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  Jim Negrych
Jim Negrych

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Buffalo, NY

High School:
St. Francis

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180

Position:
2B

Birthdate:
03/02/1985

SOPHOMORE (2005): Jim Negrych continued his stellar collegiate career with an All-America year as a sophomore...Baseball America First Team All-America selection...also named to the All-Big East First Team for his efforts...hit .349 with a team-best 16 home runs and 59 RBIs while starting all but one of the Panthers' 55 games...scored 52 runs and had 65 hits, including 14 doulbes and a triple...also led the team with 44 walks and stole 11 bases in 13 attempts...among the Big East leaders in nearly every statistical category...his home run total was the fifth-highest in Pitt history and his 59 RBIs are the third most by a Panther...enters the season sixth on Pitt's all-time home run list with 23 and is one of nine players to record 100 RBIs in a career with 104 in two seasons...his 44 walks were a PItt single-season record...had 10 of his 16 home runs against Big East competition but none more important than a 12th-inning two-run shot in the Big East Championships vs. Boston College...his walk-off homer, the second of the game for Negrych, pushed the Panthers into the title game vs. Notre Dame...had four hits and four RBIs in the Panthers' four games in the tournament...had 20 multiple-hit games and a team-best 17 multiple-RBI games...in Pitt's final three games vs. Georgetown, hit .364 with four home runs and seven RBIs...drove in a career-best five runs in the Big East opener vs. Seton Hall, finishing 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and a stolen base...also knocked in five runs in the Panthers' win over Kent State...finished 3-of-4 with five RBIs, two home runs, three walks and two runs scored in the doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame on May 15.

FRESHMAN (2004): In his first season with Pitt, Negrych played in all 56 games, starting 55 at second base...named Big East Rookie of the Year, the first Panther to earn the honor since OF Bill Sherbondy won the award in 1988...earned Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America and Louisville Slugger...finished second in the Big East in batting with a .378 average and sixth in on-base percentage (.464) and slugging percentage (.592)...also ranked among the league's leaders in doubles (2nd, 20 total), total bases (5th, 119 total), hits (6th, 76 total) and walks (7th, 33 total)...his 20 doubles broke the school's single-season record...totaled 76 hits, tying the school record set in 2002 by Brad Rea...finished the regular season with a team-best 22 multiple-hit games and also added 11 multiple-RBI games...won the Hooters Home Run Derby at the Homestead Challenge by hitting four homers in the finals...posted a career-high 13-game hitting streak that lasted from May 1-22...hit .500 with 24 hits (eight doubles) and 16 runs...also had a 12-game hitting streak that lasted from March 12-April 3...hit .429 during the streak with 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored...collected four hits (tied) and added one RBI against Evansville...also had four hits at Villanova and at Buffalo...added three runs and three RBIs against the Bulls...drove in four runs to go along with two doubles and two runs scored in the win at Niagara...was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored in the Panthers' 5-1 victory over Duquesne at PNC Park...in his first collegiate game, tallied three hits, including a solo home run and a double, in the win over New Orleans...his game-winning homer came off of All-American Thomas Diamond...posted three hits and drove in three runs against Temple at the Homestead Challenge...also had three hits, including a home run, with two runs and two RBIs against New York Tech...finished the three-game series against the Bears 6-for-13 with three runs, three RBIs and one stolen base...hit the game-winning, walk-off home run to defeat Georgetown.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned all-Western New York honors in both his junior and senior seasons...named Western New York Player of the Year as a junior...four-time member of the All-Catholic league team...recognized as the St. Francis Athlete of the Year...invited to Team USA baseball tryouts...notched a career .500 batting average with 91 RBIs, 11 HRs and 35 stolen bases.

PERSONAL: Born March 2, 1985...son of James and Verna Negrych...has two sisters...history major.