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    Brian Wright

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Ramseur, N.C.

    High School:
    Eastern Randolph

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 200

    Position:
    OF

    Birthdate:
    04/06/1980


    Enters his senior season as one of NC State?s all-time best performers ? Begins the 2002 campaign ranked seventh in Wolfpack career history with 244 hits and 52 doubles, ninth with 149 RBIs, 10th with 153 runs scored and 681 at-bats, and 11th with 28 home runs ? Has played and started every NC State game since April 7, 1999, a streak of 146 consecutive games ? His .359 career batting average, subject to further fluctuation, ranked 10th in NC State history.

    As a junior (2001): Had his third outstanding season in a row, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the second time in as many years ? Led the Wolfpack in nine offensive categories, including batting average (.347), slugging percentage (.569), doubles (21) and RBIs (62) ? Batted .400 (42-for-105) with seven doubles, five home runs and 31 RBIs in 24 ACC games ? Hit safely in 20 of 24 ACC games ? Ended the regular season on a typical hot streak, batting .456 (26-for-57) with five doubles, five home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 14 games ? Had a 13-game hitting streak snapped on the final day of the regular season ? Hit safely in 23 of his last 29 games, batting .353 (41-for-116) with 12 doubles, six home runs and 34 RBIs ? Had three hits in a game four times, four hits in a game twice, and six hits in a game once ? Had seven RBIs in a game twice ? Went 6-for-6 with two home runs and seven RBIs in the Wolfpack?s 16-8 win over Georgia Tech on March 11 ? Went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and seven RBIs in a 15-7 win over Maryland on April 15 ? Went 9-for-17 with 10 RBIs in four games the week of April 23-29, collecting two or more hits and two or more RBIs in all four games ? Had back-to-back games without a hit just once all season ? Longest streak of hitless at-bats was 10.

    As a sophomore (2000): Named first-team All-ACC after a tremendous sophomore season ? Had a streaky season marked by several red-hot streaks ? Began the year with a 15-game hitting streak after a hitless first game ? Turned his game up several notches on March 12 vs. Wake Forest and stayed hot the rest of the season, hitting .407 (70-for-172) with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBIs the last 40 games ? Had an eight-game hitting streak from March 12 through March 26, batting .529 (18-for-34) with five doubles, three home runs and 15 RBIs ? Had two or more hits in six of those eight games, and drove in four runs or more in three of them ? Had 10 hits in 15 at-bats during one four-game span ? Had a second red-hot streak beginning April 4 vs. Charleston Southern and running through April 18 vs. UNC-Greensboro ? Batted .625 (30-for-48) with seven doubles, five home runs and 21 RBIs over this 11-game span ? Had three or more hits in eight of the 11 games, and four RBIs in three of them ? Had 13 hits, including five doubles and two home runs, in 18 at-bats from April 9 vs. Clemson through April 15 vs. Duke.

    As a freshman (1999): Earned Freshman All-America honors after a spectacular freshman campaign ? Named first-team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and third-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America ? Was red-hot after becoming an everyday starter the last month of the season ? Had a 21-game hitting streak broken by Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament ? Batted .413 (38-for-92) with seven doubles, five home runs, 22 runs scored and 23 RBIs during the streak ? The 21-game hitting streak was the longest by an NC State player since 1997, the longest ever by an NC State freshman, and was six games shy of tying the school record hitting streak of 27 consecutive games, set by Greg Briley in 1986 ? Batted .388 (45-for-116) with 10 doubles, six home runs and 26 RBIs in 27 games after becoming a full-time starter ? Moved into the starting lineup for good on April 7 vs. UNC-Wilmington and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI ? Belted his first homer April 10 at Miami, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs in that game ? Had two or more hits in eight consecutive games beginning April 25 at Wake Forest, batting .486 (18-for-37) in those eight games ? Batted .313 (5-for-16) with two doubles and a home run in the ACC Tournament ? Reached base and scored all five plate appearances vs. Georgia Tech in the tournament, setting a tournament record for runs scored in a single game, and had a string of seven consecutive plate appearnaces during which he reached base and scored.

    High school and personal: One of the best lefthanded hitters in the state and a clutch player for one of the top prep programs in the Southeast ? Named first-team all-state and all-conference for the second consecutive season ? Chosen an honorable mention All-American by USA Today ? Was named the 1998 Mid-State 2-A Conference Player of the Year ? Batted .500 as a senior with 10 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 40 RBIs in 27 games for Eastern Randolph coach Tommy Maness ? Led Eastern Randolph to a 25-2 record and the North Carolina 2-A state championship ? Went 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 22 innings as a pitcher ? Was named MVP of the state championship series after throwing a no-hitter and belting a triple and home run in the three-game series with Whiteville High School ...Was a first-team all-conference and first-team all-state selection as a junior in 1997 after batting .528 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs ? Also went 8-2 with a 2.54 ERA as a pitcher ? Earned all-county honors as a sophomore in 1996, and all-conference and all-county as a freshman in 1995 ? Also played football and was conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 ? Played in the Eastern U.S. Showcase Area Code Games ? Majoring in business management ? Born April 6, 1980.

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