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Josh Bell
Josh Bell

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Jackson, TN

High School:
Northside

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 204

Position:
C

Birthdate:
07/03/1984

Experience:
2L

SUMMER 2004:
Played for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League ... Hit .161 with a homer and four RBI while playing in 18 games ... Summer was cut short after suffering an injury ... Teammates with current Tiger Clete Thomas.

2004:
Hit .274 with a team-leading 10 home runs and 46 runs batted ... 3-3 with a 4.75 ERA in 14 appearances including nine starts on the mound ... One of three two-way players at Auburn since 1996, joining Tim Hudson (1996-97) and Hayden Gliemmo (1998-01) ... Worked 53 innings notching 36 strikeouts ... One of three players to play in all 56 games ... Hit .227 in SEC play with four homers and 18 RBI ... 2-3 with a 5.36 ERA in 47 innings in conference games ... All nine starts as a pitcher came in SEC action ... Held right-handed batters to a .217 average ... Seven of 10 home runs came at Plainsman Park ... Hit .359 (14-for-39) in February with a team-best 4 HR, 13 RBI ... Started at four different positions: catcher, pitcher, first base, designated hitter ... 18 multi-hit games and tied for team-leading 13 multi-RBI contests ... Hit .379 (11-for-29) in six games in the three hole ... When starting on mount, hit .229 (8-for-35) with 4 R, 7 RBI, 2 HR at the plate ... Made first career Friday night start against South Carolina (5/7), picking up win after allowing four runs in a career-best 6.2 IP ... Worked 5+ innings in six of nine SEC starts ... Three of four HRs hit in the league came in games pitching ... Allowed just two hits and one run in consecutive starts (12.0 IP. 0.75 ERA) vs. LSU and at Ole Miss ... Picked up first career win in a start, at Tennessee (3/28) after giving up 2 ER in five innings ... Also hit a pair of solo home runs while also DHing in the game ... First homer, to left field that landed on Todd Helton Drive, was estimated at traveling 450 feet ... Game-winning walk-off double with two outs in 10th inning of series opener against LSU ... Two multi-homer games: vs. Boston College (2/20) and at Tennessee (3/28) ... Notched first career victory at Clemson in relief stint (3.0 IP, 2 R, 0 ER) on Mar. 14 ... Homered four times in first four games of season, including a pair against Boston College in series opener ... Second HR was a walk-off home run in the 10th inning.

2003:
Hit .295 while starting in 49 games with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBI ... Third on club with eight homers ... Reached base safely in first 21 games ... Opened career by hitting safely in 11 consecutive contests ... Also saw action in five games on the mound ... Collected two saves and five strikeouts in last two appearances spanning two innings of work ... Picked up first career save in one inning stint at No. 2 Georgia Tech on March 18 ... Missed final nine games of season after fracturing index finger in right (throwing) hand on May 17 against Ole Miss ... Injured finger while behind the plate ... Hit safely in six of last eight games and tallied an RBI in five consecutive games from May 9-16 ... Homered in first two games of LSU series ... Homered in back-to-back games three times ... Hit .407 (11-for-27) in seven game (5 R, 12 RBI, 5 2B, 3 HR) span from April 12-20 ... Seven of last 13 hits for extra bases (5 2B, 2 HR) ... Homered in back-to-back games and in three of four games from April 11-15 ... Three homers from April 11-15 came in 15 at-bats after going deep three times in previous 127 AB's ... Hit two-run homer in eighth inning of April 15 game vs. UAB to give Tigers' 3-2 lead ... Came in to pitch in 9th inning, striking out side to earn second save of season ... Threw out 48 percent (11-of-23) would-be baserunners ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and grand slam in Auburn's 7-3 Sunday win at Miss. State ... In first 20 games of season hit a team-leading .410 (32-of-78) with 18 R, 8 2B, 3 HR ... 12-for-24 (.500) with 7 RBI in six game span from March 2-11 ... Five consecutive multi-hit games from March 2-9 ... Named SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 17) after going 7-for-17 with 2 HR, 6 R, and 5 RBI ... Saw action at catcher, first base, and pitcher against Elon (2/28) ... Hit a three-run pinch-hit home run breaking a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning of victory over North Carolina on March 9.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Four-year letterwinner for coach Randy Harrell at Northside High School ... Three-time all-state and all-district selection and was named all-district four times ... Listed as one of the nation's top 10 catchers as a senior by Baseball America ... As a senior hit .423 with three homers and 29 RBIs ... Was 6-2 on the hill as a senior with a 1.59 earned run average and 99 strikeouts in 53 innings ... Tossed a perfect game as a senior ... Hit .366 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs as a junior while posting a 7-4 mark with a 0.49 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 71 innings of work ... Hit .493 with six home runs and 31 RBIs as a sophomore while recording a 5-1 mark on the mound with a 2.53 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 32 innings ... As a freshman, hit .383 with a homer and 27 runs batted in ... Fifth-round draft pick (162nd overall) of St. Louis Cardinals in the 2002 MLB First-Year Draft ... Participated in East Coast Professional Showcase ... Two-time football letterman as a punter and place kicker ... All-state punter and honorable mention all-state place kicker as a junior ... All-West Tennessee and All-Madison County in football ... Graduated with honors ... Received T.D. Reynolds Scholastic Athletic Achievement award.

PERSONAL: Joshua Louis Bell was born on July 3, 1984 in Jackson, Tenn. ... Son of Luke and Gloria Bell ... Has two older siblings, Dempsey Burt (34) and Luke III (33)... Major: Criminology.