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Ryan Blanton
Player Profile:
Ryan Blanton 1363737
Position: Outfielder
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High School: Parkview

Feature: Blanton Working on More Than Baseball This Summer

CAREER STATISTICS

ATHLETIC HONORS
• All-Sun Belt Conference (first team), 2015
• Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, 2015
• Sun Belt Player of the Week, March 16, 2015

ACADEMIC HONORS
• CoSIDA Academic All-District 4, 2016
• Sun Belt Commissioner's List, 2013-14, 2015-16; 2016-17
• Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll, 2014-15
• President's List, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
• Dean's List, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014; Spring 2016; Fall 2016; Spring 2017

AT GEORGIA STATE: Left-handed hitting center fielder who excelled on the field and in the classroom in his four years with the program ... Very strong defender with good speed and ability to cover ground in center field ... Three-year starter and an all-conference performer who played in 207 games, including 176 career starts.

Career average of .286 with 23 HR, 92 RBI and 144 runs scored ... Ranks 15th in GSU history and second among all active Sun Belt players in career homers ... Twelve career triples is second in school history, just one behind the record of 13 by Justin Newman, 2003-06 ... Also second in GSU annals in walks with 106 (Record: 120, Chase Childers, 2006-09), fourth with 144 runs scored, eighth in games played (207) and 10th in at-bats (686) ... Has led off seven games in his career with a home run, including three games this season ... Has three career grand slams... Outstanding student who earned Dean's List or President's List status every semester.

2017: Led the team in hits (62), RBI (37), homers (8), triples (5), runs scored (42), walks (39) and stolen bases (9) and was second with .302 average ... Perfect fielding percentage over 125 chances.

Almost single-handedly willed the Panthers into the Sun Belt tournament with two home runs and seven RBI vs. in final series vs. Georgia Southern. With the Panthers trailing 7-5 in eighth inning of series opener, he blasted a game-winning grand slam to send Georgia State to 9-7 victory. Also led off the game with a solo homer, the seventh time in his career he has done so, and had two other hits and three runs scored ... In Game 2 of the series, he again came to the plate with bases loaded and the Panthers trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning, and he delivered a two-run single, and Georgia State went on to win 7-6 and clinch Sun Belt tournament berth.

Opened the season with a home run vs. Marshall ... Followed with three RBI in win over Western Michigan ... Hit a solo home run at Georgia Tech (2-28-17) ... 6-for-14 with two triples, four RBI and five runs in the Northern Kentucky series ... Had a key hit in win at No. 14 Ole Miss (3-8-17) with a double in the 11th inning to put runners at second and third with no outs; came around to score in the 2-0 victory ... Homered vs. Bowling Green (3-10-17) ... Hit his second career grand slam vs. UT Arlington (3-17-17) ... Hit his sixth career leadoff homer vs. Coastal Carolina (3-31-17) ... Big game in 9-3 win over Troy (4-13-17), going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI ... Contributed a bases-loaded triple to put GSU ahead in the sixth inning in 8-6 win at App State (4-17-17) ... Drove in a ninth-inning insurance run to help the Panthers to a 7-5 victory at Minnesota (5-3-17) ... Collected four hits, six walks, two RBI and four runs in series win at Texas State.

2016: One of three Panthers named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 team ... Second on the team with six home runs, along with a team-leading three triples ... Hit .255 with 20 RBI while leading the team with 41 runs scored and 32 walks ... Was 10-for-11 on stolen bases ... Ranked among the NCAA leaders with eight outfield assists.

Hit three homers in a doubleheader vs. UT Arlington (4-2-16) with a solo shot in Game 1 and then a three-run blast and another solo homer Game 2. Went 6-for-15 in the three-game series.

Hit his first homer of the season with a solo shot in the first inning vs. VCU (2-20-16) ... Hit a leadoff home run vs. Coppin State (2-27-16, Game 1), the fourth time in his career he has led off a game with homer ... Had two outfield assists in the season opener vs. Western Michigan (2-19-16).

Hit a game-tying, solo homer in the eighth inning vs. Arkansas State (3-19-16), allowing GSU to win the game in the 10th. Also had a double in the game for the 100th hit of his career ... Threw out a runner at home plate in Game 3 of the Arkansas State series, when he also led off the game with a triple ... Had three hits at Auburn (4-5-16) ... Helped preserve Wayne Wages' one-hitter vs. Appalachian State (4-22-16) with a spectacular diving catch. Made another diving catch in Game 3 of the series ... Threw out a runner at the plate in 4-3 win over Kennesaw State (4-27-16).

2015: First-team All-Sun Belt Conference, despite missing the last month of the season with a hand injury ... Team's leading hitter at .330 with six homers and 22 RBI ... Added 11 doubles and four triples ... Led the Sun Belt with 42 runs scored when he was injured

Named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Sun Belt Player of the Week on March 16 after he went 11-for-16 with three homers in three games ... Homered twice in the same inning vs. Kennesaw State (3-1-15). Led off the fifth with a solo homer and then hit a one-out grand slam. Just the second GSU player ever to hit two homers in an inning (Josh Vandiver vs. Alabama State, 2000) and the first with five RBI in an inning. ... Followed by collecting eight hits in 11 at-bats with a homer and a triple in doubleheader sweep at Arkansas State. In Game 1, he homered and then led off the 12th inning with a triple and scored the go-ahead run. Added four hits in the nightcap.

One game later vs. FAMU (3-17-15), he went 4-for-6 with a double and a triple in 12-11, 11-inning victory. For second time in three games, he tripled in extra innings and scored the winning run ... In 10-inning win over UL Lafayette (3-20-15) two games later, he led off the 10th with a single and scored the winning run.

Figured prominently in back-to-back extra-inning wins at UT Arlington. On Saturday, he doubled in the 11th inning to put runners at second and third with one out. After GSU tied the game, he scored an insurance run. One day later in the 10th inning with a runner at third and one out, he was intentionally walked before GSU scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

Drove in the tying run with a one-out single in the eighth inning and then scored the go-ahead run against UALR (4-3-15) as GSU rallied from a 7-1 deficit for a 13-8 victory.

Had Georgia State's only hit off South Alabama (4-24-15) starter Kevin Hill as he broke up a no-hitter with a one-out single in the ninth inning ... Had a leadoff homer in Game 3 of South Alabama series.

Leadoff home run vs. UMass Lowell (2-21-15), when he scored two runs and drove in two ... 4-for-10 with five runs scored in Eastern Michigan series (March 6-8).

2014: Saw action in 54 games, including 24 starts in center field ... Hit .238 with three homers, 13 RBI and 19 runs scored ... Delivered three pinch hits in the eighth inning or later ... Contributed five sacrifice bunts and was 6-for-7 on stolen bases.

Had the best game of his rookie season in a 7-4 win over South Alabama (5-3-14), when he hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and then in the eighth, he drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded, bunt single.

Hit his first home run at Ole Miss (2-23-14), providing a crucial insurance run in the eighth inning of GSU's 6-4 victory ... Drove in another key run in the seventh inning of GSU's 3-2 win at Georgia ... Batting in the leadoff spot for the first time, he led off the game at UL Lafayette (3-22-14) with a homer ... Went 5-for-7 with five runs scored in two games against Alabama A&M, including a 3-for-4 performance with three runs scored in the first game (3-25-14) ...

Started GSU's ninth-inning rally with a leadoff single and then scored the winning run on Caden Bailey's walk-off hit in 8-7 win over Mercer (4-9-14) ... One game later he started another game-winning rally vs. UT Arlington (4-11-14) with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning ... Drove in a run with another eighth-inning, pinch-hit single in the Sunday game vs. UTA (4-13-14).

HIGH SCHOOL: Helped lead Atlanta-area prep powerhouse Parkview High School to back-to-back state titles in Georgia's largest classification (2011 and 2012) and the No. 1 national ranking by Baseball America in 2012, followed by a berth in the Class AAAAAA state semifinals in 2013 … First-team all-county by the Gwinnett County Dugout Club and the Gwinnett Daily Post in 2013 … Hit .352 with nine homers, 26 RBI, 41 runs scored and 14 stolen bases as a senior ... Named Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason All-Southeast Region honorable mention in 2013 … 2012 Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All-American (honorable mention).

PERSONAL: Full name is Ryan James Blanton ... Born April 29, 1995 ... Son of William and Kristina Blanton ... Outstanding student majoring in exercise science.

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