|7 Chris Wade
- 2008 Freshman All-America, SS (Louisville Slugger)
One of the better all-around shortstops in the SEC, Wade returns after earning freshman All-America honors in 2008 ... Led the SEC in doubles a year ago, cranking out 24 two baggers and ranking fourth on the club with 51 RBI ... Hit five homers, including UK's only two grand slams, in 2008 ... Began the preseason of 2008 competing for the starting job and his defensive skill set earned him the full-time shortstop position, where his offensive output came as an added bonus ... Started all 63 games at shortstop in 2008 ... Owns the school record for sacrifices in a season (20).
Played in the Northwoods League, teaming with Clint Tilford and Troy Frazier ... Batted .228 (37-for-162) in 44 games, ripping three doubles, one triple, one homer and 21 RBI ... Drew 23 walks to just 13 strikeouts, earning a .337 on-base percentage ... Stole 14-of-14 bases on the summer.
Freshman All-America selection at shortstop ... Led the SEC in doubles (24) ... Hit .296 (67-for-226) with five homers and 51 RBI, while starting all 63 games at shortstop ... Fielded .944 on the year, ranking third in the league in assists and 11th in the SEC in double plays ... Registered 19 multi-hit games, 14 multi-RBI games, running up a 13 game hit streak ... Hit UK's only two grand slams of the season, one vs. Purdue and one at South Carolina ... 13-game hit streak came early in the season, which saw average climb to .364 ... Hit .259 in SEC games, with two homers and 15 RBI ... Stole 6-of-8 bases on the year ...Totaled four RBI three times ... Had four three-hit games ... Had an average above .300 after 56 of UK's 63 games ... Set the school record for sac bunts in a season, a total of 20, shattering the previous record of 14 held by Ryan Wilkes.
Four-year letterman for coach Keith Galloway at Lexington Christian Academy ... Batted .346 with 36 hits, 36 runs scored, five doubles, 17 RBI, and 14 stolen bases as a junior ... Batted .388 with 38 hits, 32 runs scored, 12 doubles, four home runs, 21 RBI and 14 stolen bases as a senior ... Named first-team All-City senior year ... Won the Gold Glove award at LCA during senior and sophomore years ... Selected to participate in the East-West All-Star game ... Led team to 2005 State Championship as a junior ... Two-time member of the All-"A" State Tournament team (2005,'06) ... Named to the third-team All-City as a junior ... Led basketball team in scoring as a junior ... Named Player of the Game during All-"A" State basketball Tournament ... Named to the All-"A" basketball All-Tournament team during sophomore and junior seasons ... Named academic All-State for four consecutive years ... Named to the National Honor Roll and LCA Honor Roll ... Member of the Who's Who Among High School Students.
Full name is Thomas Christopher Wade ... Born September 25, 1987 ... Son of Kent and Brynn Wade ... Has two older sisters, Kelley (26) and Kacey (24) ... Comes from an athletic family as mother played tennis at Transylvania, sister Kelly played basketball and soccer at Lipscomb University, sister Kacey also played soccer at Lipscomb ... Cousin of former UK standout and current MLB player Andy Green ... Also a cousin of Doug Flynn, former Kentucky star and Major League infielder.