4 Miguel Gastellum
Miguel Gastellum

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
Marana

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 175

Position:
Second Base

Experience:
3VL



MISCELLANEOUS: All-Patriot League performer ... one of head coach Joe Sottolano's most pleasant surprises a year ago ... carried .238 career batting average into junior season ... developed into one of Patriot League's top offensive weapons ... batted .376 to rank fifth among league leaders ... raised career batting average 58 percentage points ... dramatically improved defensive play as well ... maintained starter's role at second base since midway through plebe campaign ... possesses excellent quickness and great base-running instincts ... injects valued speed into Black Knight lineup ... serves as catalyst to Army offense from either top or bottom of Black Knights' batting order ... pesky leadoff hitter ... comfortable in No. 2 and No. 9 spots as well ... boasts excellent defensive range ... capable of straying far to left or right to snare ball in hole ... durable performer ... worked hard to improve ability to turn double play ... enters final season ranked third on Army's career stolen base list with 49 thefts ... boasts .860 career stolen base success rating (49-57) ... needs 12 more stolen bases to become Black Knights' all-time stolen base leader ... three-year letterman.

2001: Enjoyed "breakout" season ... authored most consistent season of any Army player ... finished fifth among Patriot League leaders with .376 batting average ... second team All-Patriot League selection ... hit safely in 32 of 43 contests ... collected team-leading 18 multiple-hit showings ... topped team with 56 base hits ... that figure ranks tied for ninth on Black Knights' single-season chart ... stood third among Patriot League leaders in that category ... also ranked among team leaders in runs scored (32), total bases (67) and on-base percentage (.438) ... established new single season school record for stolen bases ... piled up 31 thefts in 34 tries for 91.2 percent success rate ... led conference in all three categories ... snatched 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts during league play (.938) ... ranked 12th nationally in stolen bases ... shattered former single season school standard of 26 stolen bases that stood for two decades ... added seven doubles and two triples ... tied for fifth on club with 16 bases on balls ... registered team-high 43 starts in 43 game appearances ... authored career-best nine-game hitting streak late in year ... collected career-best four hits during non-league loss against Manhattan ... went 4-for-6 with two doubles, one run scored and one run batted in during that standout performance ... smacked three hits on four occasions ... garnered two stolen bases eight times ... scored at least two runs in nine contests.

2000: One of two Army players to start all 45 outings ... closed year with .231 batting average ... registered three doubles, two triples and 10 runs batted in ... tied for team lead with 30 runs scored ... successful on 15 of 20 stolen base attempts (.750) ... infield single preserved ninth-inning rally during early season win over UMass-Lowell ... drove home game-winning run with successful suicide squeeze bunt in "walk-off" defeat of Lehigh ... hit safely in six of eight games entering NCAA regional showing ... batted .286 with eight runs scored during that stretch to raise seasonal average 14 percentage points ... collected one of Army's six hits in season-ending loss to eventual regional champ Penn State ... run-scoring single to right staked Black Knights to early 1-0 lead ... batted .300 with three runs batted in during Patriot League play.

1999: Emerged as starter at second base midway through rookie campaign ... appeared in 21 contests ... started final 16 games after being utilized mostly as pinch-runner during season's early stages ... batted .254 with 19 runs scored and five runs batted in ... ranked third on club in runs scored, despite limited playing time ... added two doubles and one triple ... closed season with a flourish, batting .375 across final six games ... scored 10 runs and drove in four more during that span ... elevated batting average 83 percentage points during final week of season ... collected five multiple-hit games ... went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in varsity starting debut opposite St. Francis (N.Y.) ... finished 4-for-8 with six runs scored and two RBI to lead late season doubleheader sweep of Patriot League foe Lafayette ... hit safely in five of season's final six contests.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Steve Hummel at Marana High ... three-sport standout ... earned four varsity letters in baseball, three in basketball and two in golf ... team captain as a senior in baseball ... all-conference performer ... garnered all-region honors as well ... helped squad to regional championship during senior campaign.

PERSONAL: Given name is Miguel Santiago Gastellum ... born Nov. 29, 1979, in Tucson, Ariz. ... parents' names are Rachel and Jerry Gastellum ... majoring in Geospatial Information Science.

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