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Billy Cooke
Billy  Cooke

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Maitland, Fla.

High School:
Trinity Preparatory HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 175

Position:
CF

Bats/Throws:
R/R


Earned Dean’s List three times (Fall 2014, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016) … Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for each of the academic years.

2016 (So.): Named honorable mention All-Big South and voted to the NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament team … Played in 72 games, starting 71 … Batted .324 with 16 doubles … Ranked 17th in the NCAA with a team-best 14 sac bunts with the runner he advanced coming around to score 11 times … Was the “Top Play” on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays for his amazing catch in game one at Georgia Tech … Batted team-best .412 with two doubles at the NCAA Raleigh Regional  ... Was 0-for-5 in the two Super Regional wins, but had two RBI in game one … Had three hits, including a double, at the College World Series but had a .300 on base percentage thanks to four walks and getting hit by two pitches … Proved his worth in the bottom third of the lineup by producing 20 two-out RBI (second-best on the team) and batted .339 with runners in scoring position ... Reached base safely (hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 59 of his 72 games played games, including a season-best streak of 30 games (batted .382 (39-for-102) over the span with 23 runs scored, 20 RBI and 12 walks … Was 5-for-11 with three RBI in the opening weekend ... Was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored versus Appalachian State ... Added a safety squeeze bunt for one of his RBI ... Went 2-for-5 with a run scored vs North Carolina State ... Was just 1-for-3, but his lone hit was the game-winning RBI in the eighth versus Virginia ... Also walked and scored game-tying run in the seventh vs UVA ... In addition to his offense, moved from center field to second base in the ninth versus UVA and started a game-ending double play … Was 3-for-5 with a “hustle” double and two RBI in the Ball State win … In the Wake Forest two-game series, had three stolen bases and was 2-for-3 with a run scored, walk, hit by pitch and a sac bunt … Went to the plate four times and scored twice in the win at UNC Wilmington but had no official at bats ... Walked twice and delivered two sac bunts … Was 5-for-12 in the Longwood series ... Stole three bases in game two of the series and had three RBI in game three … Was 4-for-8 with four runs scored in the Stetson series ... Hit his first career home run in game two of the series … Had a seven-game hit streak snapped by going 0-for-2 in the win over Citadel, but was hit by two pitches … Was 2-for-3 with three RBI in the Gardner-Webb finale … Central in the win over College of Charleston (4/13), going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored – accounted for three of CCU’s five runs … Delivered two RBI and scored once in the 6-2 win at #13 North Carolina … Hit two doubles, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, in leading CCu to another the win over CofC (4/20) … In game two at Liberty, turned in a career-best performance, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored … Hit his third home run while going 4-for-10 with two walks and three stolen bases in the Charleston Southern series … Closed the regular season by going 4-for-8 in the Campbell series, including a 3-for-3 performance with three runs scored in the finale … At Big South Championship, had an RBI single in the sixth inning to tie the game 2-2 in an eventual win over Radford in the opener ... Had CCU’s first hit in the title game versus Liberty — a double — one of just five hits for the Chants in the game … At the NCAA Regional, batted a team-best .412 at the Regional with seven hits (two doubles) ... Versus St. Mary’s, was 3-for-4 with a double ... His single in the fourth moved G.K. Young to third, to set up a squeeze bunt that gave CCU a 3-1 lead ...  In game two versus NC State, doubled to start the seventh, but was stranded ... In the Championship game vs NC State, was 3-for-5 with and provided an insurance run as part of CCU’s four-run ninth in the 7-5 win ... Also tracked down the final out in  deep right center … At the NCAA Super Regional, was 0-for-3 in game one but had two RBI — an RBI ground out and a sac fly ... Was 0-for-2 in game two with two sac bunts, the first leading to a 3-1 CCU lead in the fifth … At the College World Series, recorded an impressive 24 putouts in eight games … Only batted .130 (3-for-23) but scored four runs and reached base safely in seven of the eight games … Walked twice and scored twice in the Texas Tech win.

2015 (Fr.): Only played 25 games with 10 starts after injuring his hand in the season opener … Did not commit an error in 27 chanced and batted .148 (4-for-27) … Was the opening-day starter in center field but was injured late in the game ... Came off the bench in games two, five and eight before having surgery on his hand ... Returned to the lineup April 17 and was a fixture the final 21 games of the season, getting nine starts in the span and being used mostly as a late-inning defensive replacement … At #20 College of Charleston, ran down eight fly balls in just six innings, going 0-for-1 with a sac bunt that helped CCU take a 1-0 lead … Came off the bench and hit a double at UNC Wilmington … Recorded the final out for CCU on defense, an impressive catch at the wall in right center field, to secure the win at #7 Florida State … Entering the Big South Championship for year, he only had one run, two hits, two walks and a stolen base but in his start versus Winthrop in game two at the Big South Tournament, posted two runs, two hits, two walks and two stolen bases.

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Led Trinity Prep to a 23-5 record and the Class 4A Region 3 championship game … Was a four-year starter at Trinity and led the team in stolen bases each season … Named to the Futures League South All-Star honorable mention … Member of the Orlando Scorpions, which won the 2013 PerfectGame WWBA World Championship … Named All-Tournament at the 2013 PerfectGame WWBA 18-under Labor Day Classic, 2012 WWBA World Championship and 2012 World Series … As a sophomore, the Saints reached the Class 3A Regional final.


 

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