|9 Aaron Luna
Enters the season with 29 career home runs to tie for tenth on the school's all-time list for round-trippers... Has the ability to hit for power and average... Can change a game with his bat, speed or defense.
Wayne Graham said -- "Aaron is probably one of the premier power hitters in the country. He can play multiple positions. We're hoping for an outstanding year. He's one of our leaders."
2007: All-America (National Collegiate Baseball Writers, third team); Conference-USA Tournament Most Valuable Player; All-Conference USA (Second Team); Whataburger College Classic All-Tournament Team... Starter in 65 of the Owls' 70 games, including 35 at second base, seven in left field and 23 as the designated hitter... Led the conference in RBI (66) and walks (48) and was among the league's best in slugging percentage (.570), on-base percentage (.447), home runs (13), triples (3), runs scored (57) and total bases (134)... Went 4-for-13 (.308) with two home runs and five RBI in four games at the College World Series... Maintained a .769 slugging percentage at the CWS... Drew four walks and was hit by a pitch for a .500 CWS on-base percentage... Surged to the C-USA forefront in several offensive categories after a stunning week at the plate at the league tournament... Claimed MVP honors after batting .591 (13-of-22) with three home runs, a triple, a double, 13 RBI, nine runs scored and a stolen base in five games... Batted a composite .389 in Rice's 32 games against quality teams that went on to make NCAA Regionals... Slugged two or more hits in a game 24 times, including a season-high four hits in games against UCF and NCAA Regional-bound Memphis... Hit .329 with runners on base and .340 with runners in scoring position... Second on the team with 16 multi-RBI games, highlighted by seven in just one game against Memphis for the most by an Owl all year... Hit a grand slam against Texas A&M (March 20)... Maintained an eight-game hitting in April... Had three intentional walks... Exhibited solid defensive skills in addition to hitting prowess ... Had a .974 fielding percentage at second base and was error-free in the outfield... Turned or started 20 double plays when playing at second base... Registered one defensive assist from the outfield by throwing out a Long Beach State runner at home plate... Played in the Cape Cod League (Yarmouth-Dennis) in the summer of 2007... 2006: Freshman All-America (Baseball America,first team); All-Conference USA (second team); C-USA All-Freshman; All-Silver Glove Series... Established the new Rice record for single-season home runs by a freshman (16), eclipsing a 13-year old mark of 13 set by current major leaguer Jose Cruz, Jr. in 1993... Also tied the Owls' single-season record for getting hit by a pitch 25 times, the second-highest total in the nation last year... Moved into a tie for 10th place on the school's all-time singleseason home run list with the most round-trippers by an Owl in four years... Led the team and finished the year among the C-USA leaders in homers, slugging percentage (.638) and on-base percentage (.447)... Blasted homers in his only two plate appearances on opening day and in his first at bat in the Owls' second game, making him 3-for-3 with three home runs in his first three Division I at bats... Went on to homer in the Owls' third game tomake it four round-trippers in three games played... The feat earned him National Hitter of the Week honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association... Slugged two home runs in a careerbest, four-hit day against C-USA foe Southern Miss... Homered in both of the Super Regional wins over Oklahoma... The Owls were 13-1 when Luna hit a home run... Played in 64 games with 61 starts... Made 30 starts in left field, one in right, 17 at third base and 13 as the designated hitter... Missed a full week of action due to an injury... Hit safely in three College World Series games, but was also hit by a pitch five times and walked once... Registered a stolen base and scored a run at the CWS... Batted .345 in 10 NCAA Tournament games with a .690 slugging percentage and .537 on-base average... Improved all areas of his game the second half of the season, highlighted by a .394 batting average and .817 slugging percentage in conference games... Maintained a seasonbest, nine-game hitting streak in May... Recorded two or more hits in a game 16 times... Drove in two or more runs in a game 12 times, including grand slam home runs in consecutive games at Marshall... Scored six runs in one game at Marshall, the highest total by an Owl in four years... Tallied a career-high six RBI against the Thundering Herd to tie for the Owls' highest single-game total of the season... Was hit three times in one game at Marshall and twice in a game on three occassions... Hit by 24 different opposing pitchers... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Euless) over the summer.
2005 graduate of Carroll High School in Southlake... Four-year letterman and three-time, all-state selection for the Dragons... Named the team's most valuable player three times... Batted .430 with 27 home runs, 106 runs, and 117 RBI in
his prep career... Selected to play for the USA Youth National Team that played in the 2002 Pan Am Championships in Venezuela and
the 2003 World Championships in Taiwan... Helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in Taiwan and the silver medal in Venezuela... Played in the Area Code Games... Three-time, all-district, two-time all-county and all-state honoree for the football team that won two state titles on the way to a 47-1 record... Academic all-state selection who maintained a 3.7 grade point average.
Full Name: Aaron Jack Luna. Born: Mar. 28, 1987,
in Oklahoma City. Parents: Jack and Marilee Luna, Southlake (two sisters). College: Hanszen.
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