Hard-hitting outfielder with plenty of potential ... should see duty in the outfield ... may also be a designated hitter ... Tigers’ top freshman hitter in 2010 ... left-handed hitter with surprising power ... had off-season shoulder surgery and missed 2011 season ... has tremendous batting eye ... draws a lot of walks ... very hard worker who has shown plenty of improvement.
2012 SEASON: Came back from surgery to play in 41 games ... made 38 starts ... batted .259 with 31 runs scored ... had nine doubles, two triples and five home runs ... drove in 24 runs ... stole six bases in seven attempts ... had a trio of three-hit games and six two-hit games ... led Tigers to three-game sweep over George Mason by batting .536 with three doubles, two triples and five runs batted in ... helped Tigers to a 6-1 win in series opener with a two-run triple ... had an RBI double and an RBI triple in Tigers’ 11-3 victory over the Patriots in the second game of the series ... helped Tigers complete the series sweep with an RBI double in series finale ... led Tigers to a 6-1 win at Delaware with three hits, three runs scored and two RBI’s ... hit a solo home run against Delawa
re ... scored three runs in win over Bucknell ... had a two-run single in win at Elon ... contributed two hits and scored twice in victory over Georgia State ... blasted solo homer at Northeastern ... led Tigers to three-game sweep over James Madison by hitting .538 ... scored four runs in the sweep and had five RBI’s ... led Tigers to 8-3 win over JMU in series opener with three hits, including a double and a home run, with three runs batted in ... belted two-run homer in seventh inning to give Tigers an 8-2 lead ... doubled and scored a run in 11-10 victory over James Madison ... played key role in Tigers’ 4-3 victory over JMU in series finale that clinched berth in the CAA Tournament ... gave Tigers a 2-0 first inning lead with a two-run homer ... led off bottom of tenth inning with a single and scored game-winning run on Pat Fitzgerald’s walk-off single ... singled and scored a run in CAA Tournament loss to Delaware ... had a single and scored twice in 16-8 win over George Mason ... had one hit in CAA Tournament loss to Virginia Commonwealth ... ended season with seven-game hitting streak.
2011 SEASON: Sat out entire season due to off-season shoulder surgery.
2010 SEASON: Played in 48 games as a freshman ... started 41 times ... made 36 starts in left field ... started at designated hitter five times ... batted .280, eighth on the team ... led Tigers with 32 walks ... fourth on team with a .410 on-base percentage ... had seven doubles, seven home runs and 25 runs batted in ... also scored 28 runs ... batted .298 in Colonial Athletic Association games with 4 homers and 14 RBI’s ... batted .375 with two doubles and three RBI’s in series at James Madison ... had two hits, including a two-run double, in 17-6 win over UMBC ... batted .429 with five runs scored and three runs batted in, leading Tigers to a three-game sweep over Georgia State ... hit first career homer in Tigers’ 9-8 loss to Virginia Commonwealth ... helped Tigers to a 6-5 victory over George Washington by hitting a two-run homer ... batted .400 in series at Delaware ... helped Tigers to a series win at Old Dominion by batting .400 with one homer and four RBI’s ... led Tigers to a 4-3 win in the series finale with two hits and three RBI’s ... honored as Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week on April 26 after batting .375 in five games ... had a two-run double in win at Delaware State ... homered and doubled in 17-8 loss to Hofstra ... had first four-hit game of career in series opener at North Carolina State ... went four-for-four with a double, a homer and two RBI’s at NC State ... helped Tigers to a 17-8 win over George Washington with two hits, including a home run ... was 2-for-3 with one RBI in loss to West Virginia ... hit a solo home run in season finale, a loss to George Mason.
BACKGROUND: Four-time selection as All-Mid-Penn Conference ... batted .541 as a senior ... hit three home runs in one game ... hit eight home runs with 36 runs batted in as a senior ... had a 1.200 slugging percentage in 2009 ... led Coach Shawn Finn’s Mountaineers to second place finish in the district ... also a member of the Mountaineers’ golf team.
PERSONAL: Has one brother and two sisters ... career goal is to become an athletic trainer ... lists parents as people he admires most ... favorite athlete is Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees ... lists “Boondock Saints” as his favorite movie ... favorite actor is Will Smith ... hobbies include playing golf ... favorite book is “The Outsiders” ... enjoys listening to music by “Three Days Grace” ... favorite meal is stuffed shells ... most memorable experience was hitting three home runs in one game ... father is a retired electrician ... son of Kurt and Rita Wertz ... born on January 28, 1991 in Williamsport, Pa. ... major is exercise science.