2005: Played in 57 games as a sophomore, including 32 starts in left field, six at first base, three as the designated hitter and two in right...missed time midway through the year with a thumb injury, but still finished fourth on the team in home runs, fifth in walks (29), tied for sixth in RBI (46), seventh in total bases (94) and tied for eighth in doubles (11)...ranked tied for eighth in Conference USA in homers...named NCAA New Orleans Regional Most Outstanding Player after hitting .667 (8-for-12) with three doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI...had at least one hit in eight of nine NCAA postseason games, hitting .471 (16-for-34) with three doubles, four homers and 14 RBI...had 13 multiple-hit games, including a season-best four hits vs. Southern (6/3) in the opening game of the New Orleans Regional...hit a pair of home runs in the season-opener vs. Southeast Missouri State (2/11) and again vs. the Jaguars in the Regional opener...had 13 multiple-RBI outings, including a career-best seven RBI with a three-run bomb and a grand slam vs. Southern (6/3)...began the year with a six-game hitting streak when he hit .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI, and had a pair of seven-game streaks: April 1-10 when he hit .375 (9-for-24) with four doubles and nine RBI and June 3-18 when he hit .538 (14-for-26) with three doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI...off the diamond, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's List, the Dean List and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2004: Played in 46 games as a true freshman, including 25 starts as the designated hitter and five at first base...hit .227 for the season, including a .311 mark in Conference USA play...had Lasik surgery in the middle of the year, and after making a return to the lineup, hit .271 (13-for-48) with four doubles, a home run and 10 RBI...posted three multiple-hit games, including a three-hit outing vs. Texas-Arlington (2/15), and four multiple-RBI outings, including five driven in vs. Texas-Arlington (2/15) and vs. Saint Louis (5/14)...had a seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 20-March 2 when he hit .269 (7-for-26) with a home run and six RBI...posted a pair of doubles in the season-opener against Texas-Arlington (2/15)...off the diamond, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's List, Tulane's 3.0 Club and the Dean's List, and claimed C-USA Medalist honors for posting a GPA of at least 3.75.
Summer Ball: Played for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League in 2004 and 2005...rated the No. 14 prospect in summer ball by Baseball America in 2004 after finishing third in the league in home runs (seven) and RBI (29), and represented the West in the Home Run Derby...finished second on the team in homers, RBI and slugging percentage (.454), third in total bases (59) and fourth in batting average (.254)...jumped to the No. 10 prospect in 2005 and represented the Western Division in the All-Star Game after leading Falmouth and ranking second in the Cape in home runs (six) and RBI (33)...hit .272 (31-for-114) with a team-best .465 slugging percentage.
High School: Two-year letterman at The Kinkaid School for coach Bobby Eggleston before playing his final two prep seasons at Episcopal High for coach Chris Russ...a three-time All-Southwest Prepatory Conference selection, hit .491 for his career with 25 home runs and 166 RBI...as a senior, earned first-team All-America honors from Baseball America and first-team All-Greater Houston recognition from the Houston Chronicle after hitting .500 with 60 RBI, 48 hits, 48 runs and a school-record 14 home runs...hit .478 with seven home runs and 48 RBI, and posted a .554 batting average with two home runs and 28 RBI as a sophomore...in summer 2002, played for Team USA in the Goodwill Games where he hit .600 with a home run and two doubles against Japan...earned All-Star honors at the Area Code Games...also lettered once in soccer...off the diamond, was a member of the honor roll all four years, was recognized as a National Merit Scholar, and was twice listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Students."
Personal: Born Mark Alan Hamilton on July 29, 1984 in Baltimore, Md...son of Stanley and Cheryl Hamilton...has one brother, Brian,who played soccer at the University of Rochester, and one sister, Kim, who rode equestrian at the College of Charleston...grandfather, Ralph, was an All-American basketball player at Indiana before moving on to the NBA's Fort Wayne Pistons and Indianapolis Jets, and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame...majoring in cell and molecular biology.