THE BOOK ON RUZIECKI
A first baseman with outstanding footwork around the bag... hits for power and average... a transfer from Cypress Junior College... provides punch at the plate in the middle of the Wake Forest lineup... considered by many to be one of the best defensive first basemen in the Atlantic Coast Conference... a powerful left-handed hitter, perfectly suited for the dimensions at Hooks Stadium.
2002: JUNIOR SEASON
Started 56 of the team's 61 games, all at first base... batted .306 with seven home runs and 34 RBI... drilled 13 doubles, a total of 20 extra base hits, the fourth-best on the team... reached base in 24 of the team's final 27 games... homered against Rice, Clemson, Duke, VCU, Appalachian State and twice against UNC Greensboro... drove in 15 runs over a 10 game stretch from April 20 through May 12... drilled two home runs in a 3-for-5 performance against UNCG on April 30... went 3-for-5 with a home run vs. Duke on May 17... went 2-for-4 against Rice with a home run and three RBI on Feb. 15.
CYPRESS JC / HUNTINGTON BEACH HS
Attended high school and junior college with current teammate Ryan Hubbard... hit .359 with seven homers and a .569 slugging percentage at Cypress... coached at Cypress by Scott Pickler... joins a growing list of former Cypress players to attend Wake Forest... former Deacon outfielders Scott Daeley and Cory Sullivan came to Wake Forest from Cypress JC ... owns the Huntington Beach High School career record for home runs... voted all-league in high school and junior college... a good athlete who was an all-conference football player... earned the scholar-athlete award.
ODDS & ENDS
A political science major, minoring in international studies... full name is Jeffrey James Ruziecki... parents are Jim and Kathi Ruziecki... father, Jim, was a two-time All-American golfer at USC and brother Brian throws the shotput and discus at UCLA... attended the same high school as Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez... chose Wake Forest because it was his "best chance to get to Omaha."
Off the Field with Jeff Ruziecki
Favorite Food: Wahoo's Fish Tacos
Favorite Music Group: Toto
Favorite Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Favorite Class at WFU: Film with Dr. Dalton
My favorite Coach Greer phrase:
"You know why Hubbard came to Wake Forest, right? He thought WF meant Waffle House!"
My favorite Coach Mabe phrase:
Everything with that weird accent is funny though I can't understand him sometimes
The Most Impressive Person I Know Is:
The Best Player I've Eve Played Against: Adam Bourassa (2001 Black & Gold Series)
In the Movie of Your Life, Who Plays You?:
A younger Emilio Estevez
I Wish I Was Better At:
Taking criticism from Coach Mabe
Most People Don't Know This About Me But: I can be serious
Best Non-Athletic Talent: Cooking
Career Highs Last Time It Happened
Hits: 3 five times HR: at Duke (5-17-02)
RBI: 4 vs. UNCG (4-30-02) Multi-Hit: vs. Clemson (5-25-02)
HR: 2 vs. UNCG (4-30-02) Multi-HR: vs. UNCG (4-30-02)
YR AVG G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB-A
2002 .306 57-56 222 47 68 13 0 7 34 18 65 2-2