2004 - Hit .244 (11-for-45) in 22 games with a pair of doubles, six runs scored and nine RBI.
2003 - Batted .253 (20-79) in 38 games, 25 starts in 2003 with two doubles, two triples, 11 RBI, primarily in right field or as DH ... In 2003 fall practice batted .233 (10-43) in intrasquad games ... Enrolled at Carolina in the fall of 2002 after two seasons at San Jose City College under Coach Doug Robb ... Batted .412 freshman year with 40 RBI, three homers and was second team all-conference ... Sophomore year batted .368 with 15 homers, 65 RBI, was named all-conference and California Junior College All-America ... Had better than a 3.0 grade point average in spring semester of 2003.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played three seasons at Oak Grove High School under Coach Jeff Gingrich ... Sophomore year batted .316 with three homers, 12 RBI, six SB ... Junior year .480, 17 doubles, 53 RBI ... Senior year .490, 12 doubles, two HR, 43 RBI ... Named to all-conference team ... Also played football.
PERSONAL - Born Eric Nicholas Gardiner, Jr., 1/9/82 at San Jose ... Parents are Eric and Cheryl Gardiner ... Father is a trailer mechanic ... Mother is a nurse ... Mother attended Howard University ... Has two younger siblings, Latoya and Nevin ... Chose Carolina because of the baseball tradition and the number one conference in the nation ... Hobbies are movies and video games ... Favorite food is barbecue ... Favorite actress is Halle Berry ... Favorite actor is Samuel L. Jackson.