Walter on Stephens
"Evan is the prototypical college baseball lead-off hitter. Handles the bat well, executes the short game, high on base percentage and puts pressure on the other team. He is also among the best defensive center fielders in the nation."
Capped off a stellar career at Wake Forest with a terrific senior season ... Named Academic All-District for the third time ... Was named Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American ... Earned the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship ... Finished the season with a .300 batting average while starting every game in center field ... Led off every game ... Had 63 hits, 42 runs, 10 doubles , one triple and one homer with 15 RBIs ... Led the team in on-base percentage with a mark of .440 ... One of the nation's leaders in walks with 43 while tallying seven sacrifice hits ... Began the season on a five-game hitting streak ... Had an RBI in the opening game of the season against Towson (Feb. 15) while walking three times and stealing a base ... Recorded his first double of the season against Marshall (Feb. 17) ... Had three hits and a double in the win over Davidson (Feb. 18) ... Hit a decisive home run against Radford (Feb. 23) ... Went 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs against VMI (March 5) ... Collected three hits including a double at Davidson (March 19) ... Registered five hits in the series at Notre Dame ... Went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the win over High Point (April 2) ... Had two doubles and an RBI in the Saturday win over Maryland (April 5) ... Collected two hits and two RBIs in the win over Appalachian State (April 16) ... Ended the season on a three-game hitting streak ... Started the play-in game of the ACC Championship against Georgia Tech (May 20) and had two hits with a walk ... Selected to the ACC All-Academic Team.
Played in all 55 games and made 49 starts in the outfield for the Demon Deacons ... Was named Academic All-District for the second consecutive season ... Also named the 2012-13 Edwin G. Wilson Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an award presented annually to the most outstanding junior or senior male and female student-athletes for academic excellence at Wake Forest ... Led Wake Forest in several offensive categories, including batting average (.358), hits (68), runs scored (43) and on-base percentage (.494) ... Was the Deacs' leadoff guy in 47 of his 49 starts ... Was second on the team with 42 walks, 15 stolen bases and 10 HBPs ... Of his 68 hits, 61 were singles ... Ended the season with five doubles and two triples ... Also drove in 22 runs and had a .405 slugging percentage ... Led Wake Forest with 23 multi-hit games, including eight three-hit games and a four-hit game (4-for-4) vs. New Mexico State on March 2 ... Also drove in three runs against the Aggies and repeated that effort with three RBIs vs. Rhode Island (Mar. 12) ... Was able to keep his batting average at .512 for his first 14 games of the season and at .400 through his first 29 games of the season ... At one point, reached base in 12 straight games and ended the year by reaching base in 10 straight games ... Drew multiple walks on 14 different occasions ... Scored a season-high four runs vs. High Point on April 10.
2012 (Sophomore) Played in 56 of the team's 57 games and made 48 starts ... Named District 3 Capital One Academic All-District as a finance major ... Was third on the team with a .289 average ... Had 46 hits on the year, including four doubles and two home runs ... Drove in 17 runs on the year and slugged .352 ... Drew 27 walks and laid down a team-best eight sacrifice bunts while recording the second-highest on-base percentage at .415 ... Was also second on the team by going 13-for15 on stolen base attempts ... Had 12 multi-hit games on the year ... Had a nine-game hitting streak from 3/6 - 3/23, hitting .464 during that stretch ... Hit a pair of home runs on the year, including an inside-the-park homer against Georgia Southern (3/13) and a shot over the left field wall against Virginia Tech (4/21) ... Turned in his only three-hit game of the season in his first start of the year at New Mexico State (2/28), going 3-for-4 ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and a season-high three RBIs vs. UNC Asheville (2/28) ... Swiped a season-best two bases vs. Clemson (5/18) ... Went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base at UNCG (4/17).
2011 (Freshman) Played in 17 games for Wake Forest ... Made his only start of the season at High Point on April 6 ... Reached base four times on the year with three walks and one hit-by-pitch ... Walked and scored his only run of the season against UNC Greensboro on March 1 ... Missed the last part of the season due to injury.
Earned three varsity letters in baseball at Lexington Christian Academy under head coach Keith Galloway ... Helped the team to a 27-10 record as a senior in 2010, including a tie for fifth-place finish in the state ... Set a school record for single-season batting average as a senior ... Garnered several awards as a senior in 2010, as he was named to the All "A" State Team, All-Region, Second Team All-State and All-City ... Graduated Top 5 in his high school class with a 4.1 GPA ... Was named First Team Academic All-State in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Was a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club ... Volunteered at the Bluegrass Miracle League from 2006-2010.
Born on January 29, 1992 ... Son of Chris and Shannon Stephens ... Finance major.