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Avery Barnes

OF/INF

Height
5' 11"
CLASS
Sr.
Hometown
High Springs, Fla.
Weight
175 lbs.
Experience
3L
School
Santa Fe
Ever since he can remember, Avery Barnes has asked his father, Keith, the same question on sunny days in the spring

Major: Criminology

 

AS A SENIOR (2009): Earned Academic All-SEC recognition for the third year in a row…Selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft with the 331st pick…Was chosen first-team All-SEC, his second-straight time earning all-league accolades...Became the first UF outfielder to garner All-SEC in back-to-back campaigns since Ben Harrison was a second-team choice in both 2003 and 2004...Started 61 games - 59 in left, one in center field and one at second base...Led the SEC with a .382 average, 50 hits, and 40 runs scored in conference games...Paced the Gators in batting average (.364), hits (90), runs (76), stolen bases (18) and triples (six)...Rated second in slugging percentage (.547), total bases (135), home runs (eight), and sacrifice hits (six) and was third in RBI (42)...Was a bright spot for Florida by going 5-for-10 (.500) with two multiple-hit games versus Southern Miss in the Super Regional...Went 4-for-12 (.333) over the three games of the Gainesville Regional with five runs, two RBI and was 2-for-2 on the basepaths...Matched season-highs in walks (2) and runs (3) in the 16-5 victory over Miami (Fla.) that clinched the Regional title...Had an infield RBI single in the eighth inning during the 8-2 win over the Hurricanes...Had two hits in the opener against Bethune-Cookman...Led Florida with a .364 (4-for-11) clip over the three games at the SEC Tourney and scored a team-high six runs...Went 1-for-3 with two walks and a pair of runs in the opener against Arkansas...Had a two-run single in the fifth to put the Gators ahead of Ole Miss in the elimination game, when he went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI...Singled and had a stolen base in the second matchup with the Hogs in Hoover...Was 6-for-12 (.500) against Kentucky with seven runs and an RBI...Matched his career high of four hits in the opener, when he was 4-for-5 and tallied three runs...Scored twice in Friday’s one-run loss and went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI single on Senior Day as Florida rallied for 13-9 victory to take the series...In his seven career games versus the Wildcats, Barnes went 15-for-28 (.536) with 13 runs, four RBI, three stolen bases and a triple...Ended a career-high 15-game hitting streak in which he was 28-for-68 (.412) with 19 runs and seven RBI with a 0-for-4 night versus Jacksonville...Extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games with at least one hit in each contest at LSU and was 4-for-14 (.286) on the weekend...Had an infield hit in the third against FGCU to raise his hitting streak to a dozen games...Batted .412 (7-for-17) during the Georgia series with a team-high five runs scored and his eighth homer of the campaign…Raised hitting streak to 11 games with a one-out single in the ninth inning of the finale...Went 4-for-7 in the opener and belted a solo shot in the fourth inning...Led UF’s offensive attack versus South Carolina by going 8-for-13 (.615) with six runs, two RBI, and his career-high seventh homer...Was 3-for-12 (.250) in the Ole Miss series with a team-high four runs scored...Led the Gators’ surge in the win at Florida State with a 4-for-5 performance with his sixth homer of the season and three RBI...Was 4-for-16 (.250) at Auburn with four runs and four RBI...Had multiple-hit performances in games one and two versus the Tigers...Registered a season-high three RBI in a 2-for-4 (.500) performance at the plate against Bethune-Cookman...Went 5-for-13 (.385) in Nashville and was perfect on the basepaths with three stolen bases...Batted .364 (4-for-11) during the Alabama series and crossed the plate four times...Went 2-for-7 (.286) in the two games against UNF with a hit in each game…Led the Orange and Blue with five RBI as part of a 3-for-10 (.300) series against Tennessee…Batted third in the lineup at UCF, his first game out of the leadoff slot, and went 0-for-2 with two walks...Debuted in SEC play with a team-high average of .462 (6-for-13) in Fayetteville...Belted a solo homer in the third inning of game three, when he was 2-for-4...Started the series by going 3-for-5...Extended hitting streak to five games by going 4-for-13 (.308) in the sweep of Duquesne...Started game three at second base, his first start at the position since the finale of the 2007 season at the SEC Tournament...Had a pair of triples in the series, including one that cleared the bases in game two...Opened the weekend by going 2-for-4 and matched a season-high with three runs...Went 4-for-7 (.571) over the two games against Eastern Michigan, with four runs and three RBI...Opened game two with a homer, his first dinger since April 6 of last year at Tennessee...Started the series with the Eagles by going 3-for-4 and had a two-run triple as part of a seven-run fourth inning...Began the season with a .375 (3-for-8) effort against eighth-ranked Louisville...Scored five runs and was hit three times on the weekend...Swiped two bases in the finale...Came across the plate three times during UF’s 10-4 win on Saturday...Was plunked in his initial plate appearance of the campaign and had an RBI single in seventh of the opener.

 

AS A JUNIOR (2008): Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time…Selected in the 40th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals with the 1,201st pick…A second-team All-SEC selection, Barnes led UF in a variety of offensive categories, including batting average (.360), on-base percentage (.434), hits (81), runs (65), stolen bases (26-for-29), triples (four) and sacrifice hits (four)…Ranked second on the club with 23 multiple-hit games, tied for third with 29 walks and was fourth with 11 doubles…Started 55 games, 53 in left field and two as the designated hitter…Hit .357 (5-for-14) during the series sweep of Vanderbilt and tied for the team lead with four runs...Erupted for a 4-for-5 effort in the opener and delivered a clutch two-out single in the eighth with the score tied…Was a home run shy of the cycle with a 3-for-5 performance in the 12-2 victory over USF...Went 3-for-13 (.231) with two runs and two RBI and was perfect on three stolen-base attempts at Alabama...Led the Gators in hitting at a .615 clip (8-for-13) at South Carolina and with five runs scored...Paced UF with a .563 (9-for-16) showing at Kentucky and was 8-for-11 (.727) over the final two games...Became the first Gator since Jeff Corsaletti (vs. UCF on March 22, 2005) to have five hits when he was 5-for-6 in game two...Continued hot streak with team-leading .444 (4-for-9) showing in the two games against North Florida...Delivered his first sac fly of the season in the 3-2 win after contributing three hits and two thefts in the opener...Enjoyed visit to Tennessee with a .500 (6-for-12) average, five RBI a pair of three-hit games...Helped UF salvage the finale by going 3-for-3 with three runs, including a solo homer...Went 2-for-4 with two infield hits in the finale with LSU...Career-high 14-game hitting streak ended at Jacksonville...Led the Gators with three hits in the 6-1 triumph over Florida State...Tripled and scored the winning run in the eighth inning on Cole Figueroa’s sac fly to down FGCU, 2-1...Tied for the team lead with a .500 (4-for-8) performance during the series with Brown...Did his job out of the top spot in the finale by drawing three walks and scoring three runs...Delivered a bases-loaded, pinch-hit walk-off single to give UF an 8-7 win to salvage a split of Saturday’s doubleheader...Went 6-for-9 (.667) in the doubleheader sweep of Eastern Michigan, with three hits in each contest...Was 3-for-5 and matched a career high with four runs scored in the nightcap...Belted his first homer of the year with a two-run shot in the eighth of game two and set a single-game best with two stolen bases...Had two multiple-hit games in the season-opening series against Siena, including a 2-for-5, two-run effort on opening night. 

 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2007): Earned Academic All-SEC recognition…Started 37 games in four different positions (26-2B, 9-CF, 1-LF, 1-DH) and played in 47 games...Hit .293 with 40 runs, 27 RBI and drew 18 walks...Had nine multiple-hit games...Was 4-for-6 on the basepaths...Was 16-for-64 (.250) with 18 RBI and 17 runs in 19 SEC games...Started all three games at the SEC Tournament and was 2-for-10 (.200) with three sacrifices, two runs and two walks...Had a spectacular finish to the regular season against Tennessee, going 6-for-11 (.545)...Entered the second matchup with the Vols boasting one homer and a total of 15 RBI...Enjoyed the game of his life, tying Florida and SEC records by driving in 10 runs in the Gators’ 20-2 win...Connected on a grand slam in the second inning and later belted a three-run shot in the eighth inning...His 10 RBI matched Adam Davis’ school record that was set in the second meeting with Tennessee during the 2005 series...The four runs equaled his personal best set the week before in Baton Rouge...Set a career high with four runs and was 2-for-6 with a stolen base in the 19-3 romp over the Tigers...Hit his first career homer during the Alabama series…Came across with the winning run on Chris Petrie’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth against Kentucky in the series finale...Went 2-for-10 (.200) in the series with South Carolina and was 2-for-5 with an RBI, run, walk and stolen base in game three...Was a career-best 3-for-3 with an RBI double and drew a career-high three walks in the 16-7 win over No. 1 Florida State in Jacksonville...Scored twice in the opener with Mississippi State and stole his first career base...Saw an end to a season-high seven-game hitting streak in which he was 12-for-29 (.414) by going 0-for-3 with three K in the opener at Texas A&M...Went 6-for-13 (.462) and scored seven runs during the sweep of George Washington...Finished 3-for-5 in the come-from-behind win at USF...Opened the ninth inning with a base-hit and later added a run-scoring double in the same frame.

 

AS A FRESHMAN (2006): Started three games at second base and played in 15 games as a rookie...Batted .227 (5-for-22) with four runs and an RBI...Finished 2-for-8 (.250) in SEC play...Was hit in his only plate appearance at South Carolina...Had a season-high two hits, including his first double, in the come-from-behind win over Arkansas on March 19...Went 1-for-4 with a run and notched his first RBI in the 4-1 win over Texas A&M on March 4...Collected his first collegiate hit with a bunt single in the seventh inning versus Florida State and scored when Adam Davis was hit with the bases loaded...Saw his first action in the final game of The Pepsi Baseball Classic against Wake Forest on Feb. 26...Came in as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning at second base and turned a double play...Drew a walk in his first plate appearance.

 

SUMMER: Played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League in the summer of 2007…Batted .284 in 20 games with 18 runs and was 14-for-15 on the basepaths…Enjoyed a tremendous '06 season playing for Altamonte Springs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League, where he was ranked as the eighth-best prospect by Baseball America…Finished second in the league with a .361 batting average and ranked first in both runs scored (37) and stolen bases (24 thefts in 27 opportunities)…Was presented with the Tim Raines Sr. Base Stealing Champ award as the FCSL's top thief…Among the league leaders, Barnes rated third in doubles (nine), fourth in hits (39) and RBI (24), fifth in total bases (56), sixth in slugging percentage (.519) and seventh in on-base percentage (.413)...The Snappers captured the regular-season title but fell to Winter Park in the championship game.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Santa Fe High School for head coach Todd Gray…Batted .500 with 32 stolen bases, 32 RBI and 10 doubles as a senior en route to earning the Florida Dairy Farmers' Class 3A Player of the Year…Collected first-team all-state honors and was named as one of The Gainesville Sun's Co-Baseball Players of the Year…Participated in the 2005 Florida Athletic Coaches' Association All-Star Game in Sebring for the North team…Named as one of the 2004-05 Athletes of the Year by The Gainesville Sun…As a wide receiver/defensive back on Santa Fe's football team, Barnes had 365 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, 65 tackles and also returned punts…Helped the Raiders reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999…A first-team all-state and all-area selection as a junior on the diamond, Barnes batted .398, scored 29 runs, totaled 25 RBI and swiped 24 bases…Was an all-state honorable mention pick as a sophomore…Earned the Jeffrey L. Meldon/WCJB TV-20 Scholar-Athlete Award and also received a scholastic honor from the U.S. Army Reserve…Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact Club, Students Against Drunk Driving and student government in high school.

 

BARNES’ CAREER STATISTICS

Overall Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2006

.227

15-3

22

4

5

1

0

0

1

1

4

0-0

2007

.293

47-37

147

40

43

7

2

3

27

18

31

4-6

2008

.360

56-55

225

65

81

11

4

2

19

29

39

26-29

2009

.364

62-61

247

76

90

9

6

8

42

28

41

18-25

CAREER

.342

180-156

641

185

219

28

12

13

89

76

115

48-60

 

SEC Regular-Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2006

.250

6-0

8

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0-0

2007

.250

21-14

64

17

16

1

0

3

18

7

11

4-5

2008

.355

30-30

124

32

44

6

2

1

11

12

24

12-13

2009

.382

30-30

131

40

50

5

2

6

19

12

24

8-11

CAREER

.343

87-74

327

90

112

13

4

10

48

31

60

24-29

 

SEC Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2007

.200

3-3

10

2

2

1

0

0

1

2

4

0-0

2008

.125

2-2

8

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

1-1

2009

.364

3-3

11

6

4

1

0

0

2

3

4

2-2

CAREER

.241

8-8

29

9

7

2

0

0

3

6

10

3-3

 

NCAA Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2008

.100

2-2

10

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-0

2009

.409

5-5

22

7

9

1

0

0

2

2

1

3-3

CAREER

.313

7-7

32

7

10

1

0

0

2

2

1

3-3

 

BARNES’ CAREER HIGHS

At Bats: 7 vs. Georgia (5/1/09)

Runs Scored: 4, 4x, last vs. Campbell (3/4/08)

Hits: 5 vs. Kentucky (4/19/08)

RBI: 10 vs. Tennessee (5/18/07)

Doubles: 2 vs. Brown-1 (3/8/08)

Triples: 1, 12x, last vs. Georgia (5/2/09)

Home Runs: 2 vs. Tennessee (5/18/07)

Walks: 3, 2x, last vs. Brown (3/9/08)

Stolen Bases: 2, 7x, last vs. Bethune-Cookman (4/7/09)

Hit Streak: 15 games (4/14-5/12/09)

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