Valuable multi-role player who earns his opportunities.
Wayne Graham said-- "D.G.L.'s fast and he improved his hitting in the fall. He plays everywhere we ask and he could get more playing time this spring."
Rice -- 2010: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Played in 23 games with one start as the designated hitter (at home against Dallas Baptist)... Led the team with 22 games played as a sub, including 14 as a pinch-runner, five as pinch-hitter, two as a defensive replacement in the outfield and once as the new DH... Came off the bench to bat for eventual major league draft pick Chad Mozingo against crosstown foe Texas Southern and drove a pinch-hit double down the left field line and later scored... Scored 10 times, nine of which were in games he entered as a pinch-runner... Pinch-ran at Houston in the Silver Glove Series and stole a base in his only attempt... Drew a walk and was twice hit by a pitch for a .333 on-base average... 2009: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Played in 21 games with 13 starts as a freshman... Made four starts in right field and nine as the designated hitter... Posted the second-highest batting average on the team (.360) behind Anthony Rendon... Had the highest average (.472) among the ten different Owls who batted as the designated hitter... Began his Rice career hitting safely in each of his first six games at the Division I level... Shared the team lead for hits in a single game (4), and reached that career-high twice (vs. Tulane and Sam Houston State)... Only one other Owl had more four-hit games (Jimmy Comerota, 3)... Batted .455 (5-for-11) with a sacrifice bunt against elite teams that went on to play NCAA Tournament... Hit .436 (17-for-39) with a .590 slugging percentage in home games at Reckling Park... Played summer ball for the Riverhead Tomcats in the Atlantic Collegiate League.
High School-- The 2008 Valedictorian of nearby Lamar High School... Three-time all-District 20-5A honoree... Helped lead team to a 29-7 record, the regular season district championship and the Region III quarterfinals as a senior... Hit a walk-off home run in the bi-district playoffs as a senior in 2008... Teammate of current Owl Anthony Rendon... Coached by Mike McGilvray... Named to the 2008 5A Baseball All-State Academic Team.
Personal--Full Name: Daniel Carlos Gonzales-Luna. Born: Sept. 21, 1989 in Fresno, Calif. Parents: Carlos Gonzales and Hortencia Luna Gonzales (three brothers) of Houston. Brother, Noel, is a junior on the baseball team at Princeton. College: Hanszen.