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#24 Brian Van Kirk
Position: Catcher/Outfielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Southwest Ranches, Fla.
Other College: Univ. of Tennessee
Experience: 1 Letter

2007 Notes: (Junior)
Earned 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.

Before ORU:
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.

High School:
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.

Personal:
Full name is Brian David Van Kirk ... son of Robert and Mary Van Kirk ... Recreation major ... born on
Aug. 10, 1985.

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