|30 Adam Zornes
Big, strong-hitting catcher who gained a wealth of experience after a summer in the Cape Cod League... Continues to improve in all areas... Can help the team with his bat or behind the plate.
Wayne Graham said -- "Adam is a good defensive catcher with all the tools to be one of the best in the country. Outstanding arm, outstanding power."
2007: Was selected in the 24th round of the 2007 major league draft by the Cleveland Indians... Played in 29 games with 17 starts (13 behind the plate and four as the designated hitter)... With Zornes starting behind the plate and calling the game, the Owls' pitchers were a combined 10-3, held opposing batters to a composite .226 batting average and maintained a 2.90 ERA... Last start was in the championship game of the NCAA Regional... Season slugging percentage was .441... Went 1-for-4 with a home run in a start behind the plate against Memphis in the second semifinal game of the C-USA Tournament... Came off the bench in the last game of the regular season series against East Carolina to knock a home run on the road, making him 3-for-10 with two home runs at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C.... Had two home runs in Rice's games against nationally-ranked teams... Slugged two hits with a home run as the starting catcher on opening day against Central Missouri... Drove in a pair of runs with a bases-load hit against Cal Poly... Played in the Cape Cod League (Bourne) in the summer of 2007... 2006: Successfully handled the challenge of a larger playing role when veteran Travis Reagan was lost for the year with an injury... Played in 40 of the team's 70 games with 27 starts, including nine behind the plate and 18 as the designated hitter... Started at DH against Georgia in the Owls' first game of the College World Series... Also started in the first CWS meeting against eventual national champion Oregon State... Batted .302 for the season with five home runs... Hit .371 (13-of-35) with a .714 slugging percentage in Conference USA action... Batted an eye-opening .417 (15-of-36) with runners in scoring position... Started an offensive outburst in the Memphis series, highlighted by a 7-for-10 weekend with four home runs, nine RBI and eight runs scored... Earned CUSA Hitter of the Week Honors after the Memphis series... Slugged two or more hits in a game seven times... Tied a career game-high with four RBI against UAB in the C-USA Tournament... Drove in
two or more runs eight times... Defensive continued to improve each outing... Caught the starts of Craig Crow (three times), Bobby Bell (2), Joe Savery (2), Will McDaniel (1) and Bryan Price (1)... With Zornes starting behind the plate and calling the game, the Owls' pitchers were a combined 7-2 and held opposing batters to a composite .241 batting average... Threw out four wouldbe
base stealers... Registered a career-high 14 put outs in first career start behind the plate... Played in the Alaska League (Anchorage) over the summer... 2005: Squad member who did not play in any games in order to gain a redshirt season... Served as a bullpen catcher for one of the country's top college pitching staffs.
2004 graduate of St. Thomas High School in Houston... Three-year starter and letterman for the Eagles under coach Jim Connor... Three-time all-state and all-district honoree... Served as team captain for two years... Batted .381 with four home runs, a .571 slugging percentage and 17 RBI as a senior year... Helped lead the team to a 26-7 record and to the 2004 TAPPS 5A state and district championship... Also started and lettered for the football team... Student council member... Maintained a 91.36 grade point average on 100 scale.
Full Name: Adam Richard Zornes. Birthdate: Apr. 2, 1986, at Houston. Parents: Scott and Mam Zornes, Houston (one sister, one brother). Father played football at Pittsburg State University. Uncle, Mickey Miller, played football at the University of Missouri. Grandfather, Carl "Moose" Miller played baseball at Seton Hall University. Major: economics/managerial studies. College: Baker.
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