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Ben Jones
Ben Jones

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Decatur, Ala.

High School:
Decatur

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 184

Position:
OF

Birthdate:
08/27/1986

Experience:
3L

B-T:
L-L

SUMMER 2008: Played for the Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League ... Hit .229 in 31 games (27 starts) with a .386 slugging percentage (five doubles, a triple and two home runs), driving in 11 RBI.

2008 (JUNIOR): Hit .282 in 71 at bats (20 hits, five doubles, one home run ... Hit .327 against right handed pitching ... Was 3-for-19 (.158) as a pinch hitter ... .308 with runners in scoring postion ... Had a five-game hitting streak from March 7-12 which concluded with a three-hit game against Appalachian State in which he had a pair of doubles ... Hit .273 in April (6-for-22), scoring five runs with a double and four RBI ... Drew a RBI walk as a pinch-hitter on April 22 vs. Samford ... Walked and scored the game-tying run in evental 7-6 loss to South Carolina on April 11 ... Made the start in centerfield vs. Mississippi Valley State on April 9 and went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI from the leadoff spot ... It was the first time he hit leadoff in his AU career ... Hit .344 in March (11-for-32, three doubles, four runs, four RBI) ... Scored the game-tying run in the eighth after hitting a leadoff single and drove in the game-winning run with a two-out, two-strike two-RBI single in the ninth at Troy on March 18 after entering as a defensive replacement in right in the seventh ... Hit .333 as a reserve in February, collecting extra-base hits for both of his hits (double, home run) ... Hit his first career home run in the eighth inning on February 25 vs. East Tennessee State.

2007 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 35 games ... Hit .279 in 61 at-bats, driving in seven runs ... Auburn's top left handed pinch hitter ... Hit .250 in 12 pinch-hit appearances ... Started 10 games and hit .324 when in the starting lineup ... Started five games as the DH, three in right and two in left ... Had a string of five games where he went 9-for-18 (.500) with a double, a run and three RBI from March 3-14 ... Included in that span was a 3-for-3 day against VMI (Mar. 14).

SUMMER 2006: Hit .229 for Covington Lumberjacks in the Shenendoah Valley League, driving in 18 runs while scoring another 15.

2006 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in 20 games, starting four ... Hit .226 with two 2B and 3 R ... Was used primarily as a lefthanded pinch hitter off the bench, hitting .300 in that role as well as a late-innings defensive substitution ... Four starts all came as the DH.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for Mike Burns at Decatur High School ... Hit .439 with eight home runs as a senior ... Over the course of his three-year career, he hit 17 home runs ... Honorable mention all-state in 2004 and 2005 ... First-Team All-State selection by the Birmingham News in 2005 ... Decatur Daily 2005 Player of the Year ... Decatur Daily All-Area Team selection in 2004 and 2005 ... Participated in the North-South All-Star Game as a junior ... Had a 4.2 GPA and graduated fourth in his class.

PERSONAL: Benjamin Russell Jones ... Son of Rusty and Kathy Jones ... Has one brother, Matt (20) ... His cousin, Paige Jones, played softball at Auburn from 2001-04 ... Major: Mechanical Engineering.