Cunningham is one of the most exciting players to ever wear a Texas Tech uniform. He blends a combination of speed, punch and power to the No. 1 spot in the batting order. Last year he started in centerfield and made several dynamic leaping plays. This summer he led the Dallas Phillies to the NBC World Series title, was selected an NBC All American and was named the tournament MVP.
1999 Honors: NCAA Regional All Tournament team … Austin American-Statesman Big 12 Second Team.
1999 National/Conference Rankings: 22nd in nation in stolen bases (0.63) … led Big 12 in stolen bases (37) … 19th in Big 12 in batting average (.355) … 10th in Big 12 in runs scored (72) … 7th in Big 12 in on-base percentage (.496) … 27th in Big 12 games only in batting average (.330) … 11th in Big 12 games only in runs scored (29) … 2nd in Big 12 games only in stolen bases (16)
1999: Started at centerfield and played as No. 1 hitter in batting order … hit .426 in February, .339 in March and .323 in April … finished season with 24 multi-hit games, 10 multi-RBI games, seven multi-RBI games and seven mult-bases-on-balls games … went 73 attempts and 42 games without an error … season-high hit streak was eight games … hit .368 (7-19), made several outstanding plays in centerfield and was selected to the NCAA Regional all tournament team … drove in game winning RBI and went 3-5 with three RBI, double vs. Oklahoma State on 5/14 … hit .462 (6-13) in series vs. Oklahoma State … went 4-4 with three runs scored on 4/27 vs. Eastern New Mexico … went 3-5 with two RBI, double and home run on 4/3 vs. Iowa State … hit home run, drove in three runs and scored two on 3/28 at Baylor … finished 3-4 with two RBI and two runs on 3/14 vs. Texas A&M … went 3-4 with three steals on 2/6 at Missouri … went 6-15 with seven stolen bases and seven runs in three-game series vs. Kansas … went 3-5 vs. San Diego and 3-5 vs. UCLA on California trip … finished Howard series with .556 BA (10-18) with 11 runs, home run and six RBI … went 5-6 with three runs, double and triple in season opener vs. Howard.
1997-98 at Trinidad State J.C.: Played two seasons at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colo. for head coach Steve Rambarter ... named to NJCAA All America Second Team as a sophomore ... won district batting championship, the Rawlings "Big Stick" Award for the highest batting average in the district and named All Region First Team as a sophomore ... earned Region IX Academic Honor team honors following both his sophomore and freshman seasons ... hit .490 (107-219), scored 93 runs, stole 38 bases, hit 13 home runs, drove in 68 RBI and had 18 doubles, three triples and walked 24 times last year ... led Trojans to 49-11 season and regional appearance in 1998 ... helped lead Trinidad to district titles in 1997 and 1998 ... hit .380 (56-151) with 28 stolen bases and four home runs as a freshman ... also drove in 34 RBI and scored 44 runs.
Amateur Experience: Named Most Valuable Player of the NBC Tournament while playing for the Dallas Phillies squad … selected to NBC/American Airlines All America Team after outstanding performance in NBC Tournament … led the Phillies to the national title after he hit .393 with three doubles and a home run and drove in seven RBI.
High School: A 1996 graduate of Rifle High School in Rifle, Colo. where he played basketball, soccer, football and baseball ... played baseball for Daryll Ghoram and Troy Phillips ... named All State as a sophomore and senior ... selected All Region as a sophomore, junior and senior ... hit five home runs and hit .568 as a senior ... averaged 19 points per game in basketball.
Personal: Born Marco Alan Cunningham on August 3, 1977 in Billings, Montana ... son of Mary Cunningham of Silt, Colo. ... has brother Paul (14) and sister Elizabeth (11) ... hopes to be wealthy with a healthy family ... majors in family studies ... hobbies and interests include fishing and golf.
Cunningham's Career Highs - At-bats: 6, twice (last vs. Rice, 5/30/99); Runs: 3, four times; Hits: 5, vs. Howard, 2/5/99; Home Runs: 1, vs. Howard, 2/6/99; RBI: 3, three times (last vs. Oklahoma State, 5/14/99); Walks: 3, twice (last vs. Oklahoma State, 5/16/99)
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