First Team Preseason All-American
Coach Corbin Quote: Ryan is a model of consistency. He has great leadership abilities and is a very good teammate. I think he's the best shortstop in the country.
2007: Second-team All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rivals.com ... Named to ABCA All-South Region team and second-team All-SEC ... Batted .381 with 23 doubles, four homers and 57 RBI ... Finished the year with a school single season record 35-game hitting streak ... 23 doubles tied for most on the team ... Led the team with 33 multi-hit and 20 multi RBI games on the year ... Went 13-for-24 (.542) with four RBI and five runs scored in the NCAA Nashville Regional ... Went 5-for-5 with a double, homer and three RBI against Austin Peay (6/3) in NCAA tourney ... Went 11-for-29 (.379) with five doubles and nine RBI in six games at the SEC tournament, earning All-Tournament honors ... Broke the school single season record with 28th straight game with a hit against Ole Miss (5/26) ... Went 5-for-10 with three doubles and five RBI in the two games against the Rebels in the SEC semifinals ... Was 5-for-9 (.556) in the LSU series with two RBI and four runs scored ... Batted 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, triple and RBI in the Auburn series ... Went 7-for-14 (.500) with two doubles and two RBI in the Georgia series ... Went 9-for-16 (.563) with two doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI in four games ... Notched third homer of the year and first in 36 games in 2-for-3 day with three runs scored against Florida (4/29). Also stole two bases ... Had three hits in five at bats against Florida (4/28) with two RBI ... Was 4-for-11 (.364) with a double in the Tennessee series ... Was 6-for-14 (.428) with five RBI and four runs scored in the Kentucky series ... Went 3-for-6 with three runs and two RBI against UK (4/13) ... Was 2-for-5 with an RBI against Alabama (4/8) ... Had three RBI in 12-1 win over South Carolina (3/31) ... Was 2-for-5 with a run scored against Middle Tennessee (3/28) ... Was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in series clinching win over Ole Miss (3/18) ... Recorded 3-for-4 day with two doubles and two RBI against Xavier (3/4) ... Hit walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth against Boston College (2/25) ... Was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored against Ball State (2/24) ... Went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBI against Lipscomb (2/21) ... 5-for-13 (.385) with five RBI in Ohio series ... Had three hits with a triple and a RBI against Baylor (2/11) ... Started predominantly at second base for the USA National Team over the summer. Played with Vanderbilt teammates Pedro Alvarez and Mike Minor on the team that won a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Batted .270 with two homers, seven doubles and 14 RBI in 34 games (30 starts).
2006: Named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after leading the Commodores with a .339 batting average and 19 doubles (second on team) ... Had two homers, 49 RBI and a .421 on base percentage in 62 games played ... Made 61 starts, 39 at first base, 19 at shortstop and three as the designated hitter. He finished the season making 13 starts at short ... Led the team with 22 multi-hit and 15 multi-RBI games ... Hit .330 with six doubles, a homer and 24 RBI in 30 SEC starts ... Named to the SEC All-Tournament team after going 8-for-23 (.348) with three doubles, four runs scored and seven RBI in five games ... Had three hit games in doubleheader against Georgia (5/27) in the semifinal round of the tourney. Tied a career best with three RBI in the second game against the Bulldogs to help send Vanderbilt into the SEC tourney final ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week (5/22) after going 6-for-13 (.462) with four RBI and three runs scored in the regular season final series against South Carolina (5/18-5/20) ... Had 16 two-hit games during the year ... Went 3-for-5 with two RBI in second game of doubleheader against Tennessee (5/6) ... Was 3-for-5 with a RBI against Middle Tennessee (4/18) ... Best game of season was 4-for-4 showing against Lipscomb (4/12) with four runs scored ... Notched a career high three RBI in 2-for-4 showing against Brown (3/12) with first career homer ... Went 3-for-3 against Brown (3/11) with three runs scored and two RBI ... First career hit came against USC (2/18). Was named the 30th top prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America after hitting .250 with six doubles, two triples and 18 RBI in 38 games for Hyannis.
High School: Was the Gatorade Maine High School Player of the Year as a senior at Deering High School ... Was the 141th ranked pro prospect in the country by Baseball America ... Was a 2005 ABCA Preseason All-American ... Also named Maine's Mr. Baseball Player of the Year ... Won the Telegram League batting title in 2004 ... School won 2002 and 2003 state championship ... Was also a finalist for the 2005 Fitzpatrick Trophy in Football ... Lettered in baseball, football and basketball...Captained the football team in 2005 ... Teammates with Andrew Giobbi who is also at Vanderbilt ... Helped lead Nova to the 2004 American Legion World Series Championship ... Was the Legion Tournament MVP in 2003.
Personal: Ryan Edward Flaherty... Born 7/27/86 .... Nickname is "Flash" ... Son of Edward and Deborah Flaherty ... Has a sister, Regina and a brother, Regan ... Majoring in human & organizational development ... Father, Ed, is the head coach at Division III University of Southern Maine. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and has won two national titles (1991, 1997) with the Huskies ... Nickname is "Flash"... Favorites include the movie Boondock Saints; Derek Jeter, Troy Tulowitski, Eminem, Denzel Washington, and Rob and Big ... One person, dead or alive, that he would love to have dinner with is Ted Williams ... Believes Willie Mays is the greatest player of all-time.