7  Dustin Harrington
Dustin Harrington

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Taylorsville, N.C.

High School:
Alexander Central

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 185

Position:
SS

Birthdate:
11/14/1988

Experience:
2L

B/T:
R/R


Three-year starter at shortstop ... Solid defensive skills with a strong arm ... Hardnosed middle infielder that can hit for average and power at the top or in the middle of the line-up ... Gained confidence after spending the summer in the Cape Cod League ... 2009: Started all 66 games at shortstop ... Batted .318 (83-for-261) with 14 home runs, 49 RBI, 15 doubles and scored 53 runs ... His 261 at-bats ranks fourth on the single-season charts ... Finished sophomore season ranked among the national leaders in sacrifice bunts (62nd) ... One of six Pirates with double-digit home runs (14/career-best) ... Also set career-highs in runs, hits, doubles, RBI, slugging and at-bats ... Recorded 25 multi-hit games, including 20 two-hit contests ... Added 11 multi RBI games ... Carried a four-game hit streak into the season where he added another 14-straight games with a hit before going hitless in game three against UCLA ... His 18-game hit streak is tied for the eighth longest in school history (Feb. 20-Mar. 13) ... Also added streaks of seven and nine games before closing out the season on an eight game streak where he is batting .342 (12-for-35) with two homers, six RBI and four runs scored ... Hit first multi-HR game against Campbell (4/14) ... Added solo blasts against St. John's, Marshall, Elon, UAB, Tulane (2), Houston (2), UNC Wilmington, Memphis, Binghamton and South Carolina ... Stole 4 of 6 bases (Norfolk State, UCF (2), N.C. State and Binghamton ... Lone four-hit contest was against UCF where he was 4-for-5 with three runs, RBI and three doubles ... Collected two game-winning RBI (St. John's, Rice) ... Batted .292 (7-for-24) in the Greenville Regional with two home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored ... Ranked among league leaders in sac bunts (t-3rd), at-bats (4th), plate appearances (t-5th), total bases (t-7th), assists and hits (8th) ... Named to preseason Brooks Wallace Award Watch List ... Started all 10 post-season games where he batted .302 (13-for-43) with two HRs, six RBI and five runs scored ... Posted a .929 fielding percentage with 171 assists, while committing 19 errors in 268 chances ... Ranked ninth on the team with a .318 average ... Collected at least one hit in 52 of 66 games ... Had three hits in four games (UCF, N.C. State, Memphis, Tulane) ... Tied for second on the team with a .364 (4-for-11) batting average at the C USA Tournament ... In 24 league games, batted .292 with seven home runs and 19 RBI ... Recorded a team-best 10 sac bunts, while ranking third in bunts for a base hit ... Had equal success hitting lefties (.317) and right-handers (.318) ... Eight of his 14 homers were against righties ... Hit over .340 when leading off an inning, with runners on base (.350) and runners in scoring position (.366) ... Drove in six runs with the bases loaded and 33 with runners in scoring position ... Half of his 14 home runs were inside Clark-LeClair Stadium, where he batted .346 with 28 RBI ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.391, 1 HR, 2 RBI), March (.308, 2 HR, 17 RBI), April (.304, 5 HR, 17 RBI), May (.324, 6 HR, 12 RBI) and June (.308, 0 HR, 1 RBI) ... 2009 Summer: Played summer ball in the prestigious Cape Cod League for the Hyannis Mets alongside fellow Pirates Kevin Brandt and Trent Whitehead, where he batted .265 (36-for-136) with nine RBI, seven doubles, 18 runs and six stolen bases ... 2008: Earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after batting .320 (70-for-219) with four home runs and 42 RBI ... Started 56 of 59 games played with 35 starts at shortstop, 20 at third base and one at second base ... Experienced first collegiate action against South Carolina (2/24) ... In first career start went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored (ODU/Mar. 4) ... Recorded five game-winning RBI (Rhode Island-twice, Houston, Southern Miss and The Citadel) ... Smacked HRs against Rhode Island, Houston, UAB and UNC Wilmington ... Had then career-long 13 game hitting streak snapped against Memphis (5/17) where he batted .442 (23-for-52) with two home runs, 15 RBI, eight runs, five doubles, a triple and slugged .692 ... Also had a 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 8-22 ... Collected 23 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games ... Registered four hits and five RBI (career-highs) against Memphis (5/16) ... Had three hits in three games (ODU, UAB and Tulane) ... Swiped 5 of 8 bases (ODU, N.C. State, UNC Wilmington, Memphis and Alabama) ... Three-time Wachovia Securities Player-of-the-Game ... Led the Pirates in batting average (.383) and RBI (15) in the month of May ... Played in four NCAA Regional games posting a .353 (6-for-17) batting average with four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base ... Batted .273 (3-for-11) in three C-USA Tournament games ... Started all 24 league games recording a team second-best .340 batting average with two home runs and 16 RBI ... In freshman record books, ranks third in games played (59), at- bats (219), hits (70) and RBI (42) ... Led the team with 10 sac bunts ... Ranked fourth in C-USA in sac bunts ... In league action ranked among leaders in sac bunts (3rd) and assists (t6th) ... Ranked sixth on the team with a .320 average ... Collected at least one hit in 42 of 59 games ... Posted a .937 fielding percentage with 147 assists, while committing 14 errors in 223 chances ... When hitting in the bottom half of the order (6-9), the Pirates posted a 39-17 overall record ... Had slightly better success against right-handed pitchers (.322/27-for-152) than left-handers (.313/15-for-67) ... As a leadoff hitter sported a .356 average ... Second on the team with three leadoff home runs ... Ranked sixth on the team with 35 RBI with runners in scoring position while hitting .338 ... Drove in 12 runs and batted a team third-best .429 with the bases loaded ... All four home runs came at Clark-LeClair Stadium where he batted .350 (41-for-117) with 21 RBI ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI), March (.343, 2 HR, 15 RBI), April (.253, 0 HR, 10 RBI), May (.383, 2 HR, 15 RBI) and June (.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI) ... High School: A three-sport athlete that lettered in baseball (3), football (3) and basketball (1) ... Three-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient ... Helped Cougars compile a 33-12 overall record as a sophomore and junior under head coach Gary Comer which included a conference championship in 2005 ... Three time all-conference selection, team MVP and team batting champion ... Broke school record for batting average during senior campaign after batting .500 for the season ... Member of three N.C. State Games ... East West Game participant ... Earned all-state honors as a senior and junior (second-team) ... Posted a .450 batting average and hit five homeruns as a sophomore ... As a junior hit one homerun, batted .489 with 14 doubles and 13 stolen bases ... On the mound pitched 31 innings, struck out 54, walked 15, allowed 20 hits and posted a 2.40 ERA as a junior ... Member of the Charlotte Heat travel team under head coach Jason Harris ... Rated by Impact Baseball as one of the top-30 seniors in the state of North Carolina ... Graduated with honors ... Member of Beta Club ... Personal: Full name is Dustin Allen Harrington ... Born November 14, 1988 in Hickory, N.C. ... Son of Roger and Tamara Harrington ... Intended major is sports studies ... Named to the Fall 2008 ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll ... 2008-09 Conference USA Honor Roll recipient.

CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 vs. Binghamton (5/31/09); runs: 4 vs. Memphis (5/16/08); hits: 4 (twice, last vs. UCF 3/21/09); RBI: 5 vs. Memphis (5/16/08); home runs: 2 vs. Campbell (4/14/09); stolen bases: 1 (nine times, last vs. Binghamton 5/31/09).