At 5-feet-3, Chris Cates may be the shortest player in Division I baseball. The sophomore at the University of Louisville, who was featured in the April 18 edition of Sports Illustrated, takes it all in stride.
Cates told the magazine he's heard some interesting catcalls from the stands about his size.
"I enjoy the fans getting on me," said Cates, nicknamed Wee Man by his Cardinal teammates. "They're just out there having a good time."
A four-year starter and standout at Brandon High School, Cates has become a fixture at shortstop this season for Louisville. A prep infielder and pitcher, Cates has started all 36 games and is batting .273. He has 33 hits and 17 RBIs for the Cardinals (20-16, 9-8 C-USA), which won two out of three against St. Louis last weekend.
BASKETBALL: Dominic Girod, a graduate of Tampa Bay Tech, has been named the top scholar-athlete for the Florida Southern College men's basketball team. A freshman guard who averaged eight points and 2.5 rebounds this season for FSC, Girod posted the top grade point average among team members.
SOFTBALL: Stetson softball player Melissa Wiggins recently was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week. A Tampa Bay Tech grad, Wiggins posted a .429 batting average during her award-winning week. She had five RBIs coming on two home runs, the first of which gave her 24 for her career and set a school record.
ROWING: University of Tampa crew member Marybeth Doozan helped the Spartans to two wins during the recent Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. A Brandon alumna, Doozan and teammates will compete in the Sunshine State Conference championships May 8 on the Hillsborough River.
BASEBALL: Armwood graduate Charlie Raley had a sacrifice RBI in UT's 3-0 win against Eckerd on April 16. Raley, a sophomore third baseman, is batting .310 on the season with 13 singles, two doubles and a home run.