Overview — A lock to start in either center or right field … Expected to be one of the top offensive weapons in UCLA’s arsenal, both for power and as a baserunner … “Benny leads by example - working hard and playing unselfishly. As a result, he is living up to his great potential,” Head Coach Gary Adams said.
2001 (Summer) — Helped Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the All-Alaska League to the National Baseball Congress World Series title … Batted .309 with 4 homers and 30 RBI.
2001 — Earned All-Pac-10 honors … Developed into one of UCLA’s most consistent players, both at the plate and in the field … Started 54 games in right field, missing just two Bruin games all season … Hit nine-game hitting streak March 6-April 1, going 17-for-48 (.354) during the stretch … Also had two six-game hitting streaks … Was perfect in 15 base-stealing attempts and tied for team lead in thefts with Josh Canales … Committed just two errors in 144 chances (.986 fielding pct.), earning team’s Best Defensive Player award … Recorded four outfield assists, including three in May … Led club with 20 doubles and 48 runs … Finished strong in final month, collecting a hit in 17 of his final 20 games (April 18-May 20) … Tied for third on club with 22 multi-hit games, including three four-hit contests … Batted primarily in second spot (31 games), although he also saw action at cleanup (15) and leadoff (8).
2000 (Summer) — Played outfield and second base for the Topeka Capitals of the Jayhawk League … Hit .305 with three home runs … Helped team finish first in the league and go 2-2 in the NBC Tournament … Hit two home runs vs. El Dorado.
2000 (at Cypress Junior College) — Played under coach Scott Pickler … Hit .330 with eight home runs and 45 RBI.
Servite HS (Anaheim, CA) — Earned two letters under coaches Tom Tereschuk and Todd Cook … Named the 1999 Golden West League MVP …As a senior, hit .560 with six home runs, 32 RBI and 10 stolen bases … Two-time All-League selection …Earned All-CIF and All-County honors … Named to National Classic All-Tournament team … Given the Orange County All-Star game hustle award … Participated in the Area Code Games … Team won four Golden West League championships in a row.
Personal — Lists Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali as athletes he admires … Parents are Louis and Gretchen Francisco … Has an older sister, Marlena … Born on October 23, 1981 in Santa Ana, California … Full name: Louis Ben Francisco … Undeclared major.