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Willy Escala

position

Infield

Height

5-10

Weight

180 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Miami, Fla.

High School

South Dade

True Freshman (2018): Started 53 of 54 games, serving as team’s second baseman…Batted .280 with six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI…Stole seven bases and scored 25 runs…Ranked third with 51 total hits 63 total bases and 22 walks…One of just two players to start at least 53 games…Totaled 13 multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games…Ranked third on team with .299 average in ACC play…Recorded first hit of career in Miami debut on Opening Day, finishing 1-for-4 against Rutgers (Feb. 16)…Totaled three hits and two RBI in team’s series with Florida (Feb. 23-25)…Recorded first multi-hit game of career in finale vs. Gators (Feb. 25)…Recorded career-long nine-game hitting streak from March 4-17…Had five hits and three runs in team’s series with Notre Dame (March 9-10), including back-to-back multi-hit performances…Hit first home run of career in Game 1 of doubleheader with Fighting Irish (March 10)…Swiped two bases, scored two runs and had two hits at Duke (March 16)…Led Miami with six hits in series at Georgia Tech (March 30-April 1)…Had five consecutive two-hit games from March 30-April 4…Connected for career-high three hits (3-for-7) with two runs scored in win at Clemson (April 13)…Scored career-high three runs in win over Bethune-Cookman (May 6)…Tied career high with three hits in ACC Championship opener vs. Notre Dame (May 22) in Durham, N.C.

High School/Prep: Four-year varsity letterwinner at South Dade Senior…Helped lead team to District 16 Championships in final three seasons…Named to All-District Team final three years…2016 Perfect Game “Spring Swing” champion…Recognized with first-team all-county honors junior year…Named second-team all-county senior year…Batted .377 with seven RBI and 26 runs scored sophomore year…Hit .400 with two home runs and 14 RBI as junior…Finished career at South Dade batting .354 senior year with 28 runs scored and 17 steals…Helped South Dade win FHSAA Class 8A state championship in 2014.

Personal: Parents are Guillermo and Iva…Has three sisters…Intends to major in business management.