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Palomar Comets Baseball 2009


NO. 7 / INF, FR, 6-0, 180; BATS: Right; THROWS: Right







HIGH SCHOOL: University City (San Diego, CA), Class of 2007

NCAA DIVISION i COLLEGE: Signed early with Oral Roberts University

PERSONAL: Born July 20,  1989, in San Diego. ... Son of Arthur and Rhonda Saladino. .. Has one brother, Craig.

ACADEMICS: Carried a 3.1 grade-point average at University City High School. ... Is a  undecided major at Palomar, carrying a 2.9 grade-point average.

2009 SEASON: First-team CCCBCA All-American, CCCBCA All-State and All-Pacific Coast Conference. ... Also selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association Pacific Division All-American first team. ... Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year and PCC Defensive Player of the Year. ... Also was Palomar's Most Valuable Player and Gold Glove Award winner. ... Batted  453 during the regular season, .364 in the post-season and .441 on the year, fourth on the all-time Palomar single-season list. ... . ... Hitting .441 two games into the post-season. ... Batted an incredible .616 in 20 Pacific Coast Conference games to lead the conference and shatter the Palomar single-season record, destroying Erich Kemp's (University of Utah) old Palomar record of .483 by 133 points in the process. ... His .two-year .399 career batting average ranks him No. 4 on the all-time Palomar list. ... Set a Palomar record with 58 runs scored. ... Also tied the Palomar mark with 37 runs scored in conference games and  tied the career record with a two-year total of 95. ... Tied for fourth on the all-time single-season list with 71 hits, tied for third on the all-time list with 45 hits in conference games and moved to sixth on the all-time career list with 118. Had a club-leading 14 doubles two triples, two home runs and 33 RBIs . ...  Started 45 games at third base and primarily shortstop while missing five others due to injuries. ... Compiled a .590 slugging percentage on the season, finishing at .767 in the conference). ... Was 34-for-55 from Feb. 14 through March 31. ... Had streaks during the season when he had eight hits in eight consecutive at-bats (in early March) and 14 hits in 14 consecutive at-bats (in late March). ... Was 21-for-36 at-bats the first week of March and was selected as Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the Week for all sports for the week ending March 8 after hitting in eight straight plate appearances. ... Had 10 hits in his last 12 at-bats going into the Comets' April 23 game at Southwestern. ... Has walked 24 times while being hit by 12 pitches and has on-base percentages of .546 (season) and .705 (conference games). ... Has stolen 12 bases for 14 attempts to lead the team, and also has 12 successful sacrifice bunts. ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a sacrifice bunt in a 12-7 win over Los Angeles Pierce on Feb. 14. ... Was 2-for-3 with a home run, five runs scored, five RBIs, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice bunt as the Comets went on the road and routed Rio Hondo 22-2 on Feb. 14. ... Helped lead the Comets to a 12-5 over an 8-1 Mt. San Jacinto team on the road on Feb 19 as he went 2-for-3, drove in two runs, scored three, tripled, reached base as a hit batter and stole a base. ... Was 2-for-4 with a double against Grossmont, which has been ranked as high as No. 3 in Southern California, on May 3.... Went 3-for-3, scored three runs, walked and stole two bases in a 13-0 win over host Imperial Valley on March 5. ... Was 3-for-3, scored twice, contributed a sacrifice bunt and stole a base in a 12-3 victory over the Arabs on March 7. ... Singled, scored two runs, was hit by two pitches and stole a base in a 7-1 win over San Diego City College on March 10. ... Went 3-for-4 in a 14-1 victory over the Knights on March 12 in San Diego with a walk and two runs scored. ... Went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 9-2 win over Southwestern, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in Southern California, on March 21. ... Went 4-for-4 again, with a triple, an RBI and two times being hit by pitches on March 24 as the Comets went on the road and topped the No. 1 Jaguars again 10-6. ... Was 4-for-4 for the third straight game on March 26, with a double and two RBIs, as Palomar, ranked No. 3 in Southern California, turned back No. 4 ranked Grossmont 5-4 in 10 innings in a battle for the undisputed conference lead. ... Finally saw his consecutive-hit streak of 14 hits in 14 at-bats stopped on March 28, winding up 1-for-2 with two runs, three walks and one hit-by-pitch, as the Comets went on the road and beat the Griffins again 10-7 to open up a two-game lead in the conference race. ... Went 3-for-6 with a double, a walk, four RBIs and four runs scored in a 25-2 win at Imperial Valley on March 31. ... Was 2-for-4 and scored two runs vs. Mt. San Jacinto on April 7. ... Doubled and scored Palomar's second run on April 8 as the Comets, ranked No. 2 in Southern California, knocked off No. 1 Orange Coast 2-0. ... Dove into the infield dirt to his right to make a spectacular grab of a sinking line drive between short and third for the game's final on April 9 out as the Comets pinned a 7-3 loss on Mt. San Jacinto, which entered the game with a 27-5 record and a 12-game winning streak. .. Went 3-for-5 with a first-inning home run, three RBIs and three runs scored  on April 14 as the Comets downed host San Diego City College 17-5 to stretch their lead over second-place Grossmont in the conference race to three games with seven to play. ...  Was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in a 7-2 win over San Diego City on April 16. ... Went 4-for-5, doubled and scored three runs as the Comets came from behind to beat San Diego Mesa 7-6 on April 18. ... Came right back to go 5-for-6 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored as the Comets clinched no worse than a tie for the conference championship with a 16-1 rout of Mesa on April 21. ... Singled, walked twice and went 1-for-2 on April 25 as the Southern California No. 1-ranked Comets beat Southwestern 4-2 at Myers Field to clinch the PCC championship outright. ... Went 2-for-4, doubled and drove in a run as the Comets opened the Palomar Super Regional with a 5-0 victory over Mt. SAC on May 15. ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI against Santa Ana on May 16. ... Doubled in a run in a 7-3 victory over Long Beach later the same day. ... Was 2-for-4 in the Super Regional championship game vs. Santa Ana on May 17, batting  ... Hit .438 in four Super Regional games (7-for-16).

2008 SEASON: First-team All-Pacific Coast Conference selection. ... Batted .348 playing in 45 games and starting 41 as a true freshman, with 16 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 33 RBIs, the latter to lead the team. Had a .585 slugging percentage, also to lead the club. ... Third on the team with 37 runs scored and was No. 2 on the team in successful sacrifice bunts with 37. ... Had seven steals in 11 attempts to tie for the team lead. ... Hit .350 in Pacific Coast Conference games with 11 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 22 RBIs. ... Doubled to drive in the Comets' first run of the season in their opening game at Cypress on Jan. 26. ... Went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in a 10-0 win over Ventura on Feb. 1. ... Went 2-for-3, tripled, doubled, scored three runs, drove in a run and walked twice in a 13-5 rout of Ventura on Feb. 8. ... Went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as the Comets downed Grossmont 8-6 on Feb. 28 on the road. ... Was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in a 13-4 victory at San Diego Mesa on March 11. ... Went 2-for-3 with three runs scored in a 10-4 victory over San Joaquin Delta on March 20. ... Went 4-for-4, doubled, scored three runs and drove in four in a 13-5 win at San Bernardino Valley on March 21. ... Singled to left field with two out in the top of the ninth inning to drive in the tying and winning runs in a 9-8 road victory over Grossmont. Was 3-for-4 for the game with a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. ... Went 2-for-5 with a double in a 7-2 win at Imperial Valley on April 3. ... Helped lead the Comets' to a 14-2 victory over the Arabs on April 5, when he went 2-for-3, doubled twice, drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, scored three runs and also had a sacrifice bunt. ... Went 2-for-5, doubled and drove in two runs in  a 6-2 road win over San Diego City College on April 8. ... Doubled to drive in three runs, including the tying run and winning run, as the Comets scored five times in the bottom of the eighth to beat San Diego Mesa 8-4 on April 17. Was 2-for-3 for the game with three RBIs and two runs scored. Also stole a base and was hit by a pitch. ... Hit a three-run home run over the rightfield fence on April 19 at Grossmont, breaking open an 11-6 victory over the Griffins. ... Went 3-for-4, doubled, was hit by a pitch, drove in a run and scored a run vs. Grossmont on April 22. ... Went 3-for-5 with two doubles in a 4-1 victory over Imperial Valley on May 1.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Played three seasons for coach Jeff Dufek at University City. ... Was a second-team All-Western League selection in both 2006 and 2007.

(Updated as of June 7, 2009)

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