Joe Cotter
Joe Cotter

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bryn Mawr, Pa.

High School:
Pottsgrove

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 201

Position:
Right Field

Birthdate:
05/29/1986

Bats/Throws:
Right/Right

Career: Has played in 143 games with 118 starts ... Batting .275 (111-403) with 98 runs scored and 66 RBI ... Has 18 doubles, two triples and six home runs to go along with 17 stolen bases in 24 tries ... Owns a .394 on-base percentage and .375 slugging percentage with 65 walks, 15 times being hit by a pitch and 94 strikeouts ... Laid down 17 sacrifice bunts ... Has played strong defense in centerfield with 319 putouts and four assists in 330 total chances.

2008: Moved into the leadoff spot in the lineup and batted a career-best .300 (57-190) with a .408 on-base percentage and .426 slugging percentage ... Hit nine doubles and five home runs while scoring 51 runs and driving in 29 ... Stole eight bases in 11 tries and drew 32 walks while striking out only 35 times ... In a game against La Salle on April 1, became the first player in the six-year history of Villanova's home park to have a multi-homer game in the venue ... Added a double, five RBI and two walks in that game ... Reached base safely in 48 of the 51 games he started and ended the year on a seven-game hitting streak ... Had a 13-game stretch in late April and early May in which he drew a walk in 12 out of 13 games, including nine games in a row ... During the 13 games he batted .265 (13-49) but had a .446 on-base percentage ... Batted .313 (5-16) in four games at the BIG EAST Championship ... Hit .308 against left-handed pitching, .309 with runners on base and .327 with two outs ... Scored a runner from third base with less than two outs on 11-of-16 opportunities (69%) ... Committed just four errors in the field in 149 chances.

2007: Started all 53 games played and emerged as one of the most dangerous bats in the Villanova lineup ... Batted .295 with a .406 on-base percentage and .380 slugging percentage ... Scored 34 runs and drove in 33 ... Led the team with 10 sacrifice bunts ... Stole eight bases and collected 11 extra-base hits (nine doubles, one triple, one home run) ... Drew 23 walks and was hit by a pitch eight times, while striking out 41 times ... Led the team with a .436 average with runners in scoring position and hit .370 against left-handed pitching ... Scored a runner from third base with less than two outs in 11-of-13 opportunities, best on the team.

2006: Returned from a redshirt year to play in 35 games with 13 starts ... Played flawless defense in left field, handling 40 chances without an error and making several highlight-reel catches on long fly balls ... Had only four hits but his .095 batting average wasn't a true indication of his offensive capabilities ... 75 percent of his times on base came from a walk or hit by pitch, and his .254 on-base percentage (nine walks, three HBP) showed his ability to get on base ... Had one triple, scored 12 runs and drove in four.

2005: Appeared in three games with one start before taking a redshirt for the season ... Batted .200 (1-for-5) with one run scored and a stolen base ... Drew one walk and struck out twice.

Pottsgrove High School: Earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football; Batted .458 in league games as a junior and was a first team All-League and All-State selection; Played in the prestigious Carpenter Cup as a junior and senior; Named his league's Most Valuable Player as a senior in football; A first team All-League offensive and defensive player.

Personal: Communications major; Older of two sons of Joe and Sharon Cotter; Has a brother Chris (19); Born 5/29/86 in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

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