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    Aaron Bates

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    La Selva Beach, Calif.

    High School:
    Archbishop Mitty High School

    Last College:
    San Jose State University

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 226

    Position:
    1B / C

    Birthdate:
    03/10/1984

    B/T:
    R/R


    As a redshirt-sophomore (2005): Had one of the greatest offensive seasons ever by a Wolfpack player ... Named third-team All-America by Baseball America and by Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger ... Also named first-team All-ACC ... Recorded the second highest single-season batting average ever by an NC State player (.425) ... Actually cranked up the offense as the season went on, batting .500 (45-for-90) with seven doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBIs over the final 24 games of the season ... Batted .500 (28-for-56) with two doubles, five homers and 19 RBIs in the Pack's 14 games following the break for final exams ... Batted .400 in three games at the ACC Tournament and .500 in three games at the NCAA Lincoln Regional ... Led NC State in virtually every offensive category, including batting average, runs scored (61), doubles (16), home runs (12), RBIs (64), slugging percentage (.678), on-base percentage (.523) and walks (37) ... Also led the team with 31 multiple-hit games and 18 multiple-RBI games ... Had four hits in a game three times, and four RBIs in a game three times ... Drafted in the eighth round by the Florida Marlins in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, but opted to return to NC State for another season ... Had outstanding series against San Diego State February 18-20, going 6-for-12 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs ... Extended hitting streak to eight games March 1 vs. UNC Greensboro with two doubles and also drove in four runs, including the game-winner ... Had three hits and two RBIs in four at bats, including a double, March 8 at UNC Greensboro ... Led the offense with a single, double, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs on Apil 16 at Wake Forest ... Had four hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two runs April 22 against Clemson ... Reached base four times on walks, scored all four times, and hit a two-out tape-measure home run over the 16-foot-high left-field wall April 24 vs. Clemson ... Belted a grand-slam homer May 1 against seventh-ranked North Carolina, then started the game-winning rally with a full-count leadoff double in the 10th inning ... Turned in a 9-for-13 performance May 13-15 at Duke, including two home runs and nine RBIs ... Had three hits including a three-run home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning May 21 to lift NC State to a 7-4 victory over 10th-ranked Florida State ... Went 4-for-6 on June 4 vs. Illinois-Chicago in the NCAA Lincoln Regional to help the Wolfpack stave off elimination in a 9-7 victory. Transfered to NC State after one season at San Jose State, and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

    At San Jose State (2003): Earned honorable-mention Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger in 2003 after hitting .297 with eight doubles, two home runs and 23 RBIs ... Had a .407 on-base percentage and a .393 slugging percentage ... Also was named second-team All-WAC as a designated hitter ... Batted .193 as a DH, but .394 as a catcher ... Sat out the 2004 season.

    Summer league: Played for Brewster of the Cape Cod League in 2005 and made the Cape League All-Star team after batting .333 with four doubles, three home runs and 16 RBIs in 30 games ... Had a .457 slugging percentage and a .446 on-base percentage ... Led the Cape League in on-base percentage, and finished fourth in batting and fifth in slugging ... Won the home run hitting contest at the league all-star game. Played for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate Coastal League in 2003 and 2004 ... Was team MVP in 2004.

    High school: Was a two-sport athlete at Archbishop Mitty High School ... Lettered two years in football and four years in baseball ... Batted .360 with six home runs and 31 RBIs as a senior in 2002 ... Earned All-West Catholic Athletic League and All-Central Coast Section honors in both football and baseball ... Was the starting quarterback as a senior in the fall of 2002, and passed for 1,350 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading Mitty to a 12-1 season.

    Personal: Majoring in sociology ... Born March 10, 1984.

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