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Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Colerain
Other College: Wabash Valley CC
Experience: Transfer



Second Team All-SoCon
Southern Conference All-Tournament Team
Drafted in the 27th Round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics
Preseason First Team All-SoCon
SoCon Honor Roll

Second Team All-SoCon
ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-District
ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American
SoCon Honor Roll

2017 (Senior): Second team All-Southern Conference as an outfielder… Started in 54 games hitting at a .355 average… Scored 54 runs and stole 12 bases… Committed just one error playing the outfield and three games at second base… Totaled 26 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI performances… Had a nine game hit streak and reached base in 15 consecutive games… Ended the season by reaching base in 10 consecutive games… Tallied 11 doubles and four triples while driving in 33 runs… Drew 30 walks and recorded a .440 on-base percentage… .355 average ranked in the top 100 in the country… Scored and average of one run a game, placing 51st in the country… 72nd in the nation with 11.1 at bats between strikeouts… Season-high four hits and career-best four RBI against Lafayette (Mar. 16)… RBI in five-straight games (Mar. 22-Mar. 28)… Multi-hit games in every game of the Wofford series… Scored a season-high four runs against Wofford (Apr. 15) and The Citadel (May 14)… Ended the season recording hits in nine of the last ten games, with six multi-hit games… Hit his first home run of the season against Mercer (Apr. 30), a go-ahead two-run homer… Finished the series finale with Mercer (Apr. 30) 3-for-6 with two RBI, two runs scored and the home run… Scored two bases against Furman (Apr. 9) and Mercer (Apr. 28)… Closed out the Clemson Regional going 2-for-5 with two doubles an RBI and a run scored (June 4)… Scored a run and drove in a run in two games of the NCAA Clemson Regional (June 3 and 4).

2016 (Junior): ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region… ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American… Earned Second Team All-Southern Conference honors… Started all 59 games at second base… Earned 95 hits, third-most all-time at UNCG and ended the regular season tied for second in the NCAA… Hit for a .385 average, third-best on the team and fifth-best in the SoCon… Second on the team with 21 stolen bases… Hit in the leadoff spot of the lineup for 53 games and earned a .459 on-base percentage… Tied for a team-best 30 multiple hit games… Ended the season on a 33 game reached base streak as well as a four-game hitting streak… Scored 61 runs, second-most on the team and tied for eighth all-time… Led the team with 10 bunt hits… Against Furman (Apr. 15) finished 5-for-5 with three runs scored and a double… Finished the Furman series (Apr. 15-17) 13-for-15 with 10 runs scored, three doubles, two RBI two stolen bases and drew one walk… Hit his first home run against UNC Asheville (May 11)… Stole a season-high three bases against VMI (Apr. 1)… Stole multiple bases in seven contests.

Wabash Valley CC (Sophomore): Named a 2015 Division I JUCO All-American after finishing seventh in the nation with a .461 batting average … Voted the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was tabbed to the All-Region First Team … Led Wabash Valley in hits (82) and runs scored (49) and second in RBI (38) and stolen bases (28) …

Dakota Wesleyan (Freshman): As a freshman, played at Dakota Wesleyan University under head coach Steve Gust in Mitchell, S.D. …  Paced the Great Plains Athletic Conference in stolen bases … Led Dakota Wesleyan in at bats, batting average, hits, walks drawn, runs scored, stolen bases, triples, hits, sacrifice hits, on base percentage and slugging percentage … Finished second on the squad in RBI … In 51 games played, tallied a .375 batting average, 69 hits, 49 runs scored, 32 RBI, 90 total bases and 25 stolen bases … Also produced a .455 on base percentage and .489 slugging mark.

High School: Earned three varsity letters at Colerain High School where he hit .550 as a junior in 2012 … Earned All-Greater Miami Conference honors and team MVP recognition … Competed for the Champions Baseball Academy over the summer and led the team in batting average, runs scored, walks drawn, stolen bases, slugging percentage and on base percentage

Personal: Benjamin David Spitznagel … Born Aug. 30, 1994 in Cincinnati, Ohio … Son of Rick and Lynn Spitznagel … Majoring in business. 

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