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25  Ka'ai Tom
Ka'ai  Tom

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Kaneohe, Hawaii

High School:
Saint Louis

Last College:
Fort Scott

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 185

Position:
OF/2B

Experience:
JC


03/29/2015

Homers in 9th, 11th Pace Baseball to Series Win at No. 1 LSU

Mahan Belts Game-Tying, Two-Out, Pinch-Hit, Inside-the-Park Homer in Ninth; Fettes Homers in 11th

02/14/2015

Bernal, Tom Pace Baseball to 10-1 Win Over Richmond

Bernal, Tom Notch Three RBI Games; Wildcats Return to Action on Thursday at Southern California

03/08/2014

Reed, Thomas Homer in No. 22 Baseball's 24-1 Pounding of Ball State

Wildcats Get NCAA-Leading Eighth Homer from Reed, Six RBI from Thomas

Statistics

2014 Game-by-Game

• 2014 first-team All-SEC (OF)
• 2013 NYCBL Summer All-Star
• 2013 NJCAA third-team All-America (OF)

Outlook
One of the top performers in college baseball, earned first-team All-SEC honors in his debut season, narrowly missing the batting crown for SEC league games with a .373 mark ... A hitting machine that sprays line drives to all fields and has surprising pop for a 5-foot-8 left-handed hitter ... Has great speed and an ability to be an above-average defensive outfielder ... Owns an accurate arm and has yet to make an error in his collegiate career ... Before joining UK, put up monster numbers at Fort Scott Junior College, batting .387 with 11 homers and 57 RBI in 2013 ... The first Hawaiian born player in UK baseball history ... Attended the same high school as Oregon's 2014 Heisman winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Summer
Played in four games with the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League ... Hit .417 (5-for-12) with five runs, one double, one RBI and one steal.

2014
Had a dynamic first-team All-SEC season for the Wildcats in 2014 ... Hit .328 (67-for-204) with 40 runs, 13 doubles, three homers and 41 RBI in 54 games and 53 starts ... Finished with a .414 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging mark ... Had a 22-18 walk-strikeout ratio ... Opened his career reaching base safely in 24 consecutive games and reached base safely in 48 of his 53 games ... Was hit by ninth pitches, laying down two sacrifice bunts and hanging two sacrifice flies ... Stole 14-of-18 bases, playing errorless defense and charting five outfield assists ... Ranked second in the SEC in average in league play, batting .373 (38-for-102) with seven doubles, two homers and 21 RBI, stealing 5-of-6 bases ... Had a .500 slugging and a .439 on-base percentage in SEC games ... Had 19 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games ... Ran up a 12-game hitting streak in April and May ... Made all 53 starts in leftfield ... Hit No. 4 (13 times), No. 5 (32 times), No. 6 (seven times) and No. 8 (once) in the batting order ... Totaled 17 two-out RBI and 27 two-out hits ... Hit left-handed pitching better than righties ... Batted .313 with runners on base, .362 with runners on and two outs, and .324 with runners in scoring position and two outs ... Was 4-for-11 with the bases loaded with 10 RBI ... Was a .379 (30-for-79) hitter from the sixth inning through extras, with 21 RBI ... Hit .284 (29-for-102) in non-conference games, with six doubles, one homer and 20 RBI ... Led UK in 30 games vs. SEC foes, batting .358 (43-for-120) with nine doubles, two homers and 25 RBI ... Was a .343 (35-for-102) hitter at Cliff Hagan Stadium ... Led the Wildcats in road games, hitting .344 (22-for-64) with two doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 16 games ... Led UK in games that UK lost, hitting .341 (28-for-82) with three doubles, one homer and 12 RBI ... Hit .331 (42-for-127) in day games and .325 (25-for-77) in night games ... Batted .308 (8-for-26) in February, .333 (15-for-45) in March, .328 (19-for-58) in April and .324 (22-for-68) in May ... Hit .278 (5-for-18) with two doubles and four RBI in the SEC Tournament ... Was 4-for-15 with a homer and four RBI in the NCAA Tournament ... Made first career start in UK's second game of the year, going 3-for-3 at UNC Wilmington, with a RBI ... Reached base safely in the next 23 games ... Had a three-RBI game in a win over Eastern Michigan with a pair of doubles ... Stole a pair of bases in a 2-for-2 game vs. Ball State ... Drew a career-best three walks in a midweek tilt with Western Kentucky and vs. No. 12 Florida ... Went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two steals vs. Missouri in the series opener ... Had back-to-back three-hit games vs. No. 12 Ole Miss ... Belted his first career homer in three-RBI game at Tennessee in the series-opening rout ... Had a three-hit game vs. Auburn in the series opener ... Started a 12-game hitting streak in the final two games vs. Ole Miss, including four three-hit games during the stretch, belting two homers and owning five doubles ... Hit a three-run homer vs. Kansas to tie the game after allowing a three-run inning in the first in the NCAA Tournament regional opener ... Played in 34 games in the New York Collegiate Baseball League for the Sherrill Silversmiths ... Batted .278 (27-for-97) with 27 runs, four doubles, two triples, six homers and 25 RBI ... Owned a 20-20 walk-strikeout ratio and stole 14-of-18 bases ... Reached base safely in 29 of 34 games ... Had a two-homer game on June 5, going 2-for-2 with four runs scored, also drawing a pair of walks ... Hit over .300 for the first 30 games of the summer, before going 1-for-13 to finish at .278 ... Transfer from Fort Scott Community College ... Coached by John Hill ... Batted .387 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI in 53 games ... Was named third-team NJCAA All-America and first-team all-conference and all-region ... Also earned a KJCCC Conference and NJCAA Player of the Week award.

High School
Played high school ball for coach George Gusman at Saint Louis High School ... Three-time all-state selection ... Won back to back conference championships as a sophomore and junior ... Honored as a scholar athlete his freshman and senior years ... Won a state championship in football as a junior.

Personal
Full name is Blaze Ka'ai Tom...Born on May 24, 1994 in Honolulu, Hi. ... Youngest son of Bobbie Tom ... Has two older brothers, Jordan (29) and Kainoa (23), and a sister, Mari (26) ... Father played baseball at Washington State ... Grandfather played baseball at Oregon ... Brother, Jordan, played baseball at Oregon State ... Brother, Kainoa, played baseball at Hartnel Junior College.

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