Great patience at the plate ... Uses the field well ... Able to hit for average with surprising power ... Good throwing arm in the outfield with a quick release ... One of the fasted players on the team ... Enters 2008 season with a personal-best 15-game hitting streak ... 2007: Named to the Chapel Hill Regional All-Tournament Team ... Started 35-of-50 games played (27 in LF, 1 in CF and 7 in RF) ... Batted .306 (41-for-134) with two home runs, 22 RBI, seven doubles and 24 runs scored ... Stole 5-of-7 base attempts ... Had a personal-best 15 game hitting streak when the season ended (started 5/9/07) ... During that span batted .393 (22-for-56) with 11 RBI, 11 runs scored, five doubles and six walks ... Collected eight multi-hit games and four multi-RBI contests ... Pounded out three hits against Southern Miss (4/29), Houston (5/6), Rice (5/27) and Western Carolina (6/1) ... Hit first career grand slam against Houston (5/5) in the top of the ninth to give the Pirates a 6-3 win ... Established new career-highs in runs scored (3 vs. UCF) and RBI (4 vs. Tulane) ... Helped ECU post a 19-16 record when starting (17-10 in LF, 0-1 in CF and 2-5 in RF) ... Collected at least one hit in 29-of-50 games played ... Committed three errors in 66 chances posting a .955 fielding percentage ... Hit a robust .351 (34-for-97) against right-handers opposed to .189 (7-for-37) against lefties ... Led all Pirate hitters with a .441 average with runners on base ... With runners in scoring position, batted a team-best .474 (18-for-38) with 21 RBI ... Ranked second on the team with a .353 average (6-for-17) with runners in scoring position and two outs ... Played in seven post-season games collecting 12 hits with eight RBI and four runs scored ... Had a .429 average with six hits in the C-USA Tournament ... In the Chapel Hill Regional, pounded out six hits, batted .462 with two runs scored and a double ... Had a team-best six RBI and tied for the team lead with six base knocks in the three games played ... Played in 18 league games recording a .362 average with one homer, nine RBI and 12 runs scored ... Outside of C-USA batted .276 with one home run, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.188, 0 HR, 1 RBI), March (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI), April (.364, 1 HR, 4 RBI), May (.362, 1 HR, 11 RBI) and June (.462, 0 HR, 6 RBI) ... 2006: Started 22-of-46 games played ... Batted .300 (30-for-100) with six doubles, two triples, 14 RBI and stole six bases ... Had five multi-hit games and three multi-RBI contests ... Pounded out three hits against UCF (4/8) and Albany (4/14) ... Tied single-game career-highs in runs (2), hits (3), RBI (2) and stolen bases (2) ... Collected two RBI against Marist (3/17), N.C. A&T (4/4) and Albany (4/14) ... Helped ECU post a 14-8 record when starting (10-7 in LF; 1-0 in RF, 1-0 in CF and 2-1 as a DH) ... Enjoyed a team third-best 11-game hitting streak that went from Mar. 17 - Apr. 4 ... During that span he batted .317 (13-for-41) with seven RBI and six runs scored ... Collected at least one hit in 19-of-20 games from Mar. 17 (Marist) to Apr. 21 (Marshall) ... Committed one error in 23 chances posting a .957 fielding percentage ... Enjoyed success against left-handers (.389/14-for-36) rather than right-handers (.250/16-for-64) ... Batted a team second- best .381 (8-for-21) as a leadoff batter ... Hit a team-best .429 (3-for-7) when batting in the first inning ... Also posted a .429 average when batting in the fifth inning (6-for-14), ranking second on the squad ... Played in two post-season games collecting lone hit against Houston (5/25) in his only at-bat ... Had greater success in non-conference games (.327/18-for-55) than conference games (.267/12-for-45) ... Batted .292 at home and .294 on the road ... Ranked among team leaders in triples (second); sac flies (t-2nd) and stolen bases (t-3rd) ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.000, 0 HR, 2 RBI), March (.353, 0 HR, 4 RBI), April (.293, 0 HR, 8 RBI) and May (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) ... Played summer ball for the Martinsville Mustangs in the Coastal Plain League ... Named to the CPL National All-Star Team ... Earned CPL Rawlings Hitter-of-the-Week Honors from May 31-June 11 after hitting a league-best .538 with 14 hits including three doubles and one triple ... He also drove in five runs, scored six, stole 4-of-6 basses while slugging .731 and posting a league-best .600 on-base percentage during the eight game span ... Was one of 15 collegiate baseball players to be named to the 2006 SEBaseball. Com Summer All-Star squad ... For the Mustangs, he batted .350 with 63 hits, 12 doubles, a triple and a home run, while driving in 34 ... Started 46-of-49 games played and swiped 17 bases in 20 attempts ... His .350 average ranked fourth in the league ... 2005: Hit a team second best .359 in a part-time role during his rookie season with the Pirates ... Played in 36 games, making 11 starts in centerfield and two as a designated hitter ... Was 28-for-78 with 16 runs scored, 10 RBI and seven extra-base hits ... Clubbed five doubles, one triple Cincinnati (4/29) and belted one home run ... Delivered lone long ball in his only at-bat against instate rival UNC (4/19), a solo shot in the eighth inning... Swiped three bases in four attempts ... Flawless in 43 defensive opportunities with three assists ... Enjoyed success against LHP (.400/14-for-35) more than right-handers (.326/14-for-43) ... Ranked second on the team with a .538 average (7-for-13) when called on to pinch-hit ... Collected six multi-hit games ... Picked up three-hit game against Southern Miss (4/9) going 3-for-4 with one RBI ... From Feb. 18 to Feb. 25 posted a four-game hitting streak (.357/5-for-14) ... When hitting in the bottom part of the Pirate line-up (No. 7, 8 or 9) ECU posted a 10-3 record ... In 13 games as a starter, batted .348 (16-for-46) with three doubles and three RBI ... Participated in three post-season games hitting .500 (2-for-4) with one run scored ... Led the team in hitting (.444/12-for-27) in Conference USA games while tying for fifth in non-league games (.314/16-for-51) ... A .366 hitter at home in 17 games while hitting .351 (13-for-37) on the road ... Second on the team with a .385 average in day games (20-for-52) ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.333, 0 HR, 3 RBI), March (.333, 0 HR, 3 RBI), April (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI), May (.500, 0 HR, 2 RBI), and June (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI) ... High School: Earned a total of four baseball letters for coaches Richard Howell and Chris Emery at Burns High School ... Opened career as a second baseman but finished the last three seasons as the Bulldogs' top centerfielder ... Helped guide BHS to a conference title as a freshman ... A three-year all-conference selection and a two-year All-Piedmont pick and recipient of squad's "Best Hitter Award" ... Batted .495 with 11 home runs, 33 RBI and 18 stolen bases as a senior ... Stood second in the Burns single-season record book for most hits ... On-base percentage was .574 ... Named school's Scholar Athlete in 2002 (sophomore season) ... Also was a four-year starter for the Shelby Post 82 American Legion squad during summer months ... Played on Legion squad which captured state title with a 35-7 record in 2001 ... Made three state title game appearances ... Batted .385 during Legion career for coach Mike Grayson ... Personal: Full name is James Andrew Ray III ... Nickname: "Country Ham" ... Born December 9, 1985 in Shelby, N.C. ... Son of Ms. Dale Ray ... Has an older brother (Ronnie) and older sister (Ashley) ... Majoring in communications.
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 vs. NC State (4/12/06); runs: 3 vs. UCF (5/13/07); hits: 3 (seven times, last vs. Western Carolina 6/1/07); RBI: 4 vs. Houston (5/6/07); home runs: 1 (three times, last vs. Houston 5/6/07); stolen bases: 2 (twice, last vs. UCF 4/8/06).