As a Freshman: Hit .281 in a part-time starting and key reserve role during first active season in ECU program ... Played in 36 games and made 16 starts (six in leftfield and 10 as designated hitter) ... Was 25-of-89 with 14 runs scored, 27 RBI and 10 extra-base hits ... Clubbed four doubles, one triple (at Saint Louis 5/8) and five home runs ... Delivered long balls against Arizona State 3/7 (three-run), Charleston Southern 3/14 (three-run), Cincinnati 4/17 (two-run), Louisville 4/24 (grand slam) and Saint Louis 5/9 (solo) ... Drew just four bases on balls and struck out 19 times ... Picked up only stolen base vs.TCU (5/15) ... Flawless in 12 defensive opportunities ... Enjoyed facing LHP (.412/14-of-34) more than right-handers (.200/11-of-55) ... Among team leaders hitting with runners in scoring position (RISP) - batting .424 (14-of-33) ... Second on club in pinch-hit appearances with 17 (three hits/.176) ... Authored five multiple-hit games ... Picked up three hits in contests vs. Tulane 3/20, Saint Louis 5/7 and TCU 5/15 while finishing with a pair of hits in tilts against Louisville 4/24 and Saint Louis 5/8 ... Drove in two or more runs on seven occasions ... Had a career-best six RBI outing vs. Louisville 4/24 (grand slam, double) ... Ran of a season-high five-game hitting streak (5/7 to 5/16) ... Hit .476 (10-of-21) during string in games against Saint Louis, UNC Wilmington and TCU ... Batted in clean-up position on 11 occasions ... Batted .277 (18-of-65, three HR) in 16 games started ... Appeared in four post-season games (two starts) ... Walked vs. Louisville 5/26 in only plate appearance in Conference USA Tournament ... Went 1-of-4 with an RBI in separate starts in NCAA Kinston Regional (UNC Wilmington 6/6) and Super Regional (South Carolina 6/12) ... Drew base on balls against Gamecocks off the bench the following day ... Enjoyed success against C-USA pitching, hitting .356 (16-of-45, three homers) in 18 matchups (seven starts) ... Batted just .205 in 18 non-league games ... A .357 hitter on the road (10-of-28, three HR) and a .245 performer in 20 home contests ... Led Pirates with .417 clip in night games (10-of-24) ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.231, 0 HR, 2 RBI), March (.231-2-8), April (.235-2-9), May (.400-1-6) and June (.250-0-2).
As a Redshirt: Named to 2002-03 C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll while spending season on Pirates' developmental roster.
High School: Set school record for home runs (14) while batting .320 for the Cougars for coach Gary Graham as a senior ... Earned four letters while playing primarily at catcher ... Team compiled an 88-17 record and won three district championships during his prep career ... Also departed prep program as the career record-holder in hit by pitches (32) ... Graduated with honors (4.20 grade point average).
Personal: Full name is Michael Gerald Grace ... Born April 27, 1984 at St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of David and Diana Grace ... Has a brother (Nick) and sister (Liz) ... Major is construction management