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9 - Brian Harrison
Brian Harrison
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Year: Junior
Hometown: Hilton Head, S.C.
High School: Hilton Head H.S.
Position: 3B/OF/1B
Bats/Throws: R/R

Furman: Talented, versatile performer who will be counted on heavily for run production this spring...possesses the squad's best power and solid speed...projected to bat third...could again anchor the infield from third base, but a preseason injury to Rob Fondu may position him for duty in centerfield...also sports starting experience at first base. 2009 -- Fashioned a solid sophomore campaign, starting in 52 games, including 42 at third base and 10 at first base...batted .303 with a team leading 12 home runs and 43 RBI...also recorded team highs in doubles (10) and triples (5), and slugged a team high .582 and recorded a squad best .399 on base percentage...triples tally ranked third in the SoCon...belted a two-out, two-run ninth inning home run off Clemson's Ryan Hinson to tie the game at 2-2 in an eventual 4-2, 14 inning Furman victory over the 19th-ranked Tigers...went 4-for-5 with a home run, triple and three RBI in 14-7 win over Ball State...banged out a three-run, eighth-inning home run in a 10-9 triumph over College of Charleston...homered twice against both Wofford (7-6 loss) and Georgia Southern (12-7),the later of which came in a 3-for-5 outing against the Eagles that proved critical in the Paladins' drive to nail down a SoCon Tournament berth...cracked a game tying solo home run in the bottom of the 14th inning in an eventual 11-10 victory over Western Carolina...delivered a 2-for-3 performance, swiped a pair of bases, and scored the game winning run in a 3-2, 11-inning decision over UNC Greensboro to clinch the SoCon Tournament bid...fashioned dramatic defensive improvement, fielding at a .963 clip and committing only eight errors...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll...played in six games with the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Code League before undergoing season ending shoulder surgery. 2008 -- Missed virtually the entire preseason with a wrist injury...served primarily as a late game defensive substitute in the early going before earning his first collegiate start in a 9-1 loss at Gardner-Webb in early March...re-injured his wrist diving for a ground ball in the G-W contest and missed the next month...returned to action and into the starting lineup on Apr. 9 vs. Charlotte (16-6 loss)...ended up seeing action in 33 games and registering 29 starts, all at third base...batted .270 with two home runs and 16 RBI...went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs in a 9-5 victory over College of Charleston that completed a three-game series sweep of the Cougars...delivered a 2-for-4, two-RBI, two-run outing in a 17-1 win over Wofford and went 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI in 9-5 series finale sweep at Western Carolina...collected three hits (3x4) vs. Clemson (11-5 loss) at Fluor Field...went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in 6-5 series, clinching victory over Georgia Southern...belted a towering solo home run to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning to stake Furman to a 7-6 lead over College of Charleston in SoCon Tournament action, but Paladins failed to hold the advantage in an eventual 12-11 season ending loss... played a key role in Furman posting a school record 33 wins (33-24) and third place (17-10) SoCon regular season finish...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll...starred with the Alexandria Beetles in the Northwoods Summer League in 2008...batted .254 with four home runs and 30 RBI...gained the most attention on the mound, where he went 2-2 with a 1.44 ERA and three saves...allowed only 15 hits in 31 1/3 innings of work.

High School: 2007 graduate of Hilton Head (3A) High School...coach was Chris Wells...hit .450 with 6 HR and 45 RBI...set school hits record (46)...team went 27-9 and recorded 2007 state runner-up finish...posted a 6-1 record with a 2.81 ERA...named Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet Player-of-the-Year, all-region, and all-state...tabbed state MVP in 2007 S.C./N.C. All-Star Game...Wendy's H.S. Heisman state finalist...picked by Pittsburgh Pirates in 29th Round of the 2007 MLB Draft...played summer ball with the Charleston Diamond Devils...Salutatorian.

Personal: Full name is Brian Nelson Harrison...son of Jamie and Patty Harrison...born December 15, 1988, in Wallingford, Pennsylvania...has a brother, Greg...math major...sports a 3.33 GPA.