Born June 9, 1979, in Bellevue, Wash. ... parents are Suzanne and Bill ... has two older brothers and an older sister ... both brothers played college baseball ... sociology major … made the Dean’s List for the fall, 2000 quarter with a 3.50 GPA.
2001 (Senior) -- The Huskies’ leadoff hitter for most of the last two seasons, will resume that role once again in 2001 … experimented with the outfield last year, but should start at second base this season … could play center if needed … will share team captain duties with Jeff Carlsen … ranks 10th in UW history with 136 career runs and 10th with 94 walks … 2000 (Junior) -- The Huskies’ leadoff hitter throughout the season, began the year as a starter in center field before returning to his old spot at second base … showed unusual power compared to previous seasons, co-leading the team with 12 home runs, the seventh highest total in UW history … ranked third in the Pac-10 with 47 walks, third most in UW history … also ranked sixth in the league in hit by pitch and seventh with 13 stolen bases … 12 hit by pitch were sixth-most in UW history and his 28 career HBPs are fifth most in school history … began the year with extra-base hits in each of his first four games with a homer in the opener and a double in each of the next three … helped spark the Huskies’ five-run rally against Northern Iowa by doubling home the UW’s first two runs and then scoring in the 5-4 win … 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three runs scored in a 7-4 win over Dayton … in the Huskies’ 16-11 win over Southern Utah, went 3-for-6 with a solo homer, a grand slam and an RBI double, good for six RBI … reached base in all five plate appearances in the UW’s 9-7 win over Lewis-Clark State, going 2-for-2 with a home run and a steal … in game two at Wichita State, went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and a walk … hit one of three UW solo homers in the 5-4 win over Washington State … stole three bases on three tries and reached base on nine of 20 plate appearances during the Huskies’ trip to Cuba last fall ... 1999 (Sophmore) -- Had what was an outstanding season cut short by a foot injury, suffered when he fouled a ball off of the instep ... played in 10 more games after the injury (suffered April 2 at Arizona) before finally succumbing ... was batting .375 at the time of the injury, but still managed to finish his year at .360 ... had a 15-game hitting streak at one point, longest of the season by a Husky ... UW was 24-11 in games he started (and only 9-12 without him) ... had 14 multi-hit and 13 multi-run games in 35 starts ... despite the missed time, still was third on the team with 10 doubles, third with 46 runs and second with 10 stolen bases ... after going 0-for-0 with four walks in the season opener, hit safely in the next 15 games ... batted .400 and scored 23 runs over the streak ... after having the string broken for one game, immediately went on an 11-game hitting streak ... named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Mar. 16 after a tremendous series vs. George Washington ... in those three games, went 4-for-9, scored seven runs, drove in three, walked six times and stole five bases in five tries ... top game of the year was a 4-for-5 outing vs. UCLA (Mar. 28) in which he hit two doubles and a home run while scoring four runs and driving in two ... went 2-for-5 with three runs and two doubles at UNLV on Feb. 27 ... made a game-saving, diving stop in the bottom of the ninth of the Huskies’ 2-1 win at Arizona on Apr. 2, shortly after breaking his foot ... five days after the injury, went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI vs. San Francisco ... went 3-for-4 with four runs in an Apr. 13 win over Oregon State ... went 2-for-6 with two runs, three RBI, a double and a homer the next day vs. the Beavers ... played about half of a summer season for the Seattle Cruisers over the summer after recovering from his injury ... 1998 (Freshman) -- Started 45 games at second base, taking over that role on a permanent basis about a third of the way into the season ... batted .304 (21-for-69) over the last 24 games of the season ... made only nine errors and fielded .946 ... hit first career homer Apr. 22 vs. Puget Sound ... went 3-for-3 with three RBI in that game ... second HR was a solo shot at Oregon State on May 1 ... third home run was a solo blast vs. Mississippi State at the NCAA Central Regional ... went 1-for-3 with three runs against Rice at the regional ... played summer ball for West Seattle.
Newport High School
Earned three letters as a shortstop and second baseman for coaches Bob Albo (sophomore and junior) and Brian Fischer (senior) ... led Newport to the AAA state championship as a senior ... first-team All-KingCo shortstop as a junior and senior ... all-state as a senior, when he was an offensive MVP at the all-state tournament ... coaches’ award winner as a junior and senior ... team also finished third (sophomore) and fourth (junior) in the state during his career ... batted .432 as a senior ... 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, three RBI, three runs and a steal of home in the state championship game ... four letters in tennis (team MVP as a senior) and one in basketball.
MARC RITTENHOUSE’S CAREER BATTING STATISTICS:
Year Avg. G/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slg% BB HBP SO SB/A 1998 .259 51/45 116 36 30 2 0 3 9 .353 19 10 29 6/8 1999 .360 35/35 136 46 49 10 1 2 24 .493 28 6 34 10/13 2000 .257 53/52 179 54 46 9 1 12 36 .520 47 12 62 13/16 Totals .290 139/132 431 136 125 21 2 17 69 .466 94 28 125 29/37