At Michigan ... Awards ... ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region second team, Outfielder (2010) ... All-Big Ten First Team, Outfielder (2010) ... All-Big Ten Second Team, Outfielder (2009) ... All-Big Ten Tournament team (2010) ... Bill Freehan Award as team's top hitter (2009) ... Two-time Big Ten Player of the Week (3/9/09, 4/12/10) ... Notable... Owns sixth-highest single-season batting average (.419, 2010).
Junior (2010) ... ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region second team, Outfielder ... All-Big Ten First Team, Outfielder ... All-Big Ten Tournament team ... Started in 35 games (27-LF, 6-CF, 2-RF) ... Led the team in batting average (.419), slugging (.649) and on-base percentage (.453) ... Stole seven bases on 12 attempts ... Had 10 multi-RBI games ... Had 19 multi-hit games ... Used hits against Jacksonville State (Feb. 19 and 20) and Texas Tech (Feb. 20) to extended his current hitting streak to six games ... Missed 18 games after suffering an injury at Texas Tech (Feb. 20) ... Returned to game action as a pinch runner, stealing a base and scoring U-M's tenth run of the game at Indiana (April 2) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week for week against Central Michigan (April 7) and Purdue (April 9-11) while hitting .625 with three multi-hit games ... Went 4-for-4 vs. Iowa (Apr. 24) ... Hit game-winning hits vs. Ball State (May 18) and at Penn State (May 22).
Sophomore (2009) ... All-Big Ten Second Team, outfielder ... Started in 53 games (52-OF, 1-DH) ... Led the team with a .344 batting average ... Led the team in runs scored with 55 and finished second in home runs with 12 ... Drove in a team leading 62 runs ... His .599 slugging percentage led all Wolverines ... Stole 13 bases on 18 attempts ... Drew a team high 33 walks ... Sixty-six hits tied for second on the team ... Had 15 multi-RBI games, including seven games with 4 or more ... Had 20 multi-hit games... Went 2-for-4 with two RBI in first game of the year vs. South Florida (Feb 20) ... Went 4-for-5 with two HR, seven RBI and two runs scored against UW-Milwaukee (Feb 27) ... Knocked in four runs against Jacksonville #1 (Feb 28) ... Had four RBI in both games of the doubleheader against Siena (Mar 7) - two HR in first game, one in second ... Drove in five runs on four hits - two HR, one 2B - against Penn State #2 (April 4)... Went 4-for-5 with a HR, four RBI and three runs scored against Minnesota (May 10).
Freshman (2008) ... Played in 51 games with 40 starts (25-RF, 14-CF, 1-LF) ... Had a hit in 16 of his final 17 starts ... Registered 10 multi-hit games (four 3-hit) and six multi-RBI games (1 3-RBI, 1 4-RBI) ... Pulled his batting average up from .163 on March 20 to .305 on June 1 ... Opened U-M career with 3-for-4 outing with two RBI and a double in season opener vs. Villanova (2/22) ... Was 2-for-5 with career-best four RBI vs. Villanova (2/23) ... Drilled first career home run with a blast over the right-centerfield wall at Ball State (5/6), finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored ... Hit 4-for-11 with a baseknock in each of the three games at Minnesota (5/9-5/11) ... Connected for three hits (3-for-5) with two runs and a stolen base vs. Notre Dame (5/13) ... Posted four hits and four RBI in the four game series vs. Northwestern (5/15-5/17) ... Was 1-for-3 with a run scored in each of the three games during the Big Ten Tournament, with a game-tying home run vs. Purdue in the championship game (5/24) ... Was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored vs. Arizona in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional ... Completed the season with a 2-for-5 showing an elimination contest vs. Kentucky in the Ann Arbor Regional.
Prep ... Earned 12 varsity letters for the Titans: four each in baseball, football, hockey ... four-time all-conference (All-CAAC) in baseball and all-state final three seasons for coach Mick Kalahar, a Michigan catcher (1995-98) ... hit .548 with 18 homers, 62 RBI, 1.121 slugging percentage, making Dream Team as senior playing in all-star game at Comerica Park ... 2-for-3 with a triple and a stolen base for the West ... set school record with 38 career home runs ... played on back-to-back state championship teams in football in 2003 and '04, and team was state runner-up in 2005 for coach Herb Brogan ... 2005 and '06 All-Southern Michigan Athletic Conference in football ... led team in tackles three straight years, finished as career leader with 339 tackles ... all-conference in hockey four times for coach Mike Wartella ... team captain and MVP in hockey as junior and senior ... led hockey team in scoring three straight years ... all-state in hockey as freshman and senior ... finished hockey career as career leader in assists (96) and second in total points (176) ... Summer Ball: Played Connie Mack baseball ... played centerfield with Kalamazoo Maroons/Diamonds for coaches Bill Peterson and Mike Hinga ... faced current U-M teammates Tyler Burgoon and Kolby Wood.
Personal ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... born 11-21-88 in Royal Oak, Mich. ... cousin, Tom O'Dowd, played AAA baseball in Toronto Blue Jays organization ... famous people met include hockey legend Gordie Howe ... favorites include: book - The Crazy Horse Electric Game; movie - Billy Madison; teams - Detroit Tigers and Red Wings; food - taco salad; musical artist - Kenny Chesney ... enjoys hockey, football, golf ... selected Michigan because "of the coaches and the tradition that surrounds the University, it is a program on the way up" ... greatest sports memories include "Red Wings winning Stanley Cups back-to-back and winning two state championships in football" ... two former teammates playing collegiate athletics ... considers Rick Porcello, top draft pick of the Detroit Tigers last June, toughest opponent faced ... good luck superstition includes "spitting on batting gloves between every pitch."
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