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Slidell, La.
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Slidell HS

Updated 6/27/06

2006 Honorable Mention All-Louisiana
2004 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team

MLB Draft: Ninth Round in 2006 (Colorado Rockies)

Talented player who performed as a starter at first base for two seasons (2004, 2005) and at third base for one season (2006) … also worked as a relief pitcher in 2006 … selected in the ninth round of the ’06 draft as a pitcher by the Colorado Rockies.

Started 56 games at third base, batting .252 (51-for-202) with a team-high 18 doubles, one triple, six homers and 30 RBI … made 13 relief appearances on the mound, posting a 1-2 mark and a 3.79 ERA in 19 innings with seven walks and 20 strikeouts … nine-game hitting streak from April 7-22; batted .387 (12-for-31) during the streak with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI … 3-for-4 at Florida (May 20) with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored … SEC Tournament save vs. Alabama (May 24), working 1.1 innings with no hits and no earned runs … earned first career save on the mound vs. Arkansas (April 30), allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning with no walks and two strikeouts … helped lead LSU to the three-game series sweep at Auburn (May 5-7) both on the mound and at the plate … worked three scoreless innings in relief in a 5-3 win (May 6), allowing just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts to earn his second save of the season … also delivered clutch hits for the Tigers in the Auburn series, launching a solo homer in Game 1 to ignite a three-run third inning … Harris’ RBI double in the fifth inning of Game 3 on Sunday broke a scoreless tie and again was the catalyst for a three-run outburst … earned relief win over Vanderbilt (May 12), retiring the Commodores in order in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied at 3-3 … Harris also contributed to the win with his bat, delivering the game-tying single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Appeared in 46 games (42 starts at first base), batting .213 (30-for-141) with seven doubles, four homers, 20 RBI and 23 runs … finished third on the LSU club with 24 walks … batted .286 (2-for-7) in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with one double and one run scored … provided a homer and a sac fly to spark LSU to win over Ole Miss (April 17) … 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in April 16 victory over Ole Miss … delivered a sixth-inning leadoff homer on April 6 as the Tigers defeated Rice at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La… . followed up the HR vs. Rice with another dinger in the Tigers’ next game vs. South Carolina (April 8) … batted .533 (8-for-15) during a four-game stretch from Feb. 15-20 … recorded his season-high of three hits vs. Louisiana-Monroe (Feb. 15).

Appeared in 55 games (48 starts at first base), batting .329 (57-for-173) with nine doubles, seven homers, 39 RBI and 38 runs … hit .264 (23-for-87) in SEC regular-season games with five doubles, two homers, 19 RBI and 17 runs … LSU’s leading hitter in its seven NCAA Tournament games, batting .429 (12-for-28) with two doubles, one homer, five RBI and seven runs … 3-for-9 in the College World Series with two runs scored … 3-for-9 in the NCAA Super Regional vs. Texas A&M with one homer, four RBI and two runs … the home run came in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the super regional, a three-run blast that clinched LSU’s 4-0 triumph and sent the Tigers to the CWS … named to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional all-tournament team, hitting a team-best .600 (6-for-10) with two doubles, one RBI and three runs … 2-for-2 with a grand slam – LSU’s only slam in 2004 – versus Southeastern Louisiana (March 12) … named Louisiana Player of the Week on March 16 after batting .875 (7-for-8) in a three-game stretch (vs. UL-Monroe and Southeastern La.) with the grand slam and six RBI … 4-for-5 with one double, one homer, three RBI and two runs at Kentucky (May 9).

Batted .233 (14-for-60) in 26 games (15 starts) with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and 11 runs … hit .273 (6-for-22) in SEC regular-season games with one double, one homer, three RBI and six runs … did not commit an error in 141 chances at first base … teamed with older brother Clay on March 2 at Long Beach State to become the first brother tandem to start a game for LSU since Albert and Terry Belle in 1987 – Will started at first base and Clay started at third base in the Long Beach contest, a 7-2 LSU win … launched a two-run shot, his first career homer, at Georgia (March 22) … also homered in LSU win over Loyola-New Orleans (May 6).

Product of Slidell (La.) High School, where he pitched and played first base … earned all-state, all-parish and all-district recognition … posted an 8-1 mark as a junior with a 0.98 ERA … an honor roll student throughout his entire high school career.

Full name is William Taylor Harris … grandparents are Harry and Jeanette Kennedy … has one older brother, Clay, and one younger brother, Dylan … Clay was an LSU infielder from 2002-2005 and now plays in the Philadelphia Phillies organization … Will credits Clay with having the greatest influence upon his athletic career, saying “My brother has paved the way for me my whole life. He has taught me a whole lot by example.” … … Will played very well in the 2003 Valley Baseball League, a summer wooden-bat league in Virginia … batted .362 (25-for-69) in the VBL with seven doubles, four homers, 14 RBI and 14 runs … named the Valley League Player of the Week on June 30 as he hit .400 (8-for-20) for the Staunton Braves with two homers, four doubles, six RBI and six runs … majoring in general studies at LSU … born August 28, 1984.

Harris’ LSU Career Hitting Highs
At-Bats: 6 at Southern (4/20/04)
Hits: 4 at UL-Monroe (3/9/04); at Kentucky (5/9/04)
Runs Scored: 3 (twice; most recently vs. Temple (2/26/06)
Doubles: 2 (three times; most recently at Florida (5/20/06)
Triples: 1 vs. Tennessee Tech (2/17/06)
Home Runs: 2 vs. Tennessee Tech (2/19/06)
RBI: 4 vs. Southeastern La. (3/12/04)
Stolen Bases: none

Harris’ LSU Career Pitching Highs
Innings: 3.0 (twice; most recently at Auburn (5/6/06)
Strikeouts: 4 at Auburn (5/6/06)
Hits Allowed: 3 (three occasions; most recently at Florida (5/19/06)
Runs: 2 (twice; most recently vs. Alabama (5/26/06)
Earned Runs: 2 (twice; most recently vs. Alabama (5/26/06)
Walks: 3 (twice; most recently vs. Alabama (5/26/06)

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