Danny Lopez appeared in 38 games for the 2009 Panthers at the shortstop position...he finished the year with impressive numbers for a middle infielder with an on base percentage of .403 and slugging percentage of .431...named Big East Player of the Week for his efforts against Seton Hall...on March 9 against St. Joseph's Lopez went 5-for-5 including a triple and batted in six runs...earned the team's fifth-highest batting average with .323...batted .395 with two outs...went 4-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI versus Duquesne on April 1...tied for third on the team with 30 RBI on the season.
Lopez started at shortstop in 51 games for the Panthers last season...led the team with 21 stolen bases as well as assists with 151...finished second on the team with a .319 batting average...second in RBI with 38...third on the team in hits with 67...Lopez stole 21 bases in 29 attempts on the year, including six games where he stole two bases...went 2-4 with a double and triple in an April 8, 9-8 win over Duquesne...drove in a season-high five runs while going 5-for-7 in a 25-3 win over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on February 29.
Lopez was the lone true freshman in the Panthers' starting lineup...proved to be a dynamic middle-infielder, making 48 starts and 49 appearances at shortstop for Pitt...batted .269 with six doubles and three triples, while driving in 14 runs...notched 49 total hits, fifth-most on the team...earned a team-high .909 stolen base percentage with 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts...tallied a team-high 133 assists, good enough for the 13th spot on the Panthers' list for all-time assists in a season...was part of 22 successful double plays...notched a career-high five assists in four different contests...tallied a career-high three hits in six different games, the first of which came as part of a 3-5 performance with two singles and first career-double in a 13-6 win over Saint Joseph's on March 8...connected for first triple as a Panther and added an RBI and a run scored in a 6-4 win over Louisville... notched a career-high seven putouts in a 14-inning, 4-2 win over Akron on April 14...scored a career-high three runs in a tight 10-9 win over St. John's on April 13, while going 3-5 from the plate with a double and a career-high tying two RBI...went 3-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a 12-5 punishing win over Cleveland State on April 18...batted a perfect 3-3 in Pitt's 10-9, 10-inning win over Rutgers on May 13...hit 3-5 with a career-high three RBI and two runs scored in a close 16-15 victory at Cleveland State on May 15...tallied 13 multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games...enjoyed an eight-game hitting streak from April 6 through April 20.
Lopez was a four-year member of the McClancy High School baseball team under coach Nick Melito...posted a .460 batting average with two homeruns as a senior...received All-Queens honors as a junior and senior...was named the team MVP as a senior...helped the Bayside Yankees to a Premier Baseball National Championship.
Born January 21, 1988... son of Ruben and Luz Lopez... has one sister, Daisy (32) and one brother, Ruben (27)...an administration of justice major.
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