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Jerico Weitzel

INF

Height
5' 11"
CLASS
Fr.
Hometown
Ridgway, Pa.
Weight
190 lbs.
Experience
HS
School
Ridgway
Major: Spanish

Major: Spanish

 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2010): Chosen to the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Made seven starts and played in 46 games...Was 11-for-42 (.262) with 10 walks, 10 runs and four RBI...Was 5-for-19 (.263) with five runs in 22 league games...Appeared in both of UF’s games at the NCAA College World Series...Singled and scored in the ninth inning against Florida State and drew a pinch-hit walk versus UCLA...Appeared in all three games at South Carolina...Started the finale at third base and was 0-for-4 with a run...Scored the tying run in the opener against Georgia on an error...Came in as a pinch runner and stole both second and third base before scoring in the second meeting with Alabama...Was 2-for-3 at USF and drew a career-high two walks...Batted .429 (3-for-7) over the three games at Tennessee...Did all of his offensive damage on Sunday, when he was 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and a walk...The three two-baggers marked the first time a Gator had done that since Jeff Corsaletti had three in the 2005 NCAA College World Series ver­sus Nebraska…Drew a walk and came off the bench to play third base versus Jacksonville...Was 2-for-2 off the bench at Ole Miss, highlighted by a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the finale...It was the first pinch-hit dinger by a Gator since Bryson Barber against Vanderbilt on May 15, 2008, and was the first of Weitzel’s career...Appeared in all three games to begin SEC play against Mississippi State and started the finale... Singled to left field in the ninth against Florida State in Tampa and scored a run...Went 1-for-4 and scored twice in his first start of the campaign versus Siena...Had his first theft of the year...Came through with a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning in the second win of the series over USF.

 

AS A FRESHMAN (2009): Earned a berth on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll…Played in 55 games, with 12 starts at second base and three at third base, and hit .208 with 13 runs and six RBI...Was 3-for-6 on the basepaths...Was 5-for-25 (.200) with four RBI and four runs in 25 SEC games...Appeared in seven postseason games and was 1-for-3 (.333) with one run and one RBI…Played in all three games off the bench during the NCAA Gainesville Regional and was 0-for-2 with a run scored...Pinch-ran for Brandon McArthur in the eighth against Bethune-Cookman and scored on Mike Mooney’s two-run single...Appeared in all three games as a defensive replacement at third base in the SEC Tournament and had an RBI single to finalize the scoring against Ole Miss...Walked and stole a base in the finale at LSU...Enjoyed a career night by going 3-for-4 in the home meeting with FGCU...Provided insurance with a two-run single up the middle as part of the six-run ninth that enabled the Gators to defeat Georgia for the series sweep...Stole his first base while pinch running for McArthur in game two versus the Bulldogs…Doubled and scored in the fourth inning as part of a 1-for-4 performance in the 12-7 slugfest with Bethune-Cookman...Went 1-for-2 with a leadoff single in the fifth during the rain-shortened contest against Florida State in Jacksonville...Kept the game alive in the ninth inning on Saturday versus Alabama with a two-out RBI single and came across with the winning run on Daniel Pigott’s drag bunt up the third-base line...Recorded the first multiple-hit performance of his career with a 2-for-4 effort versus FSU on St, Patrick’s Day...Went 1-for-4 with his first double and also scored in the 5-2 win at Stetson...Started the final two games of the Miami (Fla.) series and had a fielder’s choice in game two to collect his first career RBI...Notched first collegiate hit with a sixth-inning single against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 24...Made his collegiate starting debut at second base in the finale against Louisville.

 

SUMMER: Competed for the Duluth (Minn.) Huskies of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2009…Over 52 games, Weitzel batted .256 (46-for-180) with 23 runs, 21 walks, 10 RBI, eight doubles and four thefts.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Infielder from Ridgway High School who played for head coach Mark Morelli…Taken in the 27th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins with the 816th selection…Closed an outstanding prep career with a .500 clip during his senior campaign, with 35 runs, 32 runs batted in, 14 stolen bases, six doubles, four homers and four triples…Named the Most Valuable Player of the Altoona Curve All-Star Classic and was a member of the 2008 Rawlings Preseason All-Region Team…Rated No. 384 in the Class of 2008 Final Rankings from Perfect Game…Competed on the varsity baseball squad since the seventh grade…In his previous two seasons at Ridgway, he had registered averages of .449 (sophomore) and .688 (junior)…Began his high school career at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, where he started in left field in 2003 and at second base in both 2004 and 2005…As a freshman, Weitzel hit .439 with 18 thefts and was selected to try out for the 16-U USA Youth National Team, where he made it to the group of the final 36 players... A five-time letterwinner in wrestling, he captured the 2003 Florida High School Championship in the 145-pound weight class with a 3-1 victory over a senior in the finals…Advanced to the finals at 171 pounds as an eighth-grader but fell to the defending champion, 4-2…Stepping up to the 189-pound weight class in the ninth grade while representing Bolles, Weitzel dropped an 11-10 count to the reigning title-holder…During his junior year at Ridgway, he was one of 16 finalists at 189 pounds and lost to the eventual state champion, 3-2, to finish with a final record of 39-6…Was 31-3 as a senior and took fifth at the state tourney…As a ninth-grader, Weitzel was the starting inside linebacker for the 2004 Bolles football team that defeated Tampa Jefferson in The Swamp to capture the state championship…During the previous season, he was a member of the varsity kickoff unit that advanced to the final game before coming up short to Miami Pace…In his first year at Ridgway, Weitzel was a two-way starter at halfback and linebacker…He rushed for 1,224 yards in 10 games, with 20 rushing touchdowns and five TD receptions…On defense, Weitzel notched 102 tackles and two interceptions…A broken collarbone limited him to just three games as a senior.

 

WEITZEL’S CAREER STATISTICS

Overall Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2009

.208

55-15   

77

13

16

2

0

0

6

7

13

3-6

2010

.262

46-7

42

10

11

3

0

1

4

10

9

4-6

CAREER

.227

101-22

119

23

27

5

0

1

10

17

22

7-12

 

SEC Regular-Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2009

.200

25-3

25

4

5

0

0

0

4

3

3

3-6

2010

.263

22-4

19

6

5

3

0

1

2

3

4

2-3

CAREER

.xxx

47-7

44

10

10

3

0

1

6

6

7

5-9

 

SEC Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2009

1.000

3-0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0-0

2010

.000

1-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-0

CAREER

1.000

4-0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0-0

 

NCAA Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2009

.000

4-0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-0

2010

.500

3-0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0-0

CAREER

.250

7-0

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0-0

 

WEITZEL’S CAREER HIGHS

At Bats: 5 vs. Vanderbilt (4/5/09)

Runs Scored: 2, 2x, last vs. Tennessee (4/11/10)

Hits: 3, 2x, last vs. Tennessee (4/11/10)

RBI: 2, 2x, last vs. Ole Miss (3/28/10)

Doubles: 3 vs. Tennessee (4/11/10)

Triples: None

Home Runs: 1 vs. Ole Miss (3/28/10)

Walks: 2 vs. USF (4/21/10)

Stolen Bases: 2 vs. Alabama (5/8/10)

Hit Streak: 2 games, 5x, last (3/27-4/10/10)

 

 

 

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