Should be fully healthy for the first time since April 2002... returns after a medical redshirt season... will provide much needed experience on a team full of newcomers... voted "Team Leader" by his teammates in the fall... begins his third season as the team's everyday second baseman... always seems to be on base and is a constant threat to steal... one of the last remaining ties to the 2001 ACC Championship team, along with Steve LeFaivre, Doug Riepe and Danny Mackey... a communications major... born April 16, 1981.
Received a medical redshirt because of a shoulder injury... had only one at-bat in the season on February 12 at Elon... it was the same injury that hampered his effectiveness toward the end of the 2002 season... underwent surgery in the summer of 2002 but his shoulder did not heal in time to fully participate in 2003... was one of the team's three captains along with Seth Hill and Ryan Johnson.
Second team All-ACC second baseman... All-ACC Tournament Team... finished the year with a .355 average, third best on the squad... his 21 stolen bases and .453 on-base percentage were second best on the team... batted .414 in ACC games (29-for-70) ... the ACC Player of the Week on April 22... led the ACC with 1.53 runs per conference game, 29 runs total... reaches base at a .500 clip in conference games, sixth in the ACC... had four-hit games vs. Clemson, Virginia and Maryland (twice)... had 19 multi-hit games against highly-touted opponents such as Clemson, Rice, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Nebraska... batted .300 or better all but one day of the season... a standout defensive player who owned a .941 fielding percentage... stole four bases in a game against Maryland, the first Deacon to accomplish the feat since 1988... hit his first collegiate "outside-the-park" home run in that game vs. the Terps... had 13 multi-RBI games... led the team with eight sac bunts... batted .500 (6-for-12) with the bases loaded... hit .462 in the month of April before injuring his shoulder... missed 15 games from late-April through late-May with a dislocated shoulder... Wake was 31-8 when Blue started at second base.
Picked up a career-high four hits in the ACC Championship game with a walk... had a key two-run single in the sixth inning that gave Wake Forest a cushion in the championship game... selected to the NCAA All-Regional team in Knoxville after batting .353 with six hits, two walks and two stolen bases... turned a spectacular double play in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to help the Deacons escape an eighth-inning jam and defeat Georgia Tech... batted .333 in 10 postseason games... reached base at a solid .400 clip on the year... swiped 18 bases in 21 attempts including a perfect 11-for-11 in ACC games... hit .314 against conference opponents... started 55 games at second base, typically batting second... hit a three-run inside-the-park home run vs. NC State... went 5-for-10 at Florida State with three RBI... rode a seven-game hit streak from February 20 to March 4... went 3-for-10 with five RBI in two games vs. New Orleans... drove in three runs against the Privateers on March 2.
Played in 22 games as a rookie, usually as a late-inning defensive replacement... made just 22 plate appearances but made the most of his opportunities, batting .364... did not commit an error... went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI against Davidson on February 24.
At Saratoga High School:
A top 100 California prospect... earned All-Conference honors at shortstop in his junior and senior years at Saratoga... led team to CCS sectional championship... named team's offensive and defensive player of the year in 1998... awarded the Saratoga team MVP award in 1998... invited to try out for the Cincinnati Reds Area Code team... played on all-Japanese Little League and Pony League squads in Japan... participant on the 1996 U.S. 16-under team that traveled to Australia and again in 1998.
Blue's Career Statistics
YR AVG G-GS AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K SB-A 2000 .364 22-1 22 5 8 1 0 3 0 2 1-2 2001 .291 59-55 196 47 57 6 1 31 32 26 18-21 2002 .355 51-51 203 60 72 9 1 40 37 21 21-24 2003 .000 1-1 1 Medical Redshirt Total .325 133-108 422 112 137 16 2 74 69 50 40-47
Off the Field with Blue...
Favorite Class: Introduction to Film (Professor Mary Dalton)
Pre-Game Superstition: I tell Ingold it is a great day to be a Demon Deacon and he replies that it is a great day to be an American
If I Have a Career Besides Baseball, It'll Be: Something in Filmmaking
My Hobbies Include: Classic Films
Favorite Movie: Casablanca
Most Impressive Person I Know: My Mom
Person Who Has Most Influenced My Career: My Dad
In the Movie of Your Life, Who Plays You? Ryan Hubbard
My Favorite Coach Mabe Saying: "Baseball is a game of 2's and 5's"
My Favorite Coach Daeley Saying: "Reee-lax"
The Person In History I'd Most Like To Meet: Ted Williams
Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons
One Thing I Wish I Was Better At: Icelandic Fishing
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