Great utility player who can start or come off the bench... Proved he can help the team with his bat, glove or on the basepaths.
Wayne Graham said-- "Daniel is a valuable member of our outfield. He picked us up with a bat last year and he continues to improve every day."
Rice -- 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.
Year Avg GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB ATT
2009 .360 21 13 50 12 18 3 0 1 7 24 .480 5 0 10 1 .411 1 2 3 5