2005 (entering CWS): Played in 62 games as a senior, including 55 starts at second base...a stellar defender, leads the infield and ranks third on the team with a .990 fielding percentage on the strength of 92 putouts, 115 assists and just two errors while helping the Green Wave turn 25 double plays...also ranks sixth on the team in doubles (14), slugging percentage (.456) and on-base percentage (.378), and tied for seventh in home runs (six)...has 14 multiple-hit games, including four three-hit games...also has five multiple-RBI outings, including a career-high five driven in vs. LSU (April 19) when he went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run...had a five-game hitting streak from April 15-22, a six gamer from March 18-26, and an 11-game streak from May 6-June 4 when he hit .372(16-for-43) with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI.
NCAA New Orleans Regional: Started all three games at second base...hit .273 (3-for-11) with a double and scored three runs in the regional..played solid defense with four putouts, nine assists and an error while helping the Green Wave turn a double play.
NCAA New Orleans Super Regional: Started all three games at second base...hit .364 (4-for-11) with three doubles and two RBI and posted a .417 on-base percentage...played flawless defense throughout the super regional with four putouts and five assists in nine changes.
2004: Played in all 62 games as a junior, including 48 starts at second base and 14 at third...led team in doubles (19) and runs scored (65) while ranking tied for third in home runs (8) and walks (28), fourth in hits (78) and total bases (123), and fifth in batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.502) and on-base percentage (.397)...ranked sixth in Conference USA in runs scored and tied for seventh in doubles...named to NCAA Oxford Regional All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 with a double and a pair of walks at the plate and playing flawless defense with six putouts and 14 assists at second base...posted 22 multiple-hit games, including three four-hit contests, and had nine multiple-RBI outings, including a career-best three vs. Southern Miss (5/27) in the C-USA Tournament...had a team-leading 18-game hitting streak from March 5-April 2 when he hit .415 (34-for-82) with four doubles, four homers and 11 RBI...led all Tulane infielders with a .973 fielding percentage.
Prior To Tulane: Played two seasons as a middle infielder at Blinn College for coach Brian Roper...hit .329 during his junior college career and helped the Buccaneers to the Regionals both seasons...earned first-team All-Region XIV honors as a sophomore after leading the team in total bases (102) and slugging percentage (.607) while ranking second in home runs (7) and sacrifice flies (tied with 4), third in RBI (34) and walks (15) and fourth in on-base percentage (.414)...named team Newcomer of the Year as a freshman when he hit .304 with 10 doubles, a home run and 25 RBI...was a member of the Dean's List, Sigma Kappa Delta and Phi Theta Kappa, and was named Academic All-American in 2003...earned the Dr. James H. Atkinson Cup given annually to the graduating student-athlete with the highest grade point average, and became the first recipient to earn the award with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Summer Ball: Played for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League in 2003 and the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League in 2004...in 2003, earned All-ABL honors after hitting .276 with nine doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBI...finished tied for third in the ABL in doubles and 14th in batting average...in 2004, helped the Mets advance to the CCL championship game after leading the team in doubles (tied with eight) while finishing second in RBI (24) and hits (41), and fourth in batting average (.266)
High School: Four-year letterman at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High for coach Steve Griffith...earned All-District 20-4A recognition his final three prep seasons and was named District and Regional Newcomer of the Year as a freshman...helped lead the Bears to the state playoffs all four years, including a pair of regional finals and a trip to the quarterfinals ...off the diamond, was a member of the National Honor Society and was named academic all-district and academic all-state his final three seasons...earned the Science Merit Award from 1999-2001 and graduated fourth out of a class of 291.
Personal: Born Joseph William Holland, III on May 7, 1983 in Temple, Texas...son of Joe and Becky Holland...has one sister, April...majoring in pre-med.