Third Base * S/R * 6-2 * 218
Sophomore (1 letter) * 4-11-80
Severna Park, Md. (Mount St. Joseph HS)
Strong all-America candidate as a sophomore at third base on the heels of a standout first year ... Named a second-team all-America in the pre-season by Collegiate Baseball magazine ... Was the first freshman to start at third base since Brandon Hensley in 1992, and the first freshman to lead Tech in batting since Tommy Thompson in 1978 ... Has tremendous power from both sides of the plate, and hits for a good average from both sides as well ... Has good hands and a strong, accurate arm from third base, though he did make 23 errors last season ... Ninth round draft choice by the Boston Red Sox in 1998 who declined a substantial offer to come to Tech ... Made the ACC honor roll as a freshman.
1999: First-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference and ACC Rookie of the Year ... Selected national Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball magazine ... Tech's leader in batting average, runs, hits, home runs, doubles, RBI, walks, and second in stolen bases ... Ranked in the ACC's top 10 in all of those categories except runs ... Set Tech freshman records for RBI (65) and base hits (83) and tied another for doubles (18) ... Came close to freshman marks (records in parentheses) for batting average (.392) and home runs (16) ... Became the first freshman to lead Tech in batting since 1978 ... Only Tech player to play in, and start, every game, and batted third for all but two games ... Named ACC Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 1-7, in which he was 10-for-19 with two home runs and 11 RBI ... Had a team-high 25 multi-hit games, including five four-hit games and three 3-hit games ... Reached base safely in 55 of 58 games, including a streak of 44 straight ... Led Tech in on-base percentage (.478) and was three behind Matthew Boggs in walks ... Posted the team's longest hitting streak, hitting safely in 16 consecutive games from Mar. 19-Apr. 13 ... Hit .340 with five HR and 23 RBI against ACC teams during the regular season ... Was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and 4 RBI against Charleston Southern on Mar. 3 ... Went 4-for-5 with two stolen bases against Maryland on Mar. 28 ... Drove in four runs on four different occasions ... Hit .407 at home, .364 on the road ... Drove in runners from third with less than two out 17 times in 21 opportunities ... Some teams (Florida State and N.C. State, in particular) took to shifting three infielders to the right side of second base late in the year when he batted left-handed ... ACC Tournament: 4-for-13, one RBI, scored four runs ... Received an invitation to the USA Baseball trials in June, but declined and played at Orleans in the Cape Cod League during the summer (.289-7-26) ... Hit a home run and was his team's MVP in the CCL All-Star Game ... Received the Robert A. McNeese Award as the Cape League's most outstanding professional prospect.
High School: Rated No. 12 in the nation in Baseball America's top 50 prep prospects ... Selected 1998 first-team all-America by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and ABCA ... Earned USA Today all-USA first team honors in 1998 ... Selected as a member of Maryland's Crown all-stars ... Earned USA Baseball 1997 Amateur Junior Player of the Year honor for the state of Maryland ... Selected Maryland Player of the Year by USA-Today in 1998 ... Set state records for career home runs (29), RBI (105) and runs scored (128) ... Earned MVP and batting award at the 1997 American Legion state tournament ... Participated in 1997 Team One National Showcase ... Three-time Baltimore all-Metro selection in 1996, 1997 and 1998 ... Member of the Maryland State Amateur Baseball Coaches all-State team in 1997 ... Once hit three homeruns in one game ... Hit .518 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 1997 ... Even more impressive, hit .492 with 21 home runs and 105 RBI in summer ball in 1997 ... Hit .548 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI for Mount St. Joseph in 1998 ... Graduated 12th in senior class ... Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society ... Lettered three years for Coach Dave Norton at Mount St. Joseph ... Also lettered one year in basketball and soccer.
Personal: Full name is Mark Charles Teixeira (pronounced "tuh-SHARE-uh") ... Born April 11, 1980 ... Son of John and Margaret Teixeira ... Father played baseball at the U.S. Naval Academy and his uncle Pete played baseball at the University of Florida and the Atlanta Braves ... Enjoys playing golf and listening to music ... Undecided major in the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy and International Affairs.
Year G-GS AB R H Avg. 2B 3B HR RBI TB Slg% BB SO SB-A Fld% 1999 58-58 225 61 87 .387 18 0 13 65 144 .640 39 27 11-13 .876