Verizon Academic All-District IV First Team selection and Sun Belt Commissioner's List ... Batted .308, starting all 56 games in centerfield ... Has started all but one contest in first two seasons as Blue Raider ... Tied for team-lead with 49 runs scored and second in doubles with 15 ... Had team-leading 28 walks, three triples and 17 stolen bases ... Among everyday players, was second in squad with runners in scoring position with .348 average ... Also added five outfield assists ... Hit safely in 42 contests, including an 11-game hitting streak (3/6-23) where he went 23-for-43 with 17 runs scored, six doubles and eight RBIs ... Stole three bases in one contest at Memphis ... Tied career-high with four hits versus Southwest Missouri State during streak ... Went 6-for-8 with three runs and two RBIs in two contests versus SMS ... Had eight hits in three-game series at New Mexico State, scoring three times with two RBIs ... Had stretch of five straight multi-hit games at NMSU and East Tennessee, collecting 12 hits in 26 at-bats ... Scored multiple runs in a contest 15 times, including four times with three runs scored ... Only homer of season was a solo shot at Florida International in a 3-for-3 with three runs scored outing ... Played for Harwich Mariners in Cape Cod League over summer, batting .232 with 16 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 42 games.
Batted .282 as true freshman, playing in every game and starting all but one ... Had five doubles and drove in 24 runs with 27 walks and 13 stolen bases ... Went 15-for-24 with a runner on third and less than two outs ... Had 16 multi-hit games, including a trio of three-hit games and one four-hit contest ... Hit in five of first six games of season, going 7-for-19 with four runs scored, a triple and three RBIs ... Went 3-for-6 with a run versus Tennessee Tech ... Doubled, homered, scored twice, drove in three runs and had four hits versus Lipscomb ... Hit safely in 10 of 11 contests in mid-April, going 16-for-42 with eight runs scored, two doubles and four RBIs.
Three-year letterwinner at Oakland HS for coach Mack Hawks ... Team won back-to-back state titles as junior and senior ... Honorable mention USA Today All-American as senior ... Named All-District, All-Region, All-Midstate and All-State as senior ... Also voted MVP of 2000 USA Classic Tournament and named to 1999 All-State Tournament Team ... 2000 Daily News Journal Rutherford County Position Player of the Year ... 2000 National High School Baseball Coaches Association All-District III team member, which recognizes top 15 players in seven state region ... Batted .431 with 48 RBIs as senior ... Set school record in 2000 for runs scored with 66 ... Stole 54 bases in 57 attempts during prep career ... Lettered in soccer as freshman and football as sophomore ... Member of BETA club, National Honor Society, FCA, and nominated to National Leadership Forum on Law.
Charles Richard Akers, Jr. ... Born November 13, 1981 ... Son of Charlie and Susan Akers ... Majoring in Business Education.