1 Sims Griffith
1 Sims Griffith
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Gainesville, Ga.
High School: Gainesville HS
Position: 2B
Bats/Throws: R/R

Honors & Awards
2017 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
2016 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
2015 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll

2017 — Served as Furman’s starting second baseman for a second straight season, getting the nod in 57 of the Paladins’ 61 games...batted .265 with three home runs and 24 RBI...fielded .970, committing just eight errors in 271 chances...made only one error over the first 16 games, which coupled with error-free ball over his final 17 games of 2016 gave him only one miscue in the field over a 33-game span...opened the season with a nine-game hitting streak (11x37, .297) but struggled over his next 16 contests, batting just .132 (7x53)...was hitting .200 on Apr. 8 before going 25x62 (.403) over the following 17 games, during which time Furman went 14-3 and won 11 consecutive SoCon games...stretch included an 11-game hitting streak that helped his batting average to .283...posted five consecutive two-hit outings (10x20, .500) spanning a three-game series versus Belmont and SoCon Tournament wins over Wofford (13-3) and Mercer (6-1)...stroked a two-out, RBI single in bottom of 10th inning to beat East Tennessee State, 9-8, in first game of series, setting the stage for a three-game series sweep of the Bucs that saw him go 8-for-14 (.571) with a home run, three doubles, three RBI, and five runs scored...went 4-for-5 with a pair of double and three runs scored in 11-4 series clinching triumph over ETSU...belted a two-run, sixth inning home run off J.P Sears in a 4-2 series opening victory over The Citadel, setting the table for a three-game series sweep of the Bulldogs...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

2016 — Made the switch from shortstop to second base where he turned an a solid campaign, both at the plate and in the field...paced the squad with 57 starts in the Paladins’ 59 games...hit .274 with three home runs and 22 RBI...had 17 multi-hit outings...most often (27 games) hit second in the order...fielded at a stellar .981 clip, committing only four errors in 213 chances...played errorless ball over the Paladins’ final 17 games (11-6) and hit .304 (24x79) over the last 21 contests (14-7)...homered in a 2-for-4 performance in an 8-1 win over Dayton...went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in a 9-7 triumph over 23rd-ranked College of Charleston at Latham Stadium...with Furman trailing 7-6, led off the ninth inning with a single and later scored on Carter Grote’s walk-off, three-run home run to beat the Cougars, halting their eight-game winning streak...dialed up a 3-for-3, two-RBI, three-run performance against Samford (8-5 win) that also included two sacrifice flies...homered, drove in a season high three runs, and scored twice in a 3-for-4 performance against ETSU (13-9 loss)...went 2-for-2, swiped a pair of bases, and scored two runs in a 8-4 loss at Mercer...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

2015 — Put together a good inaugural season as a Paladin, earning playing time in 41 games and 30 starts, including 26 starts at shortstop...had four starts at second base...batted .256...hit mostly ninth in the order...was hit by pitch a team high seven times...first hit (single) came against South Carolina (5-2 loss)...went 2-for-5 with two RBI vs. Marist (13-4 win)...doubled, scored twice, and drove in a season high four runs in a 3-for-5 performance against USC Upstate (20-6 win)...followed that up with back-to-back 2-for-4 displays at Western Carolina (14-4 loss, 5-3 win)...went 3-for-5 with an RBI at College of Charleston (7-6 loss)...fielded at a .942 clip, committing nine errors in 155 total chances...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

High School:  2014 graduate of Gainesville (5A) High School...baseball coach was Jeremy Kemp...four-year starter at shortstop...played on three region championship teams — one at 3A level and two more in 5A following Gainesville’s move up in classification...2014 squad  finished 27-8 and advanced to state semifinals before falling to eventual state champion Houston County...three year record (2012-14) was 87-15...three-time all-area and all-region selection...also starred in football as a wide receiver, helping Gainesville to 2014 region championship... played on a TB Tigers Summer League squad that finished third in the 18U WWBA national championships....Georgia Merit Scholar.

Personal: Full name is Aaron Sims Griffith...both November 24, 1995, in Gainesville, Georgia...son of Jason and Michele Griffith...brother, Ryan, pitched for Furman (2013-16)...health sciences major.