SPECIAL FEATURE ON SENIORS (March 26, 2020) – Our Lady of the Lake University's (OLLU) Jose Diaz was continuing his illustrious career before the baseball season was cut short.
Diaz led the Saints with a .405 batting average and 11 stolen bases. He also led the team with eight saves, which was ranked second in the NAIA. He limited batters to a .135 batting average and struck out 15 over the course of the short season.
In the final game of the season, Diaz put up an amazing stat line. He went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored two runs and hit two doubles. The Saints were 5-1 in conference and 15-10 overall. He has a career batting average of .325 and averaged more than 50 hits in each of his first three seasons.
Diaz's stats include Saints' career-best most games played - 178, at-bats-600, total runs-106, hits-195, doubles-38, home runs-12, RBIs-118, total bases-279 and stolen bases-59; season-best batting average - .405; and game-best four runs scored.
Diaz was named a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Scholar-Athlete from 2017-2019 and All-Conference First Team in 2019.
Diaz reflected on the season ending short by saying, "I strongly believe that we had a chance to do some great things. We had the right pieces and we were all pulling on the same side of the rope."
One of Diaz's favorite quotes is, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That is why we call it the present."
Diaz's hobby is playing baseball. His athletic role model is NBA Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James.
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