Wade hits Maryland's first grand slam since 2009 in the win
On Benick: Versatile position player who possesses good hands in the infield and good speed and instincts in the outfield ... valuable platoon player who can step in and start at almost any position ... good feel at the plate as a hitter ... hits left-handed pitching well.
As a Junior (2008): Played in 48 games, starting 26 ... played primarily in left field as a right-handed bat against left-handed pitching ... hit .340 against lefties ... had seven doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs ... finished with a .993 fielding percentage ... went 2-for-5 against Pitt with a double and RBI (2/23) ... game-winning, pinch-hit, two-run single in victory at George Mason (3/25) ... 1-for-3 with two RBIs against Mount St. Mary's (4/9) ... scored three runs against UMES (4/16) ... hit solo home run in win against Georgia Tech (4/18) ... 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs at Towson (4/23) ... made highlight-reel catch, robbing a Duke player of a sure home run with a perfectly-timed leap at the wall (4/26) ... 2-for-4 with two RBIs against NC State (5/11).
As a Sophomore (2007): Followed up his outstanding freshman campaign as an everyday player in the outfield, missing just one game ... finished third on the team with a .299 batting average ... notched 12 doubles and two home runs with four stolen bases ... was 2-for-4 and scored a run in season opener at Winthrop (2/9) ... was 3-for-4 with an RBI in win over Coppin State (3/28) ... completed a solid weekend at Georgia Tech, highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance with two RBIs in Saturday's loss (3/31) ...finished 5-for-5 in career day against UMES (4/18) ... was 3-for-6 with an RBI, including two doubles, in win at Duke (4/20) ... had a pair of RBIs in win against UMES (5/2) ... drove in two runs in loss to Florida State (5/6).
As a Freshman (2006):Was one of two true freshmen used as an everyday starter ... saw time in the outfield and at third base ... tied for team lead with five home runs while batting .246 with 18 RBIs ... also stole four bases in five attempts and recorded six sacrifice bunts ... batted .306 (15-for-49) with runners in scoring position ... finished the year on a tear, hitting .344 with 11 RBIs and five homers over the final eight games ... recorded a hit in his first collegiate at-bat, an infield single on Opening Day against ECU (2/10) ... was 1-for-2 with a sac bunt in the first game of a doubleheader at ECU ... went 1-for-4 with his first career stolen base in the nightcap (2/12) ... had a 2-for-4 effort against Gardner-Webb (2/17) ... went 2-for-4 and threw two runners out at home from right field at Winthrop (2/17) ... hit the game-winning single to left in the bottom of the 12th against Duke (3/5) ... drove in two runs and finished 1- for-4 against FSU (3/10) ... went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base vs. Mt. St. Mary's (3/14) ... had a 2-for-4 effort with a run and an RBI against Miami (3/25) ... finished 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a sacrifice bunt in win over Old Dominion (4/11) ... scored game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth against West Va. (4/18) ... made first career start at third base, going 0-for-3 with a walk at WFU (4/22) ... came in to score after connecting on a pinch-hit double in the ninth in win over Towson (4/26) ... went 1-for-2 against UVA including a bunt single that broke up a Sean Doolittle no-hitter in the fifth (4/28) ... was 2-for-2 against GW with a double and a grand slam to center, his first career home run (5/3) ... went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer against BC in the series opener (5/5) ... finished 2-for-5 with an RBI vs. the Eagles in middle matchup (5/6) ... recorded a career-high three hits in four at-bats at WVU, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning (5/9) ... blasted a solo homer to left against UMES in the nightcap of a doubleheader (5/10) ... was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, a home run and a career-best three runs in season finale vs. Coppin St. (5/11).
At Nanticoke: A four-time letterwinner in baseball ... was a Wyoming Valley Conference All-Star every year from 2002-05 ... hit .571 with six home runs and 16 stolen bases as a senior ... batted .500 with nine homers as a junior in 2004 ... was named team captain his junior and senior seasons ... also lettered in basketball and golf ... was an all-star in both sports ... averaged 17.9 points per game as a senior shooting guard on the basketball team.
Personal: Son of Mary Ann and Walter Benick ... brother, Jon, played in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization ... a member of the National Honor Society.
Benick's Career Batting Statistics
Year Avg. GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slug.% BB SO SB 2006 .246 47/35 138 16 34 9 0 5 18 .420 5 16 4 2007 .299 55/53 197 32 59 12 0 2 18 .391 12 27 4 2008 .232 48/26 112 18 26 7 0 2 16 .348 8 16 2 Totals .266 150/114 447 66 119 28 0 9 52 .389 25 59 10
Benick's Career Game Highs
Hits: 5, vs. UMES (4/18/07)
RBI: 4, vs. George Washington (5/3/06)
Runs: 3, three times, last vs. UMES (4/16/08)
Stolen Bases: 2, vs. Coppin State (5/11/06)