Junior First Baseman Lead Conference USA In Home Runs And RBI
Eight Pirates Collect Hits With Four Posting Two-Hit Games
Houchins Drives In Three, Lowery Collects Three Hits
Houchins And Reynolds Record Three Hits Each
An all conference candidate ... One of five offensive returners that started at least 40 games in 2012 ... Can hit for average and power ... Middle of the order hitter that will start the season as the designated hitter, but will see action at first base ... Local kid that understands the history and tradition of East Carolina baseball and is one of the team leaders both on and off the field ... 2012: Started 44 of 48 games (34/1B, 10/DH) ... Batted .283 (43-for-152) with four home runs and 29 RBI ... Laced five doubles, drew 12 walks and scored 17 runs ... Recorded 13 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games ... Closed out the year with a season-high nine game hitting streak with six multi-hit games ... During streak, which started on May 15 against High Point, is batting .455 (15-for-33) with a home run, three doubles, six RBI, five runs and five walks ... Belted solo homer against Milwaukee (Feb. 18) in game one of the doubleheader finishing with a pair of base knocks and two RBI ... Second round tripper came against Houston (Apr. 6) a three run shot ... Launched a two-run home run against Marshall (May 4) finishing with two hits ... Final long ball came against UAB (May 26) in the Conference USA Tournament - a solo shot ... Posted a five-game and a pair of four-game hit streaks ... Reached base safely in 12-straight contests dating back to the opening game of the Southern Miss series (May 11) ... Against VMI (May 18), roped a pair of doubles with two walks and three RBI ... Started all six post-season games for the Pirates ... Batted .364 (4-for-11) with a home run, a double and two runs scored in the Conference USA Tournament ... Followed that with another stellar NCAA Regional performance ... Continued his postseason tear in the Chapel Hill Regional leading the Pirates with a .545 (6-for-11) average, scored two runs and walked once ... Collected at least one base hit in all three games to extend his current NCAA Regional hitting streak to seven games dating back to the 2011 Charlottesville Regional ... During the streak he is batting .481 (13-for-27), posted six multi-hit games and has drawn three walks to go along with his home run - a grand slam against Navy in 2011 ... Posted a 1.000 fielding percentage at first base recording 278 putouts 16 assists in 294 chances while turning 20 double plays ... Pirates posted a 26-17-1 ledger in games which he started ... Ranked among the team leaders in fielding percentage (t1st), home runs (third) and RBI (fourth) ... Batted a team second-best .407 (11-for-27) when leading off an inning ... Hit .308 or higher in the third (.389), sixth (.409), seventh (.308), eighth (.389) and ninth (.500) innings ... In league games only, batted .263 (15-for-57) with a pair of home runs, 14 RBI and four runs scored ... Ranked as the 40th-best player in college baseball by College Baseball Daily ... Named Preseason First-Team All-Conference USA by College Sports Madness 2012 Summer: Played alongside Jack Reinheimer for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) ... Batted .274 (32-for-117) with five home runs and 15 RBI ... Laced five doubles, drew 12 walks and scored 32 runs in 30 games ... Recorded 10 multi-hit and three multi-RBI games ... Collected a season high three hits on three occasions ... Drew multiple walks three times ... Slugged .444 with an on-base percentage of .346.
2011: Earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after batting .314 (59-for-188) with four home runs, 11 doubles, 31 RBI and 26 runs ... Named to C-USA All-Freshman Team by College Baseball Daily ... Earned Charlottesville All-Regional Team honors after batting .438 (7-for-16) with a home run, five RBI and a pair of runs ... Ranked among the regional leaders in home runs (t-1st), RBI (t-1st), total bases (t-1st) and hits (t-2nd) ... Registered three game-winning hits ... Against No. 21 Rice (Apr. 10) laced RBI double to left center scoring John Wooten in the fourth inning securing a 7-3 victory in the series finale ... A week later drove in a pair of runs against UCF (Apr. 17) on a double in the third ... Belted third home run of the season against Delaware State (May 15), a three-run shot in the first inning for his third game-winning hit of the year ... Started 49 or 55 games (47/DH, 2/1B) ... Made collegiate debut against Youngstown State (Feb. 18) in the season opener going 1-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI ... Collected 18 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games ... Batted between the fourth and eighth spots in the order ... Hit home runs against YSU (Feb. 20), Houston (Apr. 21), DSU (May 15) and Navy (6/4) ... Closed out the season with a five-game hitting streak and reached base safely in last nine contests ... Started ECU's comeback against Houston in the series opener when he blasted his second round tripper of the year, a solo shot, in the top of the ninth with two outs ... Batted .448 (13-for-29) with a home run and seven RBI during season-long seven game hitting streak (Apr. 16-27) ... Against Navy smacked his first career grand slam ... Swiped a pair of bases (DSU/May 15, Virginia/June 5) ... Ranked among the team leaders in average (third), on-base percentage (third), RBI (third), doubles (t-4th), slugging (fifth) and total bases (sixth) ... Did not commit an error in 20 chances recording 19 putouts, one assist, turned a pair of double plays and posted a 1.000 fielding percentage ... Batted .350 or better in the second (.440), third (.429), fifth (.350), sixth (.350) and ninth (.364) innings ... Started all seven post-season games batting .400 (10-for-25) with six RBI ... In league play, batted a team second-best .318 (21-for-66) with a home runs, four doubles, five RBI and scored seven runs ... Batted .282 (11 for 39) against nationally ranked opponents ... 2011 Summer: Played for the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) ... Teammates with Shawn Armstrong, Dario Santangelo and Corey Thompson ... Named CPL Offensive Player-of-the-Year where he led the league in average (.403), RBI (51), slugging percentage (.663) and on base percentage (.469) ... Ranked second in the league in home runs (13) and total bases (120), while his 73 hits was the third-best mark in the CPL ... His 51 RBI tied the league's single-season record and his .403 average is the second-highest in league history ... Selected to start at first base for the 2011 National CPL All-Stars ... In the Mid-Summer Classic he was 1-for-2 with an RBI ... Named CPL Hitter-of-the-Week following the second week of the season ... Ranked as the fourth-best (Perfect Game) and fifth-best (Baseball America) prospect at the conclusion of the CPL Season.
J.H. Rose High School: Four-year letterwinner for head coach Ronald Vincent ... Belted 12 home runs and batted .510 for the Rampants as a senior on his way to team MVP honors ... Named 2010 preseason Under Armour All-American ... Four-time Coastal Conference champion ... All-state selection as a senior ... Helped the Rampants to a 24-4 overall record and an appearance in the NCHSAA 4A semi-finals in 2009 ... Started all 28 games as a junior where he batted .450 with 12 home runs, 38 hits, seven doubles, 22 runs and 45 RBI, while slugging an amazing .917 ... Hit a pair of home runs in a 4-2 win over Wilmington Laney in the third round of the NCHSAA ... Earned First-Team Coastal All-Conference honors ... First-team all-area ... Named to the 2008 Conley Easter All-Tournament Team ... Heading into senior season was ranked No. 13 in Impact Baseball's Top-50 North Carolina 2010 prospects ... Participant in the N.C. State Region I and Futures Games ... Home run champion at the N.C. State and Futures Games ... Selected to play in the 2009 East Coast Professional Showcase in Lakeland, Florida ... Took home Player-of-the- Week and Mattingly Hitting Award at the Under Armour Showcase ... Invited to represent North Carolina in the Power Showcase at Tropicana Field in January 2010 ... Named to the USA Baseball NTIS At Large Team ... Member of the National Honor Society and National Latin Honor Society ... Vice President of the National Honor Society ... Member of Fellow Christian Athletes ... Also lettered as a member of the Rampant football (1) and swim (2) teams ... Played travel ball for Rickey Keith and the Carolina Cubs.
Personal: Full name is Charles Lawrence McDonald ... Born June 2, 1992 in Greenville, N.C. ... Son of Lawrence and Anne McDonald ... Has one sibling (Callie) ... Majoring in construction management ... Three-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member (Fall `11 to present).
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 at Marshall (5/6/11); hits: 4 vs. UCF (4/17/11); RBI: 4 (twice, last vs. Houston 4/6/12); home runs: 1 (eight times, last vs. UAB 5/26/12); stolen bases: 1 (twice, last vs. Virginia 6/5/11).