Wes Rynders
26
CF
1999-2002
6-1, 185
Bats: R/Throws: R
Marietta, Ga.
(Pope)

Class of 2002, B.S. Management

Outstanding defensive outfielder and everyday starter in center field for much of Tech career....Proved to be an excellent outfielder and valuable hitter as a freshman before he became academically ineligible at conclusion of Winter Quarter....Rebounded with a Dean's List performance in the spring and earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll....Wiry and athletic performer with good mental make-up and competitive desire.

2006: Joined Tech staff as volunteer assistant coach 9/21.

2004: Signed professional contract with Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League....played in 13 games before retiring 6/14.

2002: Turned in second errorless season of collegiate career while patrolling center field....Tech's lone All-ACC Tournament selection after going 7-for-11 in four games....hit opposite field home run in opening game of College World Series 6/14 vs. South Carolina.

2001: Enjoyed fast start at the plate hitting .459 (17-for-37) during February including four-hit game vs. Elon 2/23 as well as home runs in back-to-back games against Elon....slumped in March, however, suffering 1-for-22 stretch to begin month....went 4-for-5 during ACC Tournament....finished second on team with 10 stolen bases....hit .329 during Tech victories....Second on the squad in stolen bases (10).

2000: Posted flawless campaign in the outfield handling 155 errorless chances while starting 62 of 66 games in center field....Although he did not hit for a high average (.263), he proved to be a clutch hitter as 15 of his 30 RBI came with two outs....Made a number of outstanding catches in the outfield, including one at the fence in Tech's 5-0 win at Florida State on Apr. 22....Went 6-for-18 (.333) in the ACC Tournament....Improved at the plate later in the season, highlighted by hits in each of the three games against Florida State, and a four RBI performance against Clemson on Apr. 29 in which he belted his only home run of the season....Finished the season by collecting at least one hit in eight of the last 11 games of the season while reaching base safely in all but one of those games....Also began the year hot by hitting safely in eight of the first nine games....Collected four hits against Connecticut on Mar. 12....Recorded three-RBI games against North Carolina on Mar. 18 and Oakland on Feb. 19....Had 16 multiple hit games for the season....NCAA Tournament: 4-for-20 (.200), 5 R, 1 RBI....spent summer with Northern Ohio of Great Lakes League....named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll for 1999-2000.

1999: Gained a starting job in center field the third weekend of the season at Georgia Southern and did not let go until he became academically ineligible in mid-March....Hit .378 with eight extra-base hits in just 74 at-bats and scored 15 runs in 19 games....Hit safely in 13 straight games from Feb. 13 to Mar. 12 (26-for-57, .456)....Included a 7-for-14 performance with four RBI in three-game series vs. Rutgers....Had season-high three hits against Georgia State (Feb. 27), Charleston Southern (Mar. 3) and Rutgers (Mar. 7)....Hit his only two homers in consecutive games against Georgia State (Feb. 28) and Charleston Southern (Mar. 2)....A capable pitcher in high school, he worked one inning of relief against Charleston Southern (Mar. 2).

High School: Lettered three years for coach Jeff Rowland at Pope High School....Earned second-team all-county honors in 1998....Selected as a member of the West Georgia All-State Team and Team Georgia in 1998....Member of the 1996 AAU national championship team....Played in Georgia's East-West Tournament....Played in the 1998 NABF national championship team....Received Cy Young at Pope in 1997 and 1998....Compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.02 ERA in 1998....Played with Richard Lewis at Pope....Also lettered two years in basketball.

Personal: Robert Wesley Rynders....Born Sept. 17, 1979....Son of John and Betty Rynders....Brother Chris played baseball at Western Carolina before graduating from Tech in 2000....Sister Jenny played soccer at Alabama-Birmingham....Enjoys playing basketball....Majored in Management.

Year     G-GS    AB    R    H   Avg.  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB  SO  SB-A    Fld%
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1999    19-16    74   15   28  .378    6   0   2   12    1  13   4-6    .947
2000    64-62   232   51   61  .263    7   2   1   30   16  37   8-11  1.000
2001    57-54   193   45   53  .275    5   3   2   23   19  39  10-13   .972
2002    60-31   120   28   45  .375   10   2   3   28   16  22  11-13  1.000
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Career 200-163  619  139  187  .302   28   7   8   93   52 111  33-43