• Played in 36 games making 22 starts primarily at catcher
• Hit .207 (18 for 87)with nine runs scored and eight RBI
• Named to the A-Sun All-Academic list for posting a GPA over 3.0
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Started in 21 of 29 contests as a freshman ... recorded two doubles and nine RBI … Recorded two hits on the final day of the season at North Florida (5/19, G1) ... hit a two-run double vs. ETSU (5/5) ... recorded a sacrifice fly and RBI double at USC Upstate (4/21) … Batted 2-for-3 with three RBI vs. Akron (3/14) ... recorded two hits in first career start vs. Florida A&M (3/3) ... hit by pitch at Southern California (2/18) … played summer baseball for the Richmond River Rats in the Prospect League … earned A-Sun all-academic honors and was named to the Dean’s List.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at Stanton College Prep under Casey Shumaker … as a senior, he hit .400 with 25 RBI en route to all-conference, FACA all-state and team MVP honors … as a junior, he batted .410 with 17 RBI and three home runs to earn all-conference accolades … as a sophomore, he tallied a .306 batting average with 15 RBI … spent two seasons on the Blue Devils swim team, finishing 24th in the district meet for the 50-meter free stroke … a member of the World of Baseball and was a three-time starter at the World Championships in Jupiter.
PERSONAL: Born March 21, 1993, in Jacksonville, Fla … son of Larry Ruckel and Lisa Steely … has a sister, Megan … father, Larry, played football at Georgetown College from 1977-81 … cousin, Chris Roberts, played baseball at Florida State from 1990-92 … major is engineering.