|Chris Klepps 2
A skilled all-around player who has started at shortstop since his freshman season...One of the team's most potent offensive players, he is capable of batting in any of the top five spots of the batting order...Great instincts and knowledge of the game...Active in the weight room...Has good speed and is a solid defensive infielder...Can hit to all fields and has surprising power and tremendous bat speed.
AS A JUNIOR: Started all 39 games he played, finishing second on the squad with a .331 batting average...Posted a .458 slugging percentage and a .391 on-base percentage...Stole seven bases and tallied three home runs...Scored 23 runs and drove in 17...Posted 11 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games...Collected three hits against Tulane (3/18), Vermont (4/10), Rhode Island (4/30), LeMoyne (5/6) and Marist (5/17 and 5/18)...Registered a 10-game hitting streak (4/14-5/1)...Batted .369 in 18 MAAC games with a .563 slugging percentage...Named to the MAAC All-Academic Team with a 3.71 GPA in English.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Was a force for the Saints, starting all 52 games he appeared in...Batted .293 for the season with 56 hits and 42 runs scored in his team-leading 191 at bats...Posted two separate six game hitting streaks throughout the season and added four multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game...Stole eight bases in eleven attempts...Drove in 38 runs and had 16 extra base hits...Went 4-for-6, scoring four runs and collecting three RBI with a triple and a home run against Canisius (4/22)...Named to the MAAC All-Academic Team with a 3.76 GPA.
AS A FRESHMAN: Was a staple at the top of the Saints' roster, starting in 50 of 51 games he played, batting .264...Led team in at bats and runs scored with 193 and 35 respectively... Tied for first in hits with 51, while posting seven doubles, one triple, and two homeruns...Drove in 25 runs and had 10 extra basehits...Also led Saints in hits in MAAC play with 30 hits...Participated in 29 double-plays...Only committed 10 errors all season at shortstop...Batted .500 (5-for-10) in Iona series (5/1-5/2).
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Selected All-State as a senior and named to the All-State Academic Team for basketball. ...Represented Connecticut in the annual Connecticut vs. Massachusetts All-Star game. ...Named First Team All-Conference as a junior. ...Stole 31 bases between his high school and American Legion seasons. ...Selected to the Connecticut Fall High School Team after leading the team in hitting at .429.
ROSSI ON KLEPPS: "Chris was one of the team's top hitters last year, and needs to have a great senior year in all areas for the team to be successful. We are expecting great things from him. If he finishes his career strong, he will compete for All-League honors."