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#14 Brett Garner
Position: Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Burke, Va.
High School: Lake Braddock

Career Highlights:

  • CAA All-Tournament after hitting .455 (5-11) with two doubles and .538 on-base percentage

As a redshirt senior: 

  • CAA All-Tournament after hitting .455 (5-11) with two doubles and .538 on-base percentage
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • Completed his career for the Dukes with a .266 batting average, 136 hits, 103 runs, and 17 home runs
  • Had three hits and two runs against Longwood in home opener
  • Posted two hits, two runs, and three RBIs against North Florida
  • Drove in a pair of runs with first home run and walked twice at North Florida
  • Doubled and scored a run vs Virginia
  • Doubles in three straight games from March 17-21, including a two-run double with a walk in Towson finale
  • Two hits with a double and a walk against Maryland
  • Four RBIs, including a three-run home run, after pinch hitting in win over VMI
  • Triple, walk, sacrifice fly, and two RBIs in ODU finale
  • Pinch hit single at Virginia
  • Solo home runs, two walks, and two runs scored in W&M middle game
  • Key pinch hit two-run double to tie the game in the sixth and eventually send to extra innings in W&M finale
  • Hit 6-11 over four games to raise average 33 points, along with four walks and two hit by pitches to reach base 12 times in 17 plate appearances
  • Stretch began with double and walk at Liberty
  • Two hits with a solo home run and walk in Kennesaw opener
  • 2-2 with two RBIs, a steal, and two hit by pitches in KSU finale
  • Two walks, hit, two runs at Maryland
  • 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a steal in Delaware game two
  • Walk and walk-off solo homer to complete JMU's comeback win in Delaware finale
  • Double, two walks, two runs, and two RBIs in Hofstra opener
  • 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Hofstra finale
  • Two-run single and a steal at ECU
  • Walk and double in VCU opener
  • Single, walk, sacrifice bunt, and run scored in VCU finale
  • Game-winning two-run double and one run scored in comeback win against UNC Wilmington to start the CAA Tournament
  • Had two of JMU's four hits in a loss to UNC Wilmington to conclude the 2010 season.

As a senior:

  • Team captain
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • Active seven-game hitting streak at season's end
  • Scored a run and walked twice against Southern Illinois
  • Had two hits, one double, and scored against Maryland
  • Hit a two-run home run and drew a walk against Lafayette
  • In first game of a Saturday doubleheader versus Lafayette, hit a RBI double
  • Scored twice versus Stetson
  • Hit a triple that scored two runs as a pinch-hitter in game two versus Stetson
  • Knocked in two runners in the series finale versus Stetson
  • Out since Stetson series due to injury
  • Will pursue medical redshirt for 2009 season.

As a junior:

  • Ranked ninth in CAA in caught stealing by (10)
  • Had his first collegiate triple in the season opener against Binghamton
  • Went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk in game one of a doubleheader against the Bearcats
  • Walked three times and scored a run at Tennessee
  • Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run against Georgia State in game one
  • Went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season and three RBIs against GSU in game three
  • Singled and doubled with a pair of runs scored and a run driven in against Virginia Tech
  • Went a combined 5-for-9 in the Towson series with a double, three runs scored, and a pair of runs batted in
  • Hit a two-run home run against Liberty
  • Went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk against ODU in game three
  • Drove in two of the four runs at Liberty including one single and one double
  • Homered and scored twice against Delaware in game three
  • Singled and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the game two win against George Mason
  • Hit his second career triple against VCU in game three to drive in a run while scoring once
  • Went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored at Radford in game one
  • Came off the bench against East Tennessee State and had a two-RBI single in a comeback win for the Dukes
  • Singled, walked, and scored twice in CAA tournament win over George Mason
  • Singled, walked, and scored a run in JMU's comeback win over Charlotte in the Raleigh Regional.

As a sophomore:

  • Fourth home run came in series opener against Towson
  • Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs
  • Walked and hit by a pitch in game three against Tigers
  • Scored twice against Virginia Tech
  • Went 3-for-4 in series opener versus Hofstra
  • Had three RBIs and two runs scored in that game
  • Went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored in second George Mason game
  • Had a home run and two RBIs in first George Mason game
  • Scored a run and walked twice in George Washington game
  • Had two hits, including a double, in second Northeastern game
  • Went 2-for-3 in second UNCW game
  • Stole a career-high two bases against Richmond
  • Had a season-high five RBIs, including a three-run home run, in first game of W&M series
  • Scored two runs, drove in one and stole a base in first Marshall game
  • Went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI in game versus Liberty
  • Hit first home run of the season versus Liberty
  • Had two hits a run scored and an RBI in series finale versus Old Dominion
  • Also had first stolen base of the season
  • Went 2-for-3 with a run scored against Virginia
  • Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in first game versus Charlotte
  • Matched career-high and set season-high with three hits against Seton Hall
  • Also scored a run and drove in a run in that game
  • Competed summer 2007 for Asheboro Copperheads in Coastal Plains League
  • Hit .191 in 28 games with three doubles, a home run, 12 RBIs, and a .978 fielding percentage.

As a freshman:

  • Worked two innings behind the plate to open CAA tournament against Georgia State
  • Drove in the go-ahead run as pinch hitter at George Washington despite a sprained right ankle suffered in the Mason series
  • Went 1-for-3 and scored a run in game one against Mason
  • Hit an RBI double in the ninth to keep the Dukes alive with the tying run at Liberty
  • Also had a pair of singles against the Flames
  • Started at third in games two and three at Northeastern, scoring three runs in the series
  • Scored on an errant throw while stealing third to give Dukes 8-6, eighth-inning lead in NU finale
  • Started against Radford and had a career-high three hits including a solo home run
  • Started at third against Richmond, had a hit, RBI, and a run scored
  • Had his first career stolen base
  • Pinch-hit single in the bottom of seventh in first Maryland game
  • Pitch hit in the bottom of the ninth and beat out an infield single in game two versus Delaware, putting the eventual winning run on base
  • Started the second game versus Wagner and hit a grand slam, finished with six RBIs
  • His grand slam came in the same inning as Michael Cowgill's, tying an NCAA mark for slams in the same inning
  • Also contributed to NCAA record-tying three grand slams in the same game
  • Started the final game of the Fairfield series
  • Threw out a base stealer at third
  • Made his collegiate debut in the second game of the Clemson series with two innings behind the plate
  • Came off the bench to pinch hit and played third in the final game of the series
  • Played for the Herndon Braves of the Clark Griffith Baseball League during the 2006 Summer
  • Batted .200 with nine runs, two home runs, and 10 RBIs.

Before JMU:

  • Member of 2004 Patriot District Championship team led by coach Jody Rutherford
  • Named Most Valuable Player of Elite Championship Tournament Baseball World Series Champion Team in 2004 during summer season
  • Starting catcher for the Virginia High School League East-West All Star Game in 2005
  • Three-year baseball letter winner
  • Two-time first-team Patriot District catcher
  • Patriot District Player of the Year in 2005
  • First team All-Northern Region and first team All-Met as a senior.

Personal:

  • Son of Connie and Fred Garner
  • Kinesiology major.

Year

G/GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

SO

AVG.

2006

27/10

54

15

14

3

0

2

15

4-4

6

12

.259

2007

45/32

129

21

31

7

0

4

20

4-4

18

30

.240

2008

52/39

149

29

38

6

2

4

23

0-2

24

37

.255

2009

10/9

29

6

8

2

1

1

7

1-2

7

1

.276

2010

45/40

151

32

45

13

1

6

34

8-9

27

41

.298

Career

179/130

512

103

136

31

4

17

99

17-21

82

122

.266

Getting to know Brett

 
Why did you choose JMU?

Good education, good baseball, good social life

What is your major/minor and why did you choose it?
Physical Education, want to work with kids and coach my own high school program

What are your goals for the 2010 season?
Make it to a regional final.

What are your hobbies or interests off the field?
Dressing the best on the team and smashing fellow teammates in tennis.

What has been your most memorable JMU baseball moment thus far?
Winning the conference tournament my junior year

What is the best advice you have received?
Play every game like it's your last.

What advice would you give a prospective recruit?
Girls like baseball players at JMU.

Do you have a nickname on the team?
Gar, caveman, Mr. B-rett

Do you have a special pre-game ritual or tradition that you always follow?
Drink a vault

What is the best class you have taken at JMU?
Adventures/Wilderness Class

What do you want to do after college?
Coach within the high school or college ranks, then become an athletic director

Who or what influenced you to get involved in baseball?
My mom put me on my first little league team and I haven't looked back since.

FAVORITE

Food?  Macaroni, steak and peaches.
TV Show?  Sports center
Movie?  Training Day
Athlete?  Andy Roddick
Pro sports team?  Philadelphia Eagles
JMU sport to watch besides baseball?  Basketball
Place to eat on campus?  E-hall
Guilty pleasure song on your iPod?  I'll Make Love to You- Boyz2Men