|1 Willie Rueda
Was without question Texas Tech's most valuable position player in 2008 ... was honored by the Big 12 as an honorable mention selection at second base ... picked up Second-Team All-Big 12 honors from the Dallas Morning News ... rebounded well from an injury in 2007 to lead the squad with a .361 batting average ... hit safely in 22 of the last 25 games of the season and tallied 14 multiple-hit games during that stretch ... finished fourth on the squad with 19 multiple-hit games and fifth with eight multiple-RBI games ... along with this .361 average, he compiled 194 at-bats over 53 games, 70 hits, 14 doubles, three triples, 33 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .457 ... IN BIG 12 PLAY
... led the squad with a .365 average and started all 27 games of league play ... totaled 38 hits, seven doubles, two triples, 17 RBIs and a .472 on-base percentage ... had a season-high hit streak of 10 games between April 6 and April 26 ... established a new career high with five RBIs against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 18 ... logged four hits, four RBIs and scored three runs in Tech's series clinching 15-11 win over No. 2 Missouri ... went 4-for-4 against Oklahoma State on May 9 and then added four RBIs in the series finale against the Cowboys on May 11.
Played in only 14 games during the 2007 season after an injury in the Whataburger College Classic in Corpus Christi ... underwent Tommy John Surgery to repair the injury shortly after returning home from Corpus Christi.
Honors: Second Team All-Big 12 - Dallas Morning News; Honorable Mention All-Big 12 - Big 12 Coaches ... was one of eight everyday starters to end the season with a .300 or better average ... tallied a .307 average with four doubles, three triples, one home run and 16 RBI ... one of six newcomers and one of three true freshmen to earn a start on opening day ... started all three games of the Louisiana-Monroe series at second base and picked up at least one hit in each game ... posted his second multiple-hit game of the year against Eastern New Mexico on Feb. 20 by going 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and a walk ... picked up his first career multiple-RBI game against UNLV on March 6 when he laced a two-RBI double in the fourth inning ... posted his first career three-hit game in the series finale against UNC Asheville on March 11 ... went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored ... extended a current five-game hitting streak (season-high) against Wayland Baptist ... led the Tech offense during the Texas series with a .429 average (3-for-7) ... hit .417 in the weekend series against Kansas State ... went 5-for-12 at the plate with two RBI ... picked up his third three-hit game of the season at New Mexico on May 10 ... went 3-for-6 with one run batted in and two runs scored ... belted his first career home run off Missouri's Max Scherzer in the second-game of the Missouri series (5/13) ... his homer was the first run scored by Tech in the game.
A 2005 graduate of Bel Air High School in El Paso, Texas ... was a standout shortstop for the Highlanders under head coach Charlie Zielman ...named to the 2005 Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Second-Team ... was a two-time El Paso Times All-City shortstop ... three-time First-Team All-District pick ... Academic All-District honoree in both his junior and senior seasons ... finished with a .511 batting average his senior year along with eight home runs and 27 stolen bases.
Born on October 30, 1986 in El Paso, Texas ... son of Arnold Rueda and Gaby Rosales ... his father Arnold is a manager while his mother Gaby is a teacher and a graduate of UTEP ... in his spare time he enjoys working on cars ... majoring in exercise and sports science.