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Austin Pride


6' 3"
Longwood, Fla.
220 lbs.
Lake Mary (Daytona Beach C.C.)

Major: Criminology

AS A SENIOR (2007): Chosen to the SEC Academic Honor Roll…The Gators’ most versatile player, he made 45 starts (22 LF, 13 DH, 9 1B, 1 3B) and had a .295 clip with 41 RBI and 11 homers...Scored 26 runs in 52 games...Was at .240 in 28 SEC games with 15 RBI and 12 runs...Capped collegiate career with a .273 (3-for-11) performance at the SEC Tourney...Had one hit in each of the three games and drew a pair of walks...Connected on an RBI single in the opener against South Carolina and delivered a run-scoring single to start the offense in the 3-2 win over Alabama...Started the LSU series 0-for-7 but closed the weekend by going 3-for-4 with his 11th round-tripper...Tied a career high with three hits and drove in three runs in the setback to North Florida...Brought the Gators within 10-8 in the sixth on his 10th home run, a shot that cleared the wall in center field...Started the final game against Alabama at first base and was 4-for-10 (.400) with three RBI in the set...Jacked a solo shot in game two, a 9-3 Florida win...Took over at first base for the injured Matt LaPorta at Vanderbilt and was 3-for-9 (.333) with two doubles, one run, one RBI and a walk...Had one hit in each game...Punched a single to right center in the eighth that gave UF a 4-2 lead in the finale with Kentucky...The Wildcats rallied with two runs in the ninth before the Gators squeaked by 5-4...Went 1-for-4 in the 5-4 victory over Florida State...Second on the Orange and Blue in Fayetteville by going 3-for-8 (.375)...Snapped a 6-6 tie with an eighth-inning homer in the finale versus the Hogs, only to have Arkansas tally four runs in the bottom of the frame...Finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice...Belted first career grand slam during UF’s seven-run second inning outburst against Florida State...Put the Gators ahead of Bethune-Cookman with a two-run homer in the sixth that snapped a 2-2 stalemate...Was 8-for-20 (.400) over a stretch of five contests...Continued recent hot streak with a 5-for-12 (.417) performance against Mississippi State in which he drove in five runs and scored four times...Closed the weekend by going 3-for-4 and notched four RBI for the third time this season in game three, when he also cranked his fifth homer…Put UF ahead of Army with a two-run jack into the left-field bleachers and was 2-for-4...Led the Gators at Texas A&M by going 4-for-11 (.364) with four RBI...Matched a season high with three hits and drove in three runs in game two...Went 0-for-3 at USF and scored after drawing a walk in the sixth...Was 2-for-2 on the basepaths versus Kent State to match Matt den Dekker for the team lead in thefts...Went 3-for-6 (.500) versus Miami (Fla.), including 2-for-3 in the last game of the set with his second double of the year...Tied a career high with two runs against Florida A&M...Connected on a homer in the second inning of the 7-0 shutout of VMI.

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.

SUMMER: Played for the Sanford River Rats of the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2006…Started 29 of the 30 games he played in and registered a .268 batting average…Ranked first on the squad in slugging percentage (.536), total bases (60), runs batted in (19), doubles (12) and home runs (five)…Among the league leaders, Pride was first in two-baggers, second in both slugging percentage and total bases and fifth in round-trippers…Was 11 of 13 in stolen-base opportunities…Captured the FCSL's Home Run Derby in a playoff at the All-Star Game.

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.

PERSONAL: Austin Scott Pride was born Sept. 6, 1984, in Winter Park, Fla…His parents are Scott and Wendy Pride…Has a younger sister, Taylor, 16…Member of the 1998 AAU 13-year-old national championship team, the Chet Lemon Baseball School Juice…Current Gator teammate Chris Petrie was also a member of that squad…Enjoys fishing and considers Captain Blair Wiggins to be his favorite sports personality…Majoring in criminology.

Overall Season Statistics
2006 .270 40-28 115 14 31 5 0 3 21 7 31 5-6
2007 .295 52-45 173 26 51 9 0 11 41 17 46 7-11
CAREER .285 92-73 288 40 82 14 0 14 62 24 77 12-17
SEC Regular-Season Statistics
2006 .291 17-14 55 5 16 4 0 0 6 3 15 5-5
2007 .240 28-24 96 12 23 5 0 4 15 6 27 4-6
CAREER .258 45-38 151 17 39 9 0 4 21 9 42 9-11
SEC Tournament Statistics
2007 .273 3-3 11 0 3 1 0 0 2 2 3 0-0
CAREER .273 3-3 11 0 3 1 0 0 2 2 3 0-0

At Bats: 6 vs. Auburn (3/23/07)
Runs Scored: 3 vs. George Washington (3/4/07)
Hits: 3, 7x, last vs. LSU (5/13/07)
RBI: 4, 6x, last vs. Florida State (4/3/07)
Doubles: 2 vs. Georgia (4/30/06)
Triples: None
Home Runs: 1, 14x, last vs. LSU (5/13/07)
Walks: 1, 24x, last vs. Alabama (5/24/07) 
Stolen Bases: 1, 12x, last vs. Vanderbilt (4/29/07)
Hit Streak: 8 games (4/22-5/11/07)


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