Guillen Named Thomas L. Smith Scholarship Recipient

Guillen Named Thomas L. Smith Scholarship Recipient

Jan. 21, 2009

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The fourth recipient of the Thomas L. Smith Memorial Scholarship is Eric Guillen, USC Upstate head baseball coach Matt Fincher announced on Wednesday.

Guillen is a senior shortstop from Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he played at Thousand Oaks High School for Rod Stillwell. He joined the USC Upstate baseball team as a freshman in 2006. Now in his fourth year at Upstate, Guillen is set to graduate as an Information Systems major.

Guillen has played all but five games in the past two seasons for the Spartans. As a sophomore, Guillen started 52 games, mostly at second base. He hit .326 with six doubles, 27 RBIs and 29 RBIs while helping the Spartans to its best-ever record in the Peach Belt Conference.

As a junior, Guillen started every game of the season at shortstop, moving over from his natural position at second base. The key cog of the Spartan defense, Guillen helped turn 34 double plays. He also hit .261 and posted his second-straight 50-hit season, notching a career-high 33 runs and adding 23 RBIs.

Eric has shown dedication to USC Upstate both on and off the field, and will be a major contributor to the program in 2008. The USC Upstate Baseball Program is proud to award Eric Guillen with the Thomas L. Smith Memorial Scholarship.

Guillen's Career Statistics:

Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT FLD%
2006... .140 30-13 57 8 8 3 0 0 3 2 15 1-2 .946
2007... .326 52-48 184 29 29 6 0 0 27 21 27 4-4 .963
2008... .261 54-54 218 33 57 3 2 0 23 11 41 2-4 .919
2009... .300 53-53 223 40 67 14 3 2 42 25 38 3-5 .938
TOTAL... .282 189-168 682 110 192 26 5 2 95 59 121 10-15 .940

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