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43 BEN HARRISON
  • OF
  • 6-3 205
  • R/R Sr.
  • Key West, Fla./Key West
  • Major: Political Science

2004 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Third-Team All-American
2003 Draft Pick (Cleveland Indians)
2004 Draft Pick (Texas Rangers)

Career: Is only eight players in Gator history with 20-plus homers, 100-plus RBI and 30-plus stolen bases Finished career ranked second all-time in home runs (40) and RBI (193) Also finished ranked third in total bases (427), tied for fourth in hit by pitches (25), fifth in runs scored (194), seventh in games played (209), tied for seventh in games started (190), ninth in at bats (723), hits (247) and doubles (44) and 10th in slugging percentage (.591) Was drafted in the seventh round with the 201st pick by the Texas Rangers.

2004: Earned second team All-American honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association after being named to All-South Region first team For the second straight year was named second team All-SEC Named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Oklahoma City Regional as he led the Gators to their first ever Super Regional appearance Was named second team CoSIDA Academic All-District and was also a SEC Academic Honor Roll pick Has made 63 starts with 61 in right field and two as the designted hitter ... Was the team's triple crown winner with a .353 batting average, 17 home runs and 70 RBI ... Third on the team with 22 multi-hit games and was first with 17 multi-RBI contests ... Reached base safely in 60 of 63 games ... Made 63 starts with 61 in right field and two as the designated hitter Led the SEC with a .463 on-base percentage and was second in the league with 45 walks ... Led the team with nine SEC home runs ... Overall in league games he batted .336 with four doubles, 31 RBI and 26 runs scored Led the team with his .369 batting average and 39 RBI in non-league games Scored a run in 41 of 63 games ... Had five intentional walks ... Ended his career on a 16 game hit streak which was the longest for a Florida player in two seasons ... Went 4-for-4 with three runs and four RBI against Gardner-Webb Feb. 7 ... Knocked in two runs and went 3-for-4 against Miami (Ohio) Feb. 21... .. Went 5-for-9 with six runs, six RBI and a home run in two games against Michigan ... In Feb. 25 game against Wolverines he was 3-for-6 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI ... Went 2-for-2 and scored three times against Northwestern Feb. 29 ... Hit a home run and scored twice with two hits against Northwestern March 1 ... Went 4-for-10 with five runs and five RBI including two home runs and three walks in three game series against Purdue ... Hit a home run and drove in two against Brown March 12 ... Stole three bases and walked three times against Brown March 13 ... Went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI against Brown March 14 ... Walked four times and stole four bases in Brown series ... Doubled, walked and was hit by a pitch against Arkansas March 19 ... Went 3-for-4 and scored three times at Kentucky March 27 ... Had three RBI at Kentucky March 28 ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI against Florida State March 31 ... Went 2-for-5 with a RBI and scored against Georgia April 3 ... Hit a home run at South Carolina April 9 ... Scored twice at Mississippi State April 17 ... Went 6-for-10 with a home run and three RBI in Vanderbilt series ... Also slugged 1.000 in that series ... Named SEC Player of the Week April 26 after batting .538 (7-of-13) in four games for the Gators who went 3-1 during that week with a sweep of SEC foe Vanderbilt ... During that week he also knocked in three runs and scored twice ... Batted .500 (6-of-12) in Auburn series and knocked in eight runs ... Hit two home runs in that series and in game three went 4-for-5 with four RBI ... Had a career high six RBI with two home runs and scored twice at Alabama May 8 ... Drew two walks the next game May 9 ... Went 6-for-13 with two runs and two RBI in three games against Ole Miss .. Had multiple hits in all three games of series against Ole Miss ... Scored three times and hit a solo home run at Tennessee May 22 ... Hit a three run shot May 23 against the Vols which ended up being the game winner ... His two home runs in that series upped his career total to 39 ... Scored twice and drove in a run while walking twice and went 1-for-3 with a double against Vanderbilt May 29 in SEC Tournament ... Hit safely in every game of the tournament ... Named Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Regional after batting .417 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI In five NCAA games he batted .350 with 10 RBI.

2003: Named second-team All-SEC and also earned Verizon Academic All-District first-team honors Led the team with his .362 batting average and 134 total bases and also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases Only player on the team to play in all 59 games and had 58 starts ... Made 40 starts in center field and 18 in right field ... Also fielded .969 with just four errors in 127 chances At NCAA Regional he batted .500 (11-for-22) with two doubles, a homer and eight RBI Was fourth on the team with his 17 SEC RBI Led the team in non-league games with his .443 (51-for-115) batting average and had 44 RBI and 12 stolen bases outside the SEC Had season and career-best 10-game hit streak Apr. 9-26 during which he batted .429 (18-for-42) with 10 RBI Ended season on eight-game hit streak Also had a seven game hit streak Feb. 19-March 2 during which he batted .556 (15-for-27) with 14 RBI ... His 23 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI contests were both second on the team ... His 11 home runs were fourth on the team ... Reached base safely in 52 of 59 games and scored a run in 42 of 59 games ... Started the season by batting .512 (21-for-41) with 20 RBI in 10 games in the month of February Was 4-for-5 with a double, homer and four RBI against Charleston Southern Feb. 12 ... Had a career high seven at bats Feb. 25 against South Florida while going 3-for-7 with two runs scored and three RBI ... Against Stetson Apr. 9 he was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI Went 3-of-4 with a double, homer and two RBI March 2 versus Siena ... Was walked career-best three times against Tennessee March 8 ... Stole two bases three times, against Mercer Feb. 7 at Florida State March 8 and versus Stetson April 9 ... Was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI against Jacksonville State Apr. 23 Hit grand slam and had four RBI at Auburn May 3 Was 2-of-4 with two runs scored and three RBI versus Kentucky May 17 ... Hit two homers and had five RBI in Kentucky series ... Finished season by having three hits in the final three games of 2003 Went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and three runs scored versus Miami June 1 in championship game one Scored two or more runs in a game 15 times ... His first 32 RBI came in the first 20 games ... Recorded 100th career hit Feb. 25 against South Florida and scored 100th career run April 2 against Florida A&M .. Had three or more hits in a game 11 times.

2002: Started 41 games on season (34 in RF, 2 in CF, 1-LF, 4-DH) ... Started last 13 games of the season ... Scored three runs vs. Bethune-Cookman June 1 ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs, RBI, two walks in NCAA Regional vs. Bethune-Cookman May 31 ... Named to All-SEC Tournament squad after hitting .368 (7-for-19) with five runs, three doubles, triple, two home runs and nine RBI over the five games ... Was single shy of hitting for the cycle May 25 in 3-for-4, three RBI, double, home run and triple performance vs. Alabama Hit two doubles May 23 vs. Alabama Against Georgia May 22 he hit a home run going 1-3 with three RBI and a run scored ... Concluded Kentucky series hitting .500 (7-for-14) with four doubles, two RBI ... Went 3-for-6 with home run, double, two RBI, two runs vs. Kentucky May 18 ... Collected two doubles in 2-4 day vs. Kentucky May 19 ... Went 2-4 May 3 vs. Mississippi State ... On March 26 he hit a home run, went 2-for-2 with career-high five RBI vs. Army ... Hit home run vs. South Carolina March 22 Finished 4-for-4 with HR, triple, three RBI, two runs and walk vs. Ole Miss March 15 ... Had seven-game hit streak from March 2-March 16 Tied school record with career-high five hits in 5-for-6, four run, two RBI, home run and double performance on opening day vs. Charleston Southern March 2.

2001: Was a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honorable mention selection Played in 35 and started 28 games on season (17 games in CF, 7 in RF, 1 at DH, 3 in LF) ... Hit .368 (14-for-38) in February Had first career grand slam with four RBI April 18 vs. Stetson ... Against Florida A&M April 4 he drove in two runs on bases loaded ... Stole career-high three bases, went 1-for-4 with three runs and two RBI vs. Maine March 21 ... Hit home run (three run) on second straight day, finished with two runs and three RBI March 4 vs. Central Michigan ... Hit home run, went 3-for-5 with three RBI March 3 vs. Central Michigan ... Scored winning run Feb. 24 and stole first career base vs. Florida State Reached base on eight consecutive plate appearances from Feb. 7-Feb. 9 Tied Florida school inning records for hits (3), runs scored (3) and at bats (3) and hit first career HR vs. Savannah State, Feb. 7, all in the second inning Finished day 3-4 with four runs, HR and two RBI On Feb. 3 vs. Miami he made first collegiate start and collected first career hit.

SUMMER 2003: Played for the Hyannis Mets for the second consecutive year before having his summer season end due to a broken hand Played and started in 16 games all in the outfield Batted .322 with two doubles and a triple Scored seven runs and finished tied for fifth on the team with 12 RBI in just 16 games Stole 5-of-6 bases and had just one error in 44 chanced for a .977 fielding percentage Had five multi-hit games and three multi-RBI contests.

SUMMER 2002: Played for the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2002 with fellow Gators Ben Hedgecock and Mario Garza Batted team-best .295 (36-for-122) with six doubles, a triple and three home runs Also had 12 RBI and a team-leading 10 stolen bases His batting average ranked seventh in the league and he also was a participant in the Cape Cod Home Run Derby Was rated the sixth best professional prospect by Baseball America following the summer season.

SUMMER 2001: Played for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Shenandoah Valley League in summer of 2001 Batted team-best .336 with nine doubles, one homer and 23 RBI for the Turks Also scored 28 runs and stole 18 bases.

PREP: A 2000 graduate of Key West High School where he played baseball for head coach Brooks Carey Listed as the nation's No. 30 high school prospect by Baseball America in its rankings of the top-100 high school recruits Three-time Class 4A All-State selection (2000-first team, 1999-second team, 1998-honorable mention) who helped lead team to the 1998 state title Hit .517 with five home runs and 26 RBI as a senior Was named MVP of team as a senior in which he led the squad in four offensive categories Hit .446 with five home runs and 10 stolen bases as a junior Hit .300 with three home runs and 40 RBI as a sophomore.


HARRISON'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Season Statistics
Year AVG GP-S AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2001 .270 35-28 100 26 27 4 1 4 24 12 27 10-11
2002 .342 52-41 161 42 55 10 5 8 38 11 26 6-7
2003 .362 59-58 224 59 81 16 2 11 61 28 50 14-16
2004 .353 63-63 238 67 84 14 0 17 70 45 58 7-13
Career .342 209-190 723 194 247 44 8 40 193 96 161 37-47
SEC Regular Season Statistics
Year AVG GP-S AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2001 .156 14-11 32 3 5 1 0 0 0 5 11 3-3
2002 .350 21-16 60 14 21 4 1 3 6 1 11 2-2
2003 .275 30-29 109 20 30 8 1 4 17 15 26 2-3
2004 .336 29-29 116 26 39 4 0 9 31 17 25 0-1
Career .300 94-85 317 63 95 17 2 16 54 38 73 7-9
SEC Tournament Statistics
Year AVG GP-S AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2001 - - - - - - - - - - -  
2002 .368 5-5 19 5 7 3 1 2 9 1 4 0-0
2004 .286 4-4 14 3 4 2 0 0 2 3 4 0-0
Career .333 9-9 33 8 11 5 1 2 11 4 8 0-0
NCAA Postseason Statistics
Year AVG GP-S AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2001 - - - - - - - - - - -  
2002 .200 5-5 20 6 4 0 0 0 3 3 1 2-2
2003 .500 5-5 22 7 11 2 0 1 8 0 5 0-1
2004 .350 5-5 20 4 7 2 0 1 10 1 5 0-0
Career .355 15-15 62 17 22 4 0 2 21 4 11 2-3

HARRISON'S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats: 7 vs. South Florida, 2/25/03
Runs Scored: 4, two times; last vs. Charleston Southern, 2/2/02
Hits: 5 vs. Charleston Southern, 2/2/02
Home Runs: 2 at Alabama, 5/8/04
RBI: 6 at Alabama, 5/8/04
Bases on Balls: 3 vs. Tennessee, 3/28/03
Stolen Bases: 3, four times
Hit Streak: 16 games

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