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David McLeod finished fourth in the SLC with a .375 batting average
David McLeod finished fourth in the SLC with a .375 batting average

July 15, 2008

ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington infielder David McLeod has been awarded by the NCAA as the Toughest Batter to Strikeout in the nation during the 2008 season. McLeod, a 6-foot-3 four-year letterwinner, struck out only five times in 200 at-bats during his senior campaign, posting a remarkable 40-1 at-bat-to-strikeout ratio. An infielder from Houston, McLeod was named Honorable Mention Southland All-Conference as a senior.

McLeod never struck out more than once in a game, and he completed the entire home schedule at Clay Gould Ballpark without going down on strikes. In 26 home games, McLeod batted .411 (39-for-95) with 11 doubles, nine walks and zero strikeouts. He finished the regular season leading the SLC with a .391 batting average with three strikeouts.

After posting his first strikeout in the Mavs' sixth game of the season (at Louisiana Tech), McLeod went 41 at-bats before his next strikeout on March 20 against Texas State. He later went 11 straight games (47 at-bats) until tallying a strikeout in a SLC road game against McNeese State. He completed the regular season going 19 consecutive games (80 at-bats) without a strikeout, which included a career-high 14-game hitting streak (April 13-May 10).

During his junior season McLeod struck out six times in 80 at-bats. In 2006, McLeod was the 14th toughest batter to strikeout in the NCAA Division I with 12 strikeouts in 214 at-bats. In 147 career games played in a Mavs uniform, McLeod recorded 541 at-bats and only 35 strikeouts.

McLeod was second on the team and fourth in the Southland Conference with a .375 batting average. He led the Mavericks in four offensive categories, including at-bats (200), runs scored (49), base hits (75) and doubles (18). McLeod's 52 games played was tied for the team lead, and his .990 fielding percentage (356 putouts - four errors) was among team leaders.




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