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Jan. 21, 2009
Guillen is a senior shortstop from Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he played at Thousand Oaks High School for Rod Stillwell. He joined the USC Upstate baseball team as a freshman in 2006. Now in his fourth year at Upstate, Guillen is set to graduate as an Information Systems major.
Guillen has played all but five games in the past two seasons for the Spartans. As a sophomore, Guillen started 52 games, mostly at second base. He hit .326 with six doubles, 27 RBIs and 29 RBIs while helping the Spartans to its best-ever record in the Peach Belt Conference.
As a junior, Guillen started every game of the season at shortstop, moving over from his natural position at second base. The key cog of the Spartan defense, Guillen helped turn 34 double plays. He also hit .261 and posted his second-straight 50-hit season, notching a career-high 33 runs and adding 23 RBIs.
Eric has shown dedication to USC Upstate both on and off the field, and will be a major contributor to the program in 2008. The USC Upstate Baseball Program is proud to award Eric Guillen with the Thomas L. Smith Memorial Scholarship.
Now in its fifth year, the Thomas L. Smith Scholarship is awarded annually to a present or former USC Upstate baseball player, currently enrolled at the University, who has made significant contributions to the program. The memorial scholarship has been created to honor Mr. Smith, provide opportunity for others, and serve as a reminder as to the real reasons we play baseball.
The scholarship has had four recipients in its five-year history, from Thomas L. Smith's grandson to one of the finest players to ever play at Upstate, the scholarship has been passed on as an enduring symbol in the Spartan program of hard work and love for the game.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT FLD% 2006.... .140 30-13 57 8 8 3 0 0 3 2 15 1-2 .946 2007.... .326 52-48 184 29 60 6 0 0 27 21 27 4-4 .963 2008.... .261 54-54 218 33 57 3 2 0 23 11 41 2-4 .919 TOTAL... .272 136-115 459 70 125 12 2 0 53 34 83 7-10 .941