Tri-captain...was a 16th-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, despite suffering a broken wrist which limited him to 27 games a year ago...the Salukis' number one power threat, who ranked among the top-five conference leaders in RBI, home runs, total bases and slugging percentage leading up to his injury...left-handed hitter, who runs well, has a strong arm and possesses tremendous bat speed...was also sidelined for a major part of the 2004 campaign due to an early-season ankle injury...is one of the top power guys in the league and has all the tools to play at the next level...is 17th among Baseball America's Fab-50 College Seniors.
2005: Hit .333 (36-for-108) with 18 runs, nine doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI as SIU's cleanup hitter in 27 starts prior to suffering a season-ending injury...also ranked second-on the team with a .556 slugging percentage...only played in six MVC games...hit .429 (6-for-14) with a run scored, two doubles and four RBI in series against Northern Iowa (Mar. 25-27)...hit .500 (3-for-6) with two runs, a double and one RBI in series at Creighton (Apr. 1-3)... hit safely in 15 of his first 16 games and had multiple-hits in eight of those outings...also held an eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 11-26 to start the year...homered in back-to-back games against Northern Illinois (Mar. 4, Mar. 5)...registered a career-high three hits when he went 3-for-5 with a run scored, home run and two-RBI at Stetson (Feb. 12)...his five long balls accounted for a total of nine RBI.
2004: Played in 32 games and made 15 starts, including 12 in right field, two in left and one as designated hitter...registered 16 hits in 66 at-bats for a .242 average...scored nine runs, collected three doubles and posted eight RBI...also drew seven walks and stole a base...committed only two errors in his 15 starts...had a pair of multiple-hit games against nationally-ranked teams when he went 2-for-4 against both Florida Atlantic (Feb. 15) and Notre Dame (Mar. 6)...scored a season-high two runs against Evansville on Apr. 10...opened up the year with three of his 16 hits against Florida Atlantic, where he hit .375 (3-for-8) with a double and two RBI on the series.
Pre-SIU: Hit .200 with a run scored and one RBI in seven games at the University of Washington (2003)...a three-time, first-team all-Continental Conference pick at Douglas County High School...finished his prep career hitting .474 with 10 runs, nine doubles, two triples, one home run and 17 RBI...on the mound, he compiled a perfect 4-0 record and boasted a second-best 3.82 ERA...also struck out a team-leading 66 batters in 37.1 innings, while scattering 41 hits in that span.
Personal: Full name is Grant Michael Gerrard...majors in Journalism...born May 1, 1984...son of Paul and Tami Gerrard...has one brother, Cody...when not playing baseball, enjoys skiing.
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