|25 Stephen Batts|
Pirates fall 16-8 to the Owls in the title game of the Conference USA tournament.
Pirates prevail over the Green Wave to earn a trip to Sunday's conference title game against top-seeded Rice.
Pirates complete victory over the Knights on Senior Day.
Pirates even Conference USA record at 7-7 and move into fourth place in the league standings.
Pirates step out of conference play against the Tigers and run winning streak to seven games.
Three-year letter winner ... One of four team captains on the 2009 squad ... Proven righthanded hitter that can hit for average and power while using the entire field ... Very athletic defensively and can play multiple positions ... Holds school record with a 29-game hitting streak (2007) ... Named preseason first-team All Conference USA for the second consecutive year (league coaches) ... Preseason first-team All C-USA selection by Rivals.com ... 2008: Named second-team All C-USA by league coaches ... Preseason Brooks Wallace Player-of-the- Year Watch List candidate ... One of two players to start all 63 games played (Harrison Eldridge) ... Batted .333 (80-for -240) with 10 home runs, 45 RBI and 65 runs scored ... Recorded a season-best 12 game hitting streak (April 9-25) where he batted .300 (15-for-50) with two home runs, seven RBI and 10 runs ... Also had hit streaks of seven games (twice), eight games and 10 games ... Established season-highs in games played (63), at-bats (240), runs (65), hits (80), home runs (10), total bases (125), walks (48) and stolen bases (14) ... Tied for third on the team with 24 multi hit games while collecting 10 multi-RBI games ... One of five Pirates to belt double-digit home runs ... Played four different defensive positions: first base (8 games), second base (13 games), third base (9 games) and left field (32 games) ... Established new single-game career highs in at-bats (6) and home runs (2), while tying highs in runs (3), hits (3) and stolen bases (2) ... Hit home runs in back-to-back games (3/13-15) ... Belted two home runs against Tulane on May 10 in game-one of a double-header ... Also hit homers against Quinnipiac, Rhode Island, Elon, Campbell, Marshall, Presbyterian, UAB and Memphis ... Ranked among the C-USA leaders (all games) in walks (4th); runs scored (5th); total plate appearances (9th) and on-base percentage (10th) ... On a national scale ranked 28th in walks, 59th in walks per game and 68th in runs scored ... Ranked fifth on the team with a .333 average ... Collected at least one hit in 52-of-63 games ... His 48 walks ranked first on the team ... Posted a .938 fielding percentage with 62 assists, while committing 12 errors in 194 chances ... When hitting in the third spot in the order, the Pirates posted a 41-20 overall record ... Also batted in the five-hole twice ... Had better success against left-handed pitchers (.355/27-for-76) than right-handers (.323/53-for-164) ... Sported a team-best .394 average as a leadoff hitter ... Drove in 39 runs and batted .323 (41-for-127) with runners on base ... Ranked fifth on the team with 38 RBIs with runners in scoring position while hitting .318 ... Topped the team with 17 RBIs when hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs ... With the bases empty recorded a team-best .345 average (39-for-113) with six home runs ... Ranked among the team leaders in runs walks (1st); games played and started (t-1st); on-base percentage (t-2nd); scored (2nd); doubles, hits, stolen bases and total plate appearances (3rd); at-bats and sac flies (4th); average, home runs, slugging percentage and total bases (5th) ... With the bases loaded, drove in six runs, batted .600 (3-for-5) ... Collected four hits (.308) in the Conway Regional with three runs scored ... Batted .319 (30 for-94) in 24 conference games, while hitting .342 (50-for-146) in non-conference action ... Ranked second on the squad with a .379 average, nine home runs and 32 RBI at Clark-LeClair Stadium ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.238, 0 HR, 2 RBI), March (.416, 4 HR, 28 RBI), April (.304, 2 HR, 9 RBI), May (.291, 4 HR, 6 RBI) and June (.375, 0 HR, 0 RBI) ... ECU Career Charts: on-base percentage (13th/.418); batting average (14th/.330) and walks (15th/90) ... 2008 Summer: Spent summer playing for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League with fellow Pirate Kyle Roller... Batted .221 (25-for-113) with nine RBI, six doubles and 11 runs scored in 39 games ... Played 26 games at first base, three at third base and 14 in the outfield ... Stole a team second-best five bases ... 2007: Established a new school record by hitting safely in 29 consecutive games, which started on April 13 and ended on June 3 ... Had the fifth longest hit streak in the nation ... During that span he hit .342 (41-for-12) ... Named to 2007 C-USA All-Tournament squad after batting .333 (6-for-18) with two doubles, four RBI, three runs scored and one stolen base ... Earned NCAA All-Region honors (Chapel Hill Regional) with a .429 average (6-for-14) with a home run, five RBI, three doubles and five runs scored ... Batted .323 (73-for-226) with six home runs, 56 RBI, 15 doubles and 43 runs scored ... Collected 21 multi-hit games and has 34 for his career ... Had 16 multi-RBI games with a career-high five RBI coming against UNC-Wilmington (3/28) ... Recorded 18 two-hit games ... Ranked among C-USA leaders (all games) in fielding DPs (2nd); RBI and chances (4th); triples (t 4th); putouts (5th); and slugging percentage (10th) ... Started 59-of-61 games played (52 at 1B, 3 at 2B, 2 at 3B and 2 at DH) ... Ranked second on the team with a .323 average ... Pounded out hits in 49-of-61 games played ... His 28 walks ranked second on the team ... Posted a .979 fielding percentage with 44 assists, while committing 11 errors in 530 chances ... Went deep in back-to-back games against Marshall (4/13) and ODU (4/18) ... Set a new career-high with five RBI against UNC Wilmington (3/28) ... Tied career-highs in at-bats, hits, runs, home runs and stolen bases ... When hitting in the third, fourth and fifth spots in the order, ECU posted a 34-18 record ... Had better success against right-handed pitchers (.337/58-for-172) than lefties (.278/15-for-54) ... Sported the second-best average (.462) with the bases loaded; third-best when leading off an inning (.333), with runners in scoring position (.376/32 for-85, 4 HRs, 6 doubles and 53 RBI) and with the bases empty (.333) ... Collected a team-best nine hits when batting in the second inning (.333) and a team-best 12 hits when batting in the fourth (.400) ... Ranked among the team leaders in slugging percentage and triples, RBI (first); average, doubles, hits, runs scored and total bases (second); at bats, on-base percentage, stolen bases, total plate appearances and walks (third); home runs (t-3rd) ... When leading off an inning, batted .333 with 14 hits ... Batted .376 (32-for-85) with a team-best four home runs, six doubles and 53 RBI with runners in scoring position ... With the bases juiced, drove in 18 runs, batted .462 (6-for- 13) ... Batted .265 (22-for-83) in 22 conference games, while hitting .357 (42-for-116) in non-conference action ... Ranked second on the squad with a .342 average, four home runs and 44 RBI at Clark-LeClair Stadium ... Month-by month analysis includes February (.346, 0 HR, 8 RBI), March (.344, 1 HR, 21 RBI), April (.293, 3 HR, 13 RBI), May (.297, 1 HR, 9 RBI) and June (.429, 1 HR, 5 RBI) ... 2007 Summer: Played summer ball for Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League (2007) ... Batted .341 (59-for-173) with 4 HRs, 23 RBI, 12 doubles and 35 runs scored for the Sharks ... Named to CPL All-Star squad ... Earned CPL Rawlings Hitter-of-the-Week (7/11/07) ... 2006: As a redshirt freshman, started 36-of-48 games played serving as the teams top utility man ... Started seven games at first base, one at second, eight at third, 18 in left field and two as a designated hitter ... Was 44-for 131 with 26 runs scored, 15 RBI and eight extra-base hits ... Lone long ball came at home against Marshall 4/22 (solo) ... Drew 14 base-on-balls and struck out 31 times ... Committed only two errors in 154 chances, posting a .987 fielding percentage ... Had better success against left-handed pitchers (.389/14-for-36) versus right-handers (.316/30-for-95) ... Hit .286 (2-for-7) with runners in scoring position ... Batted .338 (23- for-68) with runners on base, fifth on the team ... Posted first start in left field in Pirate debut going 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored ... Recorded 13 multi-hit games (nine two-hit and four three-hit) ... Collected three hit contests against Maryland (2/10), Penn State (2/24), Albany (4/16) and Marshall (4/21) ... Recorded four multi-RBI games (three 2-RBI and one 3-RBI performance) ... Season-best six game hit streak lasted from Feb. 12 to Feb. 24 ... During that span he batted .428 with nine hits and six RBI ... Also posted three five-game hit streaks (Feb. 26-Mar. 5; Apr. 16-23; and May 7-14) ... Was perfect on the base paths swiping six bases including a pair against N.C. A&T (3/15) ... Found success hitting in the bottom of the lineup (6 thru 9 spots) batting .361 (34-for-94) ... Leading off an inning, hit a team-best .476 with 10 hits in 21 at-bats ... In non-conference action, collected 29 hits in 94 at bats (.309) with one home run and 11 RBI ... Enjoyed success at home in 32 games with a .388 average (38-of-98) opposed to his .172 average in 14 games away from Clark-LeClair Stadium ... Batted .356 in day contests and .295 at night ... Ranked among the team leaders in stolen base percentage (first); on base percentage and fielding percentage (second); batting average (t-2nd), stolen bases (t-3rd); chances, putouts and fielding double plays (fifth) ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.400, 0 HR, 10 RBI), March (.162, 0 HR, 0 RBI), April (.462, 1 HR, 2 RBI) and May (.357, 0 HR, 3 RBI) ... Played summer ball in the Coastal Plain League for the Wilmington Sharks ... Started 50-of-51 games played with a .233 average (47-of 202) ... Drove in 21 runs, while collecting six doubles, one triple and scoring 25 runs ... Stole 13-of-16 bases ... 2005: Redshirted ... High School: A three-year baseball letterman at E.A. Laney High School (2002-04) ... A two-year all-conference selection ... Earned LHS's top offensive player honors all three years during varsity career while netting club's best defensive honors in `03 ... Helped guide team to second round of state playoffs as a junior and senior ... Earned four soccer letters, the last three as the Bucs' top goalkeeper ... A three-year all-state performer on the soccer field ... Capped illustrious soccer career with regional and Wilmington Star News Area Player-of the-Year honors ... Selected to play in the East-West All Star Games in 2003 and 2004 ... Chosen as a North Carolina Scholar for outstanding work in the classroom ... Personal: Full name is Stephen Craig Batts ... Nickname: "Batts" ... Born February 14, 1986 in Wilmington, N.C. ... Son of Ivan Batts and Joyce Midgett ... Has three siblings (Ashley, Brittany and Travis) ... Majoring in business ... Four-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Spring '05, Spring '06, Fall '06 and Fall '07) ... Named to Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll three time (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08) ... Married to the former Brooke Waggett on Nov. 22, 2008.
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 (twice, last vs. Elon 4/9/08); runs: 3 (six times, last vs. UAB-1 5/3/08); hits: 3 (11 times, last vs. UCF 3/29/08); RBI: 5 vs. UNCW (3/28/07); home runs: 2 vs. Tulane-1 (5/10/08); stolen bases: 2 (seven times, last vs. Presbyterian-1 4/26/08).