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Ellis-Mark.jpg (8602 bytes)#2 MARK ELLIS

  • Shortstop

  • Senior, 3L

  • 5-11, 180, R/R

  • Rapid City, S.D. (Stevens HS)

  • CAREER NOTES - Three-year starter who played first two seasons primarily at third base...Among the top-10 on several all-time offensive charts...Ranks fourth in runs scored (184),tied for sixth in home runs (26), seventh in doubles (43), tied for seventh in hits (235), ninth in AB (699) and 10th in RBI (122)...All-time leader in sacrifice bunts at 15...Has at least one hit in 28 of 31 career postseason games...1998 - South I Regional Tournament Most Valuable Player...Recipient of the Office of Student Life Student Achievement Award...Starter at shortstop...Saw action in 50 games (42 at SS, six at 3B and two at 2B)...Hit .338 with 14 HR and 51 RBI with a .340 average with runners in scoring position... Named South I Regional MVP after hitting .500 (14-for-18) over five games with three HR and 10 RBI...14 hits set UF postseason series record and 10 RBI were tied for the best total in school history in a postseason series...Four hits including game-tying solo home run against eventual national champion Southern California at the College World Series...Had a career-high and school-record tying five hits against Wake Forest in South I Regional...Hit team-best .462 (6-for-13) with three doubles in the SEC Tournament...Posted a 15-game hit streak (.472, 34-for-72) and hit safely in 16 of the last 17 to raise batting average 72 points in last two months...Three leadoff home runs on the season (Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas)...Missed 14 games due to left hamstring pull suffered in first game against Mercer....1997 - Named Outstanding Defensive Player by the coaching staff and received the P.A. Lee Award...Saw action in 62 games with 59 starts...37 starts at 3B and 22 at SS...Opening day starter at shortstop but switched to third base before taking starting role back at short for the final 21 games...Among top five on squad in 12 offensive categories...Hit .326, sixth best on the squad, with 11 HR and 45 RBI while scoring 67 runs...26 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games...Seven sacrifices, tops on the squad...Second on the team with three triples and 11 home runs...Suffered a strained rotator cuff that sidelined him for five games...Hit 11 HR in ‘97 compared to one during all of freshman season...Reset the UF single-game record with three home runs against South Florida and equaled single-game mark for total bases with 13...Added three HRs in consecutive games (2/2-2/8), tying a UF school record accomplished three times prior to 1997...Provided game-winning RBI as pinch hitter against Florida State with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning for 3-2 UF win...Knocked in game-winner in bottom of ninth inning for 2-1 win over Miami (2/15)...1996 - Emerged from a solid backup role into the starter at third base...Received the Coaches Award for Overall Excellence...Saw action in 57 games with 48 starts (44 at 3B, 3 at SS, 1 at LF)...Hit .351, the third-best mark on the squad and among the top 10 in the SEC, with nine doubles, one home run and 26 RBI...A natural shortstop who provided solid play at the hot corner with a .911 fielding percentage...Seven sacrifices rank as the third-best single-season total in UF history...19 stolen bases, the second-best total on the squad...Hit a team-best .500 against lefthanders and .590 leading off an inning...Also hit .333 with runners in scoring position...Had a season-best 16-game hitting streak, the second-longest by any UF player in ‘96... During the streak he hit .423 (30-71)...Hit the first home run of his collegiate career in win over South Florida...Hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to score the winning run in UF's SEC tournament opening win over Mississippi State...Against conference opponents, hit .382 (second on the team) with seven doubles, 25 runs scored and 13 RBI...Went 4-for-5 with a double and three singles in the Vanderbilt series finale, the first four-hit game of his career...Hit .357 (5-14) versus LSU, with three hits, a double and two singles, and scored the winning run in series finale...Drove in four runs, including a two-run double to score the winning runs, in a win at Florida State...First career hit came against Stetson ...PREP - A 1995 graduate of Stevens High School...The 1994 and 1995 South Dakota American Legion Player-of-the-Year, the only player in state history to win the award twice...A two-time All-State selection (1993 & 1994) at shortstop...Hit .471 with 11 home runs and 91 RBI in 83 games...Also stole 43 bases and added 10 triples...Set team single-season records with his 138 hits and 129 runs scored and was the starting shortstop on the 1993 National Championship American Legion Team...Selected USA Baseball's Golden Diamond Amateur Junior Player of the Year in South Dakota...Named Baseball America's 1993 State Player-of-the-Year..

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