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Grae Kessinger

Grae  Kessinger

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Oxford, Miss.

High School:
Oxford

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Position:
IF

Experience:
1L

05/24/2018

Baseball Scores Walk-Off Win in SEC Tournament

Rebels Rally in 10th to Top No. 8 Georgia

05/15/2018

No. 4 Baseball Picks Up 40th Win in Jonesboro

Rebels Club Four Homers, 17 Hits in 15-8 Win

05/12/2018

Ole Miss Runs Away from No. 16 Auburn, Sweeps Series

Ethridge Powers Rebels to Win in Long Relief Appearance

05/10/2018

No. 5 Rebels Fend off Auburn for Game One Win

Rolison's Strong Six Innings Lift Ole Miss to Series-Opening Victory

05/02/2018

Bats Stay Hot as No. 3 Ole Miss Rolls Past UAPB

Rebels Cap Home Midweek Schedule with Perfect 8-0 Record

 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 • 2018 NCAA Oxford Regional All-Tournament Team
 • 2017, 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll
 • 2016 MLB Draft Selection (26th Round - San Diego Padres)


2018 (Sophomore):
Started 62 games at shortstop ... Hit .300 with 18 doubles and eight home runs ... Scored 56 runs and drove in 37 ... Named to NCAA Oxford Regional All-Tournament Team ... Opened season on eight-game hitting streak ... Went 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored against Memphis (2/20) ... Hit first home run of the season as part of 2-for-3 day with a run scored and two RBI in Game 2 against Tulane (2/24) ... Went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI at Long Beach State (3/4) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI at Georgia State (3/13) ... Went 6-for-9 with two three-hit games, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI against Tennessee (3/16-17) ... Homered in back-to-back games against Arkansas State (4/18) and Georgia (4/20) ... Went 2-for-5 with two doubles in Game 2 against Georgia (4/20) ... Drove in two runs and went 2-for-4 in series-deciding Game 3 win against LSU (4/28) ... Scored three runs and went 4-for-4 against Arkansas Pine Bluff (5/2) ... Homered in consecutive Games against South Carolina (5/4-5) ... Had hits in all three games of Auburn sweep, including 2-for-4 day with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Game 3 (5/12) ... Homered, scored three runs and drove in three more at Arkansas State (5/15) ... Hit in four of five games of the SEC Tournament, including 2-for-5 day with a home run, a double, two runs scored in elimination game win over Georgia (5/24) ... Went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in win over Tennessee Tech in second game of NCAA Oxford Regional (6/3) ... Homered in NCAA Oxford Regional final to earn All-Tournament Team honors (6/4).

2017 (Freshman):
Played in 55 games, making 53 starts at shortstop … Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll … Led the team in sacrifice bunts with eight, ranking seventh in the SEC … Hit .175 with 16 RBI, 15 runs, five doubles and two home runs … Helped turn 19 of the team’s 39 double plays … Ripped the go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth to help Ole Miss rally to beat No. 19 Texas A&M (5/13) ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, including his second homer of the season, to lead the Rebels to a win over No. 19 Kentucky (3/23) ... Hit a three-run home run in the second inning against Memphis, marking the first home run of his career (2/28) ... Posted his second three-hit game of the season with three singles against No. 23 UNCW (2/24) ... Tallied a team-high three hits in the series finale versus No. 6 East Carolina (2/19).

HIGH SCHOOL:
Attended Oxford High School where he was a four-year letterwinner and was coached by Chris Baughman … Selected in the 26th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres … Ranked as the No. 74 prospect in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Mississippi by Perfect Game … Named a 2016 Louisville Slugger second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball … Named 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game second team All-American and first team Southeast All-Region … Among college and high school players, rated the No. 143 draft prospect by D1Baseball.com and No. 167 prospect by MLB.com … Named a top-500 prospect by Baseball America … Made the 2016 Rawlings Top Prospect list … Named second team All-USA Mississippi by USA TODAY … Played in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field where his grandfather, Don, was the Chicago Cubs’ starting shortstop for 11 years … Four-time all-state shortstop … Hit .352 over his high school career, including 34 doubles, 127 runs, 83 RBI and 61 stolen bases … Led Oxford to Mississippi 5A State Championships as a junior and senior … Selected to the Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen in 2016 … Competed in the 2015 East Coast Pro Showcase … Earned All-America honors as a junior (second team) and as a sophomore (high honorable mention) … 2013 freshman All-American … All-state academic team with a 4.1 GPA … Member of National Honor Society and two-year student council member … Graduated with special distinction.

PERSONAL: Son of Kevin and Kelly Kessinger … Born: Aug. 25, 1997 … Has one brother, Josh … Grandson of Don Kessinger, who was a six-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner for the Chicago Cubs as well as an All-American shortstop (1964) and head coach (1991-96) at Ole Miss ... Dad, Kevin, and uncle, Keith, played baseball at Ole Miss … His father, Kevin, was drafted by the Cubs and played in the organization before his career ended due to injury … Keith ended up playing in the Majors for the Cincinnati Reds and now serves as the radio analyst for all Rebel baseball games … Managerial finance major

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