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Robert Parks

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brick, N.J.

High School:
Christian Brothers Academy

Last College:
Delaware

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
1B/3B

Birthdate:
10/16/1984

B/T:
R/R

On Parks: Has been used in a variety of situational roles at Villanova ... Talented hitter who shows good power to all fields ... Solid defensively at either corner infield position ... Originally came to Villanova as a transfer from Delaware and is entering his final year of eligibility ... Likely to split his playing time between first base and third base.

Career: Has played in 80 career games with 35 starts ... Career .317 hitter (51-for-161) who has batted at least .312 in all three of his seasons for the Wildcats ... Adds a .406 on-base percentage and .379 slugging percentage to his hitting resume ... Scored 32 runs and driven in 28 with five doubles, one triple and one home run ... Has drawn 20 walks and struck out 39 times ... Career fielding percentage of .983 playing mostly at first base.

2007: Became part of a left-right platoon in the Villanova starting lineup, playing at both of the infield corners ... Appeared in 42 games with 22 starts ... Played 28 games at first base (19 starts) and 13 games at third base (three starts) ... Reached base safely in 20 of his 22 starts ... Batted .312 (29-for-93) for the year with 17 runs and 14 RBI ... Had four extra-base hits and drew 10 walks while reaching base at a .381 clip ... Had a fielding percentage of .975 (four errors in 162 chances) ... Hit .370 against left-handed pitching, .323 with runners in scoring position and .323 with two outs ... Hit his first collegiate home run in 5-2 win over Georgetown in second game of a doubleheader on May 12.

2006: Played in 15 games with one start ... Went 5-for-15 with three walks at the plate, good for a .333 batting average and .444 on-base percentage ... Had four runs scored, one double and one RBI ... Three of his five hits came with runners in scoring position.

2005: Started 12 of 23 games played and batted .321 (17-for-53) ... Scored 11 runs and drove in 13 despite having just 67 plate appearances ... Rapped two doubles, drew seven walks and struck out 18 times ... Hit .361 with runners on base and .385 with runners in scoring position ... Flourished in his 12 starts by batting .372 (16-for-43) with all 13 of his runs batted in ... Started 10 games at first base and two as the designated hitter ... Villanova was 6-3-1 in his starts at first base ... Committed just one error in 119 chances in the field (.992).

Christian Brothers Academy: Earned two varsity letters in baseball while playing first base and third base; All-County and All-Conference player; Led team in batting average and home runs as a junior and senior; Honor Roll member all four years.

Personal: Political science major; Oldest of three children of Robert and Karen Parks; Has a sister Jamie (18) and brother Ryan (16); Father pitched for Long Island University; Born 10/16/84 in Point Pleasant, N.J.

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