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8   Danny Espinosa
Danny Espinosa

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Santa Ana, CA

High School:
Mater Dei

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
SS

B/T:
S/R


2008 Pre-Season: Named to the initial list of candidates for the Brooks Wallace Award.... pre-season second team All-American by the NCBWA and third team by Collegiate Baseball... named pre-season All-Big West by rivals.com.

Summer League: One of a handful of freshmen to play in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2006, playing for Chatham... ended the season batting .252 over 44 games, primarily as the starting shortstop... started three games at third near the beginning of the summer... finished the year with seven doubles, two triples and a homer, scoring 21 runs and driving in 15... had eight steals in 12 attempts... started the year redhot hitting .406 over his first nine games and was still batting .313 on July 6... finished the year batting .308 (8-for-26) over his last six games.... starting shortstop for Team USA in the summer of 2007, batting .215 over 24 starts... won a Silver Medal at the Pan Am Games... scored 11 runs and drove in eight... had multi-hit games over Chinese Taipei, Nicaragua and China... finished summer with hits in 12 of last 15 games... had another game where he had a home run, double and three RBIs, which was wiped out due to rain.

LBSU Career: Two-time All-Big West honoree, earning second team honors as a sophomore after being named honorable mention and the Big West Freshman of the Year in 2006... has a .300 career average over 109 games with seven home runs and 29 doubles... has scored 75 runs and driven in 61.??LBSU 2007: All-Big West second team selection... started 53 games at short, batting .319 with a team-best seven home runs, 44 runs and 40 RBIs... also had a team-leading 13 doubles and team-best four triples... had 18 multi-hit games on the season... two-time Big West Player of the Week... earned honor on February 26, batting .545 against UCLA and California with two mulit-hit games... missed six games due a back injury in April... hit a three-run homer to tie the game at Pepperdine prior to winning the award on February 12, as he also had the game-winning single in Friday's win over Texas and scored the game-winning run on Saturday... had the game-winning single in the ninth as part of a two-hit day against Texas on Feburary 9... his double the next day against the Longhorns led to the winning run... went 5-for-5 with four runs and two doubles at Arizona State on March 11, after a 3-for-4 day with three runs and a solo homer the day before... had the go-ahead two-run double against UC Davis on April 22... hit a solo home run on Friday at Pacific, before back-to-back three-hit days against the Tigers... delivered a two-run double in a 10-run sixth inning versus Cal Poly on May 6... had two multi-hit games during the Regional in Long Beach, had two RBI singles against Pepperdine and had two hits, including a triple against UCLA in the Regional Championship.

LBSU 2006: Big West Freshman of the Year, the Dirtbags first ever incoming player of the year honoree... also named honorable mention All-Big West... named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball... started 55 games at short and played in all 56, batting .281 with 31 runs and a team-best 16 doubles... also had three triples and 23 RBIs... ranked fifth in the Big West with those 16 doubles... the RBIs ranked third on the team... had 15 multi-hit games on the season, second-best on the team... had a four-hit game to close out his freshman season, going 4-for-4 againt the Titans in game two of a doubleheader on May 28... produced two three-hit games, going 3-for-5 with a two-run game-winning triple agaisnt USC in the eighth inning on February 5 and a 3-for-5 day at Cal Poly on May 7 thanks to a double, RBI single and a steal... opened his collegiate career batting .500 against the Trojans over three days, going 1-for-3 in the season opener, before producing a double as part of a 2-for-5 day on February 4... hit safely in 17 of his first 21 games, batting over .321 for the first month of the season... finished the year hitting safely in 14-of-17, raising his average 28 points from .253 on April 25.

High School: Lettered four years at Mater Dei High, culminating in the 2005 CIF title after going 25-8 and winning the Serra League... also won the Serra League in 2004... two-time All-CIF and all-league selection... in 2005 batted .288 with 23 RBIs and 18 walks, stealing 20 bases, while in 2004 batted .379 with four homers, 19 RBIs, 13 steals and 18 walks... played on several youth national teams, and was a starter on the 2003 U.S. Youth National Team which won a gold medal in Taiwan, batting .483.

And Finally: Son of Vicki and Dan Espinosa... brother, Brandon, played baseball at Santa Ana Junior College and UC Riverside in 2000, while father, Dan, played baseball at Northern Arizona and the University of Arizona... also has two sisters, Christina and Katherine, a club volleyball player in high school... majoring in communications.

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