NCAA Regional at College Station Most Outstanding Player
NCAA Regional at College Station All-Tournament Team
C-USA Hitter of the Week (April 28, 2003)
Came on strong offensively toward the end of the season to help lead the Cougars to their third NCAA Super Regional in four years… Finished second on the team with eight home runs and tied for third with 28 RBIs… Batted even better in C-USA games only with a .314 batting average… Made his season debut at the Minute Maid Park Classic a successful one, batting 2-for-4 with a run… Went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI at Baylor… Batted 1-for-4 with a run and RBI while starting at shortstop at Cincinnati in the second game of that series… Slapped a double down the left field line to score the eventual game-winning run against UAB in the second game of the series… Batted 2-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases against Saint Louis in the first game of the series… Went 1-for-3 with a run against Saint Louis in the series finale… Went 2-for-4 with a run, double and three RBIs… Went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs at South Florida in the nightcap of a doubleheader… Blasted a mammoth home run over the center field wall against the Bulls… Blasted second home of the series at South Florida in the finale… Finished the day 3-for-5 with a run and RBI against the Bulls… Went 3-for-5 with a run, double, home run and two RBIs at Memphis in the second game of the series… Blasted a two-run homer late in the series finale at Memphis to pull the Cougars to within a run… Finished the day 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs against the Tigers… Blasted a two-run home run to break a 6-6 tie in the ninth inning at No. 9 Texas A&M… Slapped a double down the left field line against East Carolina at the C-USA Tournament… Went 2-for-4 with a home run against Alabama at the NCAA Regional at College Station… Broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI single against Oral Roberts at the NCAA Regional at College Station… Came just a single short of hitting for the cycle against Alabama in the elimination game at the NCAA Regional at College Station…. Batted 3-for-4 with four runs and four RBIs against the Crimson Tide… Continued hot hitting during first meeting against Texas A&M at the NCAA Regional at College Station… Batted 3-for-3 with a run and RBI against the Aggies… Honored as the NCAA Regional at College Station Most Outstanding Player after batting .500 (9-for-18) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBIs… Hit safely in each of the first four games of the Regional… Blasted a three-run homer to give the Cougars a commanding lead against Rice during Game One of the NCAA Super Regional at Houston… Finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs against the Owls.
Appeared in 36 games with 23 starts... Went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs against No. 17 Baylor in the Cougars’ home opener... Scored the game-winning run in UH’s come-from-behind win against LSU in that series finale... Went 3-for-4 with a run, and two RBIs at UL Lafayette in the first game of that series... Batted 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs against Memphis in the series finale… Blasted the first home run of his UH career with a solo shot to opposite field against the Tigers... Went 2-for-3 with a run against Cincinnati in the middle game of that series... Batted 2-for-3 with a run, double and two RBIs against Sam Houston State... Batted 2-for-4 with a run in his first start at second base against Texas-San Antonio... Went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs against South Florida in series finale.
Attended Galveston JC for one season before transferring to Houston... Played for head coach Charlie Corbell... Enjoyed a productive offensive season, leading the Whitecaps in four categories... Batted .319 with 21 home runs, 55 RBIs and a .703 slugging percentage... Home run total was double his closest competitor on the team... Earned both All-State and All-Conference honors during the postseason.
Played at Brazoswood HS for head coach Bobby Williams... Was an all-state, all-conference, all-district and first-team All-Country honoree ... Also recognized as Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
Full name is Cole Ryan Bruce ... Born on Jan. 20, 1982, in Freeport, Texas.... Son of Dennis and Cindy Bruce... Majoring in law... Recruited by Texas, Texas A&M, Florida and Oklahoma State.