Intense two-way player with great determination... Has proven himself in the past and has a promising future.
Wayne Graham said -- "Jared is probably the best outfielder on the team with a very good arm. He had a good year with the bat. He pitched well in the fall and he could close for us."
2007: All-NCAA Houston Regional... All-Conference USA (Second Team)... All-Silver Glove Series... Appeared in 57 of the team's 70 games with 43 starts... Made 36 starts in right field, four in left and three as the DH... Led the team with 31 starts batting second in the lineup, and the Owls were 28-3 in those games... Batted .391 (9-of-23) with a home run, a triple, two doubles, three walks and eight runs scored in the Owls' nine NCAA Tournament games... Collected base hits in every College World Series game and finished the year with a five-game hitting streak... Made a dramatic impact in C-USA games, batting an eye-opening .395 in conference action while ranking among the best for league-only on-base percentage (.490), runs scored (24), walks (17), slugging percentage (.566) and sacrifice flies (3)... Team leader and tied for second in the conference with five triples (all games)... Smashed a triple and a home run in the championship game of the C-USA Tournament to drive in a career-best six runs... Drove-in two or more runs in a game 14 times... Clutch hitter who batted .361 with runners in scoring position... Hit .423 in 14 games coming off the bench as either a pinch hitter or defensive substitute... Tallied two or more hits in a game 12 times, highlighted by a career-best four hits on the road at UAB... Maintained an 11-game hitting streak in April, the fourth-longest on the team all season... Had the Owls' only hit of the game in the series finale at Cal State Fullerton... Strong outfielder with good range... Tied a season high with five put-outs against North Carolina at the College World Series... Threw out four base-runners from his spot in right field... Also made an important contribution to the team as a pitcher... Appeared on the mound six times in the first two months of the season, all out of the bullpen... Five of the six pitching appearances were against quality teams that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament... Threw a season-long 2.1 innings twice, against Texas and Long Beach State... Maintained a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings and held 30 hitters faced to a composite .233 batting average.
Helped lead San Jacinto to a third-place finish at the 2006 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado... Hit .324 with two home runs and 31 RBI in 59 games... Batted a team-leading .467 (7-for-15) at the JCWS with a double and three runs scored... Teammate of current Owls Chris Kelley, J. P. Padron and Jonathan Runnels... Coached by Tom Arrington.
2005 graduate of Katy High School... Four-year starter and letterman under coach Tom McPherson... Helped lead the Tigers to three district championships... All-state outfielder as a junior and senior... Honorable mention all-state pitcher as a senior... Named the 2005 District 19-5A most valuable player... All-district selection sophomore through senior years... Member of the preseason all-Greater Houston team and city allstar team... Hit .390 with 19 home runs... Two year letterman in football as a quarterback... Led team to the state championship as a junior, defeating Southlake Carroll... Made the honor roll all four years... Maintained a 3.4 grade point average.
Full Name: Jared Michael Gayhart. Born: Oct. 29, 1986, in Houston. Parents: Karen and Terry Gayhart, Katy (two brothers). Major: undecided. College: Wiess.