|17 Taylor Ashby
Honors: Honorable Mention All-Big 12 - Coaches ... Without question Texas Tech's most improved player from 2008 ... made every start of the season in the outfield and played all three positions ... led the team and was second in the Big 12 with 25 two-out RBIs ... ended the year with a .330 batting average (third on the team) ... racked up 224 at-bats in 57 games and a slugging percentage of .420 ... led the team with 17 doubles ... drove in 47 runs (second most behind Chris Richburg) ... led the squad with 12 stolen bases ... finished second on the squad with 22 multiple-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI games ... IN BIG 12 PLAY ... hit .318 in the league with six doubles and 23 RBIs ... was 6-for-10 in stolen bases ... went 3-for-4 in the second game against Southern Utah with four RBIs, matching his career high ... smashed his second career home run in the series opener against Cal-State Northridge ... was 7-for-13 at the plate with three RBIs in the series win over Nebraska, including tying his career-high of four hits in the series opener ... went 2-for-4 and scored one run to help his team to a series finale win over Baylor March 22 ... the only player to record more than one RBI in a win over Lubbock Christian going 1-for-2 with two RBIs for the night ... went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI at Texas State on March 25 ... knocked in three RBIs going 1-for-4 at the plate in a win over New Mexico on March 31 ... was 1-for-3 with two RBIs to help the Red Raiders clinch the series over the Aggies on April 5 ... led the Tech offense going 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI in the win over UTSA ... knocked in two RBIs and scored one run in the win over Oklahoma on April 11 ... finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate ... one of only two players to record multiple hits in the loss to TCU ... went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one scored run for the day ... knocked in four RBIs to lead the Red Raiders over the Kansas on April 17 ... led the Tech offense going 4-for-5 with three RBIs in the win over Dallas Baptist on May 6.
Finished his sophomore season with a .244 average and played in 50 of the team's 55 games ... made 38 starts with 18 starts in left field, 13 in center and seven as the designated hitter ... ended the year with nine multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games (ranked third on the team) ... along with his .244 average, he compiled 156 at-bats, 22 runs scored, 38 hits, five doubles, one triple, one home run, 27 RBIs and a .292 on-base percentage ... IN BIG 12 PLAY ... finished conference play with a .149 batting average and played in 22 games while making 17 starts ... tallied a season best 11-game hit streak between Feb. 25 and March 11 ... most memorable moment was a clutch RBI single in the bottom of the ninth that gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 upset win over No. 2 Missouri on March 29 ... added another game-winning RBI in the fifth inning against New Mexico on April 8 and finished that game 3-for-4 with a season-high RBIs ... established a career-high with three stolen bases against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 2.
Finished the season as the third-leading hitter on the squad with a .317 average ... started all 54 games that he played in over the course of the 55-game season ... tallied 64 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 35 RBIs ... led the squad with 20 multiple hit games and finished second with 10 multiple RBI games ... IN BIG 12 PLAY; led the Red Raiders with a .337 average ... finished with 33 hits, seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 14 RBIs ... one of three true freshmen to make a start in the season opening series against Stephen F. Austin. Started both games as the designated hitter ... made his first position start of the season against New Mexico on Feb. 2 as he got the nod in center field ... picked up his first career home run in the fifth inning as part of a back-to-back effort with teammate Chris Hall ... hit safely in all four games of the Red Raider Classic (Feb. 9-12) ... finished the weekend with a .400 average (6-of-15) along with a double and four RBIs ... extended his hit streak to nine games with hits in all three games of the Midland College Classic (Feb. 16-18) ... hit .500 in the three-game tournament and added four RBIs ... tallied a .417 average (5-of-12) against Nebraska in the Big 12 opening three-game series ... was second on the team behind Kyle Martin's .429 clip ... hit .385 in the weekend series at Kansas State (5-of-13) ... posted a season-high three doubles in the series finale on Sunday ... led the Red Raiders in the weekend series at Missouri ... totaled a .583 average (7-of-12) along with three RBIs.
Wrapped up a stellar high school career with the Monterey Plainsmen in the spring of the 2006 ... was All-State selection all three years at Monterey, including earning Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American status his senior season ... earned All-District, All-City and All-South Plains honors all three years of high school ... following his senior year he was selected to participate in the THSBCA (Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association) All-Star Game where he played center field for the North ... hit .388 as a sophomore, .447 as a junior and .371 as a senior ... owns the MHS school record for hits in a single season (68) and hits in a career (160) ... on the football field, he played quarterback for the Plainsmen and led them to the second round of the playoffs in 2005 ... in the classroom, Ashby ranked seventh out of 475 seniors at Monterey and served as class president his sophomore, junior and senior years ... voted "Top Plainsmen" his sophomore and senior years ... coached at Monterey by Fred Oliver.
Born July 27, 1987 in Lubbock, Texas ... son of Gary and Terri Ashby ... father, Gary, served as the head baseball coach at Texas Tech between 1984 and 1986 and is a former All-American at Tech as he spent his entire career (1974-77) on the diamond for the Red Raiders ... his father was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 1999 ... mother Terri also is a graduate of Texas Tech and is a school teacher ... has twin sisters, Amy and Angie ... enjoys watching movies, reading and taking road trips ... his personal goal is to help lead Texas Tech to the College World Series in Omaha ... majoring in business and marketing.