Youkilis Wins Second World Series Ring|
Oct. 29, 2007
DENVER---Former Bearcat Kevin Youkilis is now the proud owner of two World Series Championship rings as his Boston Red Sox captured the 2007 Fall Classic on Sunday night. The Red Sox finished off a sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 4-3 win at Coors Field, capturing their second championship since 2004.
Youkilis was a key contributor for the Red Sox in 2007, especially during the postseason. In Boston's come-from-behind win in the American League Championship Series against Cleveland, Youkilis set or tied six ALCS records. Among the marks Youkilis now holds are runs scored (10), batting average in a seven-game series (.500) and slugging percentage in a seven-game series (.929). The Cincinnati native also shares the records for hits (14) and most singles in a seven-game series (nine).
In the World Series, Youkilis was the unfortunate victim of the designated hitter rule not being in use for two of the four games. Youkilis started the first two games at first base and was a defensive replacement for David Ortiz in the final two. For the series, Youkilis hit .222 with two doubles, three runs scored and one RBI.
During the regular season, Youkilis appeared in 145 games for the Red Sox, batting .288 with 35 doubles, 16 home runs and 83 RBI.
UC is set to honor Youkilis as he will be formally inducted into the James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 1. Youkilis played for Cincinnati from 1998-2001, before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2001 draft. At UC, Youkilis was a three-time all-conference selection, including a pair of first-team honors. He was also lauded as an all-American following his senior year and is a member of the Conference USA All-Decade team. A .366 career hitter, Youkilis holds or shares 10 Cincinnati season or career marks. He is also ranked among the C-USA leaders in career RBI, hits, home runs, doubles, runs and total bases. Youkilis will become the 16th member of the UC Hall of Fame from the baseball program.