48  Rich Russell
Rich Russell
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario

High School:
Earl Haig

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 255

Position:
C

Birthdate:
03/04/1984

B/T:
R/R

2005: Batted .308 with eight starts in nine games ... missed final 41 games of season because of injury ... entered season on Johnny Bench Award watch list ... homered in Feb. 25 game at Jacksonville State ... had two hits and two RBI in games at Southern Miss (2/19) and Jacksonville State (2/26) ... put together six-game hitting streak from Feb. 13-26.

2004: Established himself as one of top offensive and defensive catchers in MAC in 2004 ... led team in slugging (.583), on base percentage (.466), home runs (8) and times hit by pitch (14) ... started 47 of 54 games, 46 as catcher ... went 5-for-8 in final two games of UAB series ... in Marshall's win at UAB (2/29), hit grand slam well over 400 feet to help Herd to win ... was 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs in the game ... went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in win over Cleveland State (3/21) ... went 3-for-6 with three runs in game two of doubleheader against Miami (Ohio) (4/4) ... went 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBI at Morehead State (4/27) ... had 10-game hitting streak from April 11-May 1 ... had hit in 19 of 22 games from March 21 against Cleveland State to May 1 against Central Michigan ... went 3-for-4 with home run, four RBI and run vs. Eastern Kentucky (5/11).

2003: Played in 35 games in 2003, starting 26...scored 10th run vs. Drexel in 10-4 win ... had bases-loaded single in win over Buffalo (4/13) ... had fielding percentage of .970.

High School: Earl Haig High School did not have baseball program ... played for Team Ontario in 2001-02 ... batted .310 with four home runs and 28 RBI ... played in NABF World Series ... named best catcher of tournament.

Personal: Born March 4, 1984 ... son of Ron and Lee Ann Russell ... has sister, Shannon ... majoring in history with geography minor ... has aspirations of teaching history at the high school level.