2012: Appeared in nine games making two starts ... Batted .500 (4-for-8) with two RBI and five runs ... Made Pirate debut at Troy (Mar. 7) as a defensive replacement ... Recorded first hit against VCU (Mar. 13) and scored a pair of runs and drawing a walk ... First career start came at High Point (Mar. 21) going 1-for-1 with an RBI and a walk ... Had career game in second start against William & Mary (Apr. 18) going 2-for-3 with an RBI, hit by pitch and scoring three runs ... Did not participate in Conference USA or post-season play.
Eastern Oklahoma State College (2010-11): Two-year starter behind the plate for Head Coach Aric Thomas ... Helped the Mountaineers to a pair of Eastern Region II Tournament titles ... Played in 42 games as a freshman batting .351 (53-for-151) with six home runs, 36 RBI, nine doubles and 35 runs scored ... Earned Honorable Mention All-Region II honors ... Led the Mountaineers with a pair of Top 15 national rankings (No. 9/NJCAA and No. 14/Perfect Game) with a 37-22 record ... 2010 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Co-Champions ... During sophomore season started all 60 games batting .300 (60-for-200) with seven home runs, 57 RBI, 12 doubles and scored 44 runs ... Hit walk-off two-run homer in the Eastern Region II Tournament Championship Game with two outs that sent Eastern to its second-straight South Central District Tournament ... Named to the All-Regional II Tournament Team after batting .333 (6-for-18) with a home run, eight RBI, three runs and three stolen bases ... Was a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen bases, ranking second on the team ... Earned NJCAA Exemplary Academic Honors (2010-11) boasting a 3.62 GPA ... Helped Eastern to 38-22 overall record and a No. 27 final ranking by Perfect Game.
Bishop Kelley High School: Four-year letterwinner and team captain for coach Scott Ellis ... Helped the Comets to three consecutive regional championships ... Member of the 2006 5A State Championship squad as a freshman ... During junior season batted .340 with three home runs ... Followed that with a .350 average and five homers earning all-metro and all-conference accolades ... Named Perfect Game West Region Honorable Mention in 2009 ... Participated in 2007-08 PG WWBA Grads/18U National Championships in Marietta, Ga. ... Also participated in the 2007 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.) and 2007 Sunshine South Showcase (Austin, Texas) ... Four-time Honor Roll member that sported a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Personal: Full name is Samuel Stephen King ... Born March 12, 1991 ... Son of Steve and Kathy King ... Has three siblings (Casey, Courtney and Blake) ... Great nephew of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle ... Brother Blake currently plays in the Houston Astros organization ... Majoring in pre-health ... Named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2012) and received the C-USA Academic Medal (2012) ... Three-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor roll member (Fall '11 to present).
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 3 vs. William & Mary (4/18/12); hits: 2 vs. Rutgers (3/20/11); RBI: 1 (twice, last vs. William & Mary 4/18/12); home runs: none; stolen bases: none.