A senior leader who displays power at the plate... can play either corner infield position and has experience in the outfield... battled back from an elbow injury that limited his playing time as a sophomore... used primarily as a right-handed pinch-hitter last season and was productive in that role... will likely see the majority of his time at designated hitter this spring and could see playing time at first base and possibly the outfield... a member of Wake Forest's 2001 ACC Championship squad... the brother of former Deacon catcher Andrew Riepe who was the Most Valuable Player of the 1999 ACC Tournament... a communications major... born March 4, 1982 in Danbury, Conn.
Had a productive season in part-time duty... batted .279 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games in 11 starts... posted a .323 average as a starter with three home runs and 10 RBI... the team's most frequent pinch-hitter with 19 at-bats... drilled a pinch-hit home run at Wofford on April 23... reached base four times on Opening Day, going 3-for-5 against Appalachian State with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored -- all career-highs... went 2-for-4 against Elon on February 12 to open his season with five hits in his first nine at-bats... went 2-for-4 against Wofford on March 12 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored... had a two-run, pinch-hit RBI double against Virginia on April 27... was 1-for-2 with an RBI triple at Minnesota on February 28... was beaned a team-high six times.
Played in nine games before a recurrence of a previous elbow injury ended his season prematurely... started four games and played in eight overall... drove in a run and scored against Appalachian State on March 5.
Appeared in eight games, primarily as a pinch-hitter... made one start, as the designated hitter, on April 18 at High Point... went 1-for-3 with an RBI single... in his limited time in the field, he played first base and left field.
At Immaculate HS:
Named the 2000 Connecticut Prep Athlete of the Year... All-State baseball player in 2000... two-time All-Area selection... named all-state twice in football and basketball... is his school's second all-time points leader in basketball... a member of the National Honor Society and an Academic All-State selection.
Riepe's Career Statistics
YR AVG G-GS AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K SB-A 2001 .111 9-1 9 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0-0 2002 .000 8-4 15 1 0 0 0 1 1 6 0-0 2003 .279 35-11 61 13 17 4 4 20 1 12 0-0 Career .212 52-16 85 14 18 4 4 22 2 19 0-0
Off the Field with Riepe...
Favorite Class: Journalism (Professor Wayne King)
Most Impressive Person I Know: Elizabeth Riepe, My Grandmother
Pre-Game Superstition: Jam to 1980's Love Songs
Favorite TV Show: That 70's Show
Best Player I've Ever Played Against: Adam Bourassa
Person In History I'd Most Like to Meet: Oliver Cromwell
If I Have a Career Besides Baseball, It'll Be: NASCAR Pit Crew Chief
My Hobbies: Collecting Autographs, Sports Memorabilia
Most Influential Person In My Career: David Riepe
Favorite Coach Greer Quote: "Well, According to the Radar It's Gonna Rain From 2:00 Until 2:05. Then, We'll Check Channel 28 for the Wind Update. Then, We'll Pull the Tarp."
Favorite Movies: Rocky IV and Rudy
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