#5 KURT KEENE
- Senior, 1L
- 6-0 , 190 , R/R
- Chattanooga, Tenn. (The Baylor School)
Transfer from Tennessee where he played two seasons...Earned numerous Freshman All-America honors in 1997...1999 - Started 55 games on the season... Starter at second base (31 games) and third base (24 games)...Hit .300, fifth on the team, with seven HR and 37 RBI...Tied for team lead with 20 stolen bases ...Six of seven home runs came in SEC play...Season-best hit streak of seven games...19 multi-hit games...Hit .342 over the final 25 games of the season...Named SEC Player of the Week on April 26...Hit two-out, bases-loaded game-winning hit against South Carolina...Went 6-for-16 with two HR and six RBI against former Tennessee teammates ...Hit game-winning home run to beat LSU...Recorded first hit as a Gator against Miami...PRIOR TO FLORIDA (1998) - Saw action in 54 games...The Vols everyday third baseman who began the season on a 10-game hitting streak (.386) with three home runs and 13 RBIs...Hit .311 for the season with 10 HR and 51 RBI...Twice hit home runs in back-to-back games versus Western Carolina and Mercer, and against South Carolina and UNC Asheville...Went 4-for-11 (.363) with a home run and four RBIs in South Carolina series...Belted two home runs, including game winner, with three RBI against Georgia...Collected season-high four hits against MTSU in the middle of a seven-game hit streak...Hit game winning grand slam on three hits against Virginia Tech...Collected 19 multi-hit games, including three or more hits 10 times...Had 16 multi-RBI games...Hit .316 against lefthanders, .309 against right-handers, .268 with two out and .262 with runners in scoring position...Had 19 two-out RBIs...Batted .315 in SEC play with four home runs and 20 RBIs...1997 - Saw action in 55 games with 54 starts...Named to 1997 Freshman All-America squads selected by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and The Sporting News Freshman All-America...1997 Second-team All-Southeastern Conference...Had one of the best freshman seasons in the nation, leading the Vols in virtually every hitting category...Started 25 games in left, 21 at shortstop, three in right, three at third and two at second...His 13 home runs were the second most hit by a UT freshman...Thirty-nine of his 82 hits went for extra bases...Led team with 26 multi-hit games and had 14 multi-RBI games...Had the third most extra base hits (39), third most doubles (23), fourth most total bases (148) and seventh most home runs (13) in a season at Tennessee...Began career on a 17-game hitting streak from 2/21-3/19, the third longest hitting streak at Tennessee in 10 years...Hit .522 during the streak with five home runs and 29 RBI...Turned first triple play at Tennessee in 30 years against Eastern Kentucky...Made two relief appearances on the mound, pitching one inning each against Carson-Newman and South Carolina...Slugged 10 solo home runs and three two-run shots...Hit .154 (2-for-13) in the Midwest Regional... Hit .367 against lefthanders, .368 against right-handers, .320 with two-out and .370 with runners in scoring position...Had 21 two-out RBI...The most at-bats he went without a hit was 10...Was invited to Team USA tryouts...Played with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League...PREP - A 1996 graduate of The Baylor School...Coached by Gene Etter...Named Tennessee's 1996 Gatorade Circle of Champions Baseball Player of the Year...Also named to the Mizuno High School All-America team and selected to play on the Babe Ruth All-Star team in the National Amateur All-Star tournament...A three-year starter at shortstop, hitting .474 (63-for-133) with 17 home runs, 54 RBI with 14 doubles as a senior...He also delivered on the mound, posting a 6-1 record with three saves and a 1.99 ERA in 45.2 innings with 61 strikeouts and 22 walks...Led Baylor in almost every hitting category...Set school record for home runs, RBI and runs scored in a season, while helping team to a district championship, a regional final and the Class AAA Final Four...As a junior, hit .343 with three home runs and 42 RBI...Helped lead Baylor to district and regional championships and into the sub-state title game...Earned all-city and honorable mention all-state as a junior...Earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball, while serving as team captain in football and baseball his senior season...As quarterback, he earned all-city and honorable mention all-state honors...Led basketball team in scoring his senior season while being named second-team all-city and to the district all-tournament team...MAJOR - Recreation.
|CAREER VS. SEC (REGULAR SEASON)|
|CAREER POST SEASON|
|1998||Did not qualify|
Career Game Highs:
AB - 6, several times; R - 4, vs. UNC Asheville (2/25/97); H - 5, vs. Morehead State (3/4/97); RBI - 4, four times, last vs. Tennessee (3/19/99).