Joe Patterson began his Seminole State career as a decent hitter.

He left Seminole State as a formidable hitter, thanks, he says, to the efforts of Trojan head coach Jeff Shafer.

Patterson, a 6-foot, 210-pounder, has experienced an exemplary 2009 season for Texas A&M.

He entered the Big 12 Tournament with a career-best 10-game hitting streak and led the Aggies with a .364 batting average.

Patterson posted a whopping .415 average in Big 12 regular-season play. That would have led the league had he not been just three at-bats short of qualifying.


Joe Patterson began his Seminole State career as a decent hitter.
He left Seminole State as a formidable hitter, thanks, he says, to the efforts of Trojan head coach Jeff Shafer.
Patterson, a 6-foot, 210-pounder, has experienced an exemplary 2009 season for Texas A&M.
He entered the Big 12 Tournament with a career-best 10-game hitting streak and led the Aggies with a .364 batting average.
Patterson posted a whopping .415 average in Big 12 regular-season play. That would have led the league had he not been just three at-bats short of qualifying.
The Owasso High School product was A&M’s second-leading RBI producer with 43, particularly impressive considering he had 93 fewer at-bats than team leader Luke Anders with 49.
And, says Patterson, he owes it all to Shafer, formally the head coach at Shawnee.
“Coach Shafer basically taught me how to hit when I was at Seminole State,” Patterson said. “I was a pretty good hitter when I went to Seminole State but he made me a lot better.
“I was there one year and he worked with me every day. We put a lot of work in. He taught me how to hit with more power.”
Those extra sessions have reaped plenty of benefits for Patterson, named to the Al-Big 12 second team as a designated hitter. Despite fewer at-bats than many of his teammates, Patterson was fourth on the squad with 10 home runs, including seven in the last 14 games. He also ranked second in multiple-hit Aggie games with 14.
Patterson’s 10-game hitting streak was snapped in a tournament-opening 5-2 loss to Missouri, but he took it out on Oklahoma Friday night.
In the Aggies’ wild 17-15 triumph over OU, Patterson recorded a 4-of-5 outing that included three singles, a double and four runs batted in. He was the only four-hit player in a 31-hit slugfest — 19 by A&M and 12 by OU — in a three-hour and 59-minute contest at Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Ballpark.
“I grew up coming here to Bricktown for the Big 12 Tournament so having that kind of game at the conference tournament was very special to me,” Patterson said. “We had a team meeting after losing to Missouri and held each other accountable. I knew we were going to score some runs the way we approached the game.”
Patterson and A&M closed out their Big 12 appearance Saturday night against Texas Tech.
“I still talk to those guys at Seminole State all the time,” Patterson said. “Coach Shafer will always be one of my favorite coaches.”