3 - Ernie Olivarez
Ernie Olivarez
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
Year: Sr.
Hometown: McAllen, Tx
High School: McAllen HS
Position: INF
Bats/Throws: R/R

In 2008: One of four 4-year players on this years roster ... Played in 50 games getting the starting nod 48 times at second base... Batted .278 with 25 RBI, 28 runs scored and three home runs ... Led team with seven sacrifice hits ... Second on team with four triples and is third with six career triples ... Sixth in career at bats (426) and sac flies, and eighth in singles (89) ... Recorded 15 multi-hit games with three 3-hit games and seven multi-RBI games with three 3-RBI games ... Hit first two home runs of career at McNeese State ... Third homer was against UTSA in Southland Conference Tournament elimination game ... Posted back-to-back 3-hit games in series with Stephen F. Austin ... Had seven RBIs in a three-game stretch including series finale with Lamar and DH with UTPA.

In 2007: Took to the field 23 times with nine starts ... Had five starts at second base, three at short and one at third ... Averaged .273 at the plate with 12 hits in 44 at bats and three runs batted in ... Also scored 10 runs with three games where he crossed the plate twice ... Posted three, two-hit games ... Was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI versus Grambling State (2/18) ... Went 3-for-9 at the plate with three runs scored in series with Stephen F. Austin.

In 2006: Played in all 51 games starting all but one ... Took over as regular shortstop following injury to Bryan Gerondale ... Finished the season with a .257 batting average, 22 runs batted in and 23 runs scored ... At bat total was fifth at time in school history with 202 ... Hit by seven pitches which is tied for tenth in a season ... Tied for fourth on the team with eight doubles ... Posted five hits at Texas Southern (4/18) tying a school record and seven assists against Arizona State (3/10) which was the best by an Islander in 2006... Also scored four runs against Texas Southern (4/18) ... Fourteen multi-hit games was fourth on team ... Eight-game hitting streak tied for second longest on the team ... Drove in three runs twice including his debut.

In High School: Played at McAllen High School for Eliseo Pompa ... Finished his high school career with a .420 career average and holds the school record for career hits (182), hits in a season (52), steals in a career and season, and career triples ... Recorded an 8-3 record with a 1.37 ERA a senior ... All-state as a junior and senior ... Named All-Valley MVP and all-Coastal Bend as a senior ... District 31-5A MVP as junior and senior ... Lettered in football twice earning all-district honors as a senior ... Played for Mexico in the CABA World Series at age 12.

Personal: Born Ernesto Olivarez on Dec. 15, 1986 in McAllen ... Son of Ernie and Rita Olivarez ... Has a brother and sister ... Marketing major.

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