Wake Forest University held its annual Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16.
Joey Rodriguez graduated as a four-year starter who played in 171 career games and made 144 total starts ... Finished with a .254 average, 38 doubles, nine homers, 68 RBIs, 107 runs scored, 22 stolen bases and 145 hits ... Also finished with a .977 career fielding percentage, spending time in the outfield and at second base.
Played in and started 55 games, missing seven contests with a knee injury ... Finished the year with a .256 average, 14 doubles, three homers, 28 RBIs and three stolen bases ... Finished the year with a .987 fielding percentage, making two errors in 150 chances ... Again excelled during ACC play, hitting .283 with seven doubles and 16 RBIs in 26 games ... Recorded the game-winning hit in the ninth inning at Davidson (Apr. 5) ... Tallied 12 multi-hit games, including three-hit efforts against Richmond (March 6), Duke (March 27) and Virginia Tech (May 14) ... Scored four times in that game against the Hokies, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a walk ... Hit two of his three homers during postseason play: one in a win over Virginia in the ACC Championship (May 27) and another in an NCAA Tournament win over Minnesota (June 3) ... Named to the College Station All-Regional Team.
Made 44 appearances, starting 39 games in the outfield ... Hit .305 with 16 doubles, three homers and nine stolen bases, also scoring 35 runs and driving in 20 ... Led the league in hitting (.384) and doubles (13) during ACC games ... Displayed much-improved patience, walking 21 times as he maintained an on-base percentage of .411 ... Broke out of a season-opening slump against George Mason (Feb. 21), going 3-for-4 with a double, homer, walk and three runs scored ... Went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, stolen base and four RBIs against Virginia Tech (March 7) ... went 6-for-11 in the series against Boston College (Apr. 3-5) with a homer, four RBIs and three steals ... Hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to beat Boston College (Apr. 3) ... Doubled in four straight games at Pitt and Louisville (Apr. 10-17) ... Also had three-hit games against Virginia Tech (March 7), Florida State (March 15), Miami (March 21) and Clemson (March 27) ... Had an 11-game hitting streak from March 31-Apr. 18 ... Played summer ball with the Mankato Moondogs in the Northwoods League and Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League.
Started 28 games and played in 30 total contests ... Strong defender who made an impact at second base and in the outfield ... Made his season debut in the opener against Towson (Feb. 15) and recorded a hit and RBI ... Recorded hits in his first four games of the season with three doubles during that time ... Missed several games due to an injury ... Went 4-for-5 at High Point (April 1) ... Started the finale of the NC State Series (May 12) and made SportsCenter's top plays by throwing out a runner at first for a 9-3 putout .. Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs including two doubles at UNC Asheville (May 13) ... Hit his first homer of the season in the series finale against No. 1 Virginia (May 17) ... Played for the Staunton Braves in the Shenandoah Valley League during the summer.
Played in 42 games and made 22 starts in the outfield for Wake Forest ... Hit .221 (21-for-95) during his inaugural season with the Deacs ... Scored 22 runs while collecting three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs ... Made his collegiate debut as a starter in the season opener vs. Alcorn State on Feb. 15 ... Went 2-for-5 with two runs, three RBIs and a double on Feb. 16 vs. Alcorn State ... Had a season-high three hits vs. Gardner-Webb, including the walk-off winner in the bottom of the 9th ... Went 3-for-6 with a double, run scored and two RBIs against the Bulldogs ... Hit his first-career home run vs. West Virginia on Feb. 23 ... Also homered vs. Virginia on April 6 ... Scored the game-winning run on an RBI single by Brett Armour vs. Boston College (Apr. 21) ... Ended the year with three multi-hit games.
Was named Second Team All-Dade County in 2011 with a .422 average, 14 doubles, four triples and 30 stolen bases ... Ranked in the Top 1,000 players nationally by Perfect Game ... Led his team to two Pony World Series Championships (2004, 2006).
Son of Giselys and Joel Rodriguez ... Sister is Genesis ... Born in Miami, Fla. ... father Joel played baseball at Georgia Tech ... Several high school teammates are in major league organizations or playing college baseball.