April 9, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - After four seasons in the minors, former UCF baseball player Clay Timpner (2002-04) was called up to the major leagues and the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Timpner immediately flew in to San Francisco and made his MLB debut late last night against the San Diego Padres, coming off the bench to play the final two innings.
A graduate of LaBelle High School outside of Jacksonville, Timpner entered Tuesday's game in left field in a 2-2 tie in the 10th inning. He stepped up to the plate in a big-league uniform in the bottom half and although he struck out against Cla Meredith, Timpner and the Giants claimed a 3-2 win on Bengie Molina's homer in the bottom of the 11th.
Timpner spent the entire 2007 campaign with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, batting .301 with 118 hits, six homers and 51 runs scored. He played in just four games with the Grizzles this season and collected five hits before being called up.
The Knights made two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2002 and 2004) when Timpner donned a Black and Gold uniform. He was a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2002 and an Atlantic-Sun First Team member in 2004. Timpner held a .360 career batting average and never hit below .347 in his three seasons in Orlando. His best season was easily 2004, where he had 96 hits, 20 doubles and 43 stolen bases.
Timpner was a fourth-round draft pick by the Giants in 2004. That summer, he was a Northwest League All-Star with Class A Salem-Keizer, then led the California League and Class A San Jose with 12 triples and 34 stolen bases in 2005. Timpner began 2006 with Double-A Connecticut before venturing to Fresno later that year and hit .286 in 62 games with the Grizzlies.
San Francisco will be back in action Wednesday vs. San Diego with first pitch at AT&T Park slated for 10:15 p.m. ET.
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