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17 MARK KIGER
  • INF
  • 5-11 177
  • R/R
  • Sr-2L
  • La Jolla, Calif./Grossmont JC/La Jolla
  • Major: Leisure Service Management

STORYLINE: Kiger plays hard on every pitch and provides the Gators a combination of speed, power and a knack for getting on base. In his two-year collegiate career, he is a .314 hitter with 10 home runs, 88 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 115 career starts as a Gator. At UF, he has registered hits in 90 of his 115 career games played and started the last two years at second base.

2001: Started 48 games on season, all at second base...Hit .314 with two home runs, 31 RBI and 19 stolen bases...Went on team-high and career-high 21-game hit streak from 5/27/00-3/31/01 which ranked fifth in UF history...Registered hits in 40 of his 48 games played on season...Started all 115 of his career games played...Led all SEC second basemen with a .970 fielding percentage (112 putouts, 145 assists, eight errors)...Teamed with shortstop Kevin Estrada to help UF break the single season record for double plays and was in on 45 double plays...Walked career-high tying three times in SEC Tourney vs. Ole Miss, 5/18...Scored career-high tying four runs, went 2-3 with two walks vs. South Carolina, 5/12...Three RBI, two walks vs. Miss. State, 4/27...Hit first career grand slam, drove in career-high five RBI (including game winning RBI) and finished 2-4 with run vs. Arkansas, 3/24...Went 5-13 with three runs scored and two RBI in three game series vs. LSU 3/16-18...Finished 3-5 with triple, two runs, two RBI vs. Fordham, 3/14...Three hits vs. Tennessee, 3/11...Hit home run, went 2-5 with two RBI vs. Central Michigan, 3/4...Went 3-4 with two RBI and run scored in first appearance of season vs. Central Michigan, 3/3...Named to preseason Rotary Smith Award "Watch List"...Named in Collegiate Baseball's "preseason players to watch."

2000: Leadoff hitter who emerged as the starter at second base...Played in 67 games...Hit .314 with eight HR, 57 RBI and stole 22 bases...Hit safely in 48 of 67 games played...Hit .256 with three HR and 14 RBI in SEC play...15 multi-RBI games and 27 multi-hit games ranked third best on the team...Broke school record and led SEC in sacrifice flies (9)...Ranked eighth in SEC and led Gators in stolen bases (22)...Ranked tied for first among SEC second basemen in fielding percentage (.980), ranked tied for fourth in SEC in bases on balls (54), finished second in SEC in total plate appearances (347) and fourth in at bats (280)...Recorded second four-hit game of the season vs. Fordham, 3/15...Had a season-high four runs and four RBI vs. Fordham, 4/15...Registered four RBI vs. Mississippi State, 5/7...Hit game-winning single with the bases loaded to score winning run with two outs in the bottom of ninth vs. Miami, 2/13 for 4-3 win...Hit first career home run vs. Jacksonville, 2/9...Had four hits in first game vs. Hawaii, 1/19...Nine-game hit streak entering the SEC Tournament, posted five multi-hit games during the stretch and went 17-for-40 (.425) during the stretch.

1999 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE: Played freshman season at Grossmont Junior College in El Cajon, Calif. where he was coached by Ed Olsen...Selected as a 1999 First Team All-American by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association...Named Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year...Hit a state-best .497 with 10 HR and posted a 44-game hit streak...Led California Junior Colleges in seven offensive categories in 1999.

SUMMER BASEBALL: Led Western Amateur Baseball Association with .406 average and nine home runs for the San Diego Barona Stars in 1999...Team posted a 19-1 record, advancing to the National Baseball Congress World Series...Posted a 44-game hitting streak.

PREP: A 1998 graduate of La Jolla High School where he was coached by Bob Allen...Team won CIF Championship...Named all-league and all-CIF...Hit .410 with five HR and 17 RBI as a senior...Posted a 4-1 record on the mound with a 3.86 ERA...Stole 19 of 19 bases...As a junior, hit .236 with 20 RBI with a 3-0 record and 2.39 ERA...Also four-year letterwinner in soccer, earning All-America honors...Made Olympic Development team in soccer.


KIGER'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Season Statistics
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2000 .314 67-67 280 78 88 14 2 8 57 54 49 22-33
2001 .314 48-48 194 44 61 9 3 2 31 38 23 19-24
Career .314 115-115 474 122 149 23 5 10 88 92 72 41-57
SEC Regular Season Statistics
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2000 .256 30-30 133 25 34 6 1 3 14 21 26 8-13
2001 .306 30-30 121 26 37 5 1 1 21 24 15 11-14
Career .280 60-60 254 51 71 11 2 4 35 45 41 19-27
SEC Tournament Statistics
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2000 .235 4-4 17 5 4 0 0 0 2 2 7 1-2
2001 .286 3-3 7 2 2 0 0 0 1 6 0 3-3
Career .250 7-7 24 7 6 0 0 0 3 8 7 4-5
NCAA Postseason Statistics
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
2000 .316 5-5 19 8 6 1 0 1 3 4 2 1-2
2001 .182 3-3 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 1-1
Career .267 8-8 30 9 8 1 0 1 3 7 4 2-3
Career vs. Opponents
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A
Alabama - - - - - - - - - - - -
Arkansas .286 6-6 28 7 8 3 1 1 5 3 3 0-1
Auburn .259 7-7 27 7 7 1 0 0 3 3 5 2-3
Florida St. .067 4-4 15 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 0-0
Georgia .280 6-6 25 4 7 2 0 0 1 2 3 3-4
Kentucky .367 7-7 30 4 11 0 0 0 6 6 5 3-4
LSU .242 8-8 33 4 8 0 0 0 3 5 12 1-1
Miami .381 5-5 21 6 8 1 0 0 4 3 4 1-1
Mississippi .208 7-7 24 5 5 1 0 1 5 11 3 1-3
Mississippi St. .370 6-6 27 7 10 2 0 1 9 7 3 4-4
So. Carolina .241 7-7 29 10 7 0 0 0 2 6 5 3-3
Tennessee .345 7-7 29 5 10 1 0 1 3 6 4 4-5
Vanderbilt .039 6-6 26 5 4 1 1 0 1 4 6 0-0

KIGER'S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats: 7 two times, last vs. Mississippi State, 4/29/01;
Runs Scored: 4 two times, last vs. South Carolina, 5/12/01;
Hits: 4 two times, last vs. Fordham, 5/15/00;
RBI: 5 vs. Arkansas, 3/24/01;
Bases on Balls: 3 four times, last vs. Ole Miss, 5/18/01;
Stolen Bases: 2 five times, last at Mississippi State, 5/6/00;
Multi-hit games: 44;
Multi-RBI games: 25;
Hit Streak: 21 games.

KIGER UP CLOSE
Nickname: Tiger
Thing I like most about about UF baseball: a chance to go to Omaha every year
I chose Florida because: I wanted to play in the College World Series
If I could describe myself in one word, it would be: charismatic
Favorite movie: Happy Gilmore
Favorite sport other than baseball: soccer
Favorite TV show: Friends
Favorite all-time sporting event: College World Series
When I was a kid, I pretended to be: a pro baseball player

FLORIDA'S ALL-TIME CONSECUTIVE GAME HIT STREAKS
Mark Kiger put together the school's fifth longest consecutive game hit streak. Here is a look at where Kiger ranks on the all-time list:

Gms. Player Date(s)
29 Tim Olson 3/5/00-4/22/00
26 Brad Wilkerson 5/17/96-3/7/97
24 Bobby Forbes 1948
22 Dave Majeski 1992
21 Mark Kiger 5/27/00-3/31/01
20 Felix Martinez 1985
19 Ryan Shealy 2/10/01-3/17/01
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