24 Chris Simmons
Chris Simmons

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Prairieville, La.

High School:
Dutchtown

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 215

Position:
Catcher-Designated Hitter-First Base

Experience:
1VL

Major:
Systems Management



Multi-talented performer ... standout catcher who filled designated hitter role during rookie campaign ... impact player-in-the-making ... solid receiver with soft hands and lively arm ... fiery competitor with great will to succeed ... provides Black Knights with quality replacement for graduated standout Schuyler Williamson ... settled in nicely behind plate this fall ... sweet-swinging righty who sprays line drives to all fields ... boasts great deal of natural power ... possesses short, compact batting stroke ... recognizes pitches extremely well ... impressive power source with ability to shoot balls into gaps ... harbors bright future in Black, Gold and Gray ... shouldered significant role in freshman season ... expected to elevate production in sophomore campaign ... letterman.

2005: Served as Army's starting designated hitter throughout season ... saw action in 49 contests ... missed just four outings ... batted .260 with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 28 runs scored and 26 runs batted in ... collected 55 total bases and 21 walks ... posted .357 slugging percentage and .352 on-base percentage ... successful on 4 of 6 stolen base tries ... registered 10 multiple-hit performances ... produced six multiple-RBI showings ... ranked among team leaders in batting average (10th), runs scored (7th), base hits (8th), doubles (6th) and total bases (8th) ... batted .263 with runners in scoring position ... successfully delivered runner from third base with less than two outs during 9 of 17 opportunities (.529) ... opened year on tear ... batted .324 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and eight RBI over season's first nine contests ... struggled through midseason batting slump ... closed year on another hot streak ... hit safely in eight of last nine games entering NCAA Regionals ... batted .500 (15-30) with eight runs scored and six RBI during that span ... registered six multiple-hit contests throughout streak ... raised seasonal batting average 58 percentage points during hot spell ... exceptionally hot in four games immediately preceding Tallahassee Regional ... batted .750 (9-12) with five runs scored and five runs batted in during that span ... hit .667 (4-6) with three runs scored and two runs batted in to help Army sweep Lehigh in Patriot League Championship Series ... finished regular season with season-best 3-for-3 effort against Rhode Island ... collected five hits in six plate appearances (.833) during twinbill versus Rams ... went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and three runs batted in to lead non-league defeat of New York Tech ... slapped two hits on nine occasions ... drove in three runs three times ... smashed home runs against College of Charleston and Lafayette ... three-run shot against Leopards helped Black Knights complete key four-game Patriot League series sweep ... gained valuable postseason experience by starting all three NCAA Regional showings ... went hitless in those three contests.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Mike Toups at Dutchtown High ... spent first two years of high school at Reagan High in San Antonio, Texas ... served as team captain each of final two years at Dutchtown ... District 7-4A Gold Glover winner as a senior ... named 4-A "Player of the Year" by the Louisiana Coaches' Poll ... helped squad to 4-A Louisiana state championship as a senior in only second year of school's existence ...

PERSONAL: Given name is Chris Kelly Simmons ... born April 6, 1986, in Houston, Texas ... parents' names are Christie and Kelly Simmons ... father, Kelly, earned three varsity letters in football as a fullback at Louisiana State University ... served as Tigers' team captain in 1977 ... lists favorite food as boiled crawfish ... favorite movie is Zoolander ... enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing in free time ... majoring in Systems Management.

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