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Games Played (Season): 51 2x (2011)*
Games Started (Season): 49 (2010)
At-Bats: 6 3x, vs. Missouri (4/30/10)*
Runs: 3 3x, vs. #5 Texas A&M (4/10/11)*
Hits: 4 3x, vs. #14 Texas A&M (5/25/11)*
RBI: 4 2x, vs. Northern Illinois (2/26/11)*
Doubles: 2 4x, at Michigan (5/10/11)*
Triples: 1 3x, vs. Kansas (4/29/11)*
Home Runs: 1 7x, at Missouri (5/15/11)*
Walks: 2 10x, vs. #22 Oklahoma State (5/20/11)*
Strikeouts: 3, at Nebraska (5/21/10)
Stolen Bases: 2 3x, at New Mexico (4/12/11)*
Hit Streak: 9 games (4/17-4/30/10)
* Indicates most recent high
Played in 102 games (93 starts) while batting .312 (113-for-362) with 57 runs scored, 26 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 73 RBI, 43 walks, 18-of-22 stolen bases, .459 slugging percentage, .382 on-base percentage and .963 fielding percentage (90 putouts, 193 assists, 11 errors)... recorded 28 multi-hit games, including six three-hit games and three four-hit games... notched 17 multiple RBI games, including eight three-RBI games and two four-RBI contests... collected two multiple stolen base games... DURING BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAY... played in 47 games (40 starts) batting .273 (44-for-161) with 20 runs scored, 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 28 RBI, 15 walks, 3-of-3 stolen bases, .435 slugging percentage, .332 on-base percentage and .958 fielding percentage (38 putouts, 75 assists, 5 errors).
2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
Drafted in the 33rd round (No. 1,016 overall) by the Atlanta Braves... was the Braves 33rd overall pick, eighth infielder selected and second third baseman taken by the club... became Texas Tech's 116th all-time draft/free agent selection... became the 34th Texas Tech infielder (1-of-3 in 2011 draft - SS Kelby Tomlinson, 3B Reid Redman) to be drafted/sign as a free agent with an MLB organization... became the fourth Red Raider to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves and the first since 1986.
Texas Tech's only senior on the team... Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team... played in 51 games with 44 starts, including 25 at second base, 11 in left field and eight at DH... batted five-hole 16 times, cleanup 15 times, six-hole six times, seven-hole three times and hit two-hole and eight-hole each twice... hit .299 (52-for-174) with 27 runs, 10 doubles, one triple, one home run, 32 RBI, 25 walks, 10-of-13 stolen bases, .385 slugging percentage and .380 on-base percentage... in 17 games (14 starts) against nationally-ranked opponents batted .273 (15-for-55) with nine runs, two doubles, 10 RBI, nine walks, 1-of-1 stolen bases, .309 slugging percentage and .353 on-base percentage... DURING BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAY... in 23 games (18 starts) batted .260 (19-for-73) with 12 runs, three doubles, one triple, one home run, 11 RBI, 10 walks, 1-of-1 stolen bases, .370 slugging percentage and .337 on-base percentage... in 31 home games batted .308 (33-for-107) with 23 runs, seven doubles, one triple, 17 RBI, 18 walks, 6-of-9 stolen bases, .393 slugging percentage and .403 on-base percentage... in 20 road/neutral site games batted .284 (19-for-67) with four runs, three doubles, one home run, 15 RBI, seven walks, 4-of-4 stolen bases, .373 slugging percentage and .342 on-base percentage... made only one error (24 putouts, 25 assists) with a .980 fielding percentage in road/neutral site games... led the team batting .556 (5-for-9) with one run and two RBI at the Big 12 Championship... batting average (.556) ranked fourth among all players in the tournament... tied a Texas Tech record for most hits in a Big 12 Championship game with four against No. 13 Texas A&M (5/25)... became just the second Tech players with four hits in a Big 12 Championship game and the first since May 16, 2001 (Chad Landry vs. Oklahoma)... second on the team batting .438 (21-for-48) against left-handed pitching... batted .246 (31-for-126) against right-handed pitching... batted .302 (26-for-86) with runners on base... batted .295 (26-for-88) with the bases empty... second on the team batting .500 (5-for-10) with the bases loaded (min. 10 AB)... batted .200 (1-for-5) in a pinch-hitting role... batted .339 (20-for-59) with runners in scoring position... batted .283 (17-for-60) with two outs... tallied seven two-out RBI... finished the season reaching base safely in 11 consecutive games (season-high)... posted 17 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games and one four-hit performance... notched six multiple RBI games, including two three-RBI games and one four-RBI contests... tallied a season-high five-game hit streak twice, including most recent batting .429 (9-for-21) with two runs, one double, one home run and two walks (May 13-21)... led team with 16 go-ahead RBI... posted seven infield hits and two bunt base hits... notched four game-winning RBI, including two in the seventh inning or later... had at least one RBI in nine of the last 10 games of the season... streak of at least one RBI in seven consecutive games (May 10-21) was the longest by a Red Raider since 2009 (Chris Richburg - 8 straight games with an RBI)... posted multi-hit games in six of the last 10 games of the season... hit safely in 11-of-14 games to end the season... committed only two errors during final 35 games of the season while playing both second base and left field during that stretch... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS... opened the season batting .448 (13-for-29) during first seven games of the season (2/18-26) with four doubles, four walks, four stolen bases and six RBI and five multi-hit games (two three-hit games)... posted back-to-back three-hit games against Utah Valley (2/19) and Northwestern (2/20) going 6-for-10... matched a career-high with four RBI going 2-for-5 with two runs and one double against Northern Illinois (2/26)... matched a career-high three runs going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk against No. 5 Texas A&M (4/10)... went 3-for-5 with three RBI and equaled a career-high two doubles and posted one stolen base at Michigan (5/10)... recorded a career-high seven assists playing second base at Missouri (5/15) while going 2-for-4 with an RBI... marked the most assists by a Red Raider second baseman since March 6, 2006 (Jason Seefeld - 7, vs. UNLV)... opened Big 12 Championship going 4-for-5 with an RBI against No. 13 Texas A&M (5/25)... member of the 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Academic All-Big 12 Second Team... in 51 games (49 starts) batted .324 (61-for-188) with 30 runs, 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 41 RBI, .527 slugging percentage, .384 on-base percentage and 8-of-9 in stolen bases... one of only two Red Raiders (Barrett Barnes) to hit at least .320, with 15 doubles, five home runs and 40 RBI... in 16 games (14 starts) against nationally-ranked opponents batted .236 (13-for-55) with five runs, three doubles, two home runs and six RBI... DURING BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAY... in 24 games (22 starts) batted .284 (25-for-88) with eight runs, nine doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI... in 28 home games batted .358 (38-for-106) with 15 runs, seven doubles, one triple, four home runs, 29 RBI, .557 slugging percentage, .415 on-base percentage and 4-of-4 in stolen bases... in 23 road/neutral site games batted .280 (23-for-82) with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBI... in three games at the Big 12 Championships batted .273 (3-for-11) with one RBI... batted .360 (18-for-50) against left-handed pitching... batted .312 (43-for-138) against right-handed pitching... batted .379 (33-for-87) with runners on base... led team batting .394 (26-for-66) with runners in scoring position... batted .324 (22-for-68) with two outs... tallied 17 two-out RBI... third on the team with 20 multi-hit games... third on the team with 11 multiple RBI games... during season-high nine-game hit streak (4/17-4/30) batted .512 (21-for-41) with seven runs, seven doubles, two home runs, 14 RBI, four stolen bases, .829 slugging percentage and .512 on-base percentage... hit streak included eight multi-hit games and five multiple RBI games... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS... made career debut going 0-for-4 against Jacksonville State (2/19) on Opening Day... tallied first career base hit going 1-for-4 against Michigan (2/20)... first career multi-hit game and first career four-hit game came against Michigan (2/21) going 4-for-5 with three runs, a double, triple and two RBI... hit first career home run going 2-for-4 with three RBI against Bethune-Cookman (2/27)... went 2-for-6 with a double, home run and a season-high six RBI at Dallas Baptist (4/14)... posted seven consecutive multi-hit games (18-for-33) batting .545 against Alabama A&M (2 games), at Kansas (3 games) at New Mexico (1 game) and against Missouri (1 game)... member of the 2009 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Played at Howard College during the 2009 season and helped the team to a 63-1 record and to an NJCAA National Championship... an All-Conference selection that posted a .398 batting average (84-for-211) with 24 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 78 RBI... tied for sixth in the nation in doubles... tied for 10th in the nation in RBI... tied for 23rd in the nation in base hits... tied for 24th in the nation in at-bats.
Played in 17 games (5 starts) during freshman season.
A 2007 graduate of Class 5A Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas, earned varsity letters in baseball under Steve Stinson and John Tompkins ... All-District and All-State selection ... posted a .450 average as a senior with 18 stolen bases.
Nicholas Robert Popescu... born April 23, 1989, in St. Louis, Mo... son of Tom and Tracy Popescu... father, Tom, played collegiately at Valparaiso and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox... has two siblings, Ryan and Scott... enjoys playing ping pong... a general studies major with minors in atmospheric science, sociology and history at Texas Tech.