All-American second baseman who spent three seasons as a starter ... Earned freshman All-America and third-team All-America honors as a rookie in 2002 ... A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in each of the last two seasons ... Possesses tremendous speed and instincts on the basepaths - is just the third player in Georgia Tech history to steal at least 40 bases in a season ... Very smooth fielder with good hands ... Sets the table for the Tech offense as the Yellow Jackets' leadoff hitter.
2004: Went 3-for-4 with three runs against Savannah State (2/18) ... Had a three-run double in the seventh inning against Villanova (2/20) to break open a 1-1 game ... Went 7-for-13 with a home run and four stolen bases at Wake Forest (3/19-3/21)...went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI in the ninth to give Tech a 4-3 win at Georgia...Went 5-for-9 (.556 avg.) against Georgia Southern with five runs and four stolen bases...Had a triple and three stolen bases against Auburn (3/30) ... Had a 14-game hitting streak snapped on Apr. 10 against North Carolina ... Went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBI against North Carolina (4/11) ... Stole two bases agasint Georgia (4/14) and Winthrop (4/20) ... Swiped three bases in Tech's doubleheader sweep at NC State (5/2) ... Tied the 17-year old Tech record with five stolen bases against Duke (5/8) ... Went 3-for-3 with a home run, four runs scored and four RBI in that game ... Named ACC Player of the Week for his performance in the Duke series where he went 4-for-10 with two home runs and seven stolen bases ... Went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored in the regular season finale at Maryland (5/23) ... Was 5-for-14 with five RBI and seven runs scored in Tech's sweep at Maryland ... 7-for-14 with a home run and five RBI in the NCAA Atlanta Regional and was named the tournament MVP.
Summer: Spent the summers of 2002 and 2003 playing with the USA Baseball National Team ... In 2002, Ranked second on the team with a .333 batting average and led the team with 17 steals in 20 attempts ... Helped the Red, White & Blue capture the silver medal at the FISU World Championships in Messina, Italy ... In 2003, helped Team USA win the silver medal at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic ... Hit .245 with a team best 13 stolen bases at the squad's leadoff hitter.
2003: The frist-team All-Atlantic Coast Confernece second baseman for the second consecutive season ... One of five Tech players to be named to the all-ACC Tournament team after helping the Yellow Jackets capture their second conference championship in the last four years ... Started 59 games ... Had 20 multi-hit games, 12 multi-run games, and eight multiple-RBI games ... Led the team in stolen bases (35) and at bats (248), tied for the team lead with four triples, second in runs (56), and third in walks (30) ... Was successful on 35 of 41 stolen base attempts ... Hit safely in 45 of 59 games, and reached base safely in all but seven games ... Went 3-for-6 with a double, homer, three runs, two RBI, and stolen base vs. Georgia Southern (2/15) ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base against Rider (2/21) ... Had three hits, including a home run, three runs, and two RBI against George Washington (2/28) ... Went 6-for-13, including two doubles, in the series with Rutgers (3/7-3/9), with five runs, two RBI, one walk, and eight stolen bases ... Went 3-for-4 with a walk, run, and three RBI against Maryland (3/22) ... Had three hits, including a double, in five at bats with a walk and three runs vs. Duke (4/13) ... Had a triple against Virginia (5/11) and scored the only run in a 1-0 Tech win ... Hit .364 against NC State (5/15-5/17), with two doubles, two RBI, to sac bunts, and a walk ... Went 2-for-5 with a triple, three RBI, and three runs scored against Duke in the ACC Tournament (5/24) ... Drove in the winning run in the ACC Tournament Championship game in the bottom of the 10th inning against NC State (5/25) with a single up the middle to give Tech a 6-5 win ... 2003 ACC Tournament: .269 avg., 8 runs, 6 RBI, triple, 4 walks, 3 stolen bases.
2002: Newcomer who started all but three games at second base ... Tech's only player named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team ... A first team Freshman All-America selection ... Earned third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball ... Tech's leadoff hitter during the second half of the season; he reached base safely 48% of the time when leading off an inning ... Tech's leading hitter with runners in scoring position, .451 (32-for-71) and led the team with runners on base, .412 (47-for-114) ... Second on the team in runs (73) and hits (90) ... Led the team in stolen bases (41) and attempts (50), and had the most stolen bases since Ty Griffin set a Tech record with 50 in 1986 ... Tied for second in Tech history for most stolen bases in a season with 41, and already ranks 14th on the career list ... Hit his first career homer against Tennessee Tech (2/15) ... Went 5-for-8 with 5 RBI and 4 runs against Tennessee Tech (2/15-2/17) ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament(2/22-2/24), hitting 4-for-11 ... Hit .500 against Gardner-Webb (3/23-3/24) while scoring a run and driving in another ... Stole four bases (second twice and third twice) against Winthrop (3/8), and three bases against Auburn (4/9) and Western Carolina (4/10) ... Went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run vs. Georgia Southern (4/3) ... Went 6-for-16 in series with Duke, including a double and a home run, while scoring six runs ... Had five hits, including a triple and home run, two walks, two HBP, three RBI, six runs, and three stolen bases in series with Maryland (4/12-4/14) ... Scored both of Tech's runs in a 2-1 victory over Western Carolina (4/10) ... Went 8-for-15 in series at Florida State (4/19-4/21), including a double, three RBI, three runs and two stolen bases ... Had three hits, including a double, three runs and two stolen bases vs. Mercer (4/23) ... Hit safely in 52 of 67 games ... Had 26 multi-hit games and 21 multi-run games in 2002 ... Went 7-for-11 with five runs and six RBI in the 2002 Atlanta Super Regional against Florida Atlantic ... Went 4-for-15 in the College World Series.
High School: A four-year letterwinner as a shortstop for coach Mark Elkins at Harrison High School ... Helped Harrison to the 1998 Georgia AAAA State Championship ... An all-county pick in 2000 and 2001 ... Selected to play in the Georgia East-West All-Star Series ... Honor Roll student.
Personal: Full name is Eric Scott Patterson ... Born April 8, 1983 in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Son of Donald and Carolyn Patterson ... Father Don played football at Georgia Tech from 1976-78 (team captain in 1978) and enjoyed a NFL career with the Giants and Lions ... Mother Carolyn is a 1981 graduate of Georgia Tech ... Older brother Corey was a Tech signee who was a first round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1999 and broke into the big leagues in 2001 ... Majoring in Management.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD% 2002.... .346 67-65 260 73 90 14 3 3 40 119 .458 37 8 42 9 .438 3 1 41-50 134 199 12 .965 2003.... .274 59-59 248 56 68 11 4 2 35 93 .375 29 3 44 5 .351 5 3 35-41 111 184 12 .961 TOTAL... .311 126-124 508 129 158 25 7 5 75 212 .417 66 11 86 14 .396 8 4 76-91 245 383 24 .963