Valuable, experienced player who can step-in and play anywhere on the field... Always ready for any role he's called to play... Nicknamed "Jimmy Baseball" by his teammates for his passion and dedication to the game... Outstanding attitude.
Wayne Graham said --Jimmy is obviously the best utility player on the team, but he is probably going to be a starter again. He's gotten better every year. He had a great year defensively at first base last year. We'll use him where we need him the most. He could possibly hit lead-off."
At Rice -- 2009: Conference USA Spirit of Service Award; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; C-USA All-Academic Team; Rice University Scholar Athlete; All-Silver Glove Series (1b); Played in all 61 games, 58 times as a starter... Made the move to the vacant job at first base and started there (for the first time in his career) 56 times... Also started twice at second base... Played the last eight innings of the season at third base when Anthony Rendon was injured in the final game of the Super Regional (it was the only time for any Owl to play at third base other than the National Freshman of the Year)... Batted .285 for the season... Hit .318 with men on base and .313 with runners in scoring position... Was exceptional in the second half of the year, including a .352 average in C-USA games and a .421 mark in the NCAA Regional... Batted .400 and scored five times in the season-long five-game Silver Glove Series against crosstown rival Houston... Disciplined hitter who tallied more walks (31) than strikeouts (30) for the second year in a row... Batted second in the lineup 14 times and was the only Owl other than eventual MLB draft pick Brock Holt to hit leadoff... Collected a career-high four hits in a game three times (vs. Kansas State, Lamar and Tulane)... Seven different Owls had four hits in a game, but no one else had more than two four-hit games... Registered 17 multi-hit games... Maintained a career-best 13-game hitting streak to tie for the longest on the team... Finished second on the team and tied for third in the conference with four triples... Delivered the game-winning base-hit in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Championship Final of the C-USA Tournament to help the Owls win the league title... Tied a career-high with three RBI in the finale of the Marshall series... Drove in two or more runs in a game five times... Shared the team lead in both steals (11) and attempted steals (16)... Led the team and was among the best in the conference with sacrifice hits (10)... Was third on the team in runs, scoring 51 times in 61 games... Steady defender who made only two errors as the new first baseman... Didn't make an error at first base until his 40th game of the year... Made a career-high 15 put outs three different times... Starts at second base were at Dallas Baptist and against Washington State... Played a partial season of summer ball for the Clarinda A's in the Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas (M.I.N.K.) League... 2008: All-NCAA Houston Regional... NCAA District VI All-Academic Team... Conference USA All-Academic Team... C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... Appeared in all but one game since opening day and started 51 times... Made 48 starts at second base and three at shortstop... Batted .429 at the College World Series (3-for-7) with a walk and run scored... Shared the team lead in hitting (.417) with Chad Mozingo for the seven NCAA Tournament games... Was the Owls' leading hitter of the Regional, going 7-for-12 (.583) with two doubles, five RBI and three runs scored... The Regional weekend was a career-best, topping an East Carolina series where he was 6-for-12 with three two-hit games... Went 4-for-11 (.364) with six runs scored in a sweep of Marshall... Eight starts were as the leadoff batter, 31 were batting either eighth or ninth... Hit .338 against teams that were nationally-ranked, .317 with runners on base and .306 with runners in scoring position... Led the team and finished third in C-USA with 11 sacrifice bunts... Collected two or more hits in a game 15 times... Slugged a career-high three hits three times, including the Regional win over St. John's... One of three Owls with more walks (24) than strikeouts (17)... Longest hitting streak was a career-best six games (Apr. 26 to May 10)... Played a 20-game stretch with just one error in the field in 124 chances... Made a career-high eight defensive assists against Fresno State in the opening game of the College World Series... Tallied seven defensive assists from the middle infield three other times... Turned or started 48 of the team's 63 double plays... Was in on five double plays in one game against Southern Miss (Mar. 29)... The final game of the Tulane series was the first time he started a game and did not record a defensive assist (he did have two put outs)... 2007: Played in 11 games with four starts, including two at shortstop and two at third base... Three of the four starts were against teams that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament (twice vs. East Carolina and once against St. John's)... Batted .294 with a pair of walks and two sacrifice hits... Slugged a double and scored in a start against Texas Tech at the Whataburger College Classic in Corpus Christi... Scored a season-high two runs in a game twice, including the regular season win over Baylor... Made four appearances as a pinch runner... Was error-free in the field in 13 chances (10 at shortstop and three at third)... Made a career-high three defensive assists in a single game at East Carolina... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Duncanville) in the summer of 2007... 2006: Did not see any game action... Worked hard to be a member of the team's official roster for the College World Series, super regional and regional games, and was ready to play when called upon... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Weatherford) in the summer.
High School -- 2005 graduate of Hightower High School in Missouri City... Four-year starter for the Hurricanes under coach Eddie Youngblood... All-state honoree as a junior and senior... First team all-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle in 2005... Played in the Texas high school all-star game... Named the District 20-5A most valuable player after batting .450 with 38 RBI, 24 runs scored and five home runs... Posted 15 career wins as a pitcher... Three-time team MVP and 2003 sophomore player of the year... Maintained a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale and graduated magna cum laude.
Personal -- Full Name: James Anthony Comerota. Born: Dec. 1, 1986, in San Antonio. Parents: Dave and Mary Comerota of Missouri City (one sister). Father played baseball for Springfield College (1975), and grandfather, Tony Comerota, played in the minor leagues (1950). Majors: Kinesiology / Economics. College: Jones.
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