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Rhett Harper
Player Profile:
Rhett Harper 1934665
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chatsworth, Ga.
High School: Southeast Whitfield

CAREER STATISTICS

ACADEMIC HONORS
• 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District IV (first team)
• Sun Belt Commissioner's List, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
• President's List, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
• Dean's List, Fall 2014

AT GEORGIA STATE: Right-handed reliever ... Already ranks in the top 10 in school history with six career saves after just one season as the closer ... Originally an outfielder, he began pitching midway through his sophomore season ... Team's top student on the President's List or Dean's List every semester.

2017: Enjoyed a solid season in his first year as the GSU closer ... Collected six saves, the seventh-best season total in GSU history, in 18 appearances ... 1-2 record with a 4.35 ERA ... Missed about a month due to injury.

Named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District team, sporting a 4.15 cumulative GPA, the highest of any baseball student-athlete on the Academic All-District teams ... Made a perfect 4.30 (five A-plusses) for the spring semester.

Earned his first career save with two innings vs. Western Michigan ... Pitched a 1-2-3 11th inning with two strikeouts to save GSU's 2-0 (11) win at No. 14 Ole Miss (3-8-17). Appeared in both games in the series, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings ... Picked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning vs. Army (3-12-16) ... In his return from injury, pitched three scoreless innings to earn the victory in 4-3, 11-inning win over ULM (4-29-17). Allowed two hits and struck out four in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings ... Got save No. 4 with a scoreless ninth inning, including two strikeouts, in 7-5 victory at Minnesota (5-3-17) .... Saved his second straight game with a scoreless ninth at Texas State (5-5-17) ... Picked up his sixth save in 3-0 shutout of Savannah State (5-10-17).

2016: Played in 17 games, including 15 starts, as an outfielder or DH and hit .250 with seven RBI ... Had two doubles and four RBI in Coppin State series ... Threw out a runner at the plate vs. VCU (2-20-16).

Pitching for the first time, he went 2-2 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 appearances ... Had 23 strikeouts and just four walks in 22.1 innings ... Made the first mound appearance of his college career vs. Jackson State (3-14-16), pitching the ninth inning of the 11-5 win. Allowed one run but struck out two; needed just three pitches to strike out the first batter he faced ... Earned his first win vs. Savannah State (3-22-16), when he pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning with two strikeouts to set up the Panthers' walk-off win ... Pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, vs. No. 23 South Alabama (4-29-16) ... Two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to finish a 13-5 win over Alabama A&M (5-3-16).

Earned his second win at Texas State (5-8-16) by recording the final four outs in the 11-inning victory. Came on with two outs and two on in the 10th and got an inning-ending strikeout. After GSU scored one in the 11th, he got the final three outs to seal the win ... Tough luck loser in a career-long 4.0-inning stint vs. Troy (5-13-16), when he held the Trojans scoreless on just one hit for the eighth, ninth and 10th innings before allowing two runs in the 11th.

2015: Played in 39 games as a freshman, including 12 starts in the outfield ... Also used as a defensive replacement in right field ... Hit .224 with one homer and eight RBI.

Hit a solo home run against No. 23 Liberty in his third collegiate at-bat ... Delivered a walk-off win vs. Florida A&M (3-17-15) with a suicide squeeze to score Ryan Blanton in the bottom of the 11th inning ... Started all three games in the UT Arlington series and had four hits. Drove in a run in the Panthers' 5-2 win on Friday and then made a key defensive play in Sunday's 2-1 victory when he threw out a runner at the plate ... Delivered a bases-loaded, three-run double in the eighth inning vs. Savannah State, driving in crucial insurance runs in 10-5 victory.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-sport athlete who arned all-area honors in baseball, football and basketball at Southeast Whitfield High School … Southeast Region honorable mention by Perfect Game … Hit .500 as a senior with four homers and 33 RBI … Missed much of his junior season due to injury but earned all-area honors from the Dalton Daily Citizen as a sophomore … Playing for the East Cobb Longhorns in the summer of 2013, he was selected to the all-tournament team of the Perfect Game BCS Finals in Fort Myers, Fla. … Four-time all-area selection in football … Added all-area as well as all-region honors in basketball as a senior, when he averaged 12.8 points, 4.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

PERSONAL: Full name is Anthony Rhett Harper … Son of Anthony and Tammy Harper ... Born Jan. 7, 1996 ... Majoring in accounting and finance.

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