Another member of Army's talented junior class ... capable of handling variety of positions ... boasts tremendous amount of athleticism ... blessed with great deal of natural ability ... hails from baseball hotbed of Tampa area. ... has filled roles as starting left fielder and bullpen closer since arriving as a freshman ... capable of playing third base, shortstop and second base as well ... dangerous power source at plate ... boasts ability to drive ball to outfield gaps ... excellent opposite-field line-drive hitter ... equally impressive on pitching mound ... dominant closer out of Black Knights' bullpen ... shouldered role each of past two seasons ... repertoire includes riding fastball, diving slider and deceptive changeup ... throws all three pitches for strikes ... consistently clocked in low-90s ... topped out at 94 miles per hour during freshman season ... major impact player at two positions ... already one of finest closers in Army history ... boasts gaudy .337 career batting average and stingy 1.87 career earned run average ... has not yielded single home run in 26 career pitching appearances ... also sports 4:1 career strikeout-walk ratio (28-7) ... returning conference all-star ... one of top talents in Patriot League ... two-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Ranks tied for fifth on Army's single season total bases chart (104 in 2005) ... tied for second on school's single season base hits list (75 in 2005) ... finished six hits shy of Academy standard established by teammate Kyle Scogin (81) last spring ... tied for 10th on school's single season doubles list (13 in 2005) ... ranks tied for fourth on Army's career triples list (9) ... career batting average of .337 stands tied for eighth on Black Knights' career chart ... set new single season Army record for saves last spring (8) ... ranked 49th nationally in that category ... needs three saves to become Army's career leader in the category ... enters junior campaign ranked second on list (11) ... one of seven players to establish new single season school record for games played (53) last season ... one of six to set new single season school record for starts (53) as well ... voted 2004 Patriot League Rookie of the Year ... named to Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team in 2004 ... established five Army plebe records ... earned first All-Patriot League citation last spring ... listed by Collegiate Baseball as one of Patriot League's "Top Players to Watch" this spring ... also selected to Baseball America's preseason all-conference squad.
2005: Second team All-Patriot League selection in outfield ... dual-position standout ... one of six players to start all 53 games, setting new Army record ... batted .350 with 13 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 42 runs scored and 35 runs batted in ... accumulated 104 total bases ... owned .486 slugging percentage and .393 on-base percentage ... topped club in doubles and triples ... closed second in base hits and tied for second in total bases ... ranked third on team in batting average, runs scored and slugging percentage ... fourth in runs batted in and on-base percentage ... ranked among Patriot League leaders in several offensive categories ... stood tied for 10th among conference batting leaders ... led league in triples ... listed second only to teammate Kyle Scogin in base hits (75) ... tied for second in total bases, third in runs scored, tied for third in doubles, sixth in runs batted in ... fashioned 19 multiple-hit performances to stand second among team leaders ... tied for fifth on club with eight multiple-RBI efforts ... batted .361 with runners on base and .338 with runners in scoring position ... successfully delivered runner from third base with less than two outs during 12 of 18 opportunities (.667) ... batting average hovered near .400 much of season ... garnered four hits on four occasions ... slapped three hits six times ... nailed home runs against Lehigh and Rhode Island ... went 4-for-4 with one run scored and career-best five RBI in Patriot League defeat of Holy Cross ... finished 4-for-7 with four runs batted in to lead non-league victory over New York Tech ... closed out regular season with pair of three-hit performances in twinbill against Rhode Island ... finished day 6-for-9 with two runs scored and one RBI ... hit safely in 42 of 53 showings, including five straight to close year ... opened season with team-long 16-game hitting streak ... batted safely in 27 of season's first 29 contests ... registered extra-base hits in 18 showings ... closed out spring trip to Florida by batting .818 (9-11) with five runs scored and one run batted in over final three contests ... posted .857 on-base percentage during stretch ... went 4-for-5 with one double and one run scored to aid impressive win over Conference USA power South Florida ... dominant in closer's role out of Black Knights' bullpen ... established new single season school record for saves with eight ... sported 0-0 record and tiny 0.57 earned run average ... allowed just one earned run over 15.2 innings of work ... scored upon just once in 16 mound appearances ... struck out 16 and walked only five ... yielded just 10 singles ... did not allow an extra-base hit ... notched at least one strikeout in all but four showings ... recorded saves against Massachusetts, Temple, Lafayette (twice), Bucknell, Fairfield, Savannah State and South Alabama ... protected Army's first NCAA Regional victory with perfect inning of relief versus South Alabama ... limited opponents to .175 batting average ... saved both ends of Patriot League twinbill against Lafayette ... registered three saves in four conference appearances ... allowed two hits in four innings of Patriot work ... unscored upon in league action ... held Patriot foes to .133 batting average ... chosen Patriot League Player of the Week on one occasion.
2004: Patriot League Rookie of the Year ... first Army player so honored ... first team All-Patriot League outfielder ... two-position standout ... batted .323 with nine doubles, four triples, two home runs, 51 runs scored and 36 runs batted in ... finished just six base hits shy of Army's previous single-season record (that was surpassed last season) ... piled up 85 total bases ... registered highest totals ever by an Army freshman in base hits, runs scored, RBI and total bases ... total base figure surpassed by teammate Cole White following year ... listed sixth among team leaders in batting average, second in runs scored, third in total bases, third in base hits, tied for second in triples, tied for third in walks (16) and tied for third in RBI ... recorded .443 slugging percentage ... ranked 15th among Patriot League leaders in batting average, sixth in base hits, tied for fourth in triples, second in runs, tied for ninth in runs batted in and ninth in total bases, despite playing the majority of the season with a broken finger ... batted .338 with runners in scoring position and .333 with runners on base overall ... stood third on team with 20 multiple-hit performances ... tied for sixth with eight multi-RBI efforts ... ripped three hits three times ... recorded career-best four hits in early season date against Columbia ... paced wild 17-13 comeback defeat of Pace with three hits and five runs batted in ... drilled first collegiate home run in that contest to tie score at 13-13 ... blast capped monstrous Army rally from 10-0 deficit ... registered base hit and scored team's only run in Army's heartbreaking 2-1 loss to College of Charleston in NCAA Regionals ... limited to outfield duties majority of the season due to finger injury ... still managed to register three saves out of Black Knights' bullpen ... figure ranked tied for fifth among Patriot League leaders ... posted 0-1 record with 3.86 earned run average ... scored upon just twice in 10 mound showings ... struck out 12 and walked only two for flashy 6-1 strikeout-walk ratio ... limited opponents to .188 batting average with runners on base ... permitted just one run over first eight appearances, spanning 8.0 innings ... registered saves in all three Patriot League pitching performances ... did not yield a single run in those outings ... fanned two and did not walk a batter ... closed out Army's upset victory over nationally ranked Florida with scoreless inning of relief versus powerful Gators in native state ... two-time Patriot League "Freshman of the Week" choice throughout the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Greg Suazo at Robinson High ... lettered twice in baseball ... served as team captain final two years ... earned all-conference honors both those seasons ... all-area selection as well ... split time between pitching mound and shortstop ... Dunedin Blue Jays Home Run Derby champion ... earned additional varsity letter in football ... filled outside linebacker role on gridiron ... played with current Army teammate Kyle Terza for two years at Robinson ... attended same high school as professional wrestling star Hulk Hogan.
PERSONAL: Given name is Milan Joseph Dinga ... born Dec. 27, 1984, in Santa Rosa, Calif. ... parents' names are Dorann Lucas and Paul Dinga ... mother served in U.S. Air Force for six years ... played against current Army teammate Barnes Connell in inter-state tournament one level below Little League World Series ... represented team from state of Florida, while Connell represented squad from state of South Carolina ... enjoys fishing in spare time ... played violin for five years ... majoring in Spanish.