2006 (Junior): Started 49 of 52 games for the Bluejays, only non-starts were the series versus Northern Iowa (5/18-5/20) … His .287 batting average was fourth on the team … Had 24 multi-hit games … Hit four doubles and nine homers … In 188 at bats, recorded 54 hits, 35 runs and 39 RBI … His 87 total bases was third on the team … Went 5-for-5 against Tennessee Tech (3/12) and had a season high six RBIs … Was named NCBWA National Player-of-the-Week ... Earned Louisville Slugger National Player-of-the-Week and MVC Player-of-the-Week honors after recording three straight games with two home runs, batting .500 and slugging 1.380 in five Bluejay wins while driving in 18 RBI’s ... Recorded 10 putouts twice, Wichita State (4/1) and Indiana State (5/14) … Had only five errors on the season and a .983 fielding percentage … Second on the team in slugging percentage with .463 and had an on-base percentage of .340 ... Received honorable mention All-MVC honors.
2005 (Sophomore): Started 37 games, 25 in left field … His .403 and .621 slugging percentage would have led the team if he had more at-bats … Batted .467 with 19 RBI and a .529 on-base percentage during the final month of the season, reaching base safely in the final 18 games of the year … Third on the team with seven home runs … Totaled 19 multiple-hit games … Second on the team with an average of 0.76 runs driven in per contest … Hit .441 against left-handed pitching and .435 with runners on base … Had a 10-game hit streak (5/7-5/26) … Drove in three runs on five separate occasions … Went 9-for-16 with seven RBI and four runs scored to make the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team.
2004 (Freshman): Served as backup catcher to Tony Daniel, making eight starts behind the plate and 10 total ... Threw out 4-of-10 attempting base stealers and did not commit an error during the season ... Collected his first career hit at Saint Louis (2/29) … Hit his first collegiate home run at Rosenblatt Stadium in CU’s 4-1 victory over Kansas State (4/27) ... Hit a two-run double in his first career start against UW-Milwaukee (4/14).
2003: Sat out as a medical redshirt.
High School: Lettered three years in baseball, once in basketball and football ... Honored his senior season as second-team all-metro, first-team all-division as a designated hitter and second-team all-state as a catcher ... Named first-team all-metro and all-division and second-team all-state his junior season ... An all-state honorable mention catcher his sophomore year ... Named the tournament MVP of the Bellevue Tournament his junior year and the Elkhorn Legion Tournament MVP his sophomore and junior seasons ... Had 88 hits, 74 RBI, nine home runs and scored 37 runs in his Bryan career ... Participated in the Collin-Orcutt All-Star game ... In football, was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year, all-division and second-team all-metro at center as a senior ... Also named Metro Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Invited to play in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl All-Star game ... Was chosen as an honorable mention all-division selection his senior season in basketball.
Personal: The son of Ron and Joyce Gradoville ... Born July 10, 1984 in Omaha ... Has a younger sister, Stephanie ... Grandfather Bob Gradoville played baseball, football and basketball collegiately ... Cousin Pam (Gradoville) Simon is in the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame for her efforts in basketball ... Cousin Tim Gradoville played baseball at Creighton and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2002 Amateur Draft ... Enjoys hunting, fishing and camping during his spare time … Majoring in marketing.