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43 AUSTIN PRIDE
  • C/OF
  • 6-3 · 215
  • R/R
  • Junior · TR
  • Longwood, Fla.
  • Lake Mary High School/Daytona Beach C.C.
  • Major: Criminology

AS A JUNIOR (2006): Batted .270 on the season and played in 40 games with 28 starts (12 at first base, nine as the designated hitter, five in right field, two in left field)...Had a .291 (16-for-55) average in 17 SEC contests...Started in three different positions at Alabama (DH, RF, LF) and was 2-for-10 (.200)...Also walked twice and improved to a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases during league play...Led the Gators with a .417 (5-for-12) average at Mississippi State...Was 2-for-4 and scored twice in game three...Totaled three hits for the second-straight outing in the first matchup with the Bulldogs...Set a career-high with three hits in the finale against Georgia...Poked a couple of doubles, including one that cleared the bases, in the 9-6 setback...Was 1-for-4 in game two at Tennessee...Had two hits in six at bats against Vanderbilt...Was 3-for-12 (.250) at South Carolina...Tied his season-high with four RBI versus Stetson...Cranked a two-run bomb deep to left field in the fifth and had a two-run double in the seventh...Contributed a .364 (4-for-11) clip against Harvard...Launched a three-run blast on his way to a season-high four RBI in the 17-6 win over the Crimson...Was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the opener...Delivered an RBI grounder during the UNCG series...Came through with a two-run single in the 4-1 triumph over Texas A&M...Belted his first homer as a Gator in the eighth against Florida State...Hit a smoking .571 (4-for-7) with three runs during The Pepsi Baseball Classic...In his first start at first base, Pride was 2-for-4 and scored twice in the 10-3 conquest of Ohio State...Notched his first RBI of the year with a groundout against FAMU...Started the final two games at Miami as the club's designated hitter…Drew a walk in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter against Mercer...Collected his first hit at UF with a single in the third game versus Cincinnati.

AT DAYTONA BEACH C.C. (2004-05): Played two seasons for the Falcons under head coach Tim Touma, a former Gator during the 1985 and 1986 campaigns…Had a .284 average, with 33 runs batted in, 15 stolen bases (in 18 attempts) and three home runs in 2005…DBCC brought home the Mid-Florida Conference crown and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament…Sported a .983 fielding percentage after seeing time at catcher, first base and left field…Served as Daytona Beach's starting catcher in '04, when he hit .277, drove in 29 runs and delivered a pair of round-trippers.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Lake Mary High School, where he played for head coach Allan Tuttle…Selected in the 30th round with the 882nd overall pick of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals...Earned all-conference honors three times and had the most RBI in Orange County in 2001 with 40…Batted .405 as a freshman.


PRIDE'S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats: 5 vs. UCF (3/14/06) & Harvard (3/12/06)
Runs Scored: 2 vs. Mississippi State (5/6/06) & Ohio State (3/25/06)
Hits: 3 vs. Mississippi State (5/5/06) & Georgia (4/30/06)
RBI: 4 vs. Stetson (3/21/06) & Harvard (3/12/06)
Doubles: 2 vs. Georgia (4/30/06)
Triples: None
Home Runs: 1 (three times)
Walks: 1 (seven times)
Stolen Bases: 1 (five times)
Hit Streak: 4 games (2/24-3/3/06 & 3/21-3/29/06)

PRIDE'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Season Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2006 .270 40-28 115 14 31 5 0 3 21 7 31 5-6
CAREER .270 40-28 115 14 31 5 0 3 21 7 31 5-6
SEC Regular-Season Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2006 .291 17-14 55 5 16 4 0 0 6 3 15 5-5
CAREER .291 17-14 55 5 16 4 0 0 6 3 15 5-5
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