One of four team captains for 2010 ... Returning starter behind the plate ... Polished defensive catcher that possesses very good receiving, blocking and throwing skills ... Consistent hitter with a good eye that batted .330 a year ago ... Brings a wealth of experience in handling a pitching staff ... 2009: Started 56 of 62 games played behind the plate ... Batted .330 (58-for-176) with two home runs, 29 RBI, eight doubles, triple and 27 runs scored ... In the Greenville Regional batted .333 (6-for-18) with a double and RBI ... Recorded 15 multi-hit and eight multi-RBI games ... Lone HRs were against Norfolk State (3/18) in consecutive at-bats (2nd & 3rd innings) ... Season-long 12 game hit streak (May 2-22) where he batted .486 (18-for-37) with six RBI and 11 runs scored - raising his season average from .282 to .331 ... Posted five 3-hit games ... Ranked second on the team with seven game-winning RBI (UNC Asheville, Norfolk State, UCF/three times, N.C. State and Memphis) ... Drove in game winning RBI in three consecutive games (Mar. 18-21), where he collected a total of eight RBI ... Hit first career multi HR game against Norfolk State (3/18) ... Ranked eighth in Conference USA with a .991 fielding percentage (committed just four errors), which ranked third on the team ... Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List (May 5) ... Threw out 10 would be base stealers ... Ranked second on the team in sacrifice bunts (7), sac flies (4) and hit by pitch (8) ... When starting behind the dish, the Pirates sported a 42-14 overall record ... Hit primarily in the bottom of the order: seventh (4 times), eighth (19 times) and ninth (34 times) ... Batted .200 (1-for-5) as a non-starter in six games ... Batted .369 with a HR and 28 RBI with runners on base (fifth on the team) opposed to a .293 average with HR and RBI when the bases were empty ... Had greater success against lefties (.375) than right-handers (.316) ... Led the team with a .750 average (3-for-4) when hitting in the first inning, while ranking second .458 (11-for-24) in the third frame ... Started 9 of 10 games in post-season, where he batted .323 (10-for-31) with three RBI ... In 23 league games, hit .338 (27-for-87) with eight RBI and 13 doubles ... Batted .360 (36-for-100) in day games and .289 (22-for 76) under the lights ... Enjoyed equal success at home (.333/35-for-105) and on the road (.316/18-for-57) ... Month by-month analysis includes February (.333, 0 HR, 3 RBI), March (.360, 2 HR, 14 RBI), April (.200, 0 HR, 5 RBI), May (.415/second-best, 0 HR, 6 RBI) and June (.375, 0 HR, 1 RBI) ... 2008: Transfer from Seminole Community College where he played for head coach Mike Nicholson and ECU graduate Ricky Plante (assistant coach) ... Regarded as one of the top catchers in Florida junior college baseball ... Hit .320 (47-for-147) with eight home runs, 38 RBI ... Scored 31 runs and roped nine doubles ... Collected three hits against Florida Community College (3/12/08) ... Finished the season with a 10-game hitting streak where he batted .387 (12-for-31) with a home run, six RBI and nine runs scored ... Posted a five-game streak where he drove in at least two runs (Mar. 14-21) ... Had 13 career multi-hit games ... Drove in two or more runs 11 times with a career-best four coming against Daytona Beach Community College on March 14 ... Lone stolen base came against Indian River CC (2/27/08) ... 2007: Played 17 games with 13 starts at the University of Alabama ... Limited in action due to foot injury ... As a freshman batted .250 (10-for-40) with two RBI, five runs scored and three walks ... Recorded 109 putouts with two assists with one error ... High School: Four-year letter winner and three-year starter for coach Jason Burchfield at Bayside High School in Melbourne, Fla. ... Named 2006 Cape Coast Conference Player-of-the-Year after leading the Bears to an 18-9 overall record during his senior season ... Also named First Team All-CCC, Bayside High School Most Valuable Player, Bayside High School Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Brevard County Player-of-the-Year ... Rated 165th among Baseball America's Top 200 High School prospects ... Participated in Perfect Game National Showcase and AFLAC High School Showcase prior to his senior season ... Batted .367 with three home runs and 18 RBI ... He also recorded seven saves in nine relief appearances, surrendering just four hits and no earned runs in 10 innings ... As a junior, he batted .420 and was named a 2005 First-Team All-CCC selection as well as honorable mention all-state ... Also named team MVP and first-team all county ... In the summer of 2005, he played for the Florida Bombers team that won the Connie Mack state championship and the World Wood Bat Association national championship where he batted .446 with 31 RBI and was named the team MVP ... As a sophomore, he batted .350 and earned Bayside High School Defensive MVP honors as well as all-conference and second-team all-county ... Graduated with honors (4.1 GPA) ... Four-time academic letter winner and honor roll member ... Personal: Full name is Jared Ian Avchen ... Born December 15, 1987 in Palm Bay, Fla. ... Son of David and Alice Avchen ... Has two siblings (Chelsea and Paige) ... Intended major is business ... 2008-09 Conference USA Honor Roll and C-USA Academic Medal Winner ... Three-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Fall '08, Spring '08, Fall '09).
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 5 (twice, last vs. Houston 5/10/09); runs: 3 vs. Norfolk State (3/18/09); hits: 3 (five times, last vs. 5/10/09); RBI: 3 (twice, last vs. UCF 3/20/09); home runs: 2 vs. Norfolk State (3/18/09); stolen bases: none.