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Palomar College
1140 W. Mission Rd.

San Marcos, CA 92069
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Athletic Director:
John Woods

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NO. 16

ERICH

KEMP

THIRD BASE

BATS: RIGHT; THROWS: RIGHT

6-0, 200, Age 20, Sophomore

Hemet HS, Hemet, Calif.

Hometown: Hemet, Calif.

 

SIGNED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

2005 SEASON: Voted to the All-Pacific Coast Conference first team for the second straight year by conference coaches for a Palomar team that advanced to the State Championship Game, the first San Diego County team in 31 years to accomplish that fete. ... Played a significant role in the Comets' run in the Final Four that left them one win short of their first State title. . ... Palomar's starter at third base for the second straight season after gaining All-State Community College honors in 2004.. ... Batted .309 for the season with 50 hits to lead the club, 36 runs to lead the team and 29 RBIs, tied for second on the team. ... Also led the team in doubles with 10, was secthird on the club with 23 walks, hit 3 home runs and stole 5 bases on 8 attempts. ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs in Palomar's 5-3 season-opening victory over Ventura on Feb. 3. ... Was 2-for-5 in a 9-2 victory over Cerritos on Feb. 5. ... Went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base in a 4-1 victory over San Diego Mesa on March 3. ... Went 2-for-3 and reached base on a walk and as a hit batter March 9 in an 8-7 win over Grossmont. His ninth-inning single helped the Comets rally for 2 runs to record the victory.... Was 2-for-3 and drove in a run March 15 in a 14-8 win over San Diego City College. ... Slugged a two-run home run in the first inning March 21 to ignite the Comets to a 7-5 victory over Orange Coast, the first-place team in the Orange Empire Conference. ... Went 2-for-5 in a 9-2 win over San Diego Mesa on March 31. ... Hit a 3-run double in the eighth inning April 5 to break the game open in the Comets' 11-4 win over Grossmont. ... Hit a 2-run homer April 7 in a 30-4 win at Imperial Valley. ... Went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs in a 16-1 victory over second-place Southwestern on April 12. ... Was 2-for-3 vs. the Jaguars on the road April 14. ... Went 2-for 3 in a 2-0 win over San Diego City College on April 21. ... Went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 19-4 win at Imperial Valley on May 3. ... Southern California Regionals Round 1 — Went 2-for-6 with a dopuble and 2 BIs on May 15 as the Comets beat Santa Barbara City College 7-4 in 11 innings to sweep their first-round Southern California Community College playoff series from the Vaqueros 2 games to 0. Super Regionals — Singled in 2 runs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning May 21 as the Comets battled back from a 6-0 deficit with a 6-run rally that pulled them even with Cuesta and sent the game to extra innings. Palomar won in 10, 7-6, to stave off elimination in the tournament, then won it with back-to-back victories over Southwestern the following day. ... Went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs in the Comets' 6-2 championship game victory overthe Jaguars. State Final Four — Homered over the centerfield wall in the bottom of the first inning in the Comets' opene in the State finals at Fresno on March 28, giving them a 1-0 lead and getting them off on the right foot in a 10-5 victory over eventual State champion Santa Rosa. ... Was a triple short of the cycle in the game, going 3-for-5 with the HR and a double. ... Doubled to drive in 2 runs to highlight a 5-run fifth inning in a 12-9 win over Fresno City College in the winners' bracket finals on May 29. Also walked twice, got down a sacrifdice bunt and stole a base. ... Was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Palomar's State Championship Game loss to Santa Rosa on May 30 as the Bear Cubs won their first State title in 53 years and the Comets finished as State runners-up.

2004 SEASON: Began the season as the team's starting first baseman before taking over the job at third on March 13. ... A first-team All-State selection by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. ... Won the Pacific Coast Conference batting title for conference games with a .483 average, a Palomar record, and was a unanimous first-team All-PCC selection by conference coaches. Led infielders in voting. ... Hit .411 for the regular season and had an overall average of .398, best among Palomar starters and ninth on the Comets' all-time list, and had 13 doubles, best on the club. ... Led the team with 53 hitse. ... Led the team lead in sacrifice flies with 6. ... Saw his streak of 10 consecutive multiple-hit conference games ended vs. Southwestern on April 27. ... Led the club in multiple-hit games (16) and 3-hit games (10). ... Went 3-for-3 and walked wice in the Comets' season opener vs. Cerritos on Feb. 6. ... Went 3-for-4 with 2 sacrifice flies, 5 RBIs and 2 runs scored in Palomar's 19-5 win over San Diego City College to open Pacific Coast Conference play on Feb. 28. ... Was 3-for-3 with a double, a sacrifice fly and an RBI in a 5-1 win over Imperial Valley on March 5. ... Sidlined with a concussion after being hit in the head with a pitch in the first inning against Grossmont on March 6. ... Returned March 13 and went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk and an RBI against San Diego City College. .... Singled to drive in 2 runs and reached base twice as a hit batter March 16 vs. Imperial Valley. ... Singled to jump-start a 3-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning that gave the Comets a come-from-behind, 6-4 victory over the Arabs. ...Went 3-for-4 vs. Southwestern on March 25. ... Was 3-for-5 with 2 doubles in a 9-6 win over Grossmont on March 27. ... Went 2-for-5 and drove in a run in a 10-9 victory over the Griffins on March 30.... Went 2-for-32 with a double and a sacrifice fly April 1 in a 6-5 win over San Diego Mesa. ... Was 3-for-6 and walked twice in a 16-inning loss to the Olympians on April 3. ... Went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a 15-0 win over San Diego City College on April 13. ... Was 2-for-4 vs. the Knifghts on April 15. ... Was selected Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the Week for all sports for the week ending April 18. ... Went 2-for-5 with a douible and 2 RBIs in a 6-1 win at Imperial Valley on April 20. ... Went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs in an 8-1 victory over the Arabs on April 22. ... Helped lead the Comets to a 5-2 road win over Southwestern on April 24, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. ... Went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs in a 7-1 victory over Grossmont on May 1. ... Went 2-for-3 and drove in 5 runs May 6 as the Comets won 11-3 at San Diego Mesa to wrap up second place.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team All-Sunset League at Hemet High School three straight seasons under coach Mike Arnold. ... Batted .448 as a senior. ... Helped lead the Bulldogs to Sunset League championships as a junior in 2002 and as a senior in 2003. ... Selected to the Desert all-Star Team and the Riverside County All-Star team. ... An All-State Scholastic selection and Scholar/Athlete award winner. ... Graduated from Highest Honors.

PERSONAL: Born May 15, 1985 in Visalia. ... Son of Rod and Lisa Kemp. ... Has one sister, Heather, 22, a world-class swimmer, 2002-2003 NCAA 200 freestyle champion representing Auburn University and Silver Medalist in the event in the World University Games. ... His father played in the Dodgers association and was a baseball and football teammate at San Jose State of Randy Johnson, a Palomar alumnus, former starting third baseman for the Atlanta Braves and current Assistant to the General Manager of the Oakland A's. ... Erich's mother was a swimmer at San Jose State. ... Rod Kemp coaches at Hemet High School.

(Note: Updated on June 2, 2005. Player biographies are updated at least weekly during the season.)

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