All-America and Johnny Bench Award candidate ... Named preseason First-Team All Conference USA by league coaches (2012) and by College Sports Madness ... Currently ranks 14th on the Pirates all-time home runs list (30) ... Strong, physical and talented catcher with good offensive and defensive skills ... Has excellent arm strength, soft hands and the ability to block the plate well ... 2011: Earned Second-Team All-Conference USA honors during junior season ... Started all 62 games behind the plate batting .272 (62-for 228) ... Led the team in home runs (13), runs (47), slugging percentage (.518), total bases (118) and walks (34), while ranking second in RBI (39) and doubles (15) ... Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List (Mar. 10) for the second-straight season ... Recorded a pair of multi-HR games (Buffalo, UAB) ... Tied for second on the team with five game-winning RBI ... Three of five game winning hits were home runs during the Pirates final at-bat ... Belted fourth career grand slam against Campbell (Mar. 1) in the third inning during ECU's 7-4 win ... Blasted two-run walk-off homer against Memphis (Mar. 26) in the second game of a double header in the ninth inning ... The following weekend hit another home run, his second of the day, in the series finale at UAB (Apr. 3) - a three-run shot ... Against Marshall (May 6) smacked a solo home run to lead off the 10th inning at Appalachian Power Park completing ECU's come from behind win, 9-8 ... Also hit home runs against Pepperdine, Monmouth, Elon, North Carolina, Delaware State and Tulane ... Ranked among the national leaders in home runs (37th) and home runs per game (0.21/63rd) ... Threw out 19 of 43 base stealers (44.2 percent) ... Posted a .992 fielding percentage recording 43 assists and 465 putouts in 512 chances, while committing four errors ... Turned five double plays on the season ... Named Williams Jungle Offensive MVP ... Collected 12 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games ... Posted a career-best nine-game hitting streak (May 11-25) where he batted .400 (14-for-35) with two home runs, seven RBI, five doubles and 11 runs ... Drove in three or more runs five times with a season-high five against Campbell (Mar. 1) ... Scored two or more runs in a game 12 times and crossed the plate three times in a single contest three times, tying his career-high from 2010 ... Belted home runs in back-to-back games once (Mar. 15-16), where he hit three in two games ... Reached base safely in 15-straight games (Feb. 26-Mar. 19) ... Batted anywhere from third to seventh in the order with 34 games in the cleanup spot ... Seven of 13 home runs were with runners on base ... Two of six solo round trippers led off an inning ... Stole a career-best six bases (6-for-7) with half of them coming against C-USA opponents ... Only time thrown out on the base paths was against High Point (Mar. 9) ... Picked off three runners from behind the plate ... Hit .400 or better in the third (.400) and ninth (.417) innings ... Batted just .115 (3-for-26) during postseason ... Five of 13 home runs were in league play ... In 13 games against nationally ranked opponents, batted .152 (7-for-46) with a home runs, two doubles and five RBI ... 2011 Summer: Played alongside battery mate Kevin Brandt for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL)... Played in 12 games batting .108 (4-for-37) with four RBI and six runs.
2010: Started 40 of 44 games played (30/C, 9/LF, 1/DH) ... Smacked a team-best 14 home runs ... Set a new single-season record by hitting three grand slams over a five game period (Mar. 24-30) ... Batted .265 (39-for-147) with six doubles, triple, 47 RBI and 34 runs ... Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List (Apr. 13) ... Collected 11 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games ... Posted a then career-best eight-game hit streak (Mar. 24-Apr.3) where he batted .308 (12-for-39) with four home runs and 18 RBI ... Drove in four or more runs in a game five times with a career-best six against Marshall (May 1) ... Scored two or more runs in a game 10 times with a personal-best three versus NCCU (Mar. 26) ... Smacked home runs in back-to-back games twice (Mar. 24-26 and Mar. 28-30) ... During five game span (Mar. 24-31) drove in at least one run (17 during the streak) ... Four game-winning RBI (Monmouth/Mar. 20 & Mar. 21, Tulane/Apr. 3, Memphis/Apr. 10) ... Stole 3 of 5 base attempts (Pepperdine, Monmouth, Memphis) ... Scored nine runs during six-game span (Mar. 28-Apr. 3) ... Belted home runs against ODU, Western Carolina, High Point, Monmouth (2), N.C. A&T, N.C. Central (2), Elon, Campbell, UAB, Marshall (2) and Rice ... Threw out 6 of 20 base stealers (30.0 percent) ... Posted a .989 fielding percentage recording 22 assists and 241 putouts in 266 chances, while committing three errors ... Ranked seventh in C-USA with 14 round-trippers ... In league play batted .175 (11-for-63) with three home runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored ... Batted in the fourth and ninth order of the lineup 12 times ... As a starter batted .268 (38-for-142) with 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 33 runs scored ... Posted a .300 average or higher when leading off (.346), with runners on and two-outs (.302), runners in scoring position and two-outs (.306) and with the bases loaded (.308) ... Nine of 14 home runs were with runners on base ... Led the team with a .625 average (5-for-8) when batting in the first frame ...Also batted .300 or better in the second (.320), fifth (.300) and eighth (.353) innings ... Slugged a team-best 1.625 during the first inning ... Played in one post-season game batting .333 (1-for-3) with a home run against No. 20 Rice (May 26) ... Twelve of 14 homers were at home ... Started 6 of 7 games played against nationally-ranked teams with a .227 average (5-for-22) ... 2010 Summer: One of four Pirates that played in the Cape Cod Baseball League ... Played for the Falmouth Commodores where he batted .127 (7-for-55) in 17 games ... Belted two home runs, laced a triple and drove in five.
2009: Started 10 of 29 games played behind the dish ... Batted .295 (13-for-44) with three home runs, eight RBI, five doubles, triple and 12 runs scored ... First collegiate action and start was against Monmouth (Feb. 22) where he was 0-for-2 at the plate ... Notched first career hit against Georgia Southern (Mar. 8) ... Followed that with a two-hit performance against UNC Asheville (Mar. 11), where he smacked his first career home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning ... Hit second homer of the season in his next game against UCLA (Mar. 13) off of Freshman All-American Gerrit Cole ... Third home run was a against Norfolk State (Mar. 18) ... Recorded two multi-hit and three multi-RBI contests ... Threw out 4 of 12 base stealers (.333) ... Posted a .974 fielding percentage recording 12 assists and 99 putouts in 114 chances, while committing three errors ... All three homers were against right handers, two with runners on base where he hit .304 (7-for-23) with seven RBI ... Batted .375 or better when hitting in the second (.375), fourth (.400), seventh (.375) and eighth (.500) innings ... Played in five post-season games recording lone start against Binghamton, where he was 1-for-2 from the plate with a double and a run scored ... Played in nine league games with two starts batting .250 (3-for-12) with two doubles, two RBI and four runs scored ... 2009 Summer: Played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) for the Holyoke Blue Sox ... Selected to play in the annual Red Sox Draft Class Showcase (July) inside historic Fenway Park ...Batted .202 (17-for-84) in 29 games with the Blue Sox ... Started 25 games behind the dish ... Drove in six runs and scored seven ... Swiped 3-of-4 bases and posted a .967 fielding percentage (six errors).
Charles B. Aycock High School: Earned eight varsity letters (baseball/3, football/3 and wresting/2) at C. B. Aycock ... Two-time Eastern Carolina All-Conference selection ... 2008 All-State member ... Participated in the East vs. West All-Star Game as well as the N.C. vs. S.C. Challenge ... Helped the Falcons to a 75-15 three-year record under the direction of head coach Charles Davis ... Batted a team-best .402 with four home runs and 40 RBI as a senior ... During junior campaign batted .379 with nine home runs, 37 RBI and had an on base percentage of .630 ... Guided the Falcons to the 2007 3A State Championship ... Was a member of two ECC regular season and tournament championship squads ... Ranked 30th in the state by Impact Baseball in the "Top 50 Seniors in North Carolina" ... Member of the Wayne County Post 11 American Legion team under Head Coach Brad Reeves ... Also competed with the Carolina Cubs and Head Coach Ricky Keith ... National Honor Society, Honor Roll student and honor graduate ... Personal: Full name is Zachary Cleveland Wright ... Born January 10, 1990 in Warner Robins, Ga. ... Son of Quinn and Lee Wright ... Majoring in business management ... Four-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Spring `10 to present) ... Named to 2010- 11 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 (twice, last at Houston 4/21/11); runs: 3 (four times, last vs. Delaware State 5/13/11); hits: 4 vs. Buffalo (3/15/11); RBI: 6 vs. Marshall (5/1/10); home runs: 2 (four times, last at UAB 4/3/11); stolen bases: 1 (nine times, last vs. Tulane 5/26/11).