Junior (2008) • Named to the All-MVC First Team and the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team. • Led the team with a .347 average. • Drew a career-high 51 walks. • Struck out a career-low 23 times. • His .545 slugging percentage was a Bluejay high. • Had a team-best .483 on base percentage. • On the basepaths, had a career-high two stolen bases in three attempts. • In the field, had a Creighton high 551 putouts, and team-best .997 fielding percentage. • His two errors tied a career-low. • His .397 average against left-handed pitchers was second on the team. • One of two players to start in all 58 games (Steve Winkelmann). • Tied for the team lead with 110 total bases (Steve Winkelmann). Regular Season Highlights: • at Tennessee-Martin (3/1-2) – went 8-13 (.615) with seven RBI ... his seven RBI was a season-high for a single series ... scored a run in the finale to start a season-high streak of five straight games with a run scored. • at Memphis (3/5) – went 3-8 (.375) in the doubleheader ... scored three runs in the two games along with three RBI ... drew a walk in the first game to start a streak of 11 straight games with a walk. • vs. Chicago State (3/15-16) – went 5-10 in the four game series ... in the first game of the set, went 1-3 with two runs scored and two RBI ... in the series finale, went 2-2 with three runs scored and two RBI. • vs. South Dakota State (3/25) – went 3-5 with a career-high two home runs, including a walk-off shot ... tied a season and career-high with three runs scored ... 10 total bases was a season-high. • vs. Wichita State (4/12-13) – went 4-12 with two RBI ... his hit in the first game started a season-high 15-game hitting streak. • vs. Nebraska (4/23) – had his best game of the season against the Huskers ... was 3-4 with three runs scored. • at Southern Illinois (5/3-4) – went 3-9 on the series ... his grand slam in the series opener gave him four RBI which was a season-high ... drew three walks in the second game, to tie his season-high. • vs. Louisiana-Monroe (5/15-17) – went 4-9 (.444) in the regular season series finale ... two doubles in the series opener was a season-high. MVC Tournament Highlights: • Went 5-16 over the four games • Had three RBI with three runs scored. • vs. Bradley (5/21) – was 2-4 ... had an RBI and scored a run. • vs. Southern Illinois (5/23) – went 1-3 ... drove in two runs and scored a run.
Sophomore (2007) • Was named Joe Carter MVC Player of the Year. • Set a school record with 597 putouts at first base. • Awarded the Rawlings Gold Glove as the nation’s best fielding first baseman. • Led the MVC with a .463 on-base percentage. • Named to the All-MVC First Team and the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team. • Voted to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-District VII First Team. • Started a career-high 61 games at first base. Regular Season Highlights: • at Winthrop (2/10) – went a perfect 4-4 ... his four hits set a career-high. • at Arkansas-Little Rock (3/3-4) – for the series was 5-15 (.333) ... recorded a double in all three games ... in the series finale went 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. • at Oklahoma (3/6-7) – went 4-8 in the two-game set in Norman ... in the first game, hit a double to set his streak at four consecutive games with a double, a career-high. • vs. Saint Louis (3/9-11) – in the last two games of the series, went 4-9 with four RBI ... had a triple in the second and third games of the series, the first two triples of his career ... in the series finale, had a double to go with his triple ... marked the first and only time in his career he has had a double and a triple in the same game. • vs. South Dakota State (3/13) – went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. • vs. North Dakota State (3/16-18) – had a hit in every game of the series ... in the second game, he hit his first home run of the season. • vs. Northern Iowa (3/30-4/1) – went 4-10 in the series ... had 10 RBI in the three-game set, including a career-high five in the finale ... had home runs in back-to-back games for the first time on the season, and just the second time in his career ... his eight combined RBI in the second and third games of the series, set a career-high for most RBI over a two-game stretch. • vs. Nebraska (4/23) – went 3-5 with a double and a run scored. • vs. Bradley (4/13-15) – went 5-11 in the three-game set ... in the opener, was 3-4 with a home run and double ... scored twice in the opener. • at Indiana State (4/20-22) – was 4-13 (.308) in the series ... in the first game he was 2-4 and tied a career-high with five RBI ... had a triple and home run in the opener, making it the first time in his career he had a triple and home run in the same game. • vs. Northern Colorado (4/27-29) – hit .461 (6-13) in the three-game set ... in the last two games, was a combined 5-9 (.556) with four runs scored and six RBI. • vs. Southern Illinois (5/4-6) – continued his hot hitting, going 6-13 for the second consecutive series ... in the third game, was a perfect 4-4, for the second time on the year, tying his career-high for hits in a contest. • at North Dakota State (5/9) – jumped on Bison pitching in both games of the doubleheader ... hit .500 for the day (4-8), with two runs scored and four RBI ... was 3-5 with two RBI in game one. • at Illinois State (5/11-13) – had his best series against any MVC team on the year, going 7-11 (.636) ... had multiple hits in all three games ... was only the second time all season, he had multiple hits in every game of a series (Oklahoma 3/6-7) ... had three doubles and a home run over the three days ... drove in six runs, and scored four times. MVC Tournament Highlights: • Named to All-Tournament team. • Hit safely in all five games. • For the series went 6-16 (.375). • Scored seven runs over the tournament. • vs. Southern Illinois (5/23) – went 1-2 with two runs scored in the tournament opener ... drew three walks ... scored two runs. • vs. Bradley (5/25) – was 1-1 with three runs scored ... three runs scored established a new season-high ... drew two walks. • vs. Wichita State (5/26) – went 1-4 with a solo home run. • vs. Wichita State (5/26) – was 2-5 to help lead the Bluejays to the MVC title in the championship game ... his two hits were the most of any game in the tournament. NCAA Regional Highlights: • Went 3-10 with five runs scored. • Had four walks and an RBI. • vs. Oklahoma State (6/1) – went 2-4 in the first game of the Regional ... scored two runs. • vs. Albany (6/2) – was 0-2 with a season-high four walks ... tied a career-high with three runs scored. • vs. Arkansas (6/3) – was 1-4 ... ended the season reaching base safely in 18 consecutive games.
Freshman (2006) • Had a hit in eight of his first nine games. • Started in all 52 of the team’s games, the only freshman to do so. • Was third on the team with a .291 average. • Three of his four home runs came on the road. • Third on the team with 55 hits. • Second on the team in at bats with 189. Regular Season Highlights: • at Arkansas-Little Rock (2/11-12) – hit .333 (3-9) in his first series as a Bluejay ... got a hit in both games ... went 1-5 with two runs scored in the opener and picked up his first RBI ... in the second game, went 2-4 with three RBI. • vs. Air Force (2/18) – went 1-3 with two RBI ... recorded the first double of his career. • vs. SE Louisiana (3/4) – had his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-5 with a run scored and two RBI. • at Tennessee-Tech (3/10-12) – had his best series of the year ... went 6-12 with five runs scored and five RBI ... hit his first two career home runs in the first two games of the series ... was the only time on the season he hit home runs in back-to-back games ... went a combined 6-9 with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored in the first two contests ... was the only time on the season he had three hits in back-to-back games. • vs. Illinois State (4/8-9) – was 4-12 against the Redbirds ... in the series finale, tied his season-high with four RBI ... six RBI in the last two games was a season-high for a two-game stretch ... his home run in the season finale was his only homer of the season at home. • at Nebraska (4-18) – went 2-3 with a double and an RBI. • at Missouri State (5/5-7) – was 6-11 (.545) for the series ... it was his best series of the season against an MVC opponent ... went 3-3 in the second game, and also drew a walk ... it was his only game of the season to reach base in every plate appearance. • vs. Nebraska (5/16) – went 3-4. MVC Tournament Highlights: • Went 1-6 in the tournament. • Reached base in both games, drawing a walk against Missouri State in the opener.
Westside High School (2002-05) Won baseball state championship at Westside High School as a sophomore and was runner-up as a senior ... Won a summer state championship following his junior season in 2004 ... Lettered three years in baseball and football, and two in basketball ... Earned all-state honors in both football and baseball as a senior ... All-conference and all-area honoree in football and basketball after his junior and senior seasons ... Tied the school record for home runs in a season (7) and career (15), and holds the record for most walks in a season ... Was a team captain in both football and basketball ... Played in the Collin-Orcutt All-Star Game.
Profile Birthday: July 28, 1986 Parents: Bill and Mary Ruf Siblings: Amy, C.J., Christa, Scott Major: Finance Career Ambitions: Be a successful businessman Why Creighton?: Combination of athletics and academics Favorite Athlete: Albert Pujols Did You Know?: Team won the 12-year-old CABA World Series in Omaha