20 - Francis Larson
Francis Larson
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
High School: Esperanza
Position: C

2009: Johnny Bench Award semi-finalist...All-Big West first-team choice...two-time Big West Player of the Week...led UCI with 43 RBI and nine home runs...third in the career records with 17 home runs...tied for fourth in the season records in home runs...third on the team with 68 hits and second with 14 doubles...first with four triples...also had five stolen bases...season-high four this against UC Riverside...tied for third with 18 multiple-hit games...posted a 12-game consecutive hit streak...second with 12 multiple-RBI games...followed Ronnie Shaeffer as the duo became the first Anteaterpair to hitback-to-back home runs for the first time in 23 years...tied for sixth in the Big West in home runs...tied for fourth in triples with four...ninth with 117 total bases and 10th in slugging at .532...season-best three RBI against Houston and Oregon...four hits against UC Riverside were a season-high...hit .407 in Big West games...totaled 33 hits and was second with six doubles...also had four home runs and 15 RBI.

2008: Led the team with seven home runs and 40 RBI...batted .314 with 64 hits...third with 13 doubles...also had a triple and 31 runs scored...5 for 8 in stolen bases...team-high 11 multiple-RBI games...batted .354 in Big West games...topped the team with 15 runs batted in and three home runs...29 hits...second with a 12-game hitting streak...fourth with 17 multiple-hit games...tied a career-high with five RBI against Hawaii...career-high five hits against the Warriors...spent the summer with the Peninsula Oilers...named to the Alaska Baseball League All-Star second team...totaled 27 hits and 14 RBI...second on the team with nine doubles...also recorded a home run.

2007: Hit .233 in 32 games...totaled 17 hits, including seven doubles and a home run...drove in 11...nine runs scored...hit four doubles in his second collegiate start against Loyola Marymount, just one shy of tying the NCAA record...totaled a personal-best five runs batted in against the Lions...saw action in 11 games with the Hyannis Mets...had two hits and three runs scored...played with the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod league

Esperanza High School: Sunset League Most Valuable Player as a senior...led the team to the league championship in 2006...hit a home run and doubled in a 5-0 win to help clinch the league title...first team All-CIF...all-county first team selection...participated in the Orange County All-Star game...named team MVP......hit .364 senior year...totaled 32 hits and drove in 21 runs...had seven doubles and four home runs...helped the team to the CIF quarterfinals three seasons...the league's Rookie of the Year in 2004...spent the summer with the Yorba Linda Bulldogs of the Connie Mack League...team advanced to state playoffs.

Personal: Received the Army Reserve Student-Athlete award senior season...also was given the "Top 25" Academic Award three years...son of William Larson and Kirsten Rokke...has a sister, Christina...philosophy major.

CAREER STATS:

YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2007 .233 32-20 73 9 17 7 0 1 11 7 5 0-2
2008 .314 56-54 204 31 64 13 1 7 40 17 38 5-8
2009 .309 55-55 220 34 68 14 4 9 43 11 36 5-12
Total .300 143-129 497 74 149 34 5 17 94 35 79 10-22