Zeke Blanton Biography - GWUSports.com—Official Web Site of Gardner-Webb Athletics
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#11 Zeke Blanton
Position: Outfield
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 235
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Forest City, N.C.
High School: East Rutherford
Experience: Transfer
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Zeke Blanton Biography
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
Release: 01/09/2009

2012 Notes: One of the team's most improved hitters last season ... Could find himself in the leadoff spot to start the 2012 season ... Power numbers should improve from last season ... Enjoyed a very strong fall season ... One of the team's strongest players in the weight room ... Blessed with very good speed.

2011 at Gardner-Webb: Played in 46 games and made 42 starts as the team's primary designated hitter ... Batted a career-high .304 with 45 hits, 28 runs scored and 23 RBI ... Drew 24 walks, which ranked fourth on the team ... Stole four bases ... Belted five doubles and one triple ... Forged a solid .408 on base percentage and a .351 slugging percentage ... Was red-hot in Gardner-Webb's run to the 2011 Big South Tournament Championship Game, batting .400 (8-for-20) with five runs scored and three RBI in five tournament starts ... Batted a strong .323 in Big South Conference regular season play ... Batted a team-high .517 when leading off an inning ... Went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a two-run double in the Big South Tournament win over Radford (5/26) ... Had a pair of three-hit games during the regular season ... Had 11 multi-hit games.

Summer 2010: Played for the Gastonia Grizzlies in the Coastal Plains League ... Batted .241 (33-of-137) with 17 runs scored and seven RBI in 37 games played (32 starts) ... Swiped 11 bases ... Had four doubles on the season.


2010 at Gardner-Webb: Played in 39 games and made 25 starts, mostly as the team's designated hitter ... Batted .220 with 13 hits, 18 runs scored, two doubles and an RBI ... Was excellent on the base paths, stealing 10 bases in 10 attempts ... Ranked third on the team in stolen bases ... Handled seven chances in the outfield with one assist and no errors ... Was 2-for-5 with a double in the season opener at Western Carolina (2/19) ... Was 3-for-7 (.428 BA) as a pinch hitter ... Ranked ninth on the team in runs scored.

Summer 2009: Was an All-Star for the Morganton Aggies in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL) ... Named the league's MVP after pacing the circuit with a .415 average and 71 hits in 45 games played ... Had three triples, three home runs and 21 RBI ... Stole 18 bases in 19 attempts ... Posted eye-popping offensive numbers all season.

2009 at Gardner-Webb: Redshirted.

2008 at North Carolina: Saw action in 19 games and made three starts for nationally-ranked Tar Heels as a true freshman ... Batted .200 with hits against Old Dominion, Kent State, Maryland and William & Mary ... Had an RBI double vs. Old Dominion.

High School: Played at state power East Rutherford (N.C.) High under Coach Bobby Reynolds ... An honorable mention Louisville Slugger prep All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball News ... Rated the nation’s No. 223 senior prospect and the No. 8 senior prospect in North Carolina by Baseball America ... Class 2A All-State selection in 2005 and 2007 ... An All-Observer selection by the Charlotte Observer ... Led East Rutherford to the 2007 Class 2A State Championship and a 30-2 record ... MVP of the state championship series with a .500 batting average ... Batted .750 in the state playoffs overall, including 17 hits in first 19 at bats ... Team finished ranked No. 11 nationally by USAToday, No. 12 nationally by Sports Illustrated and No. 15 nationally by Baseball America ... Established single-season school records in batting (.543), hits (63), doubles (19) and runs (59) ... Added 10 home runs, 45 RBI, two triples and 14 stolen bases ... Tied state record with 59 runs scored ... 63 hits and 19 doubles are second most in state history for a single season ... Had 116 total bases and slugged 1.000 on the season ... Four-year starter ... Finished as the career leader in hits at East Rutherford ... Also helped Cavaliers to a state title in 2004 ... Graduated fifth in his class with a 4.37 grade point average.

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