2009: Swyhart started 12 games in left field and appeared in 34 as a rookie, hitting .247 with 12 RBIs ... Had five multi-hit games, beginning with a 2-for-4 outing at Middle Tennessee (2/21) ... Went 2-for-6 with an RBI and two runs versus St. Mary's (2/28) ... Had a season-high three RBIs later that day at Sam Houston State ... Went 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base against North Dakota (3/6) ... Drove in two runs against South Dakota State (3/11) ... Notched a 4-for-4 day with an RBI and two runs against SEMO (3/18) ... Drove in two runs against Bradley (3/22).
Background: Swyhart was a three-year starter in center field for Coach Stan Weston's St. Joseph Central Indians ... Became the first sophomore to start under Coach Weston and hit .430 with 20 steals and a .559 on-base percentage on the way to first-team all-conference honors that season ... Central won a conference championship his junior season as Swyhart batted .558 with 16 extra-base hits, 31 stolen bases and 27 runs scored in 21 games ... Repeated his all-conference selection that year and was named the St. Joseph News Press Athlete of the Year ... As a senior, Swyhart hit .400 with 18 steals and 23 runs scored despite missing part of the season with an injury ... Became the first Central High graduate in over 30 years to play Division I baseball when he signed with the Bears in 2007.
Personal: Zakkery Swyhart is the son of Dan and Roxanne Swyhart ... Born October 11, 1989, to in Atlanta, Ga. ... Shagged fly balls during the 2004 Home Run Derby (won by Miguel Tejada in Houston) as a national finalist for Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit & Run competition ... Undecided on a major.