Rich Poythress
# 33
First Base/Third Base - 1B/3B
Height: 6-4  Weight: 245
Junior
Bats:  Throws:  R
Previous Affiliations
   Greenbrier
Previous Experience
  2
Grovetown, Ga.
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Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications
Release: 01/05/2007
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2009 (Junior):
*Started all 62 games at first base and was the team’s triple crown winner with a .376 average, 25 home runs and 86 RBI
*Drafted in the second round with the 51st overall pick by the Seattle Mariners
*Voted First Team All-SEC & SEC All-Defensive Team by the league’s coaches
*Louisville Slugger All-American, NCBWA District IV Player of the Year, All Ping!Baseball Team, NCBWA Second Team All-America, Rivals.com First Team All-America
*Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy
*Single-season UGA record holder with 86 RBI and is second on the career RBI list with 185
*Went 4-for-4 with three home runs, including a grand slam, career-high seven RBI and two walks in Georgia’s 24-8 win over Ohio State in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional opener on May 29. He became the second player in school history with two three-home run games
*Tied Gordon Beckham’s single season school record 77 RBI with an RBI groundout at South Carolina on May 16
*Went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI vs. #17 Florida on May 3, bringing his season RBI total to 75; he had at least one hit in each game of the series
*Went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two walks at #11 Ole Miss on April 24. He drove in his 70th RBI of the season against the Rebels on April 25, becoming the first player in Georgia history to record two 70-RBI seasons
*Went 4-for-4 with three home runs, a double, a walk, four RBI and four runs scored vs. Kennesaw State on April 21. He became the seventh Bulldog and first since Jeff Keppinger in 2001 to hit three home runs in a game
*Moved into ninth on Georgia’s career home runs and RBI lists with a home run and four RBI vs. Winthrop on April 8
*Went 3-for-5 with a double vs. #2 LSU on April 4
*Went 2-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning at #17 Clemson on April 1
*Went 4-for-4 with two home runs, two doubles, a walk, four RBI and three runs scored for 12 total bases at Tennessee on March 27, and had two home runs the following day against the Vols; finished the series 6-for-10 with four home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI and was named SEC Player of the Week, a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, NCBWA National Hitter of the Week, College Baseball Insider Southeast Region Co-Player of the Week and a member of the College Baseball Foundation All-Star Lineup
*Had two hits in each game of the Alabama series and batted .500 (6-for-12) in the three games
*Tied career high with four hits vs. Quinnipiac on March 8; finished the series 7-for-11 with five RBI and five runs
*Went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and four runs scored vs. Quinnipiac on March 7
*Preseason honors include Baseball America All-America, Baseball-America All-SEC, Louisville Slugger All-America, Golden Spikes Watch List, Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List, Rivals.com All-SEC, Recruiting Closer All-America

2008 (Sophomore):
*Made 69 starts at first base for the SEC Champions that advanced to the College World Series Finals and ended with a number two final national ranking
*Started first 55 games at first base but then missed the SEC Tournament with sprained wrist, ending a streak of 89 consecutive starts
*Batted .374-15-75 and sterling .995 Fielding Percentage, named to the SEC All-Defensive Team
*Set single season school record with 55 assists at first base and 535 putouts ranked second best
*Ranked second on the team in batting, home runs, walks and was third in hits with 99
*Named to NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament team, hit .350-3-11 and perfect fielding in 45 total chances, hit home runs in final three games
*Batted .500 (6-for-12) with 3 RBI and 5 runs scored in Super Regional
*Posted one of the team’s longest hitting streak this season at 14 games
*Batting .583 (7-for-12) with HR and 9 RBI following an IBB to Gordon Beckham
*Hit .600 (6-for-10) with 3R, 3 RBI, 5 BB in opening series versus #1 Arizona
*Posted four-hit games versus #1 Arizona, at #16 Vanderbilt and against Alabama
*Hit .625 (5-for-8), 3R, 4 RBI and 6 BB in April series against #9 Kentucky
*Hit .600 (6-for-10) with 4R, 2 HR, 5 RBI in May series versus Alabama
*Batted .333-5-23 in SEC action
*Started all six College World Series games and hit .409 (9-for-22), three doubles and eight RBI

2007 (Freshman):

*Appeared in 45 games with 38 starts (35-1B, 3-DH)
*Hit .282-3-24 with a .993 FLDG% in team-high 293 total chances (2 errors)
*Batted .318-3-17 in SEC action (28 games, 27 starts)
*Remarkable recovery from torn ACL and surgery in the fall to not only make debut on Feb. 11 against #15 Oregon State but start on Feb. 24 versus Purdue and became a regular in the lineup in late March for the final 34 games
*Collected four three-hit games and a pair of seven-game hitting streaks
*Career-high 3 RBI in going 3-for-4 in win over Furman on March 28
*First career HR was a two-run shot against Florida on March 30
*Batted .500 (6-for-12) with 2 RBI in April series versus #9 Arkansas
*Went 3-for-5, 2R, first career triple in 10-7 win over #24 Ga. Tech at Turner Field before a crowd of 21,620 on April 24

High School:
*A graduate of Greenbrier where he played for Ed Williams
*Team went 35-1 in 2006 to finish ranked No. 12 in Baseball America HS Top 50
*Baseball America/Prospect Plus Top 300 Class of 2006
*A four-year starter who hit a county-best 13 home runs as a junior
*Batted .544-13-50 as a junior for the Wolfpack
*Member of Savannah Chain summer team that won the 2005 USSSA 18U World Series, named offensive MVP
*Participated in Perfect Game USA Showcase event

Personal:
*Born Aug. 11, 1987
*Son of Linda and Richard Poythress
*Major: Pre-Business