Feb. 13, 2008
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Senior Dominic de la Osa is back for his final season as a Commodore and looks to build upon his breakout junior campaign. De la Osa batted .378 with a team-high 20 homers to go with 23 doubles and 62 RBI. He also stole 20 bases and was one of just three players nationally to hit 20 homers with 20 swipes as well.
Freshman Joey Manning is a physical specimen who proved in the fall practice season that he could contribute this season if called upon. The 6-foot-5 inch outfielder has all of the tools to be a star for years to come.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Wormsley is a very talented defensive player that could also see time in right.
Senior David Macias returns for his third season as a starter in center and could be the top player at his position in the conference according to the coaches. Macias batted .300 with 10 stolen bases and was hit by pitch a team high 20 times a year ago. He possesses a very strong and accurate arm with 10 outfield assists a year ago.
Redshirt freshman Alex Hilliard made the transition from the infield a year ago and will get some playing time this year. He is a very athletic performer that continues to develop his game.
The one position that is still up in the air is left due to the departure of Matt Meingasner who finished his eligibility a year ago. Senior Parker Hanks and junior Jonathan White will split time at the spot, as will Steven Liddle.
Hanks hit .265 with three homers and 14 RBI in limited duty as an injury sidelined him for the middle part of the year.
White is the fastest guy on the team and continued his development as a sophomore, batting .289 with three homers, seven doubles and 14 RBI. The fourth-year junior has all of the tools to be an impact player and will get an opportunity to show that this year.
"The outfield is steady," said Corbin. "In my mind, we have one of the best centerfielders (David Macias) playing out there in terms of going after balls and throwing people out. We've got a right fielder that's very capable of doing the same thing. I feel good about each left fielder but they're different. We've got a guy who can run the ball down (Jonathan White), a guy who excels at catching then throwing the ball (Parker Hanks), and then a guy in Steven Liddle who can do a mix of everything. Defensively, I think we'll secure the ball well."