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      Michael Rivera
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

High School:
Miami Senior

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 185

Position:
2B

Experience:
4L

B/T:
R/R

2006 - SENIOR
Served as team co-captain (along with sophomore J.P. Arencibia) and started every game of the season ... Hit .316 with 67 hits, 36 RBIs and a career-high four home runs ... Hit .321 in SEC play ... Had a game-high three RBIs in the season-opener at Florida Atlantic Feb. 3 ... Homered in the home-opener against Eastern Michigan Feb. 10 ... Posted three consecutive multi-hit games Feb. 26-March 3, going 7-for-13 during that span ... Provided the go-ahead RBI as UT rallied to beat Akron March 11 ... Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs March 14 vs. Siena ... Had three hits in the abbreviated SEC-opening series at sixth-ranked Mississippi State March 17-18 ... Drove in two runs on two hits vs. Tennessee Tech March 21 and had three hits and an RBI one day later against Hartford ... Had two hits and two runs while playing shortstop March 29 against ETSU ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs April 1 at No. 10 Arkansas ... Collected a pair of hits during UT's exhibition loss to the Tennessee Smokies minor-league club April 4 ... Hit a three-run homer at ETSU April 5 ... Enjoyed a strong game vs. LSU April 8, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs ... Went 2-for-5 with two RBIs during UT's 11-inning win at Georgia April 21 ... Drove in three runs on six hits with a solo home run during the series at No. 22 Ole Miss April 28-30 ... Scored once and drove in three runs on one hit as the Vols pounded No. 23 Vanderbilt 13-3 May 5 ... Pounded out six hits during UT's road series win at No. 15 South Carolina May 12-14 ... Put together a career-best 12-game hit streak that came to an end May 18 against No. 8 Alabama ... Broke the school record for games played when he took the field for the 218th time May 18 against Alabama ... The season-finale vs. Alabama May 20 marked his 219th career game, and he doubled to tie Stevie Daniel (1999-2001) for fourth place on the school's all-time hits list with 246 career hits ... Finished with a .958 fielding percentage ... Recorded 19 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games ... Hit .364 vs. left-handed pitching and .299 against right-handers ... Upon his departure from UT, the only Vols to ever record more hits than him were SEC Players of the Year Chris Burke (2001), Todd Helton (1995) and Jeff Pickler (1998) ... He also left as the school's all-time leader in at-bats with 793.

2005 - JUNIOR
Started all 67 of Tennessee's games as the Vols' second baseman ... Hit .331 on the year with 81 hits, one home run and 42 RBIs ... Primarily occupied the seventh (41 games) and eighth (18 games) spots in UT's batting order ... Posted 25 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games ... His best hit streak of the season lasted seven games ... Was 13-of-14 on stolen-base attempts ... Ranked third on the club with eight sacrifice bunts ... Collected three hits and three RBIs vs. Tennessee Tech Feb. 22 ... Had a double and three RBIs against Eastern Kentucky April 5 ... Tallied three hits, one RBI and one run at Vanderbilt April 22 ... Totaled three hits and scored two runs in the Vols' series-clinching win at Florida May 1 ... Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored as UT downed LSU May 13 in Baton Rouge ... Was a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored against Georgia May 21 ... Finished the Georgia series with six runs scored ... Went 2-for-4 and scored twice during UT's NCAA Regional victory over Wichita State ... Only home run of the season was a timely three-run blast during Tennessee's series-clinching win over Georgia Tech in the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional June 11 ... Had two hits during the season-ending loss to Arizona State in the College World Series.

2004 - SOPHOMORE
Had a solid campaign by posting a .301 average with two home runs and 18 RBI ... Named SEC Player of the Week March 15 after hitting .632 (12-for-19) ... He tied a career-high with four runs scored against Niagara and led the Vols with eight runs scored and 12 hits ... He collected four multi-hit games during a five-game stretch while posting a .947 slugging average with a .650 on-base percentage ... Had three three-hit games during that streak against Niagara G2 March 10 and Siena March 13-14 ... Had a game-winning RBI double vs. Miami Feb. 21 and the game-winning hit against Auburn March 27 ... Played in 54 games, making 42 starts (39 in right field, two at third base and one at second base) ... Registered 14 multi-hit and four multi-RBI games ... Recorded a 10-game hitting streak Feb. 29-March 16 which was the longest hit streak of the season by Vol as well as a career-high ... Batted .500 on the streak ... Hit .243 with five RBI in SEC play ... Had one hit in the SEC tournament and played a defensive sub in the NCAA tournament ... Hit .343 against left-handers, .270 versus right-handers and .228 with runners in scoring position.

2003 - FRESHMAN
An outstanding outfielder and infielder who missed the final 12 games after injuring his right thumb in the second game of the LSU series April 26 ... Started all 43 games he played, finishing with a .283 average, two home runs and 26 RBI ... Made 33 starts in right, five at third, four at first and one at shortstop ... Batted .229 with one home run and eight RBI in SEC play ... Hit both of his home runs in back-to-back games vs. Miami March 8-9 ... Got off to a hot start, batting .365 through the first 23 games ... Still managed 14 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games while tying for the longest hitting streak of the season at 10 games ... Had his top game with 5-for-5 performance against Louisville March 4, collecting a double with four runs scored and two RBI ... Also posted a four-hit game vs. South Carolina March 23 and added three three-hit games ... Drove in a season-high four on three hits against Georgia April 12 ... Hit anywhere from second to seventh in the lineup ... Batted .370 against left-handers, .246 vs. right-handers and .361 with runners in scoring position ... Had 10 two-out RBI.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played shortstop and second base at Miami Senior High School in Miami, Fla. ... Named team's Mr. Offense three times, while winning three team batting titles ... Hit .485 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 38 RBI during his senior campaign as team finished 22-7 ... Named MVP of the H.I.T tournament and to the Westminster National Classic All-Tournament team ... As team MVP, he helped his junior squad reach the state quarterfinals while batting .449 with 15 doubles, one home run and 25 RBI ... As a sophomore, he hit .438 with 12 doubles and 23 RBI as team finished with a 22-8 record ... Coached by Gus Miranda.

PERSONAL
Full name is Michael Antonio Rivera ... Born May 13, 1985, in Managua, Nicaragua ... Son of Roberto Rivera and Janet Carranza ... Academic major: Sociology.

Year
Avg
GP
GS
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
TB
SLG%
BB
HBP
SO
GDP
OB%
SF
SH
SB
ATT
PO
A
E
FLD%
2003
.283
43
43
180
28
51
8
0
2
26
65
.361
7
1
17
10
.311
2
0
4
6
104
24
5
.962
2004
.301
54
42
156
33
47
7
0
2
18
60
.385
8
5
22
3
.353
1
2
3
6
85
16
11
.902
2005
.331
67
67
245
51
81
12
0
1
42
96
.392
20
6
35
9
.388
5
8
13
14
117
165
11
.962
2006
.316
55
55
212
33
67
12
1
4
36
93
.439
17
8
28
5
.385
2
1
5
15
105
145
11
.958
TOTAL
.310
219
207
793
145
246
39
1
9
122
314
.396
52
20
102
27
.363
10
11
25
41
411
350
38
.952
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