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# Jo-El Bennett -

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: OF
: Sep 9, 1992
: Midland City , Alabama
/:  R/R
: 6-2
: 188 lbs
: Junior
: Troy U
Draft Status: 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates 11th Round
: Jun 6, 2013

2012 (Freshman)Started the first four games of the season as a true freshman … Started a total of 34 games and appeared in 42 games in his initial season as a Trojan … Hit a game-winning, two-run double in the top of the ninth inning in the series finale at Louisiana-Lafayette after battling cramps through the at-bat … Reached base safely in 21 of his 34 starts and hit safely in 16 of his starts … Picked up multiple hits five times over a six-game period – Middle Tennessee, Auburn and all three games at Western Kentucky … In the opener at Western Kentucky, finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a pair of doubles … Drove in multiple runs in five different games and had multiple hits in 10 contests … Tied a Troy single-game record with four walks in the Trojans’ victory over East Carolina; also had three walks to go along with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate in the finale against Louisiana-Lafayette … Homered three times on the season and all came in key situations – a pinch-hit homer at UALR, game-tying home run in sixth inning against Arkansas State and a 2-run blast to ice the series finale against then first place Florida Atlantic … Had two hits in the third inning in his second career game (Central Michigan) ... Played well in league games with a .263 batting average, a .338 on-base percentage and a .492 slugging percentage; had six of his eight doubles and all three home runs against SBC foes
PrepPlayed six seasons at Houston Academy in Dothan … Drafted in the 11th round by Pittsburgh in the 2011 MLB Draft … Hit .523 as senior … Two-time Under Armour All-American … Three-time Rawlings/ Perfect Game Preseason All-American … Selected to the Southeast All-Star Game as a senior … As a senior, selected first team all-state, all-district, all-area and all-region … Lettered four years in basketball