• Triton Baseball Q&A (1/17/19)
Enters final season of college baseball having started last 76 consecutive games, all at third base, including all 60 in 2018 ... Second-leading returner in RBI (86, Mikey Gangwish of Mines) in all of Division II with career-best 72 from 2018, second in both West Region and CCAA only to former teammate Zander Clarke.
AS A REDSHIRT SENIOR IN 2019
NCBWA Preseason All-America Third Team third baseman ... Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason All-American ... NCBWA Preseason All-West Region First Team third baseman ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (2/19) ... Opening Day starter at third base at Concordia Irvine (2/1), driving in Tritons' first run of 2019 on first-inning double.
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2018
ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Second Team ... D2CCA All-West Region Second Team ... NCBWA All-West Region Second Team ... All-CCAA First Team ... CCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... NCBWA West Region Player of the Week (2/27) ... CCAA Player of the Week (2/27) ... One of 12 (from all levels of college baseball) Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Players of the Week (2/26), with the other 11 from Division I ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February (3/7) ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (2/26) ... NCBWA Preseason All-West Region Second Team at designated hitter ... Only Triton to even appear in all 60 games, starting each one at third base ... Second only to teammate Zander Clarke (86) in both West Region and CCAA in RBI with career-best 72 ... Fifth in CCAA with career-best 14 home runs, all to right field ... Three two-home-run games, all within first 12 games in February, with pair of grand slams ... Back-to-back two-home-run games vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (2/23) and in game one of doubleheader with the Toros in Carson the next day, as he hit .600 (9-15) for series and slugged 1.467 with the four home runs and eight RBI ... Perfect 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, three runs and four RBI in 14-3 rout vs. CSUDH (2/23), exiting the game after just five innings.
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2017
All-CCAA honorable mention ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... Appeared in 56 games with 51 starts, 29 as designated hitter and 22 at third base ... 22 multiple-hit and eight multiple-RBI games ... Top hit streak was eight games (5/4-13) ... Charged with a single error in 54 defensive chances.
AT SAN DIEGO MESA
Spent the 2015-16 school year at San Diego Mesa College ... Earned All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) honorable mention, leading team with .344 (45-for-131) average, 14 doubles, two home runs and 35 RBI ... Added 18 runs, 12 walks and a stolen base with a .412 on-base percentage over 35 games ... RBI total ranked second in PCAC.
Spent the 2014-15 academic year at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho ... Redshirted for powerhouse National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) baseball program that won 2015 national title.
Played for Dove Tail Bats of San Diego Coastal Collegiate League (SDCCL) during 2017 summer ... Previously played for SoCal Dirtbags (2011-12), San Diego Game Face (2013) and Solana Beach Cardinals (2014).
A 2014 graduate of San Diego's La Jolla High School ... All-Western League Second Team as a senior, when he guided Vikings to 21-10 overall record and first league title since 2007 with 10-2 mark ... Three-year varsity player, batting .333 with 32 hits, 21 runs and 20 RBI in 31 games as a senior.
Born May 24 in San Diego ... Parents are Martin Eliopulos and Andrea Hyder ... Father played football as a quarterback and linebacker at Wyoming (lettered 1984-85-86), earning Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Academic distinction in 1985 and 1986 and a National Football Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship in 1986 ... Has a younger sister named Sophia who attends UCLA ... Uncle, Jim Eliopulos, was an All-WAC (1981) linebacker at Wyoming (1980-81) and later professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals (1983) and New York Jets (1983-85) after being third-round selection of the Dallas Cowboys in 1982 National Football League (NFL) Draft ... Sociology-law and society major at Muir College ... Would like to further his education by attending law school in hopes to practice law after graduating from UC San Diego ... Most memorable baseball moment is winning West Region title and advancing to NCAA Championship in back-to-back years ... Favorite UC San Diego moment is former teammate Michael Palos' walk-off single in 2018 regional final in Azusa that sent Tritons to Cary, N.C. ... Enjoys going to beach ... Roots for San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Chargers ... Favorite athlete is All-Star Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado ... Top movie is Anchorman ... Listens to Slightly Stoopid and Dom Kennedy ... Loves Mexican food ... Spent one summer working for a whale watching company in San Diego ... Featured in teammate Keenan Brigman's SoundCloud rap.
CAREER HITTING HIGHS (current through 2018 season)
At Bats: 6, 4 times (last 3/25/18 at Cal State Monterey Bay-1)
Runs: 4, 4/21/18 at Cal State San Bernardino-1
Hits: 4, 2 times (last 2/23/18 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Doubles: 3, 5/4/17 at Cal State San Bernardino
Triples: 1, 4/21/18 at Cal State San Bernardino-2
Home Runs: 2, 3 times (last 2/24/18 at Cal State Dominguez Hills-1)
RBI: 5, 2/11/18 vs. Colorado Mesa
Walks: 6, 4/21/18 at Cal State San Bernardino-1
Stolen Bases: 1, 6/1/17 vs. St. Thomas Aquinas
CAREER HITTING STATISTICS (current through 2018 season)