On Palumbo: Smart, scrappy player who can play the infield or the outfield ... settled in left field for much of 2007 ... quiet leader ... extremely patient at the plate ... a timely hitter .... valuable at the top or bottom of the lineup.
As a Junior (2007): Appeared in all 56 games, starting all but one ... batted .280 on the season ... went 2-for-5 with an RBI in loss at Winthrop (Feb. 9) ... was 2-for-4 in win over Creighton (Feb. 11) ... hit his first career home run, a solo shot in win at UCF (Feb. 16) ... was 2-for-4 with an RBI in win at UCF (Feb. 17) ... hit his second career home run, a grand slam, in win over George Washington (Feb. 24) ... was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in win over Lafayette (March 2) ... homered in loss at NC State (March 11) ... was 2-for-6 with first career triple in win over Coppin State ... hit a two-RBI double in win over Miami (March 18) ... went 3-for-6 with an RBI in win against VCU (March 21) ... completed a 3-for-4 day with two RBI in win over Clemson (March 23) ... was 4-for-5 against William & Mary, driving in three runs (March 27) ... went 2-for-6 with a home run and another RBI in loss at Towson (April 4) ...drove in two runs in a 2-for-4 day in loss to Wake Forest (April 7) ... notched two RBIs in win at UMBC (April 17) ... went 2-for-3 and scored three times in win over UMES (April 18).
As a Sophomore (2006): Batted .224 in 37 games (23 starts) ... drew 14 walks while striking out just 11 times ...
As a Freshman (2005): Played 38 games for the Terps, filling in at second base, third base, shortstop and right field ... hit .224 with 13 RBI and 17 walks ... was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts ... made collegiate debut when he replaced Dan Melvin at shortstop midway through the final game of the UNC-Wilmington series ... went 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI (Feb. 20) ... made his first career start against Towson, recording his first career hit and stolen base in four at-bats (Feb. 26) ... had at least one hit in all three games of the Virginia Tech series (Mar. 4-6)... walked a total of four times in a doubleheader against UMES, including a career-high three times in the nightcap (Mar. 9) ... pinch-hit in the bottom of the ninth of a one-run game against ... laid down a successful sacrifice bunt, moving Matt Maropis from second to third base (Apr. 10) ... started at third base against Mount St. Mary's and went 1-for-4 with a career-high two RBI (Apr. 13) ... recorded four hits, three runs, a double, walk, stolen base and HBP in three games against Duke (Apr. 15-17) ... walked and had a sacrifice bunt in the second game of the Miami series (Apr. 30) ... had a career-high four hits in five at-bats in the series finale against the Hurricanes ... also scored two runs and had two RBI in the game (May 1) ... went 2-for-6 with a run scored in the team's win over Towson (May 4).
At DeMatha: A letterwinner in baseball (four years) and basketball (2003) ... played shortstop, second base and third base during his high school career ... was the team's co-captain and co-MVP his senior year ... participant in the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game ... member of Team Maryland ... a first-team All WCAC selection in 2004 ... had a career .340 average, including a career-high .403 average his senior season ... was also 22 of 22 on stolen base attempts his senior year.
Personal: Son of Theresa and Jeff Palumbo ... has three brothers, Jonathan, Jeffrey and Daniel ... brother Jeffrey played shortstop for George Mason and was a 15th round draft choice by the San Francisco Giants in 2004 ... brother Jonathan played baseball at La Salle and uncle Mark played baseball at Maryland ... lists his biggest athletic thrill as winning three straight WCAC titles in baseball ... majoring in letters and sciences.
Palumbo's Career Batting Statistics
Year Avg. GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slg. BB SO SB 2005 .224 38/30 107 20 24 4 0 0 13 .262 17 22 4 2006 .224 37/23 85 14 19 4 0 0 5 .271 14 11 3 2007 .280 56/55 211 31 59 10 1 4 35 .393 15 44 6 Totals .253 131/108 403 65 102 18 1 4 53 .333 46 77 13
Palumbo's Career Game Highs
Hits: 4, at Miami (5/1/05)
Runs: 3, three times, last vs. UMES (4/18/07)
RBI: 4, vs. George Washington (2/24/07)
Walks: 3, twice, last at NC State (3/11/05)