Poised and advanced hitter who could be key to team's future success, after earning Connecticut player of the year and ABCA All-Region ... has classic righthanded swing, with tremendous mechanics and gap-to-gap force ... in the mix as righthanded DH and one of several outfield options ... has worked hard on developing swing, with great understanding of hitting ... fearless and confident player, with great work ethic and hustle ... rated 10th on Team One Baseball's lists of the "best pure hitters" among 2003 high school prospects, also rating as 9th-best "linedrive hitter" and 86th-best overall prospect (Perfect Game/Baseball America rated him as No. 225 overall prospect, first from Connecticut) ... prep shortstop with good hands ... looking to make strides in double-play pivot, range and throwing mechanics ... showed ability to hit all ND pitchers during fall workouts ... could become 17th Connecticut native to earn monogram with ND baseball program ... inherits No. 8 jersey worn previous four seasons by outfielder Kris Billmaier ... his former AAU teammate Matt Untiet plays in BIG EAST Conference at UConn.
PREP & PERSONAL: A .514 career batter at Fairfield High School, hitting .410-plus each season ... Gatorade state player of the year and selected to American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region I team after dominating '03 (team-record .671 batting) ... senior shortstop on '03 squad that repeated as state champs (30 BB, 42 RBI, 20 2B, 3 HR) ... all-state as junior after leading '02 team to state title, batting .536 on 22-2 team (6 HR, 42 RBI) ... totaled just 10 errors in first three seasons (72 games), playing mostly shortstop ... hit .450 as sophomore, .410 as freshman ... batted primarily in No. 3 spot ... rated by Baseball America as 18th-best player at Northeast Showcase (Wareham, Mass.) ... played summer ball with Connecticut Bluejays, Bombers and Wolfpack ... honors student ... made official visit during 2002 ND-BC football weekend, hosted by players Javi Sanchez and Craig Cooper ... born Aug. 24, 1984, in Boston ... son of Paul and Cindy Fournier ... full name is Christopher Paul Fournier ... enrolled in First Year of Studies ... intends to major in business.