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AS A SENIOR IN 2016
NCBWA Preseason All-West Region Second Team at utility ... Missed first 22 games due to injury and made season debut as the starting designated hitter in first game of doubleheader at Cal State Dominguez Hills (3/13), going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, run scored, two RBI and a stolen base in 14-4 win ... Made first mound appearance at No. 27 Chico State (3/26), tossing a clean fifth inning in the doubleheader nightcap with three flyouts around a one-out single ... Threw two more shutout frames vs. Stanislaus State (4/3), cancelling out a leadoff infield single in the seventh with a strikeout and two groundouts to leave the runner stranded at third, before a perfect eighth on a called third strike and two flyouts ... Will seek hardship waiver to gain fifth year of eligibility.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2015
Daktronics All-West Region Second Team ... NCBWA All-West Region honorable mention at utility ... All-CCAA Second Team at utility ... NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for March (4/2) ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (3/30) ... NCBWA Preseason All-America Third Team at utility ... NCBWA Preseason All-West Region First Team at utility ... One of just three Tritons to start all 57 games ... Led Tritons with 39 runs scored ... Stole seven bases, third on team, on eight attempts ... Career-best on-base percentage of .419 behind career-high 36 walks, more than his first two college seasons combined ... Drew at least one walk in each of first seven games (11 total) and 12 of first 13 (eight more for 19 total) to pace all of Division II in the early going ... First collegiate four-hit game came to open doubleheader vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (2/21), as he went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, two runs and a season-high three RBI ... Reached base safely in all five plate appearances (3 H, HBP, E) in finishing 3-for-4 with a steal and a career-best four runs scored vs. Azusa Pacific (4/7).
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014
Daktronics All-America Third Team .... NCBWA All-America honorable mention ... Daktronics All-West Region First Team ... NCBWA All-West Region First Team ... All-CCAA First Team at utility ... One of eight amateur San Diego Hall of Champions Stars of the Year for 2014 ... NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team ... One of 12 UCSD Athletes of the Year ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for April, when he hit a team-best .435 and went 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA over four mound starts ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for August, for his work with the Santa Barbara Foresters ... NCBWA Preseason All-West Region First Team at utility ... Only Triton to start all 54 games, with 37 at third base, 13 on the mound and four at designated hitter ... Batted .326 with a 2.90 ERA over a team-best 87.0 innings on the hill ... Team went 10-3 in his pitching starts ... Posted an 8-3 personal win-loss record and produced one seven-inning shutout among four complete games ... Led Tritons with nine stolen bases, and added 33 runs, 11 doubles, three triples and 39 RBI.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013
CCAA Freshman of the Year ... All-CCAA First Team at utility ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (3/18) ... Local product who served in a variety of roles as a true freshman ... Began the season as the Triton closer before moving into the starting rotation, while also seeing significant action at second base and designated hitter ... Produced the only complete game by a UCSD pitcher on the year, throwing a seven-inning shutout vs. Cal State East Bay (3/29) ... Also combined on a 4-0 shutout vs. Cal State L.A. (3/16) to earn the win in his first collegiate pitching start, tossing the first five frames (3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) Walked four times and scored three runs, both season highs, in a 10-2 victory in the first game of that doubleheader vs. CSULA ... Ultimately won each of his first five pitching starts, opening with a shutout streak of 16.2 innings ... Picked up three saves in February.
Played for the Santa Barbara Foresters' storied summer program in 2014, ascending to the role of primary closer while helping them to a California Collegiate League (CCL) regular-season title, as well as a fifth National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series championship at the 80th installment in Wichita, Kan. ... At the NBC World Series following a bus trip of more than 26 hours from California, closed out three of the Foresters' five victories at the event (5-1) with two saves and a win (4.2 IP, 4 H, IBB, 4 SO) ... Entered semifinal vs. NJCAA National Team (8/8) with the bases loaded and one away, and proceeded to get a swinging strikeout and handled the game-ending putout on a grounder to first to preserve a 6-1 triumph ... In the final the next night against the defending champion Seattle Studs, tossed 3.0 scoreless frames (2 H, IBB, 2 SO) and earned the decision as Santa Barbara (41-11-1) overcame a pair of one-run deficits to win 3-2 in 12 innings ... For the summer, went 2-0 with a team-best five saves and 1.35 ERA over 14 outings (20.0 IP, 17 H, 5 BB, 31 SO) ... Also had 24 plate appearances ... Returned to the closer role for the Foresters for the 2015 summer, as the team completed the regular season at 35-7, once again the best record in the CCL, and marking the fewest losses by a Santa Barbara club heading to the NBC World Series ... Foresters went 2-2 in Wichita and were eliminated in Super Six round ... Completed summer without allowing a single run in 13 relief appearances and 12.2 innings (3 SV, 3 H, 7 BB, 16 SO, .075 OBA) ... Previously played for San Diego 2012's, San Diego Rip and Chula Vista Green Sox.
A 2012 graduate of Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista ... Two-time All-Mesa League selection as a junior and senior ... Aided Barons to pair of Mesa League titles in 2010 and 2011 ... Team MVP and Coaches' Award as a senior, and Defensive Player of the Year as a junior.
Born Dec. 28 in San Diego ... Parents are Vedasto and Kimberly Cruz, who both attended San Diego State ... Has two older brothers named Jake and Kyle ... Economics major with a business minor at Warren College ... Would like to stay in baseball after graduating from UC San Diego, either as a player, coach, or in a front office ... A top baseball memory is winning the 2014 NBC World Series with the Foresters ... A memorable UCSD moment was former Triton teammate and roommate Justin Donatella getting selected during the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Enjoys over-the-line, golf and fishing ... Roots for the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Oklahoma Sooners softball, USSSA Pride and Houston Texans ... Favorite athlete is Red Sox slugger David Ortiz ... Top movie is D2: The Mighty Ducks ... Listens to country music, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Billy Joel and Michael Bublé ... Lists his parents, Grandpa Jim and past coaches as his greatest influences.
CAREER PITCHING HIGHS (current through 2016 season)
Innings Pitched: 9.0, 3/30/14 at Cal State East Bay-2
Hits: 10, 2 times (last 4/19/14 at San Francisco State)
Runs: 7, 5/4/13 at Cal State Monterey Bay-2
Earned Runs: 5, 2 times (last 5/10/14 vs. Chico State)
Walks: 3, 4 times (last 5/16/15 vs. Dixie State)
Strikeouts: 8, 2 times (last 3/8/15 vs. Chico State)
CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS (current through 2016 season)
CAREER HITTING HIGHS (current through 2016 season)
At Bats: 6, 2 times (last 2/21/14 at Cal Poly Pomona)
Runs: 4, 4/7/15 vs. Azusa Pacific
Hits: 4, 2/21/15 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills-1
Doubles: 2, 4/12/14 at Cal State Stanislaus-2
Triples: 1, 2 times (last 4/17/14 at San Francisco State)
Home Runs: 1, 2/17/13 vs. Cal State Stanislaus
RBI: 4, 2/2/14 vs. Holy Names-1
Walks: 4, 3/16/13 vs. Cal State L.A.-1
Stolen Bases: 2, 4/11/14 at Cal State Stanislaus
CAREER HITTING STATISTICS (current through 2016 season)