AWARDS & ACCOLADES
•SoCon Player of the Week (April 8, 2019)
•SoCon First Team All-Conference (Media, 2019)
FRESHMAN (2019): Named First Team All-Freshman and First Team All-SoCon (shortstop) … ranked in the top five of seven major statistical categories including slugging percentage (1st-.549), batting average (2nd-.33), home runs (4th-4), sacrifice bunts (t-4th-4), on-base percentage (5th-.369), doubles (5th-8) and stolen bases (5th-7) … made his collegiate debut against Quinnipiac (Feb. 15), scoring one run and having one official at-bat along with a walk … became a regular in the UNCG lineup on April 3 (vs. High Point) where he made his first start of the season and finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs along with a double and two stolen bases … came through with a pair of doubles, finishing 2-for-3 from the plate in the process, against Furman (April 5) … capped off a 2-for-6 outing against Furman (April 6) with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk-off home run in the 13th … closed out the series against the Paladins by finishing 1-for-2 from the plate, helping him grab SoCon Player of the Week honors … ended his first five-game hit streak of the season by going 1-for-4 with a double from the plate at North Carolina (April 9) … closed out the season on a team-best 17-game hitting streak, which began as he went 1-for-4 from the plate against Elon (April 23) … has six multi-hit performances during hit 17-game hitting streak, including a three-game multi-hit stretch against The Citadel (April 27-28) where he went 2-3, HR, double, RBI, run (April 27), 3-for-4, RBI, two runs (April 27) and 3-for-4, RBI, 2 runs (April 28) … opened May with a 2-for-3 outing at ETSU (May 5), recording two stolen bases and a pair of RBI before finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI at VMI (May 10) and 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs at VMI (May 11) … had one extra-base hit in the final five regular season games, a triple versus Wofford (May 17) … closed out the SoCon Baseball Championship (May 22-24) with three hits, two home runs and three RBI … best performance of the SoCon Baseball Championships came against VMI (May 23) where he finished 1-for-4 from the plate with two RBI and two runs, cracking a home run and swiping a stolen base along the way … closed out the SoCon Baseball Championship with a 1-for-5 outing that included a home run and one RBI against Mercer (May 24).
PREP: Budzik was named to the First Team All-Southern Carolina Conference … also earned the 2018 Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League High School Leadership Award and was named on the Perfect Game Preseason All-American Atlantic Region … batted .353 with five doubles, eight RBIs and six stolen bases and pitched four scoreless innings scattering two hits with three strikeouts in his senior season … batted .347 with one home run, five doubles, eight RBIs and 13 stolen bases in his junior season … was a member of Region 6 for the Powerade state games.
In summer ball, he batted .353 with five doubles and eight RBIs and 14 stolen bases in his senior season and for post 535 Legion last season … played for the Carolina Vipers 2018, batted .409 with a home run, four doubles, nine RBIs and 21 stolen bases and the Vipers were champions of the 2016 Perfect Game Elite Underclass Championship … in 2017, he was named on the WWBA World Championship All-Tournament team and on the WWBA 17U National Championship All-Tournament Team … in 2016, he was named on the WWBA 16U National Championship All-Tournament Team and garnered WWBA Underclass World Championship All-Tournament Team.
PERSONAL: He is the son of Pam and Tom Budzik and is majoring in finance.