Ellis, Trent and Smith To Anchor Rotation For Ole Miss
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Ranks second on the Ole Miss career list for saves with 18, six shy of the record set by Justin Huisman (1998-2000) with 24 ... Is seventh on the school's career list for fewest walks per nine innings (2.47).
2005 PRESEASON: Named a first team preseason All-America as an utility player by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) ... Named a first team preseason All-America first baseman by Baseball America ... Named preseason first team All-SEC and the preseason All-SEC Player of the Year by SEBaseball.com.
SUMMER 2004: Played for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League ... Appeared in 31 games ... Batted .271 with three HRs and 15 RBI ... Participated in the Cape Cod League Home Run Derby at the league All-Star Game ... Was ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America.
2004: One of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, the most prestigious award in amateur baseball ... Earned first team All-America honors as a utility player from USA Today/Sports Weekly ... Named co-SEC Player of the Year ... Named first team All-SEC as a DH ... Named SEC Player of the Year by SEBaseball.com and The Chattanooga Times Free Press ... Named first team All-SEC by The Chattanooga Times Free Press ... 2004 Dave "Boo" Ferriss Award winner for the top college player in Mississippi ... Appeared in all 60 games, making 50 starts at 1B and 10 as the DH ... Led team in hitting with a .346 average, which tied for sixth in the SEC ... Also led team in hits (79), RBI (53), total bases (133), slugging percentage (.583), hit batsmen (9) and on-base average (.419) ... Tied for the team lead in HRs (13) ... Hit .370 (20x54) with runners in scoring position ... Made 17 appearances on the mound, including eight starts ... Unscored upon in 7-of-9 relief appearances ... Tied for sixth in the SEC in saves (5) and ranked eighth in ERA (2.82) ... Opened the year hitting a grand slam in back-to-back games versus Birmingham-Southern (2/20-21) ... Went 2x4 with a HR and four RBI in the season opener and 1x5 with a HR and four RBI the next day ... Had a hit in eight of the season's first nine games, going 19x33 (.576) with six HRs and 24 RBI ... Also had four RBI in games against South Alabama (2/27), SE Missouri State (3/3) and Eastern Illinois (3/7) to tie his career high ... Went 8x12 (.750) with four doubles, a HR and nine RBI in the Rebels' three-game sweep at South Alabama (2/27-29) and was named the SEC Player of the Week ... Also picked up two saves in the series to earn National Player of the Week honors from USA Today Sports Weekly ... Went 3x5 with three doubles and four RBI in the series opener versus the Jaguars (2/27) ... Set a school record by reaching base safely in 16 consecutive plate appearances over the course of four games from February 29-March 6 ... Was 9x15 with four HRs and 11 RBI in five games from March 2-7 to earn SEC Player of the Week accolades for the second straight week ... Selected as a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was the National co-Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... Tied a career high with four runs scored against SE Missouri State (3/3) and Eastern Illinois (3/6) ... Went 3x4 with three RBI and hit two HRs to record his first career multi-HR game in game one of a twinbill against Eastern Illinois (3/6) ... Recorded an eight-game hit streak, to tie his career high, from March 7-20, going 10x28 (.357) with two HRs and eight RBI ... Also had an eight-game hit streak from March 27-April 6, batting .514 (18x35) with two HRs and 10 RBI ... Was 4x4 with two doubles and a HR versus SE Louisiana (3/31) to tie his career high for total bases with nine ... Tied a career-high with eight strikeouts in throwing a complete game to earn a 4-2 win at Mississippi State on April 4 (5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB) ... Suffered a 2-1 loss to Auburn (4/11) to snap a personal seven-game win streak (6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO) ... Earned a win and a save in the Rebels' three-game sweep of No. 6 Tennessee (4/16-17) ... Worked 3.1 innings for his longest career relief appearance to earn the win in the series opener (4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO) ... Also had a career-high eight strikeouts in going the distance for a 6-1 win at South Carolina on May 1 (4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB) ... Went 3x15 (.200) with two HRs and four RBI in four SEC and NCAA Regional games.
2004 PRESEASON: Named a first team preseason All-American as a utility player by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
2003 USA NATIONAL TEAM: Member of the USA National Team that compiled a 27-2 record on its summer tour and earned the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ... Hit .211 with one HR and eight RBIs in 17 games, and posted a 3-0 record with a 1.50 ERA in nine appearances, including one start on the mound ... Current junior OF Seth Smith was also a member of the USA squad.
2003: Named one of four Louisville Slugger National Freshmen of the Year by Collegiate Baseball ... Earned first team Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball as a multiple-position athlete ... Tabbed as a second team All-America by USA Today Sports Weekly and was a third team All-America selection by the NCBWA as a utility player ... Selected as an honorable mention All-America by CollegeBaseballInsider.com ... SEC Freshman of the Year ... Earned second team All-SEC honors as a relief pitcher ... Played in 58-of-62 games ... Started 50 games, making 41 starts at 1B and nine as the DH ... Made 20 appearances on the mound, drawing four starts ... Drew starts on the mound versus Alabama (4/20), South Carolina (4/27), Mississippi State (5/22) at the SEC Tournament and against McNeese State (5/31) in the NCAA Houston Regional ... Led the Rebels in batting average (.337), RBI (44), slugging percentage (.490) and multi-RBI games (11) ... Recorded a hit in 43-of-56 games ... As a pitcher, led Ole Miss in ERA (1.40), saves (13) and batting-average-against (.192) ... Also tied for the team-high with two complete games ... Was 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA (31.1 IP, 5 ER) as a starter and was 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA (26.1 IP, 4 ER) as a reliever ... Converted 13-of-13 save opportunities to establish a new school season record, breaking the previous mark of 11 set by Justin Huisman in 2000 ... Ranked second in the SEC in saves ... Was unscored upon in 12-of-16 relief appearances ... Stranded 12-of-14 inherited baserunners (85.7 percent) ... Struck out the only batter he faced in the 3-2 season-opening win over Louisiana Tech (2/14) to earn his first career save ... Went 3x5 with a HR and five RBI while drawing his first career start at 1B against Louisiana Tech (2/16) ... Also doubled and tripled in the game versus the Bulldogs to finish a single shy of the cycle ... Earned his first career win with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief against No. 23 Stetson on Feb. 23 (2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO) ... Recorded his first career four-hit game versus New York Tech (3/9), going 4x6 with a double, a HR and three RBI ... Went 6x13 (.462) with a HR and seven RBI in the three-game series at Tennessee (4/4-6) and also recorded two saves to earn SEC Player of the Week honors ... Had a season-best eight-game hitting streak from March 30-April 12, hitting .429 (12x28) with one HR and eight RBI during that span ... Went 3x5 with a HR and three RBI versus Southeastern Louisiana (4/16), finishing a double shy of the cycle ... Tied a season-long with an eight-game hitting streak from April 16-26, hitting .438 (14x32) during that span with two HRs and 10 RBI ... Worked 7.0 innings to earn the win in his first career start against Alabama (8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO) ... Earned a win and a save in the South Carolina series (4-25/27) ... Pitched 2.0 innings of relief to notch the save in the 6-5 win on April 25 ... Started the series finale (4/27) and fired a complete-game, two-hit shutout of the Gamecocks, using 86 pitches and fanning a season-high eight ... Named the SEC Pitcher of the Week and National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... Worked 2.0 scoreless innings in the 2-0 win over Florida on May 9 to notch his 11th save and tie the Ole Miss single-season record (1 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) ... Pitched 2.0 innings two days later on May 11 against Florida to earn the save and break the school season record (2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) ... Also went 2x4 with a HR in the 4-2 win over the Gators ... Took a no decision in his start versus Mississippi State (5/22) in the SEC Tournament (6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) ... Was 5x14 with two RBI in three games at the NCAA Houston Regional (5/30-31), including 3x5 with an RBI against McNeese State ... Was the starting pitcher in the 7-1 win over McNeese State, firing a complete-game three-hitter (1 R, 2 BB, 7 SO) ... Named to the 2003 NCAA Houston Regional All-Tournament team.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-Metro and All-State performer at Hillcrest Christian ... Two-time All-District honoree ... Recorded a .333 career batting average with 20 HRs and 98 RBIs, and had a 19-6 record on the mound with one save and a 2.00 ERA ... Batted .360 his senior year with 10 HRs and 37 RBIs, and went 10-1 as a pitcher with a 0.41 ERA ... Also recorded 115 strikeouts to just 10 walks in 68.2 IP ... Four-year letterwinner ... Participated in the USA Tournament of the Stars and East Coast Pro Showcase ... Coached by Paul Wyczawski ... Also earned letters in football (2), soccer (3) and basketball (1) ... Earned All-District honors as a wide receiver in football and was an All-MPSA selection in soccer ... Nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy.
MISCELLANEOUS: Full name is Stephen Anthony Head ... Son of Tony and Lynn Head ... Liberal Arts major ... Recorded a 3.96 GPA at Hillcrest Christian, and was a member of the Headmaster's List, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Beta Club ... Named to the fall 2002 Dean's Honor Roll ... Named to the U.M.A.A. Honor in fall 2003.
HEAD'S CAREER STATISTICS
CAREER HIGHS -- BATTING HITS: 4, vs. New York Tech (3/9/2003) RUNS SCORED: 4, 3x, MR: vs. Eastern Illinois (3/6/2004) RBI: 5, vs. Louisiana Tech (2/16/2003) HOME RUNS: 2, vs. Eastern Illinois (3/6/2004) TOTAL BASES: 9, twice, vs. Louisiana Tech (2/16/2003) and vs. Eastern Illinois (3/6/2004) HITTING STREAK: 8, 3x, MR: March 27-April 6, 2004 STOLEN BASES: 1, vs. Tennessee Tech (4/28/2003)
CAREER HIGHS -- PITCHING IPs (Starter): 9.0, 5x, MR: vs. Western Kentucky (6/4/2004) IPs (Relief): 3.1, vs. Tennessee (4/16/2004) SOs (Starter): 8, 3x, MR: at South Carolina (5/1/2004) SOs (Relief): 5, at South Alabama (2/29/2004) WALK HIGH: 4, twice, at South Carolina(5/1/2004) and vs. Western Kentucky (6/4/2004) WIN STREAK: 7, April 20, 2003-April 4, 2004 CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS IP: 12.1, March 15-April 20, 2003 INHERITED RUNNERS STRANDED: 18/19 (94.7 percent) SAVES/OPPORTUNITIES: 15/18 (83.3 percent)
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