Same veteran hitter who could see great improvement on offense now that the transition to catcher is behind him... Met the coaches' full confidence in his defensive ability.
Wayne Graham said --""Diego has improved behind the plate. He has worked hard on conditioning. We think this could be his best year."
At Rice -- 2009: NCAA All-Regional Team; Conference USA All-Tournament; Selected in the 31st round of the major league draft by the San Francisco Giants... Played in all 61 games with 60 starts, the third-highest total on the team... Unselfishly moved to a new position, catcher, for the first time in his career to help the squad... Made 37 starts behind the plate and 23 as the designated hitter... Appeared in five games as a relief pitcher, one of the two Owls to serve in both roles (Doug Simmons was the other)... Caught and pitched in the same game in the C-USA series finale at UAB... Most starts were batting either third in the lineup (32 times) or fifth (21 times)... Hit .300 with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBI and seven runs scored in Rice's seven NCAA Tournament games... Sensational C-USA Tournament included a .429 average (6-for-14) with six RBI, two doubles and three walks in the Owls' four-straight wins for the league title... Batted .322 when playing at home in Reckling Park and .422 (19-of-45) when leading off an inning... Recorded 17 multi-hit games, including a season-high three hits in a game six different times... Had nine games with two or more RBI... Reached season-high three RBI on six occasions... Slugged home runs on Opening Day at Cal Poly and in the final game of the Super Regional at LSU... Patient approach allowed him to lead the team with 44 walks, one of the highest totals in the conference... Drew two walks in a game 11 times... Led the team with six sacrifice flies... Played well defensively at the new position and continued to improve over the course of the year... Threw-out 11 runners attempting to steal a base... Caught the entire game when Owl pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 17 batters against nationally-ranked UCLA... Pitched for the first time at home against Lamar, more than a full calendar year since his previous, lone mound appearance in 2008... Surrendered a run in two-thirds of an inning against Lamar, but worked his season ERA down to 2.08 with 3.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his next four appearances... Allowed just two hits and struck out four in a total of 4.1 frames... Held opposing hitters to a composite .143 batting average... Struck out a career-high two batters in a career-long 1.2 innings at home against eventual NCAA Tournament team Texas State... 2008: All-Conference USA (First Team)... Houston College Classic All-Tournament team (Most Outstanding Player)... All-Silver Glove Trophy Series team... Raised batting average 49 points from freshman season to lead the team in hitting... Played in every game and started all but one... All 61 starts were at third base... Batted third in the lineup 42 times... Hit safely in all but eight starts... Went 3-for-9 with a home run and four RBI at the College World Series... Collected six hits and a walk and scored five times with seven RBI in seven NCAA Tournament games... Started the year with a career-best 19-game hitting streak that dated back to the 2007 College World Series... Finished among the C-USA's best in batting average (.353), hits (91), doubles (19), RBI (61), total bases (130) and sacrifice flies (6)... Shared the team lead in both multi-hit games (27) and multi-RBI games (16)... Surpassed the century mark in career RBI (103)... Slugged four doubles in a single game vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi that was played at the minor league park in Corpus Christi, Tex... Also collected four hits in the final game of the Houston series... Hit .410 (41-of-100) with 33 RBI in C-USA action... Batted .386 with runners on base and .405 with runners in scoring position... Hit better away from home (.370) than at Reckling Park (.338)... Clubbed a walk-off grand slam to win the final regular season game against UAB... Made his NCAA debut on the mound against Winthrop (Mar. 17)... Did not allow a hit, struck out one and walked one... 2007: All-College World Series team; Freshman All-America (Collegiate Baseball/Third Team)... Conference USA All-Freshman team... Whataburger College Classic All-Tournament team... Worked his way into 66 of 70 games with 50 starts for the No. 1 team in the country... Made 47 starts at third base, two as the designated hitter and one at second base... Platooned at the hot corner with J.P. Padron for much of the season... Batted a steady .304 for the season and did even better at the College World Series... Hit .316 (6-for-19) with five RBI, four runs scored and a double in four CWS games... Collected hits in both Super Regional games against Texas A&M, the first of which tied the score with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning... Doubled-in a run against TCU in the championship game of the Regional... Batted .341 with runners on base and .363 with men in scoring position... Scored 31 runs with 11 doubles, two triples and a home run... Hit .338 and played solid defensively against C-USA competition... Went 5-for-15 at the C-USA Tournament and scored six times in five games... Had 18 multi-hit games, highlighted by a career-best three hits five different times (vs. Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, Memphis and Marshall)... Drove in two or more runs in a game 10 times, including three against Long Beach State and cross-town rival Houston... Had a seven-game hitting streak in March... Involved in 11 double plays from the hot corner... Played in the Cape Cod League (Yarmouth-Dennis) in the summer of 2007.
High School -- A 2006 graduate of Channelview High School... Four-year starter and letterman... Helped lead the Falcons to the district championship and semifinals of the state tournament... Earned first team all-district for four years, third team all-state as a freshman, and second team all-state as a senior... Coached by Corey Bowyer... Member of the National Honor Society... Ranked in top 10 percent of the class with a 4.68 grade point average.
Personal -- Full Name: Diego Joaquin Seastrunk. Born: Jan. 11, 1988, in Humble. Parents: Gary and Elsa Seastrunk of Humble (one sister and one brother). Major: kinesiology. College: Will Rice.
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