2008 Baseball America Preseason Third Team All-American
At MiamiNamed a 2008 Baseball America Preseason Third Team All-American … Enters 2008 as a third-year starter in center field … Spent the last 37 games of 2007 as the leadoff hitter … Can hit, run and play defense … UM’s top hitter in ACC play in 2007 batting .365 in league play … Brings an eight-game hitting streak into 2008 … Coming off a good summer ball season in which he was named to the 2007 Cape Cod League All-Star Game and earned All-Cape Cod League honors … Hit .256 for the Cape’s Brewster Whitecaps and led the team with 32 runs scored while ranking second on the team with 40 hits. He added 16 RBI and led the Cape with 22 stolen bases and ranked third in the Cape in runs scored … UM Bookbuster for achieving a GPA greater than 3.0 in the fall semester of 2007 … Named to the 2006-07 ACC Honor Roll.
Started 60-of-61 games in center field and hit .333 with 73 hits including a team-high 19 doubles, two triples and three home runs.
Also had 25 RBI and a team-high 15 stolen bases in 23 attempts.Had 19 multiple-hit games, six multiple-RBI games and a season-long 11-game hitting streak; Also had four game-winning hits.Hit a team-best .365 in ACC play with 42 hits, 26 runs scored, a team-high 11 doubles and 10 RBI in 30 games.Hit home runs against NC State (4/14), Wright State (5/6) and Kent State (6/2).
Columbia (Mo.) Regional Highlights(6/1-3): Posted three hits including two doubles and his third home run of the season in his return trip home for the NCAA Regional.
Regular Season Highlights: vs. Duke (5/17-19): Finished the series with three hits and seven runs scored; Matched a career-high in runs scored twice.at Wake Forest (5/11-13): Batted .429 (6-for-14) in the series going 3-for-6 in the opener and 3-for-4 in the series finale.vs. Florida State (4/27-29): Batted .385 (5-for-13) hitting safely in all three games; 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two doubles in game two and 2-for-5 in the series finale.at FIU (4/11): Went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double.vs. Georgia Tech (4/6-8): Batted .533 (8-for-15) in the series; 3-for-4 in the opener; 3-for-6 with a run in game two; 2-for-5 with a run and RBI in the series finale.vs. Maryland (4/6-8): Batted .500 (5-for-10) in the series; 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in the series finale; 1-for-3 with two RBI in opener.vs. Fordham (3/2-4): Posted three hits in the series and matched a career-high with four RBI in the opener.vs. UCLA (2/9-11): Batted .444 (4-for-9) in the series; 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI in the opener against the No. 11 Bruins.
Started 54 games, primarily in left field, with two starts in center field … stole 10 bases and hit .286 with four home runs, six doubles, four triples, 35 runs and 30 RBI … hit .417 with two doubles and a triple in NCAA play … hit a two-run home run against the Florida Marlins on 3/1.
College World Series (6/17, 19-20):Hit .286 in the CWS … 2-for-4 with a sac bunt and a run scored in the win against Oregon State.
Oxford Super Regional (6/10-12): Went 4-for-8 in two starts … 2-for-5 in the game three win … entered game two as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning and recorded two putouts … 2-for-3 with a RBI triple and two runs in game one. Lincoln Regional (6/2-4): Hit .444 (4-of-9) and started two games … tied career highs, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, doubled twice and was hit by a pitch in the Regional Championship against Manhattan … came off the bench in the Regional opener against San Francisco to hit a RBI single in the eighth inning.
Regular Season Highlights: vs. Wake Forest (5/12, 14): Came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a double, triple and three RBI in the series opener. at NC State (4/28-30): Drove in four runs in the series … 2-for-5 with three RBI in the series finale win … provided insurance runs in the fifth with a two-run single and again in the seventh inning with a RBI single … walked and had a sac fly RBI in UM’s 9-6 win.vs. Virginia (4/21-23): Had a pair of RBI singles in the series-finale win, going 2-for-3.at Florida State (4/14-16): Closed out the series with a career performance, hitting with two home runs and three hits in the finale win.vs. Clemson (3/31-4/2): Went 3-for-9 in the series … scored in all three games … 1-for-3 with a stolen base and run scored in the series finale … walked twice and scored both of Miami’s runs in a 6-2 loss … opened the series by going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. vs. Manhattan (3/15): 1-for-3 with a run scored and a sacrifice. vs. Fordham (3/14): Hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning. vs. Virginia Tech (3/10-12): Hit .467 (7-for-15) with a double, triple and six runs scored in the series … 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI in the series finale … 2-for-5 and scored three runs in the second game of the series … hit his second triple of the season with two runs and two RBI in a 3-for-5 performance in the series opener. vs. Michigan State (3/8): 2-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, run scored and RBI. vs. Bethune-Cookman (2/24-26): Hit a combined .455 (5-for-11) in the series … 2-for-5 with a walk and run scored in the series finale … 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI triple in the second game of the series … 1-for-3 in the series opener. at UCLA (2/10-12): Scored his third run of the series in the finale but made his mark on defense … made a diving catch in left field with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, resulting in a double play to end the inning and preserve a 4-1 lead … 2-for-3 with a double, stolen base, sacrifice and run scored in Miami’s loss.vs. Winthrop (2/3-5): 5-for-10 in the series with three stolen bases and four runs scored … stole three bases in the series opener and went 2-for-3 with three runs scored … 1-for-3 with a run scored in Miami’s 8-3 loss … recorded two hits in the series finale. vs. FIU (1/28-29): Debut as Miami’s leadoff man and drove in the team’s first run of the season on a sac fly in the second inning of the season-opening win … hit a two-run single in the third and finished the day 1-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base … went 2-for-4 in the series finale and hit his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to left field in the third inning.
Played for Dave Wilson at Hickman High School … Collegiate Baseball All-American as a senior … first-team all-state selection as a junior and senior … first-team all-district and all-area as a sophomore, junior and senior … team captain and MVP as a junior and senior … won state titles in football and baseball as a senior … option quarterback who received scholarship offers as a punter … captained football team as a junior and senior … Second-Team All-State punter and All-District Punter … honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.
Senior (2005): Hit .529 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI … collected 47 hits and 20 stolen bases. Junior (2004): Batted .519 with seven home runs and 34 RBI. Sophomore (2003): Hit .306 with four home runs and 21 RBI.
Son of Blake and Cheryl Tekotte.
Has two sisters, Lindsay and Nikki.Majoring in business management.Father played baseball for Illinois State University.Cousin, Jake Whitesides, played for the Houston Astros in 2000.