Returning starter at shortstop...Talented defensive player who worked hard in the off-season on offensive production...Will probably bat as a switch hitter this season.
Appeared in 44 consecutive games at shortstop since making his college debut on March 3... Led team in sacrifices (8) despite missing first month of season... Tied for eighth on team in at bats (117) since breaking into the lineup... Completely elevated the team?s defense since taking over at shortstop... Turned or started 30 double plays in laste 44 games... Made a career-high seven assists against Charlotte (April 20), the most by a Cougar fielder all season... With March 4 as starting date, tied for fourth on team in walks (20) and sixth in runs scored (19)... Sluged two hits in NCAA debut against USC... Came back with two more hits, including a double, against Arizona... Had almost half as many hits against Pac-10 schools (5) as he did against C-USA schools (11)... Also drove in a pair of runs in C-USA games against Charlotte, Memphis and Cincinnati... Scored 16 of his 19 runs against C-USA competition. 2000: Redshirted his first season with the Cougars.
Multi-sport letterman at Spring Woods High School...second team All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle as a senior in 1999...helped lead the Tigers to the region quarterfinals of the 1999 state playoffs...winning pitcher over Bellaire, the No. 1 ranked high school program in the nation in 1999...teammate of current Cougar Chris Snyder...Spring Woods won over 83 percent of their games (100-21) in his tenure on the varsity...was named to the Texas 5A All-Star squad as a senior... coached in baseball by Charlie Maiorana...second-team All-District 19-5A selection as a junior in 1998...also earned four varsity letters each for basketball and golf...averaged 18 points a game for the basketball team and once scored 30 points in a varsity game...led the cagers to their first-ever appearance in the state tournament...posted three top ten finishes for the golf team, carding a career-best score of 71.
Born on June 16, 1981, in Houston...parents are Ken and Kay Ahrens...father was a four-year baseball letterman at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas...enjoys playing tennis and golf and is a member of the Houston Golf Association.