Outstanding defensive third baseman who has worked hard and shown improvement with his bat ... Returns to claim his starting position at third base for his final year ... Coaching staff is counting on him for leadership ... Has a wide range and throws well on the run ... Showed marked improvement offensively last year, raising his batting average 44 points from the year before ... Tied for fourth in Conference USA in sacrifice hits (10) and tied for seventh in hit by pitch (11) ... In conference games only, he was tied for seventh in sacrifice hits (5)
2004 (Jr.): Started all 64 games ... Sixth on the team in batting with a .297 average and finished with 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 29 RBIs ... Also recorded a team-leading 10 sacrifice hits ... In conference games only, he was third on the team with a .350 batting average with eight doubles, a home run and 15 RBIs ... Finished with 16 multiple-hit games (14 with two, two with three) and four multiple-RBI games (three with two, one with four) ... Hit the game-winning home run against McNeese State in the 10th inning of the championship game of the Lake Area Classic ... Went 5-for-11 (.455) in the Northwestern (La.) State series (2/20-22), collecting a double, an RBI, two walks, two hit by pitch and had a slugging percentage of .545 ... Hit .400 (4-for-10) in the Eastern Illinois series (3/12-14) ... Batted 4-for-10 (.400) and scored three runs in the USF series (3/26-28) ... Hit .316 (6-for-19) with two doubles, a home run and had four RBIs against Memphis in the three-game series (4/16-18) and the two games in the C-USA Tournament (5/26, 28) ... Went 4-for-9 (.444) with a triple, a home run and six RBIs against Tulane in the regular-season series (4/23-25) and the one game in the C-USA Tournament (5/27) ... Finished with two hits, a triple, a home run and four RBIs against the Green Wave in the tournament game ... Hit .417 (5-for-12) with a double and three RBIs against Louisville (5/7-9) ... Against Charlotte (5/14-16), Griffin was 4-for-10 (.400) with three doubles, two walks and drove in a run
2003 (So.): Appeared in 57 games, started 53 ... Hit .253 with four doubles, one triple, one home run and 20 RBIs ... Hit his one home run in the first game of the East Carolina series (5/2) ... Finished 12 games (10 with two, two with three) with two or more hits ... Had three games with multiple RBIs (three with two) ... Produced a four-game hitting streak ... Second in C-USA with 12 sacrifice bunts ... Named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team after finishing 7-of-16 (.438) with two doubles, a triple and drove in three runs ... He also finished with a .438 on-base percentage and a .688 slugging percentage ... Had three games with two or more hits in the Conference USA Tournament, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs against Charlotte (5/21), hitting 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI against Houston (5/22) and 2-for-3 with a triple against East Carolina (5/24) ... Finished with three hits in five at bats against Southern in the NCAA Tournament with two runs scored and drove in a run (5/31) ... Back-to-back two-hit games against Saint Louis (3/15-16) ... Finished with two hits in four at bats in game one of the Cincinnati series (4/2) and then went 2-for-3 in game three of the same series (4/4) ... 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in game three of the Charlotte series (4/13) ... 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in game one of the Houston series (5/15)
2002 (Fr.): Played in 24 games and started 12 ... Started the final 10 of the season when Allen Winningham went down with a broken bone in his leg in the second Memphis game (5/4) ... Hit .261 and drove in four runs ... Finished with a .957 fielding average, posting 37 putouts and 29 assists in 69 chances ... Long hitting streak of five games ... Three multiple-hit games ... Hit .345 in conference games ... 3-for-9 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Memphis series (5/3-5) ... 2-for-3 against Southeastern Louisiana (4/9) ... 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the first game of the East Carolina series (5/10) ... 2-of-4 with a run scored in the final regular season game of the season at Tulane (5/18) ... Eight putouts in the first game of the Houston series (3/29) ... Five putouts against Mississippi State (4/16)
Prep: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Ken Roebuck at St. Thomas More Catholic High School ... Batted .433 with six homers as a senior ... Two-time all-state and All-Acadiana Parish selection ... Named all-district for four years ... Batted .495 with nine doubles, four triples, two homers and drove in 17 runs as a junior ... Posted a 4-3 record and pitched two no hitters
Personal: Son of Kyle and Lynette Griffin ... Majoring in environmental biology ... Enjoys hunting and fishing ... Born April 26, 1983.