18 Will Stembridge
Furman: Veteran player looking to make the move from right to left field this spring...sports a quality left-handed bat and good speed..will likely bat second due to his ability to make contact...counts quality starting experience in the outfield and at designated hittter. 2006 -- Saw action in Furman's 50 of 55 games and earned 36 starts, including 15 in right field, 19 as designated hitter, and two at first base...led the team in hitting (.372, 51x137) with three home runs and 27 RBI...stole nine bases in 12 attempts... strong work played a key role in Furman posting a 32-23 record and 16-11 SoCon mark good for a third place league finish...32 wins matched a program season high...work at the plate helped Furman set new season standards for batting average (.324), runs (665), home runs (52), and RBI (369), among others...batted only .111 (2x18) over his first nine games...hit .411 (49x119) over his final 41 contests...batted .392 (29x74) versus SoCon opposition...went 4-for-4, scored three runs, and drove in a pair in a 10-6 series clinching victory at Western Carolina in the regular season finale...homered in a 3-for-4 performance against South Carolina (15-12) at Greenville's West End Field...went 3-for-6 in a 17-11 win at Appalachian State...registered a pinch-hit three-run home run in a 19-2 victory over Davidson...came back two games later to go 3-for-4 with two RBI to help Furman a 16-4 win and series sweep of the Wildcats...had an RBI single in a 5-4 win over sixth-ranked Clemson...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2005 -- Saw action in 29 games and earned 14 starts in the outfield, including eight in right field and six in the left field...hit .250 with one home run and three RBI...round tripper was a three-run blast off Southern Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year Chris Mason that propelled Furman to a 5-3 win over UNC Greensboro...went 3-for-5 with a double in a 9-2 win at Jacksonville State...collected a pinch-hit double in Furman's 5-4, 10-inning loss to nationally second-ranked Georgia Tech in NCAA Tournament first round action...named to SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2004 -- Registered action in 34 games and earned 11 starts in the outfield...batted .291 with five doubles and six RBI....hit .411 (7x17) with three doubles and five RBI in his final seven games. High School: 2003 graduate of Marist High School...baseball coach was Dan Perez...helped lead his team to state championships his junior and senior seasons...also played four years of football. Personal: Full name William David Stembridge...son of David and Kathy Stembridge...born March 14, 1985...carries a 3.12 GPA...biology major.