2005 - 2005 MLB Draft Selection (8th round/Pittsburgh Pirates) ... Earned All-America honors from Baseball America ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors at first base ... Team's triple crown winner for second straight year with a .358 batting average (82-for-229) with 50 runs scored, 21 homers and 63 RBI in 58 games.
2004 - Triple crown winner in 2004 with .346 batting
average, 21 home runs, 70 RBI. Set school record with 1.000 fielding
percentage (416 PO, 22 A, 0 E) in 50 games at first base. Also appeared
in 21 games at third base and is expected to start at the hot corner in
2005. Named Rookie of the Year as the best first year Gamecock player. College World Series all-tournament team.NCAA regional all tournament team.Regional MVP.Named Player of the 2004 Fall with .383 average, 3 homers, 13 RBI in 12 fall intrasquad games. Selected in 10th round of the June 2004 draft by the Boston Red Sox but returned for his senior season. Played last summer with the Cotuit Kettlers of the Cape Cod League and batted .275 with 1 home run.
JUNIOR COLLEGE - Enrolled at Carolina in the fall of 2003 after two seasons under Coach Mike Eason at Indian River Community College where he hit 17 career home runs and led team in batting average both seasons ... Batted .418 with 12 HR and 42 RBI in 2003 season at Indian River CC, batting average was sixth highest in FCCAA ... Earned NJCAA All-District honors ... Won the Rookie Position Player of the Fall award ... Drafted in the 45th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2003.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played four years at Lakeland High School under Coach Don Nipper with a .400 career average, seven homers.
PERSONAL - Born Steven Wayne Pearce, Jr. 4/13/83 in Lakeland ... Parents are Steve and Renee Pearce ... Father is self employed in real estate ... Mother is a secretary ... Has two younger brothers, Chad and Kyle ... Chad played high school football ... Chose Carolina because of its great baseball program ... Hobby is Play Station 2 ... Favorite food is prime rib ... Favorite actress is Demi Moore ... Favorite actor is Edward Norton.
BATTING AND FIELDING