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Eric Rivera
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Eric  Rivera

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
West Park, Fla.

High School:
Flanagan

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 185

Position:
OF/INF

Birthdate:
09/19/1997

Major:
Criminal Justice

06/08/2018

Baseball Season in Review, Including `Mac's Musings'

Owls Bid Farewell To At Least 10, But Set to Return Back Strong Nucleus

06/04/2018

Hot Start Again for Baseball Moves Squad to Regional Final

Owls Take On Top-Seeded UF Monday at 1 p.m.

06/01/2018

Baseball Falls Prey to JU Comeback in Friday Loss

Owls Next Play Columbia, Saturday at 1 p.m., in Elimination Game

05/27/2018

Baseball Bound for C-USA Title Game

Owls Top Rice For Second Time in About 12 Hours, in Walkoff Fashion

05/27/2018

Baseball’s Run in Biloxi Ends in C-USA Tourney Finale

Owls Now Wait to See If They Head to an NCAA Regional

2018 (Sophomore)

  • Appeared in, and started all but one, of the Owls' 63 games in 2018
  • Hit .277 with six home runs and a team-best 50 RBI
  • Also totaled 61 hits and 45 runs scored, both new career highs, along with a .387 OBP
  • Finished second on the team with 10 stolen bases, in only 12 attempts
  • Had 10 games with two hits, five with three, and two with four
  • Earned Week 5 Conference USA Hitter of the Week honors, which included a go-ahead grand slam on the road at Miami, a game in which the Owls trailed at one point 9-2
  • That was one of his two four-hit efforts, this one 4-for-5 with five RBI, the other on April 13, 4-for-4 vs. UTSA
  • Had the team's lone walkoff home run, topping Charlotte at home on April 7 with a solo shot in the bottom of the 11th for a 5-4 win
  • Split time between leftfield (35 starts) and second base (27), but only committed seven errors combined at the two positions
  • Batted .308 with a team-best seven RBI to earn a Conference USA All-Tournament nod in Biloxi
  • Had three games with two RBI each
  • Hit by a team-high 12 pitches, and with 23 in his career, is already ninth on FAU's' all-time career list

2017 (Freshman)

  • Fantastic debut season culminated with a Conference USA All-Freshman nod
  • Batted .256 with six home runs and 31 RBI
  • Ranked second on the team with 13 doubles, fourth with 43 runs scored and fifth with 51 hits
  • Led the team and was fourth in C-USA with nine successful sacrifices
  • Had the Owls' second-longest hitting streak of the year, 11 games, from March 10-March 25
  • Hit safely in 19 of 20 games, beginning on Feb. 25 through that end date
  • Had three three-hit games: vs. Illinois (March 5), vs. Toledo (March 10) and at Charlotte (April 8)
  • Committed just two errors over his final 41 games, including an errorless stretch of 27 straight (March 14-April 30)
  • Led the Owls with five outfield assists

High School

  • Was named Hitter of the Year at Flanagan, for coach Ray Evans
  • Was First Team All-Miami Herald and All-Sun Sentinel
  • Also First Team Preseason Louisville Slugger All-American
  • For Elite Squad and coach Adam Kunkel, played in the Area Code Games in California
  • Five times, was named Perfect Game All-Tournament

Personal

  • Son of Ramon Rivera and Tina Rivera
  • Major is criminal justice
  • Born September 19, 1997 in Pembroke Pines
  • Goal is to be an MLB player
  • Loves baseball: Favorite movie is Moneyball and enjoys watching the MLB Network
  • Last read Mind Gym
  • Favorite food is fettucine alfredo
  • Something most people don't know about him? He can play almost every sport

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