64 all-time monogram winners) … inherited No. 2 jersey worn previously by All-American Steve Stanley (’02) … his former Central Catholic HS teammates Alex Schmidt (Ball State) and Brad Competty (Oakland) play for teams on Notre Dame’s 2006 schedule.
FRESHMAN YEAR: Earned Freshman All-America honors (per Collegiate Baseball) while also being named BIG EAST rookie of the year and third team all-BIG EAST … completed one of top seasons ever by ND freshman, leading team in six categories … joined Eric Danapilis (.429, in ’90) and Pete Schmidt (.367, ’71) as only freshmen ever to lead the Irish in batting (.355) … his .502 on-base pct. was best in BIG EAST and just shy of ND freshman record (.509, by Danapilis), also 9th in ND history (2nd-best since `94) … his teamrecord 30 times hit-by-pitch ranked 2nd in nation and 4th in Div. I history … totaled 76 hits and 64 “free passes” (34 walks, 30 HBP), with Ryan Topham (63 BB, 4 HBP in `95) being the only ND player ever with more free passes in a season … led team in batting with runners in scoring position (.448) and with 2-outs (.439, 12 RBI), 3rd with .515 leadoff OB … advanced runners team-best 66% of time, delivered RBI 73% of time (2nd on team; 11-of-15) with runner on 3rd and fewer than 2-outs, and owned team-best .368 batting vs. RHPs (4th with .323 vs. LHPs) … team leader in plate discipline, at +31 (34 BB+30 HBP-33 Ks; rest of team was -16) … mid season switch from second to third base helped turn ND’s season around (14-14 start; 24-10-1 after switch) … made just 8 errors at third (35 GP, 29 E-free; .923 fielding pct.), after ND had 18 third-base Es in first half of `05 … had hits in 55 of 63 games, reached base in 58 and went hitless in back-to-back games just twice (no 3-game hitless slumps) … BIG EAST leader in OB, 6th in walks (34) and runs (56), 8th in hits (76), 9th in batting … led BIG EAST freshmen in batting, OB and walks (2nd in runs) … could have been first team all-BIG EAST but two top hitters – BC’s Jared McGuire (.381) and WVU’s Justin Jenkins (.359) – also played third … team leader in batting, OB, HBPs and sac. bunts (9) … joined Matt Edwards as only players to start all 63 games … 2nd on the team in hits, runs, walks and multi-hit games (20), 3rd in multi-RBI games (9), 4th in stolen bases (9), total bases (81) and RBI (28) … had 5-hit game vs. Cincinnati, a 4-for-4 vs. UConn and six 3-hit games … other ’05 stats: 5 doubles, .379 slugging, 14 Es and .949 fielding pct. – plus .333 batting in BIG EAST games (20 R) … his 51 error-free games included 21- game span without an E (96 chances) from March 24-April 21 and 14-game E-free stretch (five postseason games) … made just one error in BIG EAST play (.990) … Brian Stavisky (64, in ’00) is only ND freshman ever to start or play in more games … his 172 fielding assists set ND freshman record … Brant Ust (66, in ’97) is only ND freshman ever to score more runs … team’s 2nd-best hitter in postseason (.360, 5 RBI, 5 R, 5 HBP) … hit .417 in NCAA Gainesville Regional (5-for-12, 3 RBI, 2 R, 4 HBP) … 2nd on team in batting at home (.415, 15 RBI, 30 R, 18 BB, 10 HBP) and on road (.308, 13 RBI, 26 R, 16 BB, 20 HBP) … made 63 starts in 2-hole (12 leadoff) … had 4 HBP (one shy of NCAA record) in early win at Central Florida (4-2) … first ND freshman ever to post 5-hit game in home opener (vs. Cincinnati, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB) … hit 2-for-4 with key opposite-field double in 13-6 upset of #17 USC (2 RBI, R, SAC) … helped post 21-1 win at Pittsburgh (2-for-5, 3 R, HBP) … played lead roles in NCAA wins over Stetson (3-for-5, 2-run single; 7-4) and UNC (RBI single, 2 HBP; 3-0) … had back-to-back hitless games on Spring Break but went 10 weeks before his only other consecutive games without a hit.
PREP & PERSONAL: Set Canton Central Catholic HS record for career batting avg. (.483; school-record .495 as freshman) … played for Hoover HS as senior but slowed by hand injury (6-for-16, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 3 HBP) … rated among Ohio’s top-10 prospects (#1 at 2B), per Buckeye Scout … all-state SS for ’03 CCCHS team that went 32-2 as state runner-up (.469, 28 RBI, 45 R, HR, 2 3B, 15 2B, 13 BB, state-record 19 HBP, .685 OB, 8 Es, 33 GP) … first team all-state as sophomore 2B (.486, 19 RBI, 32 R, 6 2B, 3B, 19 BB, 7 HBP, .630 OB, 4 Ks, 2 Es, 25 GP) … hit .495 in ’01 (all-district, 33 RBI, 40 R, 12 2B, 2 3B, 5 SB, 11 BB, 5 HBP, .632 OB, 4 Es, 29 GP) … one of two preps in `04 summer Pizza Oven Wood-Bat League, featuring former college/pro players and rated nation’s best amateur league … named to Pizza Oven all-state game (2nd on team with .387 batting; also 13 BB) … played ’02-’03 summers with Stark County Stars (hit .440 for `02 Regional runner-up) … played summer of ’01 for Boys of Summer regional qualifier (team-best .550 batting) … competed in St. Louis with Ron Hunt Eagles in summers of ’99 (team-best .450) and ’00 (teambest .522) … lettered as WR, DB and kicker with Hoover (’00) and CCC (’01-’02) football (only sophomore to start both ways in ’01) … made 8-of-9 FGs as prep (33-yarder sent ’01 regional-title game into OT) … member of National Honor Society (4.41 GPA) … visited campus on USC-ND football weekend (player host was Greg Lopez) … his sister Tricia is a star softball shortstop at Purdue … born July 30, 1985, in Canton, Ohio … son of Bill and Deborah Lilley … full name is Brett William Lilley … an accounting major, enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.
Shane Mathews • 6’3 • 195 • RHP • East Carolina
As a Sophomore in 2005: Made one start during his sophomore campaign before having season-ending surgery (Tommy John) … Against College of Charleston (2/12), pitched three innings, surrendering five runs on 10 hits while striking out and walking one … Received medical redshirt.
As a Freshman in 2004: Turned in sterling rookie season, earning a selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team … Promoted to the Pirates’ starting rotation after the first month of the season … Made 18 total appearances with 11 starts, all coming after the second week of March … Rolled to a 7-1 record and compiled a 3.72 earned run average in 77.1 innings … Tossed one complete game (at USF 4/10) … Surrendered 76 hits, 35 runs, 32 earned runs and just 19 bases on balls … Struck out 54 and allowed just six home runs, fewest of any member of the starting rotation … Opponents hit just .258 (.248 vs. RH, .282 vs. LH) … Topped all pitchers with four pickoffs … Among team leaders by allowing just a .190 average with two outs … Was 6-1 with a 4.07 ERA as a starter (11 games) in 66.1 innings … Made collegiate debut with a scoreless 2.0 innings against UNC Asheville at Harrington Field … In fact, did not allow an earned run until 3/21 (Tulane), which was his last relief outing of the season … Earned first win of career in one-inning relief role vs. Georgia Southern 2/29 during Keith LeClair Classic … Made first career start vs. Charleston Southern 3/14, scattering three hits in 6.0 shutout innings for second victory… Made two more relief appearances after CSU start before assuming permanent position on weekend starting staff beginning with the Memphis tilt 3/28, a game in which he pitched 5.1 innings during an 8-4 ECU win to earn third victory … Picked up other triumphs over USF (4/10), Cincinnati (4/18), Houston (5/2) and Stony Brook (6/5) during NCAA Kinston Regional … Checked the Seawolves on just two runs while fanning a personal-best seven in a season-high 8.0 innings of work to send the Pirates to the Regional finals … Suffered only loss of year in regular season meeting against TCU (5/16), allowing just three runs in 7.0 innings during a 3-1 ECU setback … Also faced Horned Frogs in C-USA elimination game (3.2 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs) but did not figure into decision … Went 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 C-USA appearances (eight starts) … Was 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in eight non-league contests (three starts) … Led the starting staff with a 2.53 ERA (4-1 record) in games played at Harrington Field which spanned 42.2 innings of work … Was 5-1 with a 3.86 clip in 14 day game appearances (2-0, 3.32 in four night game outings) … Monthly totals include February (1-0, 0.00 in four games/zero starts), March (2-0, 2.60, 5/2), April (2-0, 3.46, 4/4), May (1-1, 6.43, 4/4) and June (1-0, 2.25, 1/1) … In addition to effort vs. Stony Brook, matched seasonhigh strikeout effort of seven on two other occasions (vs. Louisville 4/25 and Houston 5/2 on back-to-back starts) … Made a total of seven “quality” starts (of 11), pitching 6.0 or more innings … Went at least 7.0 or innings on six occasions … Enjoyed a stretch of four consecutive seven-inning outings from 4/10 (USF) to 5/2 (Houston) … Suffered shortest stint as a starter vs. Saint Louis 5/9 (3.1 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs) but was aided by the Pirates’ offensive support in a 16-5 win … In fact, was the beneficiary of strong support all season as ECU scored eight or more runs in eight of his 11 starts.
At St. Stephens High School: Earned three baseball letters as a pitcher … Earned all-state honors as a junior after establishing a school-record for lowest ERA (0.68) … Posted a 6- 5 record with a 1.06 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 66 innings as a senior … Named to all-conference squads as a junior and senior … Also selected to the All-Piedmont Team and was the 2003 Southwestern Foothills Player-of-the- Year … Played in 2003 North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game … Selected in the 20th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
Personal: Full name is Shane Dustin Mathews … Born March 28, 1985 in Hickory, N.C. … Son of Gary and Becky Mathews … Has an older sibling, Tatum … Major is construction management.
Jeff Rea • Second Base • Mississippi State • Sophomore
Impressive rookie infielder positioned to battle for playing time as a true freshman • Mississippi Player of the Year who finished fall drills ranked among the leading candidates for the starting job at second base • Impressed the coaching staff with his athleticism, his coachability and his offensive potential as a left-handed batter • Among 18 Mississippians on the 2004 squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter as a middle infielder playing for coach Brian Sutton at Nettleton High School • Honored as the player of the year by Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and NEMCABB • Hit .676 with 50 hits, 41 runs batted in and but one strikeout • Also perfect on 28 base-stealing attempts • Jackson Clarion-Ledger “Dandy Dozen” selection with 20 extra-base hits, including six home runs, and a 1.135 slugging percentage • TPX Louisville Slugger High School All-American for 2003 • Second-team all-state selection and “Dandy Dozen” pick as a junior • Hit .613 and helped power the NHS Tigers to their first Division 2-3A title • Paced the team with 57 hits, 41 RBI, 23 doubles and five triples • Successful on all 26 base-stealing attempts and tabbed as his division’s MVP • Hit .494 as a sophomore, earning the first of his three consecutive all-area and all-division awards • Finished his career with 59 doubles and 81 stolen bases (in 81 attempts) • Nettleton HS class salutatorian • Member of the National Society of High School Scholars, the 2003 Nettleton HS Hall of Fame, the Beta Club and the NHS Student Council.
Dan Runzler • LHP • UC-Riverside • Sophomore
2005: Appeared in seven games, all in relief… went 0-0 with 8.59 ERA… struck out six in 7.1 innings… held opponents to .087 batting average against.
2004: Redshirted season.
High School: Played one year of varsity at Chaminade High School under Coach Mark Gubicza… helped the Eagles to the Mission League Championship.
Personal: Daniel Joseph Runzler was born on March 30, 1985 in Westchester, CA… parents are Terry and Debbie Runzler… roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers… favorite athletes are Ken Griffey Jr and Michael Vick… enjoys eating sushi and cheeseburgers… favorite movie isDumb and Dumber most memorable sports moment was playing in the CIF quarterfinals in 2003.
Kyle Russell • Freshman • Texas • 6’5″ – 185 • OF
High School: · A four-year letterwinner and senior captain as an outfielder in baseball (2002-05) who also earned two letters in football as a quarterback for head coach Gene Johnson (2001-02) at Tomball High School. A four-time All-District and two-time All-City as well as All-State (2004-05) performer for head coach Rick Lynch’s baseball team. Batted .415 with 21 RBI and 24 total hits, including four home runs, as a freshman en route to garnering first-team All-District accolades in 2002. Earned his second straight All-District honor as a sophomore while also participating in the 2003 Area Code Games. Hit a career-best .524 with 35 runs scored, 50 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 10 home runs out of his 45 total hits in 2004. Also put together a 28-game hitting streak during his junior campaign. Aided the Cougars in compiling a 31-3 record in 2004 while earning a No. 1 national ranking and reaching the third round of the playoffs. Named to the 2004 USA Junior National Team where in six games for the U.S. squad he batted .368 with five runs scored and team-best totals for doubles (3), triples (1), home runs (1) and RBI (8). Tabbed a 2005 second-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America. Helped Tomball post a 26-7 overall record by hitting .470 with career-highs for home runs (15) and RBI (52) as a senior en route to being named a second-team All-American and the District 17-5A MVP. Assisted the Cougars in receiving a No. 1 state ranking and reaching the third round of the playoffs for a second straight year in 2005. Selected to play in the 2005 All-American Baseball Game in New Mexico. Volunteered time with special education students at Tomball High School. Patrolled the outfield for head coach Phil Cross’ Houston Heat Silver U18 baseball team during the summer of 2005 and helped the team win the Premier Baseball World Series.
PERSONAL: Born Kyle D. Russell on June 27, 1986, in Houston, Texas … parents are Gerald and Joyce Russell … has two older siblings, Leah and Lane … his mother, Joyce, graduated from UT in 1973, while his dad, Gerald, graduated from the Forty Acres in 1974 … a liberal arts major.
James Simmons • RHP • UC-Riverside • Sophomore
In 2005, he started in all six games in which he appeared. Went 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA, striking out 24 batters in 36.2 innings. Named Big West Pitcher of the Week for week ending 2/14/06. In high school, named All-Mountain View League his junior and senior seasons, helping his team make the third round of the CIF playoffs in 2004.
Food: Enchiladas and Italian … Pro Team: Anaheim Angels and Baltimore Ravens … Athlete: Vladimir Guerrero … Music: Unwritten Law and Weezer … Movies: Napoleon Dynamite and Dumb and Dumber … TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and King of the Hill … Hobbies: woodworking, building things, dirt bike racing, and going to the river,
Justin Smoak • First Base • University of South Carolina • Freshman
COTUIT KETTLEERS 2006: had an unreal season with the Kettleers … named Cape Cod Baseball League Most Valuable Player and was named as the starting first baseman on the Cape League All-League Team … played in the Cape League All-Star Game … led the Cape League in Home Runs (11) and collected 27 RBI … was 10th in the league in batting with a .286 clip … has been named to the Brooks Wallace Award “Watch List” as a pre-season favorite to garner the NCAA Player of the Year honors… also named a pre-season 2nd team All-American.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four seasons at Stratford HS under coach John Chaleus … Named by ABCA, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball as 2005 HS All-American … One of 36 high school players in the nation to play in 2005 HS All-American Baseball Game … 2004 and 2005 South Carolina AAAA Player of the Year … Named Co- Mr. Baseball for 2005 in South Carolina along with teammate Reese Havens … 2004 and 2005 South Carolina AAAA All-State team … Member of 2005 South Carolina AAAA State Champions at Stratford HS … Batted .558 his senior year with 18 HR and 49 RBI … Selected in the 16th round of 2005 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics.
PERSONAL: Born Justin Kyle Smoak 12/5/86 … Parents are Keith and Debbie Smoak … Older brother David played baseball at Presbyterian College … Chose Carolina because “it felt like the place to be and I respect Coach Tanner” … Hobbies are hunting, fishing and playing golf … Favorite food is steak … Favorite actor is Tom Cruise … Favorite actress Angelina Jolie.