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  Billy Swanson

Billy Swanson

Player Profile

Cypress, Calif.

High School:
Oxford Academy

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200







Billy Swanson started in three of the 19 games he competed in ... in his 26 at-bats, the outfielder finished with three hits, one of which was his first triple as a Matador, driving in two runs ... went 3-for-5 with an RBI and hit his first career triple vs. Southern (2/20) ... scored once at LMU (3/12) ... scored a run at Seattle (3/19 and 3/21) ... threw 0.1 innings, his second career appearance on the mound, vs. UC Irvine (4/1) ... entered the game as a pinch-hitter at UC Santa Barbara (5/8) ... entered the game as an outfielder and had one at-bat at UC Riverside (5/14) and vs. San Diego (5/24) ... entered the game as a pinch-hitter at Cal State Fullerton (5/30).


Earned Academic All-Big West Spring Sports Team honors ... entered the game as a pinch-runner at Pepperdine (2/20) ... entered the game as a designated hitter at Pepperdine (2/22) ... was a pinch-runner vs. Loyola Marymount (2/24) ... drove in two RBI's vs. Evansville (3/4) ... drove in two runs vs. Evansville (3/4) ... batted 1-for-2 at UNLV (4/28) ... entered the game as a pinch-hitter at UC Irvine (5/1) ... entered the game as an outfielder at UC Irvine (5/2) ... entered the game as a pinch-hitter and finished 1-for-1 vs. Pacific (5/16) ... collected his fifth hit of the season in his first game started this season at UC Davis (5/24).


Swanson was one of two Matadors who made the 2008 Big West Academic All-Conference Spring Sports Team ... started in 26 of the 41 games he played in last season ... hit .288 with 32 total hits and three doubles ... drove in 12 runs for the Matadors ... possessed the second-highest total of sacrifice bunts with six ... swiped the third-highest total of stolen bases going 4-for-5 on the basepaths ... only hit into one double play in 111 at-bats ... appeared in one game and pitched one inning in relief ... struckout two batters in his only appearance last season ... collected three hits, three RBI's and a double vs. Loyola Marymount (3/22) ... added another three hits to his total at UC Santa Barbara (3/28) ... went 2-for-5 and drove in three Matadors vs. UC Santa Barbara (4/22).


Swanson appeared in 17 games as a freshman, making five starts as an outfielder ... smacked his first hit of the year on Apr. 21 at UCLA ... collected hits in consecutive games on May 12 and 19 vs. UC Riverside and at UC Irvine, respectively ... tallied three runs scored on the year ... did not commit an error ... went 1-for-3 with a run scored against Pacific on May 26.


A three-sport athlete for the Patriots, Swanson also competed for the soccer and cross country teams ... won baseball all-league honors in each of his four seasons ... also garnered All-CIF honors as a junior and senior and a league MVP award as a junior ... helped lead the Patriots to four consecutive league titles.


Born January 27, 1988 in Cypress, Calif. ... parents are Ed and Phanitha Swanson ... roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ... favorites include actor Denzel Washington, actress Kate Beckinsale, chicken noodle soup, and the band Jimmy Eat World ... lists greatest sports moment as tossing a no-hitter as a sophomore ... says the best thing about being an athlete is staying fit, the toughest thing is the discipline ... likes to swim or watch TV when he has time to relax ... if he could have dinner with any two people, they would be chefs Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Legasse ... advice to young people is "don't do drugs" ... major is Biology.