Former Northwestern player breaks season hits record at USC Upstate
Story originally published in the Rock Hill Herald, reprinted with permission
By Darin Gantt
Published: Thursday, June 23, 2011
SPARTANBURG -- His first three years of playing college baseball, Blake Green's career moved along at a slow simmer. This year, he turned up the heat.
While that late success might not translate into a professional career, the former Northwestern High star has already gotten more baseball than he bargained for because of it.
Green shattered the USC Upstate record with 95 hits this season, a mark that seemed to surprise him most of all.
"Absolutely not," Green said with a laugh when asked if he expected such a total. "I was hoping for more like 60 or 65 hits, maybe hit .320 or something, but nothing like this."
Instead of such stats, as his past numbers would have indicated, he obliterated the Spartans record of 83 hits set by Brad Wingo in 2006, and kept going.
Green finished the season with a .399 batting average. That's why everyone was so surprised, because Green hadn't hit higher than .294 or collected more than 50 hits in a season.
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