Chris Benson
3  Chris Benson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Orem, Utah

High School:
Mountain View HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 185

Position:
INF

Experience:
3V

Bats/Throws:
R/R


At Utah Valley ...

Senior (2011): Named third team All-American by the National College Baseball Writer's Association ... received honorable mention All-American by CollegeBaseballInsiders.com ... named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region Second Team ... named to First Team All-Great West Conference after batting an even .400 with five home runs, 53 RBI and 23 doubles--the 18th most doubles nationally in 2011 and second most in a season in UVU history ... .400 batting average ranked 17th in NCAA Div. I baseball ... had 148 total bases on 100 hits, third most in school history and third in the nation in 2011 ... named GWC Tournament MVP after going 8-for-16 with a home run and seven RBIs over the course of the tourney ... twice named GWC Player of the Week (March 22 and April 5) ... named a Third Team Preseason All-American by College Baseball Lineup ... started all 56 games in centerfield ... led team with 31 multi-hit games and tied for team lead with 13 multi-RBI games ... had an 18 game hitting streak, the longest of any Wolverine in 2011 ... put together a clutch 4-for-4 hitting performance with two doubles and three RBIs in the GWC Championship Game ... went 8-for-15 with five runs batted in a three game series against Southern Utah ... went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and a home run at Nevada on April 3 ... had a season-high four RBIs in a 4-for-5 performance against NYIT on April 28 ... had six consecutive games with an RBI from March 12 to March 25 ... finished career amongst the all-time leaders in 11 major statistical categories at UVU ... ranks first all-time at UVU in games played (218), games started (214), at-bats (914), total bases (535), and stolen bases (34) ... has driven in more runs than any other Wolverine with 216 career RBIs ... also ranks first all-time in triples with 22 ... is second on the career leaderboard in hits with 348 ... ranks second in most doubles in a career with 74 ... also ranks second in all-time runs scored with 205 ... for his career, batted .381 with 23 home runs, 216 RBIs, and 348 hits.

Junior (2010):
Named Great West First-Team All-Conference after batting .408 with a team-high 14 home runs, 24 doubles, 11 triples, 15 stolen bases and led the nation with 89 runs batted in ... had 195 total bases while slugging .744 with 107 hits, second-most in school history and sixth in the nation in 2010 ... also ranked among the national leaders in triples (fourth), total bases (third) and sac-flies (fourth) with nine ... named to ABCA All-Region second team ... helped team lead the nation with a .372 batting average ... UVU also ranked first in hits (840) and doubles per game (3.19) and second in runs per game (10.4) and slugging (.586) ... the 3.19 doubles per game ranks second in NCAA history ... led team with 25 multi-RBI games and had 30 multi-hit games ... had school-record 24-game hit streak during the season ... scored game-winning run on base hit by Kevin Arendse in the Great West Tournament Championship ... was named Great West Tournament MVP after going 9-for-20 with eight RBI and six runs during tournament ... started all 59 games in centerfield ... hit a scorching .515 (51-for-99) with runners in scoring position and .440 with two outs, driving in 42 runners with two out ... went 5-for-5 with a home run at Arizona on Feb. 21 ... drove in eight runs and was 12-for-23 in four-game sweep of SUU in Feb. ... drove in five runs in a game four times ... had back-to-back five RBI games vs. Houston Baptist and Chicago State ... had a pair of two home run games at Chicago State and vs. Texas-Pan American ... had back-to-back four-hit, two double, two-RBI games vs. Gonzaga in March.

Sophomore (2009): Returned to UVU after serving LDS mission ... began the season on a 17-game hitting streak and extended to a school-record 23 with hits in the first six games ... batted .336, starting 52 of 53 games on the season ... also had three home runs, 14 doubles and 38 RBI ... second on the team with 23 multi-hit games ... became just the third UVU player to hit for the cycle in the Division I era and second vs. D-I opponent on May 16 at Hawai'i ... finished 4-for-4 with four runs and four batted in ... followed that up with three hits and four RBI in the season finale win the next day ... batted .492 (30-for-61) over the final 15 games of the season, raising his average 71 points ... had seven 3-hit games including 3-for-6 day at Dallas Baptist on May 7 with a home run and four batted in ... started 29 games in left, 21 at first and two as the DH.

Freshman (2006): Second on the team and third among all Division I Independent players with a .367 batting average ... named second team All-Independent ... finished with 69 hits (13 doubles, four triples and a home run) ... ended freshman season on 17-game hitting streak, current school record ... had 22 multi-hit games ... played in 51 games, starting 47 ... went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored against Sacramento State on March 17th ... was 3-for-4 with three batted in against Northwest Nazarene on March 28th ... finished 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI against BYU on May 2nd.

Before Utah Valley State...
Prepped at Mountain View High School ... was named first team All-Region his sophomore year then All-State his junior and senior years.

Personal...
Born August 12, 1986 ... graduated from Mountain View High School in 2005 ... ... enjoys water sports, hiking and climbing and hanging out with friends and family ... parents are Richard and Geri.