Tommy Perez enters his fourth and final season at third base with the Lions...proved to be a major contributor his last three seasons and will be looked to as a leader on the field...has matured well between his junior and senior seasons and looking for a big year from him...has been focused in the off-season in his preparation and training... a very good hitter who should start in the middle of the order...an important leader who knows what it takes to win championships...will be the expected starter at third for the Lions... was drafted in the 45th round of the 1998 MLB Draft but decided to attend LMU.
2001 Season Notes at LMU...
Finished his junior season playing in 48 games and starting in 45...he led the Lions in hitting with a batting average of .341 (59-for-173)...he led the team in home runs with 11 and RBI with 45...he added nine doubles, two triples (second on the team) and 40 runs scored (second on the team)...he finished with 105 total bases and a team high .607 slugging percentage...he also had six sacrifice flies and 17 walks...he caught fire at the end of the season, finishing 2001 with a seven-game hitting streak...he had five games with three or more hits and three games with two home runs...he had a pair of home runs in a 3-for-4 outing against California (2/18/01), finishing with four RBI...he did it again against USC (4/24/01) with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with four RBI and four runs scored...he had his third against Gonzaga (5/12/01), going 4-for-4 with four RBI...during his hitting streak at the end of the season, he had a 5-for-5 effort against Cal State Northridge, hitting two doubles, a home run and his third of four four-RBI outings on the season...in addition to ending the season on fire, raising his batting average from .294 to .341 in the final weeks of the season, he started the campaign in equal fashion...he began the season hitting as high as .469 after back-to-back three-hit outings against Cal and USC (2/20/01).
2000 Season Notes at LMU...
Played in 44 games for the Lions...suffered an ankle injury following a game against St. Mary's...hit .306 on the season, up from his freshman season of .296 when he recorded 226 at-bats...had 48 hits in 157 at-bats his sophomore campaign...of his 48 hits, 16 were for extra bases (seven home runs and nine doubles)...scored 32 runs for the offensively potent Lions...had a career-high seven at-bats against St. Mary's...finished the game 4-for-7 with four RBI, a home run and a double...had a three-run homer in the 30-9 win over St. Mary's...hit his seventh homer of the season in only his second start after coming back from the injury against Gonzaga...went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in the 16-6 win over Cal Poly, which helped LMU put together a five-game win streak early in the season.
2000 Regional Notes...
Had a productive Regional performance...finished 4-for-10 in the three games...was only Lion starter in the Regional that did not strikeout...had a double and two RBI...in the team's win over Fullerton, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
1999 Season Notes at LMU...
Led the team in home runs (12) and RBIs (50)...played in 59 games, starting in 58...accomplished a 10-game hitting streak at midseason...earned honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors...tied for second on the team in slugging percentage (.518) and ranked fourth in total bases (117)...was fifth on the squad with an on-base percentage of .395...finished second on the team in walks (31) and third in strikeouts (35)...hit into eight double plays (T-2nd)...committed 15 errors in 151 chances (.901)...collected 14 doubles and tied for second on the team in hit-by-pitches (7)...went 4-for-11 (.364) with a double and a home run against Nevada...hit a three-run home run in the seventh against UC Santa Barbara that helped extend LMU's lead to 11-6...the homer capped a five-run seventh that put the Lions ahead for good...enjoyed a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 against Cal State Northridge and finished with three RBI...hit a two RBI single in the sixth inning and finished with three RBI that helped LMU score the go-ahead runs to beat USC, 9-4...collected his eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the second inning, to help lift LMU to a 19-10 win over Pepperdine...his 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot, came in the second inning which propelled LMU to a 12-3 win over Santa Clara...went 2-for-4 against the Broncos with four RBI, an effort that helped LMU clinch the WCC West Division title...belted his 12th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth to left-center, in the team's 10-2 loss to Stanford at the NCAA Regional.
1999 Regional Notes...
Hit .375 in two games at the regional...led LMU with a 2-for-4 effort and two RBI and scored once in the team's 10-2 loss to Stanford in the first round...singled to left field in the second inning in his first at-bat in postseason play...followed with his 12th home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth, which plated all of LMU's runs against the Cardinal...went 1-for-4 in the team's 4-3 loss to Nevada in the elimination game, collecting a single with one out in the fifth inning.
A 1998 graduate of John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA...was a four-year letterwinner on the baseball team...captained the squad as a junior and senior prep...earned all-conference accolades as a freshman, junior and senior...helped his team win a Foothill League Championship while at the school...played for prep coach Jose Valle.
Tomas "Tommy" Alejandro Perez was born Aug. 9, 1980 in Northridge, CA...he is the son of Rudy and Elisa Perez...has two sisters, Cristina and Denise...majoring in business.
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