AS A JUNIOR (2006)
Was one of three Blazers to start in all 57 games ... hit .250 for the season with 35 RBI to rank second on the club in that category ... posted the third-highest home run total on the team with six ... tied for the team-lead in triples with three ... led the team with 313 put outs to go along with 78 assists while boasting a .965 fielding percentage ... named Conference USA Hitter of the Week on March 13 ... hit a grand slam in the team's wild game with Tulane on May 20 ... was 2-for-4 with a triple against Houston on April 29 ... delivered a home run blast against Marshall on April 14 in a game he was 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored ... went 2-for-5 with a home run and a triple at Rice April 8 ... was 3-for-5 with two doubles at Louisiana Tech on April 1 ... caught fire at the plate against Rider (March 10-12) as he combined to go 9-for-11 in the three-game series with seven RBI and two home runs ... hit his first home run of the season at Troy on Feb. 26 as he went 2-for-5 in the game ... opened the season in style as he posted a 3-for-5 performance at the plate with four RBI, a double and a stolen base.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2005)
Started all 58 games at third base and led the team with 48 RBI ... tied for the team lead with 14 doubles and also set career-highs in at-bats (233), home runs (6), RBI (48), stolen bases (3) and walks (23) ... hit a team-best .386 with runners in scoring position ... led the Blazers with 15 multiple-RBI games ... has started 117 consecutive games for UAB at the hot corner ... scored and drove in a run against Houston in C-USA Tournament May 26 ... went 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBI in the first two games of the Louisville series (May 19-20) ... hit safely in all three games against East Carolina (May 13-15) ... went 4-for-11 with a home run and five RBI versus the Pirates ... went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI at No. 12 Alabama May 4 ... drove in five runs in series versus Charlotte (April 29-May 1) ... went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Cincinnati April 22 ... homered in second game at USF April 16 ... scored four runs and hit safely in all three games against Memphis (April 8-10) ... went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, three RBI and three runs scored against Samford March 30 ... drove in a pair of runs at Houston March 26 ... homered at Birmingham-Southern March 23 to extend his season-high hitting streak to eight games ... went 4-for-12 with two doubles and four RBI in Saint Louis series (March 18-20) ... had two doubles and three RBI against Butler March 15 ... notched five hits in 13 at-bats during Tennessee Tech series (March 11-13) ... had at least one hit and RBI in each of UAB's games at second-ranked LSU (March 4-6) ... went 4-for-13 with a home run, triple, two RBI and four runs scored in Ball State series (Feb. 25-26) ... drove in a pair of runs and had two hits against Alabama Feb. 24 ... was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in game two of doubleheader against Central Michigan Feb. 19.
AS A FRESHMAN (2004)
Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team ... one of just two players to start all 59 games for the Blazers ... batted .268 with five home runs and 35 RBIs ... ranked fourth on the team with 42 runs scored ... picked up his first collegiate hit, run and RBI against Murray State on Feb. 21 ... recorded six hits in the Marshall series from Feb. 27-29 ... went 3-for-3 against Purdue on March 14 ... went 4-for-4 on March 16 against Jacksonville State, giving him seven hits in his last seven at-bats ... hit his first career home run in a 2-for-4 performance against Louisville on March 19 ... had four hits in eight at-bats in doubleheader at Saint Louis on March 27 ... homered on April 10 at Memphis ... had five hits, including a home run in Charlotte series from April 23-25 ... went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs on May 8 at TCU ... hit a home run and drove in three runs on May 20 at Cincinnati ... finished the season with a 2-for-4 effort against Southern Miss on May 29 at the C-USA Tournament
HARTSELLE HIGH SCHOOL
A four-year letterwinner in baseball, a three-year letterwinner in basketball and a one-year letterwinner in football ... named the Decatur Daily Player of the Year for class 4A-6A ... a 5A All-State selection by The Birmingham News ... was team MVP and team captain ... Hartselle High School career leader in hits (144), RBI (121) and doubles (31) ... hit .404 with 16 doubles, 11 home runs, 49 RBI and 53 runs scored as a senior ... team won 5A State Championship in 2000 and advanced to the final four in 2001 and 2003 ... team won the 2002 Hoover Buccaneer Classic ... a 5A All-State selection by The Birmingham News in basketball ... also named 5A regional MVP in basketball ... received all-county and all-area honors in basketball ... Hartselle High School career leader in scoring and three-pointers made ... basketball team advanced to two final fours
Zachary McLain Ward ... born July 23, 1984, in Decatur, Ala. ... parents are Barry Ward and Susan Jones... majoring in business
Ward's Career Batting Statistics Year G-GS AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB SO AVG 2004 59-59 224 42 60 35 12 1 5 0-3 13 41 .268 2005 58-58 233 34 59 48 14 1 6 3-4 23 38 .253 Total 117-117 457 76 119 83 26 2 11 3-7 36 79 .260
Ward's Career Highs At bats ... 6 (twice, most recently vs. Florida A&M 3/1/05) Hits ... 4 vs. Jacksonville State (3/16/04) Runs ... 3 (twice, most recently vs. Samford 3/30/05) RBI ... 3 (six times, most recently vs. Charlotte 5/1/05) Stolen bases ... 1 (three times, most recently at Troy 4/27/05) Hit streak ... 9 games (2/27/04-3/12/04)