Bats Right/Throws Right
6-3 * 225
Senior (3 letters)
West Chester, Ohio (St. Xavier HS)
Honors & Awards:Pre-Season All-America, 2001 ... First team All-ACC, 2000 ... ACC Tournament MVP, 2000 ... All-ACC Tournament, 2000 ... Second team All-ACC, 1999 ... ACC Honor Roll, 1999.
Outfielder who has developed into one of the top hitters in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation ... Provides a legitimate power threat in the middle of the lineup ... Has made big strides as a hitter in each of the last two seasons, significantly boosting his average and power numbers while cutting down on his strikeouts ... Excellent catcher who has seen most of his action in the outfield during his career ... Spent the fall playing right field, where he is expected to see his primary action this season, after playing left field the last two years ... Has the best throwing arm of Tech's current catchers.
2000: Finished the season as one of the hottest hitters in the nation, hitting nine home runs in the final 15 games ... tabbed a first-team all-ACC selection in the outfield ... Named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on May 22, after a tremendous ACC Tournament which yielded him Most Valuable Player honors ... Went 13-for-19 (.684), with three home runs, six runs scored, 10 RBI and a tournament record 26 total bases in the Tournament ... Became the first Yellow Jacket in five years to hit for the cycle, after going 4-for-4 in Tech's tourney opener against Duke (May 17) ... Became the first player in ACC history to hit for the cycle in an ACC Tournament game ... Nearly repeated the cycle in the semifinals against Florida State, falling just a triple short of the feat ... Was a perfect 8-for-8 in Tech's two games on the final day of the ACC Tournament, including a 5-for-5 game against Florida State ... Homered in four consecutive games (vs. Florida State and Clemson in the ACC Tournament and vs. Georgia Southern and Stetson in the NCAA Atlanta Regional), before seeing his streak snapped in the regional championship game .. Saw a power surge late in the season, homering nine times and driving in 34 runs, while hitting .517 in the last 15 games of the year ... Earned ACC player of the week honors on May 15 after hitting .583 with four homers and 17 RBI in five games against Mercer, East Tennessee State and Wake Forest ... Went 3-for-11 (.273) with two home runs and seven RBI in the NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Homered twice, including a grand slam, against Mercer on May 9 ... Went 9-for-13 with nine RBI in the regular season's final series at Wake Forest ... Made a pair of diving catches in the eighth inning at Georgia on March 14 to preserve a tie game in what was a turning point to the Yellow Jackets' season ... Led the ACC in RBI with 83, and ranked second in the league in home runs (15), and third in doubles with 25 ... The 25 doubles marked the third highest single season total in Tech history ... Ranked sixth in the league in batting (.382) and 11th in hits (96) ... Drove in three or more runs thirteen times ... His 83 RBI is the seventh highest single-season total, while his 96 hits stands as the 13th best season total in school history (with three of the 12 higher totals coming in 2000 from his teammates) ... Had 29 multiple hit games, including 12 games with three hits or more ... one of three players to start all 66 games on the season ... Career in NCAA Tournament: started eight games, 5-for-30 (.167), one home run, seven RBI.
1999: Second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference ... An everyday starter in the outfield, he also played in five games behind the plate for the Jackets ... Named co-ACC Player of the Week on Mar. 15, after going 7-for-13 with two home runs, eight RBI, and four runs scored during the series against N.C. State ... Only Tech player to have a five-hit game, 5-for-5 against Charleston Southern on Mar. 3 ... Drove in career-high six runs with a double and a home run in Tech's Mar. 12 victory over N.C. State ... Had nineteen multi-hit games, including nine games of three or more hits, and 15 multiple RBI games ... In ACC games, hit .318 with four homers and 24 RBI ... Has hit safely in 23 of his last 27 games (33-for-106, 24 RBI), and had a separate 11-game hitting streak earlier in the season ... 27 of his 56 RBI have come with two out (.411 average) ... ACC Tournament: 3-for-7, three runs, three RBI ... Played for Falmouth of the Cape Cod League during the summer.
1998: Helped the Jackets in several positions ... Played in 48 of Tech's 63 games, seeing action in the outfield, behind the plate, and as the designated hitter ... Was the only Tech player to hit two grand slams, one against Cincinnati on Feb. 21, and the other against S.E. Missouri State on Apr. 11 ... Picked up three hits in his first game, along with three RBI against UCLA on Feb. 6 ... Drove in a season-high five runs on two occasions, against Cincinnati on Feb. 21 and also during Tech's 27-4 win over Virginia on March 7 ... Went 5-for-7 with four runs scored against Clemson ... Started all three games against Maryland and went 4-for-10 with two RBI ... Went 1-for-5 with a bloop double in the ACC Tournament and an acrobatic catch against the Blue Monster at Durham Bulls Athletic Park ... Voted the No. 1 pro prospect in the Great Lakes Collegiate League during the summer.
High School: Rated as the No. 26 prospect in the nation by Baseball America in January 1997 ... Lettered four times for coach Bill Slinger at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati ... Hit .507 his junior season to set the school record for highest batting average in school history ... As a senior, hit .373 with 1 home run and 11 RBI ... Had a composite batting average of .415 for his high school career ... Named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year in 1996 ... An All-City selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer ... Part of the Mizuno prep all-America team as a junior ... MVP of the 1997 Connie Mack World Series, which his team won ... Three-time MVP of his high school baseball team ... Also lettered twice in basketball and golf, and was captain of his basketball team ... An honor student for all eight semesters at St. Xavier.
Personal: Full name is Jason Matthew Basil ... Born August 5, 1978 ... Son of Jay Basil and Linda Zimmer ... Brother Adam plays baseball at Eastern Kentucky University ... Enjoys golf and fishing ... Majoring in Management.
Year G-GS AB R H Avg. 2B 3B HR RBI TB Slg% BB SO SB-A Fld% 1998 48-37 134 28 42 .313 11 1 3 27 64 .478 29 28 3-6 .983 1999 55-54 209 43 73 .349 18 0 8 56 115 .550 28 26 5-9 .923 2000 66-66 251 59 96 .382 25 2 15 83 170 .677 36 29 8-11 .964 Career 169-157 594 130 211 .355 54 3 26 166 349 .588 93 83 16-26 .955