Wake Forest defeated the ULM Warhawks 11-4 on Feb. 17, 2013
Walter on Blair
"I think Pat is the best shortstop in the league and one of the best in the country. He is a leader, he is a gamer and he can beat you with his bat, glove and feet. We are very fortunate he came back for his senior season."
Started all 55 games at shortstop for the Demon Deacons ... Following the season, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th Round with the 368th overall pick ... Was fourth on the team with a .283 batting average and was third on the team with 54 hits ... Drew a team-best 57 walks and stole a team-best 19 bases on 21 attempts ... Had 19 extra-base hits with 14 doubles, two triples and three home runs ... Also drove in 38 runs ... Ended his career ranked in the Top 10 at Wake Forest in several categories, including walks (1st, 180), stolen bases (3rd, 68), doubles (4th, 59), at bats (7th, 817) and runs scored (8th, 181) ... Had 11multi-hit games on the year, including a four-hit game vs. Boston College on April 20 and a three-hit game vs. New Mexico State on March 2 ... Drove in three runs at ULM (Feb. 17), vs. Youngstown State (Feb. 22) and vs. Boston College (April 20) ... Scored multiple runs in 11 games, including three runs at Georgia Tech on March 30 and vs. High Point on April 10 ... Drew a season-high four walks vs. West Virginia (Feb. 24) and had 15 games with at least two walks ... Also stole multiple bases in four games ... Reached base in each of his final 27 career games.
2012 (Junior) Played in all 57 games and made 56 starts at shortstop ... Was drafted by the Houston Astros with the 729th pick in the 24th Round of the MLB First Year Player Draft after the season ... Was one of four ACC shortstops to be named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Midseason Watch List ... As the Deacs leadoff man, he ended the season second in the ACC with 22 stolen bases, fifth in the ACC with 59 runs and tied for seventh in the ACC with 46 walks ... Led Wake Forest in all of those categories as well, while also leading the team with 66 hits and a .416 on base percentage ... Finished second on the team with a .292 average and 15 doubles ... Also belted two homers and drove in 31 runs ... Turned in a pair of four-hit games, going 4-for-5 with a double, a run and two RBIs against Cincinnati on February 25 and going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two driven in against Maryland on March 9 ... Reached base six time at UNCG on April 17, going 2-for-2 with three walks and a hit by pitch ... Scored three runs in a game on four different occasions ... Swiped a season-best two stolen bases against Florida State (March 25), at UNCG (April 17) and at Winthrop (April 24) ... Led Wake Forest with 18 multi-hit games, including a stretch of four in a row from March 24 - March 30 ... Homered against Eastern Michigan on March 4 and at NC State on March 18 ... Put together a season-best nine-game hitting streak from March 13 - March 30.
2011 (Sophomore) Made 49 starts and appeared in 53 games for Wake Forest, primarily as the team's everyday shortstop ... Finished third on the team with a .258 batting average, while recording 14 doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs ... Through the ACC Baseball Championship, he was third in the conference with 52 walks, and he led all players in conference games with 34 walks ... His 52 walks were also the fifth most in a season in Wake Forest history ... Was also tied for fifth in conference games with 26 runs scored and tied for sixth in conference games with 11 doubles ... Was a threat on the base paths, stealing 16 bases on 19 attempts ... Recorded the 100th hit of his career at Duke on May 14, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored ... Was key to the Deacon success, as Wake Forest went 10-1 in games that he recorded at least two hits ... Spent the majority of the season as the team's shortstop and leadoff batter ... Turned in 11 total multi-hit games on the year, including five two-hit games, five three-hit games and a four-hit game ... His four-hit game came against Winthrop on April 19, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, four stolen bases, a home run and a double ... Had two separate season-high five-game hit streaks ... Had five hits and five RBIs in a three-game sweep over Maryland (May 19-21) ... Walked a career-best four times at UNC Greensboro on April 12.
Hit .270 on the season with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 54 games ... Finished the season in the top 10 in games played (54, T-10th), games started (53, 9th), at bats (222, 2nd), doubles (16, 4th), home runs (7, T-10th), bases on balls (25, T-10th) and stolen bases (11, T-5th) by a freshman in Wake Forest history ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and two walks in collegiate debut against Army (2.19) ... Had a team-high two hits and stole first career base against Coastal Carolina (2.23) ... Hit first collegiate home run in series opener against Kent State (2.26), leading off the game with a solo blast ... Went 2-for-4 with first two collegiate doubles, an RBI and a run scored in series finale against Xavier (3.7) ... Posted a .364 batting average (4-for-11) in series at Georgia Tech with three RBIs, three doubles and two runs scored ... Recorded three hits in five at bats against Gardner-Webb (3.17) ... Hit .455 (5-for-11) with two home runs, two RBIs, four runs scored and three stolen bases in series against NC State ... Had two hits in series finale at Miami (4.4) ... Went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored in comeback win against High Point (4.7). ... Hit .500 (4-for-8) in series at Boston College with three doubles, two RBIs and two stolen bases ... Posted a .462 batting average (6-for-13) in series against Duke with five runs scored and an RBI ... Had a career-high four hits with an RBI and a run scored against Appalachian State (4.28) ... Homered in each of the last two games in series at North Carolina and drove in three runs in the three games ... Tied career-high with four hits and hit a home run for the third consecutive game at UNC Greensboro (5.12) ... Went 2-for-5 with a run scored in win against Appalachian State (5.18).
Four-year letterwinner at Calvert Hall High School, where he led his team to four MIAA "A" Conference titles ... Hit over .450 each of last three years of high school, including a .543 batting average with four homers during sophomore season ... Named Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Examiner Player of the Year after junior season ... Three-time All-Metro and All-MIAA selection ... Helped his high school team to a 33-0 record during 2007 season, which included the team being ranked No. 1 in the nation ... Holds the state record for runs scored in a single season ... Member of the Oriolelanders Showcase Team in 2007 and 2008 ... Played for the Oriole Scout Team in 2008 and was selected to play at the USA Trails in Cary, N.C. during the summer of 2008 ... Also played basketball and football during freshman and sophomore years of high school.
Born on October 1, 1991 ... Son of Stephen and Ana Blair ... Uncle, Marty, played in the Texas Rangers organization.