AS A JUNIOR IN 2003: Saw action in 44 games, starting each one ... Scored a team-high 37 runs and ranked second on the squad with a .339 batting average ... Had 12 extra base hits, including a triple and two home runs, while totaling 20 RBI ... Grounded into just one double play and stole seven bases ... Hit safely in 14 straight games (April 27-May 16) raising his average from .299 to .361 ... Registered 16 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI contests ... Notched a home run in the season-opener at No. 24 Alabama with a third-inning solo blast ... Hit his first career triple vs. Eastern Kentucky ... Had three hits including a double against Connecticut ... Went 4-for-6 at Holy Cross with two runs scored, three RBIs, a double and a stolen base ... Totaled seven hits in 12 at bats against Temple, including a 3-for-4 performance with a double in the second game of a DH ... Went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI against Saint Bonaventure.
As A SOPHOMORE IN 2002: Transferred to UMass from the Univ. of Connecticut prior to 2002 season ... Shared time with Cullan Maumus at shortstop, starting 27 games ... Hit .248 on the year with two homers and 14 RBI ... Had a six-game hitting streak from March 24-April 6, during which he went eight for 21 with seven runs batted in and six runs scored ... Was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases in last game vs. GW ... Went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two sacrifice bunts vs. No. Illinois ... Had three hits and four runs scored in the St. Joseph's series.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2001: Played three games as a freshman at UConn.
BEFORE UMASS: Started at shortstop for head coach Tom Brassil at Holyoke H.S. ... Named All-Valley League and All-Western Mass. in 1999 and 2000 ... Played in Massachusetts vs. Connecticut All-Star Game in 2000 season ... Team captain during senior season ... Also lettered in soccer and basketball at Holyoke H.S. ... Helped lead basketball team to Western Mass. titles in 1999 and 2000 ... Member of National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born January 5, 1982, in Holyoke, Mass. ... Son of James and Nancy Athas ... Brother, Jamie, currently plays in San Francisco Giants organization ... Majoring in Sport Management
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