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Austin Baker
Player Profile:
Austin Baker 946354
Position: Outfielder
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Montesano, Wash.
High School: Montesano HS
Major: Sports Management
Experience: 3 Letters

SENIOR SEASON (2016): Appeared in 37 games with 34 starts in an injury-filled campaign ... hit .248 with 29 hits in 117 at-bats ... had eight doubles, two triples, and one home run coming on April 23 against ULM to give him 17 for his career ... knocked in 19 runs, while scoring 16 ... registered 13 walks and seven hit-by-pitches and also stole two bases ... named Preseason All-SBC by College Sports Madness ... had season-high three hits against Georgia State March 18 and Texas State May 14 ... recorded season-best four RBI against Milwaukee March 4 ... ended A-State career with 126 runs scored to rank as sixth most in school history ... had eight triples in his career to tie for fourth most in A-State history ... registered 112 career RBI to rank sixth in school history ... walked 102 times in his career for sixth highest total in school history ... named to SBC Commissioner's List ... one of two recipients of the Ed Way Heart and Hustle Award before the season began ... honored with the H.T. "Pug" Winters Degree Completion Award at the "stAte Awards."

JUNIOR SEASON (2015): One of only two players to start and play in all 57 games ... made a handful of starts in left field to begin season before moving and playing center field for the rest of the year ... named to the College Sports Madness All-SBC Second Team ... led the team with seven home runs and was fourth with a .290 batting average .... third on the team with 36 RBIs ... scored a team-high 42 runs and was third with 14 doubles and also hit one triple ... had the second best slugging percentage on the team at .445 and was second with 106 total bases ... recorded a .383 on-base percentage and stole seven bases in 10 attempts ... second on the team with 31 walks and also had a .979 fielding percentage with only three errors committed ... had second-most multiple-hit games on the team with 23, including seven contests with at least three hits ... had a season-high four RBIs against UCA on May 5 ... scored three runs on four separate occasions ... stole two bases against Appalachian State on April 26.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): One of two players to start and play in all 59 games … led the team with six home runs, four triples, a .438 slugging percentage, 40 walks and 12 stolen bases … was second on the team with 50 runs scored and 60 hits and a .390 on-base percentage … was one of five Red Wolves with 10 or more doubles (13) … he set a pair of school records against Murray State on March 12 by scoring an A-State record seven runs and collecting 14 total bases … he also tied the school record with three home runs in the game … in two games against Murray State he had eight RBIs and 18 total bases … hit an inside the park home run on March 25 against Memphis, the first since 2011 … had the highest fielding percentage of any A-State “everyday” outfielder at .987 with only two errors in the season … was seventh in the Sun Belt in runs scored, third in triples, second in walks, ninth in total bases and fourth in total plate appearances … nationally he ranked 35th in walks, 64th in runs scored and 78th in triples. 

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Played in 43 games and made 28 starts ... had a .207 batting average with four doubles and 14 RBIs on the season ... tied for second on the team with three home runs on the year ... scored a season-high three runs against Middle Tennessee on April 28 ... had a season-high three hits and three RBIs against Bradley on February 16 ... hit a home run on the first pitcher he saw in first collegiate at-bat .. he went 3-for-3 in the game and was a just a triple away from the cycle ... tied the school record for most walks in a game with four walks in a game on April 19 at Louisiana-Monroe. 

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned Silver Slugger Award, team MVP, and was a team captain in 2011 and 2012 for the Montesano High School Bulldogs ... All-League OF in 2011 and League MVP in 2012 ... All-Academic Award from 2009-2012 ... Played under head coach Mike Bruner ... Batted .458 with 12 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 35 RBI, and a .587 OBP in junior season ... Batted .493 with 34 hits, eight doubles, two triples, 27 RBI, and .581 OBP in senior season ... Also played football and basketball in high school ... Member of S.U.R.E. Club and ASB Representative.

PERSONAL: Born March 30, 1994 ... majoring in Sports Management ... son of Ted and Sheila Baker and has one sister named Devyn ... enjoys snowboarding and motocross.

 
Career Statistics
 
Year AVG GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB
HBP
SO
GDP
OB%
SF
SH
SB/ATT
PO
A
E
FLD%

FRESHMAN

.207 43-28 111 18 23 4 1 3 14 38 .342 18 1 36 3 .323  0 3 0-1 39 3 3 .933

SOPHOMORE

.265 59-59 226 50 60 13 4 6 43 99 .438 40 8 40 3 .390  3 3 12-15 155  2  2 .987

JUNIOR

.290 57-57 238 42 69 14 1 7 36 106 .445 31 6 53 3 .383 2 6 7-10 139 3 3 .979

SENIOR

.248 37-34 117 16 29 8 2 1 19 44 .376 13 7 16 3 .353 2 8 2-3 50 0 1 .980

TOTAL

.262 196-178 692 126 181 39 8 17 112 287 .415 102 22 145 12 .371 7 20 21-29 383  8 9 .978

 

 

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