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#3 Colby Roberts
Position: Outfield
Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 193
Year: Senior
Hometown: Benton, Ark.
High School: Benton
Other College: Crowder College
Major: Health sciences: pre-optometry
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As a senior:

  • Third Team All-CAA
  • CollegeSportsMadness.com Second Team All-CAA
  • JMU's leader in slugging percentage (.629)
  • Finished his career with an active 10-game hitting streak and an active streak of 27 games reaching base, tied for longest of the season for JMU
  • Ranked fourth in the CAA in average (.386) and sixth in slugging percentage (.629)
  • Within the 26-game league schedule, ranked ninth in the CAA in slugging percentage (.567)
  • Ranked 19th nationally with a .386 average, 29th with a .629 slugging percentage and 81st with a .452 on-base percentage
  • 2-for-3 with a triple, steal, run and RBI in season opener at Coastal Carolina
  • Made career pitching debut retiring only batter faced in relief vs. Longwood
  • Hit second triple in first two weeks of season in Binghamton game three
  • Pitched scoreless innings in consecutive games against Binghamton and Maryland
  • Was batting .231 before starting a long hitting streak by going 3-for-6 with four RBIs against Liberty
  • Instrumental in JMU win at Radford, going 4-for-4 with two early solo home runs plus the game-winning three-run double in the ninth to turn a 6-5 deficit into an 8-6 lead
  • 3-for-4 with two doubles and six RBIs in Georgia State opener
  • Two hits with a double and three RBIs in GSU finale, including a two-run single to pad a one-run lead in the eighth
  • Earned CAA Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, CollegeSportsMadness.com National Field Player of the Week, NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and ECAC Division I Player of the Week after going 12-for-18 (.667) with 15 RBIs in five games spanning the Radford, Longwood and Georgia State contests
  • Posted three hits in three out of four games, going 3-for-4 at Virginia followed by a pair of three-hit games in the GW series
  • Picked up CAA Player of the Week honors after hitting .400 (8-for-20) in two games against UNC and three against Towson

As a junior:

  • During the 30-game CAA league schedule, ranked 15th in on-base percentage (.431) and ninth for walks (17)
  • JMU debut vs. Coastal Carolina
  • First JMU hit with single, RBI, walk and two runs vs. Longwood
  • 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs, a double, two walks and two steals vs. Bucknell
  • Five-game hitting streak going 7-for-18 with five runs scored in fourth week of season
  • 2-for-4 with a triple, walk and run scored in W&M finale
  • Season-high three steals in JMU's record-breaking 11-steal day in Georgia State finale to go with a walk, single, two hit by pitches and two runs scored
  • Single, double, run, RBI, steal and hit by pitch vs. Virginia Tech
  • First JMU game with three hits and three runs in Delaware middle game
  • Singled, hit by a pitch and scored a run while extending hit streak to nine games in Delaware finale
  • Went 5-for-10 in ODU series with three walks and three RBI's
  • 6-for-13 in Hofstra series with five runs scored, three doubles and three walks with a career-best six RBI's in finale
  • 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored in VCU middle game

Before JMU:

  • Began collegiate career playing for head coach Travis Lallemand and Crowder College (Neosho, Missouri)
  • Roughriders went 42-18 in 2011 and were the No. 1 seed heading into the Region XVI championship before falling in the title game to No. 3 Jefferson
  • Named to All-Region Team as a sophomore
  • Led Crowder with 61 runs scored (23rd in nation) while playing in all 60 games. Hit .295 (67-227) with 16 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 40 RBIs, 26 walks and 28 steals (33rd in nation) in 32 tries
  • As a freshman, set a school record with 91 runs scored and ranked sixth nationally with 41 stolen bases
  • Also hit .319 (69-216) as a freshman with 15 doubles and 37 RBIs as Roughriders advanced to their first Junior College World Series, finishing fifth in the nation
  • Played scholastically for head coach Mark Ballisterri and Benton High School
  • Helped the Panthers to their first 6A state championship as a senior while going 28-2 overall and 14-0 in the South Conference
  • MVP of the 2009 state championship tournament
  • Selected to the Arkansas All-Star game as a senior
  • All-Conference and All-State as a senior
  • Tied school record for pitching victories by going 11-0 as a senior
  • Four-year baseball letterwinner
  • Played the 2011 summer with the Harrisonburg Turks in the Valley League. Roberts hit .250 with three doubles.


  • Son of Debra and Pat Roberts
  • Enjoys hunting, fishing and archery
  • Health sciences: pre-optometry major


Career Statistics

2012.... .262 50-47 172 34 45 11 2 1 25 63 .366 30 7 39 0 .390 1 5 7-13 83 5 3 .967
2013.... .386 44-32 132 33 51 11 3 5 37 83 .629 17 2 25 1 .452 4 1 5-8 69 2 4 .947
TOTAL... .316 94-79 304 67 96 22 5 6 62 146 .480 47 9 64 1 .416 5 6 12-21 152 7 7 .958

2013.... 5.62 0-0 8 0 0 0/0 0 8.0 9 5 5 4 6 2 1 1 37 .290 1 2 0 0 0
TOTAL... 5.62 0-0 8 0 0 0/0 0 8.0 9 5 5 4 6 2 1 1 37 .290 1 2 0 0 0

Career Highs

Runs: 3, 3x, Towson 5/11/13
Hits: 4, Radford 4/16/13
RBIs: 6, 2x, Georgia State 4/20/13
Steals: 3, Georgia State 3/25/12
Hitting Streak: 13, 3/27/13-4/28/13

Innings: 2.0, Old Dominion 4/7/13
Strikeouts: 3, Old Dominion 4/7/13

Getting to know Colby...

Why did you choose JMU
I chose JMU because it has a rich history of winning, the wonderful campus and people, and Virginia is a beautiful state with lots of fun things to do

What's your current major:
Health sciences: pre-optometry

If you didn't play baseball what other sport would you want to play
There are other sports besides baseball?

Describe yourself in three words
Self-driven, tenacious, faithful

Biggest inspiration
My parents for all their hard work and support they have given me

Favorite personal baseball memory
Going to the Junior College World Series in 2010 with Crowder College, awesome atmosphere and lots of excellent baseball teams

Best advice you were ever given
Good baseball players have short memories

Favorite part of being on a team
Getting to play the game I love

Personal saying or motto you try to live by
You reap what you sow

"People would be surprised to know that..."
Arkansas has a lot of things very similar to the Shenandoah Valley and we don't all walk around barefoot

Biggest pet peeve

Your Go-To outfit
Gym shorts and a dry-fit

Favorite place to eat on campus
Mongolian Grill in Top Dog

Biggest fear

Favorite Quote
"...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law." -Galations 6:4

What do you enjoy doing other than playing baseball
Living life to the fullest

Last movie you watched
Happy Gilmore

"After college I see myself..."
Going to grad school to further my education in hopes of becoming a Doctor of Optometry

Pick One:
Baseball in the hot or cold weather:
hot without question
Early bird or night owl: early bird gets the worm
Pepsi or Coke: Coca Cola
Vanilla or Chocolate: vanilla
Gray,White,Gold,or Purple uniform: white

Team Tell-All:
Most/Least Swag: Most-Ben
Garner  Least-Michael Church
Funniest: Cole McInturff
Hardest Worker: Michael Howerton
Most Serious: Pat Toohers
Most likely to fall asleep on the bus: Aaron Hoover
Most likely to be eating: Billy Logan
Best nickname on the team:  Luke Munson-Funsen