20 Questions With Baseball's Aaron Parnell
UNCPBraves.com sat down with senior second baseman Aaron Parnell to learn of his opinion on a variety of topics ranging from the team he would add to the schedule to how he wants to be remembered when he leaves Pembroke. The following 20 questions are a part of a continuing feature at your official Internet home for UNCP Athletics.
Parnell, a Benson native, played and started in all 49 games for the Braves at second base this season. The senior has tallied 185 at-bats, 27 runs and 60 hits for 89 total bases. The infielder collected 41 RBI and a .324 batting average, .481 slugging percentage, .411 on-base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage. He helped the Braves to obtain 30-wins or more in a season for the eighth straight season. He was a member and integral part of the 2011 PBC Tournament Championship Team and continued his leadership into the current season.
A three-year starter for the Black & Gold, Parnell has played in 143 games (136 starts) during his career in Pembroke and has recorded a .320 (169-for-527) career batting average to go along with 15 home runs, 104 RBI and 104 runs scored. He is 24-of-33 on stolen base attempts over the last three years and has recorded a phenomenal .949 fielding percentage, .494 slugging percentage and .398 on-base percentage.
20 Questions With UNCP Senior Second Baseman Aaron Parnell
The Professional Athlete's Poster I Had On My Wall: Right now Albert Pujols, the first baseman for the Los Angeles Angles, is on my apartment wall along with a pretty sweet picture of Bryce Harper, an outfielder for the Washington Nationals. I am not sure if I'm bought on him yet, but it is a cool picture.
The Team I Would Add To Our Schedule: I would add any of the other UNC schools, all NCAA Division I schools would be a lot of fun.
Favorite Meal To Cook: Red hots in a bun with fries and onion rings.
Other UNCP Teams You Watch Play: I have watched a little of all the teams here on campus making me a Braves fan.
If I Could Trade Places With Someone For A Day, It Would Be: Albert Pujols, because he wakes up and plays baseball and makes it look so easy, while getting paid $250 million. He is a solid Christian and "King Al" on the diamond, and if I was him for that day, I would get traded back to the Cardinals.
Best Player I've Faced: Madison Bumgarner. I would say the San Francisco Giants have a stud in him pitching.
Favorite Outdoor Activity: I am a huge fan of disc golf.
I Can Do This One Thing Almost Better Than Anyone: Cool accidents, like how did that happen?
Gameday Superstition: I make sure my pants are rolled just right and Mama Jen brings me some gummies for good luck.
If You Were A Candy, What One Would You Be And Why?: I would be gummies, because they are my good luck snack. You can't go wrong with gummies.
Living Person You Admire Most: My dad, because he is always there for me and a true man of God.
What Song On Your Ipod Would Surprise People?: "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen
What Is The Most Important Thing You've Learned While Playing At UNCP?: I've learned to respect the game and others around you, because then they will respect you. Play the game right and live right.
What Is A Fear You Have That Most People Don't Know About?: A spider being in my bed that I don't know is there.
When You Were Younger, What Were You Always Getting In Trouble For?: Throwing the a ball in the house mainly because something got broken.
What I Love Most About UNCP?: I love the friends I've met here at UNCP, because there is a tightness you have with people you hang around.
I Came To UNCP Because: To play baseball.
My Advice To Youngsters Would Be: Keep yourself around the right people, listen to your parents, never give up and never lose faith.
What Is One Thing You Want To Happen Before You Leave UNCP?: To live every day like it's my last because you never know what could happen.
How Do You Want People At UNCP To Remember You?: As a friend, someone good to be around, talk to, would do anything for someone in need and that there was something different about me.