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    Kenneth Avila
    Kenneth Avila

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Corpus Christi, Texas

    High School:
    W.B. Ray

    Height / Weight:
    5-9 / 170

    Position:
    OF/IF

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R



    2009: Played in all 50 contests for the Wildcats, starting 48 ... Split time between the center field and designated hitter positions ... Led team with a .298 batting average ... Finished second on the team with four steals and third with 15 walks ... Committed only one error on the season in 80 chances ... Posted nine multi-hit games, including a four-hit outing versus West Virginia (2/23) ... Started the season on a seven-game hitting streak, compiling an impressive .542 batting average during that span ... Racked up four hits and two runs in a double-header sweep at Michigan (5/16) ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Named overall national male recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, given to an individual of color who exemplify the standards set by the tennis great.

    2008: Appeared in 13 games, making five starts ... Went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base in a win over Chicago State (4/8) ... Posted two hits with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI in a victory against Robert Morris (4/22) ... Tallied two hits and scored a run in a win over Elmhurst (5/6) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Recipient of Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, only one of 10 baseball players nationally to earn the honor ... Named to the Hawai'i Collegiate Baseball League all-star game during the summer ... Helped his team to the league championship.

    2007: Chosen as one of 325 student-athletes to attend the NCAA National Leadership Conference ... Collected multiple hits in collegiate debut at Texas Tech (2/9) ... Started 14 games at shortstop, seven at third base ... Ranked fourth on the team with 36 assists ... Turned five double plays.

    High School: Named 2005 first-team All-District 28-5a, first-team All-South Texas, and first-team All-Metro as a shortstop ... Stole 30 bases in 2005, leading the state of Texas and setting a school record in the process ... Set the table for high school team in 2004 and 2005, batting over .385 and scoring 34 runs both seasons ... Team captain ... Named MVP of the LSU Baseball Camp ... Earned 2004 All-District 29-5a as a sophomore ... Member of the Select Team that won 2004 IBC Texas State Baseball Championships and participated in the 2005 IBC World Series ... Invited to attend numerous prestigious baseball camps ... Member of National Honor Society ... Recognized as an Eagle Scout ... Ranked seventh in a class of 459 ... High school coach was Mario Deleon.

    Personal: Born Kenneth Andrew Avila ... Son of Pete and Suzanne Avila ... Majors are economics and legal studies.

    Avila's Career Stats

    Year       Avg  GP-GS    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%
    2007....  .233  29-21    60   10   14   2   0   0    2   16  .267   3   3  10   1  .303   0   3   2-4     16  36   8  .867
    2008....  .389  13-5     18    6    7   0   0   0    1    7  .389   3   0   1   0  .476   0   1   2-3      4   5   1  .900
    TOTAL...  .269  42-26    78   16   21   2   0   0    3   23  .295   6   3  11   1  .345   0   4   4-7     20  41   9  .871