2007 (Junior): Saw action in 50 games, starting six...named First Team Academic All-Pac-10...hit .345 with seven RBI...had 20 hits in 58 at bats...second on the team with seven pinch hits...played for the Winchester Royals of the Valley Baseball League over the summer.
2006 (Sophomore): Appeared in 44 games, starting 37...played in both the outfield and as a pitcher...hit .319 (45-141) with 26 RBI and 42 runs scored...had 12 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games...went 4-7 (.571) with three RBI and two RBI during the NCAA Tournament...also pitched in two games in 2006, working one inning...went 3-4 with three RBI and two walksat Baylor (2/25)...played for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League over the summer.
2005 (Freshman): Had a banner freshman season at Michigan State earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors... also named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and second-team All-Big Ten... finished the season hitting .349 (52-for-149) with 10 doubles, two triples, one home runs and 17 RBI in 41 starts in center field... recorded 19 multi-hit games... also had eight stolen bases and drew 27 walks... named Michigan State's Defensive Player of the Year... led the Big Ten with a .472 on-base percentage in conference play... hit .372 (35-for-94) with 26 runs in Big Ten play... finished the season on a strong note with hits in 18 of his last 20 games, going 31-for-75 (.413) during that stretch... also pitched in four games, allowing one earned run in 2.2 innings (3.38 ERA)... played summer baseball for the Lake Erie Monarchs in the Great Lakes Collegiate League... hit .297 (41-for-138) with 30 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 13 stolen bases... recognized as the Player of the week ending July 17 after hitting .357 with three doubles, three runs scored and one stolen base... participated in the Great Lakes League All-Star Game... ranked among the leaguer leaders in doubles (10) and stolen bases (13).
High School: A four-year letterwinner on the diamond at Jefferson High School in Monroe, Mich.... hit .411 with five home runs, 48 RBI and 24 stolen bases as a senior... posted an 8-3 record with a 1.45 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 2004... as a junior hit .455 with six homers, 51 RBI and 20 stolen bases... three-time all-league, all-district, all-region and all-state honoree... two time team MVP... first-team all-state as a junior and senior... earned league and region Player of the Year honors as a senior... named to the all-state Dream Team in 2004... set school records for hits, RBI and strikeouts... named the MVP of the Michigan High School Baseball All-Star game (played at Comerica Park) and hit a leadoff home run... threw a pair of no-hitters in high school and once struck out 18 in a game... named team captain in baseball, football and basketball... also lettered for two years in football and basketball... on the gridiron was an all-region defensive back and had four interceptions each of his varsity seasons... named MVP of the football and basketball team senior year... member of the student council... National Honor Society member... named the 2004 Detroit Athletic Club Male Scholar/Athlete of the Year... the award was presented by former Detroit Lion Hall of Famer Barry Sanders... USA Today Milk Mustache winner as one of only 25 scholar athletes in the nation.
Personal: Majoring in kinesiology... parents are Dave and Michelle Sontag of Newport, Mich... father played baseball at Toledo... his mother was a cheerleader at Toledo...has one younger brother (Brendan) and one younger sister (Susan)... enjoys hunting, fishing and watching football... recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA during his freshman year at Michigan State... high school valedictorian... Detroit Free Press winner of the Brightest and Best (top 20 scholars in the state)... lists his father as his biggest baseball influence... before his freshman season at MSU, the only coach he played for was his father (high school and summer league)... describes his best sports moment when winning the 2002 State Championship with his Dad and Grandpa as coaches, brother as batboy and Mom as scorekeeper... favorite team is the Detroit Tigers and favorite player is Kirk Gibson... links his style of play to Johnny Damon... his dream job is to play center field for the Detroit Tigers... favorite movie is Anchorman and favorite book is The Da Vinci Code... nickname is Tagger... Born Sept. 13, 1985.
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