Career Notes: Primary centerfielder for the Thundering Herd as a true freshman...gifted athlete and excellent fielder with superior range...broke Marshall's career triples record with a triple against Liberty (4/1/2012) and has since put space in between his 14 and Jim Reynolds' 11...ranks fifth all-time in Marshall history with 51 stolen bases and sixth all-time with 92 walks...connected for a homer for his first collegiate hit at Samford (2/19/2010) in his second at bat...started 9-for-9 in stolen bases...drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 36th round of the 2011 Major League Amateur Draft, following his sophomore season.
2012: Made 53 starts in centerfield, serving as the leadoff hitter in 48 games...batted .308 for the year with 24 RBIs, 40 runs, and 21 stolen bases...ended the year second in Conference USA in walks (43), second in stolen bases (21), second in triples (four), and fifth in on-base percentage (.448)...connected for two homers against Canisius before recording a five-hit game later that day against Bryant (2/18)...registered 16 multihit games...matched his single-game best three stolen bases against Liberty (3/31)...became Marshall's all-time triples leader a day later (4/1) when he and the Herd roared back from a six-run deficit against Liberty...finished the season on a six-game hitting streak which matched his season best...went 7-for-8 in the final two games of the campaign.
2011: Started all 51 games...batted .283 (53-for-187)...led the team in stolen bases (18-for-23) and triples (seven)...scored 40 times and batted in 29 runs...slugged .397 with four doubles, seven triples, and one homerun...recorded 13 multi-hit games with two three-hit games (at Virginia on 3/8 and at Memphis on 4/29) and one four-hit game (at Ohio on 3/12)...batted in eight runs against Ohio (3/12) on two singles, a triple, and a grand slam...stole three bags against Eastern Kentucky (3/29)...enters the 2012 season on a four-game hit streak...reached base in his last 12 games of 2011.
2010: Made 39 starts and played in 51 games...hit .230 (32-for-139)...scored 24 times and knocked in 17 runs...roped three doubles, three triples and two homers...collected a .265 (13-for-49) batting average in conference play...was 12-of-15 on stolen base attempts...posted five multi-hit games and three contests of two-or-more RBI...went 3-for-6 with a double, triple and three RBI at Samford (2/21)...slapped three hits and scored two runs at UAB (4/11).
Summer League: Played for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League...saw game action in 60 games in the outfield...selected to the Northwoods North vs. South All-Star Game...knocked in the game winning run...finished the season with a .269 (58-for-216) batting average...scored 45 runs, legged out five triples and drove in 37 runs...was 24-for-27 on stolen bases.
High School: Played baseball, basketball and football at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy...three-time All-Tidewater Conference and All-Virginia Independent Schools selection in baseball and four-time selection in basketball...named 2008 TCIS Football Player of the Year...2009 Under Armour All-American selection for baseball...invited to the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars...two-time Richmond Times-Dispatch VISAA All-State first team honoree...led team in runs (33) on-base (.548) and fielding (.951) percentage in 2009...senior year hit .397 with 23 hits (10 extra bases), 19 RBI and drew 18 walks...was a perfect 28-for-28 in stolen bases...collected nine multi-run, eight multi-stolen base and five multi-hit games in final season...batted .434 as a junior and .442 as a sophomore...swiped 100 stolen bases in four-year varsity career...finished NSA's all-time leading scorer in basketball with 2,132 points...participated in the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship in Juniper, Fla....honor roll student.
Personal: Born March 17, 1990...son of Bill and Brenda Ballou...has two sisters: Kimberly and Lindsey Nicole...majoring in business.