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29   Rafael Lopez
Rafael Lopez

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Wellington, FL

Last College:
Indian River State College

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 185

Position:
C

Experience:
1 VL

B/T:
L/R


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2011: Enters his final season in the best physical condition of his career, entrenched as the team's starting catcher.

2010: Established himself as one of the finest receivers in the country over the course of the season...made 46 starts behind the plate and appeared in 51 games...was selected to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List... finished the season fielding .985 on the year, with just six errors in 394 chances...had a 16-game errorless streak, dating to the 2009 season, stopped in the fourth inning against Florida in Tampa...batted .278 with 24 RBI, 10 doubles and two homers...after sitting out the opening series, went 3 for 3 with two doubles in the series finale against Hofstra...batted .500 with three of four hits going for extra bases against the Pride...converted on a safety squeeze in the third inning of FSU's win over Florida in Tampa...recorded a season-high 10 putouts in the middle game of the Virginia series...matched that total in the opening game of the Maryland series, then eclipsed it with 11 putout in game 2 at Wake Forest...hit .333 in three games at Boston College, where he began his collegiate career...tied a season high for runs and RBI in the first game of a doubleheader, connecting on a solo home run in the second for FSU's first run....posted a season-high 13 putouts in that same game...led all Seminoles with a .500 average (7-for-14) in the ACC Tournament championship run...registered at least one hit in all four games...tied a season-high with three hits and established a new high with three RBI in the title game against NC State...earned NCAA Norwich Regional All-Tournament team honors...homered in the first game against Central Connecticut and hit a two-out, two-run double in the first meeting with Oregon...started all three games of the Super Regional against Vanderbilt and hit .300...registered two hits in game 2 and tied a season-high with two runs score in game 3...was perfect from the field in 24 chances.

2009: Moved behind the plate for the first time in his college career in his first season with the Seminoles, starting 47 games at catcher...finished the season with a .989 fielding percentage, with just four errors in 357 fielding opportunities...enjoyed a streak of 30 consecutive error-free games...threw out 42.2 percent of would-be base stealers, including 4 of 4 against Florida on April 14...hit .287 over 54 games... finished the opening weekend of the series with a team-best eight RBI; six coming in his first four at-bats...first hit as a Seminole was a grand slam to right against Hofstra...tallied a career-high five RBI in game 1 of a doubleheader against the Pride...continued torrid start by hitting .538 against Auburn...established career highs in runs (3) and hits (4) in game two vs. the Tigers... drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning against High Point...followed with a walk-off sacrifice fly to beat North Carolina in game 1 of the series...brought home the tying run with two outs in the home 10th against UNC Asheville...hit .400 in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, registering a hit in each game...went 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBI in the title win against Ohio State...finished the year with 10 mult-hit games.

INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE: Hit .375 with seven home runs, 43 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 2008 at Indian River Community College...earned first team Southern Conference accolades...selected to participate in the Florida Junior College All-Star game.

BOSTON COLLEGE: Redshirted his freshman season.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Summit Christian School in Wellington, Fla....three-year first team all-county selection (2004-06)...named to the Palm Beach County Super Eleven in 2006...earned Puma Preseason All-America honors the same year... rated the second overall prospect at the 2006 Puma showcase.

PERSONAL: Son of Rafael and Wanda Lopez...spent the 2010 summer with the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League where he hit .344 with four homers, 14 doubles and 30 RBI...led all regulars on the team with a .442 OBP and a .557 slugging percentage...major is social science...born on October 2, 1987.

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