- Cole Figueroa
- 5' 10"
- Tallahassee, Fla.
- 180 lbs.
Major: Sport Management
AS A SOPHOMORE (2008): Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time…Chosen by the San Diego Padres in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft with the 195th choice…Only Gator to start all 58 games last season, all at shortstop…Led the Orange and Blue in total bases (119), runs batted in (57), multiple-hit games (24), multiple-RBI games (15), home runs (nine) and sacrifice flies (seven)…Rated second on the squad with a .350 batting average and was the runner-up in hits (78), runs (61), doubles (12) and slugging percentage (.534)…Was 20-for-24 on stolen-base opportunities, matching classmate Matt den Dekker for the second-highest total on the club...Fifth on the Gators with a .350 SEC clip and had a team-best 33 runs to go along with 23 RBI...Was 2-for-6 (.333), scored twice and drew a pair of walks at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional…Enjoyed a strong showing at the SEC Tournament, pacing UF with a .571 (4-for-7) average...Went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and a stolen base in the setback to South Carolina...Tied the game against Vanderbilt with a run-scoring single in the first...Was named the SEC Player of the Week for the first time in his career after he hit .500 (6-for-12), totaled a team-best six RBI, drew three walks and belted a couple of homers during the sweep of Vandy...Gave Florida a 12-11 lead in the finale with a two-run, two-out single in the eighth...Opened the home part of the 11th with a single and scored the winning run from second base with two out on Jon Townsend’s base-hit...Finished the game 3-for-5...Cranked a three-run homer on Friday to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead as the Orange and Blue nipped VU, 5-4...Went 2-for-4 in Thursday’s opener and connected on a solo shot in the fifth to bring UF within 5-3...Went 2-for-5 with an RBI double in the eighth inning against USF...Was 4-for-14 (.286) with three runs scored at Alabama...Was a double shy of the cycle in game three in a 3-for-5 effort, including the first triple of his career and his seventh homer...Led the Gators with five RBI in a 4-for-10 (.400) weekend at South Carolina...Also scored four runs, walked twice, stole two bases, and was hit by a pitch...Had two hits in game two, with a run scored and an RBI...Tied a season high with three runs scored in game one in a 2-for-3 performance, also driving in three runs...Hit a team-best 6-for-12 (.500) over the weekend series against Georgia with two runs, a double, and a walk...Had a hit in every game and tied his season high with three hits in game three...Collected two hits in game one and put the Gators on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the fourth inning...Held to a .143 (2-for-14) average over the three games by Kentucky...Nine-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 effort in game two versus UNF...Was 2-for-5 and had two RBI in the opener...Scored a team-high six runs and was 4-for-11 (.364) with three doubles and two RBI at Tennessee...Went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored twice in UF’s 7-2 win...Scored three times in the 12-6 setback...Hit .500 (6-for-12) and blasted three solo homers off LSU's pitchers...Tied career high with two dingers in the finale, leading off the fourth and sixth with round-trippers for his second multi-HR outing...Was 3-for-8 (.375) and scored twice against Jacksonville...Rated third on the Gators by going 5-for-13 (.385) in Oxford...Went 2-for-5 in game three after a 2-for-4 performance in Saturday’s win...Gave UF an insurance run with a seventh-inning single...Rated second among UF’s starters with a .364 (4-for-11) series against Auburn and led with five runs...10-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 outing...Went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and runs scored in game two, including an RBI single (sixth) and a fielder’s choice (seventh) that yielded a run...Opened league play by going 2-for-3 and scored twice...Drove in both of Florida’s runs versus FGCUI with a homer (4th) and game-winning sac fly (8th)...Had an average of .364 (4-for-11) against Brown, with three runs, two walks and two RBI...Scored twice in the finale after going 2-for-4 in game two…Tallied a team-high five RBI in the sweep of Campbell...Delivered one of the Gators’ biggest hits of the season with an eighth-inning grand slam at Miami (Fla.) to snap a 2-2 tie in the third game, paving the way to a 6-2 victory...Was 3-for-13 (.231) during the series but drove in seven runs...Went 5-for-8 (.625) in the brooming of Eastern Michigan and scored three runs in each contest...Was 4-for-4 on the basepaths...Hit .429 (3-for-7) with six walks and five runs against Siena...Began the campaign by going 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a run-scoring double.
AS A FRESHMAN (2007): Named a first-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Rivals.com and was also named to Louisville Slugger's Freshman All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball…One of three Gators on the SEC All-Freshman Team...Sported a .332 batting average with 50 RBI, 48 runs and belted 11 homers...Seven of his 11 dingers were solo shots...Held the team lead with 30 multiple-hit games and matched Matt LaPorta with 13 multiple-RBI games...Started the first 17 games of the year at second base and shifted to shortstop for game three at Texas A&M, a spot he held for the final 41 games...Was third on Florida with a .338 SEC average...Drove in 29 runs and scored 26 times against league foes...Powered the Gators at the SEC Tourney with a sizzling .538 (7-for-13) performance and three-consecutive multi-hit outings...Capped the campaign with a 3-for-5 effort versus South Carolina after going 2-for-3 with a career-high two thefts in the 3-2 win over Alabama... Closed the regular season with a .375 (6-for-16) effort in the set with Tennessee...Had two hits in all three games against the Vols...Was 2-for-5 in the opener with a double...Belted two homers, including his first career grand slam and a solo shot, in the 20-2 victory...Established a career high with five RBI and was 2-for-6...Went 4-for-16 (.250) at LSU and matched his season-best of three hits in the 19-3 caging of the Tigers...Was 5-for-15 (.333) in the series with Alabama, recovering from an 0-for-5 opener to go five for his last 10...Socked a two-run homer in the seventh to bring UF within 5-3 in the finale...Went 3-for-4 and scored a season-high three runs in Saturday’s 9-3 win...Continued torrid pace with a team-best .500 (6-for-12) clip at Vanderbilt and was 14-for-25 (.560) over the six-game stretch against East rivals VU and Kentucky...Turned in three-straight two-hit outings in the series in Nashville...Was 2-for-3 and scored twice on Sunday and drove in the Gators’ lone run on Friday with an RBI single in the eighth off All-American David Price...Led the Orange and Blue with a .615 (8-for-13) weekend versus Kentucky and scored a team-high five runs...Had multi-hit efforts in all three games, including three both Friday and Sunday...Went 3-for-5 and scored twice in the 5-4 thriller after going 2-for-4 with two runs and an HBP on Saturday...Was 0-for-4 in his homecoming to Tallahassee with a walk and scored a run...Went 3-for-13 (.231) at Arkansas, featuring a 2-for-5 effort in game one...Tied the opener at 1-1 with a solo shot off All-American Nick Schmidt in the third inning and drove in a run with a grounder in the seventh...Delivered an RBI single in the ninth against UCF to narrow the gap to 6-2...Was 3-for-12 (.250) in the South Carolina series after going 1-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of walks in game three...Went 2-for-5 during UF’s 9-8 thriller...At Georgia, Figueroa was 4-for-15 (.267)...Figueroa’s 12-game hitting streak came to an end on March 27, when he went 0-for-4 against Bethune-Cookman...Batted .339 (19-for-56) during the skein, with 12 RBI, eight runs and did not draw any walks...Was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI fielder’s choice in the 16-7 win over No. 1 Florida State...Completed the sweep of UGA by chipping in with two hits...Had at least one hit in all three games of the series...Closed the Auburn trip with two hits in the finale, including a double, after driving in two runs during each of the first two games...Was 4-for-16 (.250) in the sweep of the Tigers...Provided the game-winning hit with an RBI single in the 10th to lift UF to an 8-7 triumph in the opener...Led the Gators by going 3-for-4 at Stetson...Collected three singles in his first three at bats against the Hatters...Debuted in SEC play with a .357 (5-for-14) showing in the Mississippi State series...Extended his hitting streak to eight games with an infield hit in game three and had an RBI fielder’s choice...Set a career high with three hits on Saturday, when he was 3-for-5...Poked a run-scoring single in the opener with MSU that gave the Gators a 5-1 cushion...Moved to the cleanup spot against Army and was 2-for-4 with a key RBI double in the fifth that put the home team on the board...Second on the squad with a .308 (4-for-13) effort at A&M, highlighted by a 2-for-5 performance in game two...Belted a two-run homer in the fifth to give UF a 5-2 lead over Jacksonville...Extended hitting streak to seven games with a seventh-inning single at USF and brought Florida within 5-4 with an RBI groundout in the ninth...UF went on to post a 10-5 triumph...Led the Gators with a .400 (4-for-10) performance against Kent State...Tallied a career-high three RBI in game two, when he was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a run-scoring single...Was 2-for-5 with two runs and his third round-tripper in the meeting with Florida State...Started three games at second base before missing the Florida A&M matchup while recovering from an illness...Recovered in time for the Miami (Fla.) series...Ranked second on the Gators with a .308 (4-for-13) performance against the Hurricanes, highlighted by two hits in each of the final two games...Tied game two with a round-tripper to open the third...Belted a solo homer to begin the home part of the eighth in the 7-0 blanking of VMI...Was 2-for-5 and scored twice during that contest...Collected two hits in the season opener.
SUMMER: Started at second base in the 2007 Cape Cod League All-Star Game representing the Harwich Mariners but played shortstop throughout the summer…Led the team's starters with a .281 average and was among the club leaders in total bases (49), hits (41), walks (18), runs (14) and RBI (13).
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Joe Vallese at Lincoln High School…Chosen in the ninth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 270th choice…Hit a scorching .563 with 70 runs batted in and eight homers as a senior, when he was the first-team all-state shortstop in Class 5A…Named the Tallahassee All-Big Bend Player of the Year and earned LHS' Most Valuable Player award…The Trojans won the district title and advanced to the regional quarterfinals…Was the starting shortstop in the Florida Athletic Coaches' Association All-Star Game…Hit .431 with 53 RBI and 15 doubles, 15 stolen bases and eight homers in 53 games for the Florida Bombers in the summer of '06…The Bombers advanced to the semifinals of the Connie Mack World Series held in Farmington, N.M.
FIGUEROA'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Season Statistics
2007 .332 58-58 262 48 87 12 0 11 50 19 29 7-9
2008 .350 58-58 223 61 78 12 1 9 57 32 27 20-24
CAREER .340 116-116 485 109 165 24 1 20 107 51 56 27-33
SEC Regular-Season Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2007 .338 30-30 142 26 48 8 0 5 29 9 15 2-4
2008 .350 30-30 120 33 42 6 1 6 23 12 15 8-10
CAREER .344 60-60 262 59 90 14 1 11 52 21 30 10-14
SEC Tournament Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2007 .538 3-3 13 3 7 1 0 0 1 1 2 3-3
2008 .571 2-2 7 0 4 0 0 0 2 1 1 1-1
CAREER .550 5-5 20 3 11 1 0 0 3 2 3 4-4
NCAA Tournament Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2008 .333 2-2 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1-1
CAREER .333 2-2 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1-1
At Bats: 6, 7x, last vs. Tennessee (5/18/07)
Runs Scored: 3, 7x, last vs. Alabama (5/11/08)
Hits: 3, 14x, last vs. South Carolina (5/22/08)
RBI: 5 vs. Tennessee (5/18/07)
Doubles: 1, 24x, last vs. USF (5/13/08)
Triples: 1 vs. Alabama (5/11/08)
Home Runs: 2, 2x, last vs. LSU (3/30/08)
Walks: 3 vs. Siena (2/23/08)
Stolen Bases: 2, 4x, last vs. Eastern Michigan-2 (2/27/08)
Hit Streak: 12 games (3/6-3/27/07)