12 - Taylor Watanabe|
|Previous School:||Aiea HS|
AS A JUNIOR (2006)
Appeared in 17 games, mostly as a defensive replacement...made three starts, all at second base...had five hits, five runs scored and three RBI...posted fifth career double against UC Davis on March 11...had a two-run single to right field against Louisiana Tech on April 15...tied school record with seven at bats against San Jose State on April 22.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2006)
One of the Hornets’ most productive players at the plate, his season was hampered and eventually cut short by a right shoulder injury...played in 17 games and made five starts (four at second base, one at designated hitter)...hit .357 on the year with 10 hits, six runs, three RBIs and one double...went on a career-best six-game hitting streak from Feb. 11-25, batting 8-for-19 in that span with three RBIs and one double...set a new career single-game-high with a 3-for-5 performance at San Francisco on Feb. 11...was also 1-for-3 with one RBI and one runs scored in a 6-2 victory over the Dons on Feb. 12.
AS A FRESHMAN (2005)
Got the starting nod at second base midway through the season and proved to be hard to stop offensively...appeared in 34 games with all 21 of his starts coming at second...led all players with a .314 batting average (25-for-80)...as the season came to an end, he was slowed by an arm injury, but still managed eight RBIs, three doubles and three stolen bases...arguably the best bunter on the team, he led the team with eight sacrifices during the season, tying him for eighth in program history...recorded his first career triple against Pacific on May 21...in the Hornets’ 7-4 upset of fifth-ranked Arizona, he went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run...helped field 14 double plays.
Sat out the season as a redshirt.
A 2003 graduate of Aiea HS in Aiea, Hawaii...competed in four years of baseball and three years of basketball for the Na Alii...in baseball, he played second base all four years...led the squad to a 20-0 overall record and a pair of OIA Western Division Championships in 2002 and 2003...did not commit an error in the field during his junior season...named first team all-Oahu Interscholastic Association West, first team all-state and team MVP as a senior...earned first team all-OIAW and second team all-state honors as a junior...named all-OIAW honorable mention as a sophomore.
Born April 3, 1985...major is management information systems with a minor in music...parents are Eric and Janice Watanabe...would like to go into real estate after graduation and take over his father’s company...played drums for seven years...was a member of a band called “Hoindawall”...also played in the family band named “NYK”.