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.
Bennett?s Career Stats