Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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6-1 / 190
Summer 2002 Hit .208 in 21 games for Covington in the Valley League
Scored eight runs and drove in six
Had three doubles, a triple and a home run playing under coach James Blair, a former Baylor baseball letterwinner
Helped lead Covington to the Southern Division title and into the Valley League Championship Series.
2002 (Junior) Served as Bears' primary DH, appearing in 58 of Baylor's 62 games
Led the team in batting at .357 and tied for third on the squad with six home runs
Named All-Big 12 First Team (coaches), All-Big 12 Second Team (Waco Tribune-Herald) and ABCA Midwest All-Region First Team ... Named to the Verizon District VI Baseball Academic Team and to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Went 3-for-5 with three RBI in an 11-4 Baylor win at Texas (March 3) ... Hit a two-run homer in his only at-bat after pinch-running in the seventh against Winthrop (March 6), his first homer since April 18, 2000 ... Hit in seven straight games (Feb. 22-March 6) ... Drove in three runs with a single and a double against then-No. 8 Nebraska (March 10) ... Set a new career-high when he knocked out four hits (including a home run) against Southwest Texas (March 12) ... Added three more hits and four RBI the next day at Texas-Arlington (March 13) ... Homered to lead off the fourth inning, then singled home Chris Durbin with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6-5 (April 12) ... Seemed to forceably lead Baylor to a 6-5 win over Texas A&M (April 20); had three doubles in the game and scored twice, then in the bottom of the ninth, beat out a bouncer up the middle as the winning run crossed the plate ... Pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning of the first round of the Big 12 Tournament (May 22) brought Baylor within one of Nebraska in an eventual 11-9 loss ... Started Baylor's game-winning rally against Lamar in the NCAA Regional (May 31) with a solo homer in the seventh ... Finished 10th in the Big 12 in hitting (.357) ... For conference games only, led the Big 12 in doubles (11).
2001 (Sophomore) Was easily the Bears' top pinch-hitter, batting .409 off the bench (9-for-22) ... For the season, hit .353 with nine RBI and nine runs scored in just 34 at-bats ... Hit .385 with runners in scoring position (5-for-13)
Had a two-RBI pinch-hit triple against Mary Hardin-Baylor (Feb. 27) ... At Houston (April 4), had two hits and two RBI after pinch-hitting in the fourth inning ... Came off the bench to double in the winning run in the ninth inning and cap an amazing 11-10 comeback win versus Rice in the NCAA Regional (May 26).
2000 (Freshman) Redshirt freshman spent time at DH and in left field ... First-team Academic All-Big 12 ... Put together 10 multi-hit games ... Went 7-for-13 with five RBI in one weekend against TCU (Feb. 18-20) ... Was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored against Oklahoma State (Feb. 26) ... Had a career-high five RBI vs. Texas A&M (March 5) ... Went 2-for-4 with three RBI at Oklahoma (March 25).
1999 (Redshirt) Sat out the season recovering from shoulder surgery.
High School Played at Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo., for coach Steve Williams
Selected by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association to play in the 4A state all-star game
Named first team all-America Region V, all-conference and second team all-state as a senior
Hit .497 with 18 stolen bases and finished his career at Cape Central High as the school record holder for most triples in a season, most runs scored in a season and most hits in a season (tied)
Also had a 33-game hitting streak
Taken in the 42nd round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos
Also played football, lettering twice, and was named class 5A all-region and all-conference as a wide receiver and a defensive back
Three-time scholar-athlete award winner, scholar-athlete of the year as a senior and received the Rotary Academic Excellence Award ... Member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club and the Academic Honors Program.
Personal Full name is Ross Andrew Bennett
Born July 9, 1980 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Son of Dr. Michael and Gwen Bennett
Father was an honorable mention all-America selection in football at Missouri before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills
Sister Ellie is a 2000 graduate of Baylor, while sister Trisha is a sophomore at BU
Chose Baylor over Texas A&M, Nebraska and Missouri
Majoring in biochemistry/pre-dentistry
Lead vocalist in the band "Pavillion II" with teammate Mark Saccomanno
After graduation, plans to attend dental school.
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