2007 Notes: (Junior)
first-team Mid-Con honors as a designated hitter after hitting .299 with nine
home runs and 40 RBI ... Ranked second on the team in slugging percentage (.498),
second in doubles (13), second in home runs and fourth in RBI ... Had 16
multi-hit games and five games with three hits ... Hit a home run and tallied
four RBI in only his second game in an ORU uniform against Missouri Southern on
Feb. 11 ... Slugged a solo home run at then-No. 16 TCU on Feb. 17 ... Went 2-for-5
with three RBI and a double in a win against Kansas (2/27) ... Slugged a
game-winning three-run home run in a 7-4 win against Missouri State (3/7) ...
Also was walked a season-high three times by Missouri State ... Hit a solo home
run in a win against nationally ranked Wichita State (4/3) ... Had three hits and
scored twice on April 21 against Southern Utah ... Went 3-for-4 with one RBI in a
win at conference rival Oakland on May 5 ... Started a season-high eight-game
hitting streak with a 1-for-4 effort against Missouri State (5/8) ... Had five
multi-hit games during that stretch and had three games with three hits ... Knocked
in four runs, including a three-run home run in a win at Western Illinois
(5/18) ... Provided an insurance run by hitting a solo home run in a 4-2 win over
Valparaiso (5/25) in the semifinals of the Mid-Con Tournament.
Played last year at Univ. of Tennessee where he appeared in 45 games while
starting 37 ... Hit .346 with four home runs and 22 RBI ... Started 22 games in SEC
play, batting .354-3-10 ... Played his freshman season at Miami Dade College ...
Hit .288 with five home runs and 28 RBI in 39 games ... Miami Dade has produced
numerous major leaguers including Mike Piazza and Bucky Dent.
Graduated from Westminster Academy in Miami, Fla. ... Drafted by the Boston Red Sox
in the 20th round of the 2004 MLB Draft ... Won the 2004 South Florida “Power
Showcase” Home Run Derby with 38 homers ... Was a first-team selection in 2004
Florida Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State Team ... Was named Broward
Baseball Umpires Association’s 2003 Player of the Year and Miami Herald
Offensive Player of the Year after hitting .490-8-33 ... Won the 2004 Connie
Mack Home Run Derby.
Full name is Brian David Van Kirk ... son of Robert and Mary Van Kirk ...
Recreation major ... born on Aug. 10, 1985.