Overview — Crafty right hander who knows how to pitch … Has a sneaky fastball and is reliable and consistent … “He pitches with a lot of heart, determination and guts and manages to get most people out that he pitches to,” said Head Coach Gary Adams … “He gets people out on knowledge, moving the ball in and out, and can throw any pitch in any count. He’s a perfect example of someone who knows how to pitch as opposed to somone who is just throwing,” observed Assistant Coach Gary Adcock.
2000 (Summer) — Joined UCLA teammate Mike Kunes to pitch for the St. Cloud Riverbats of the Northwoods League … Was 2-0 with three saves and a 4.50 ERA … Pitched 18 innings and allowed nine earned runs … Had ten strikeouts … Team finished first in its league.
2000 (As A Junior) — Used mostly as a reliever in 13 games, but started three mid-week games for the Bruins … Picked up two saves this season.
Notes: Recorded his best outing of the season vs. California on May 6, allowing just one hit through four shutout innings to earn his second save of the season … Earned first save vs. Bradley on March 10, pitching three shutout innings and allowing just two hits, while striking out a season-high four batters … Allowed just one earned run during a span of 10.1 innings pitched in five straight appearances from April 16-May 6.
1999 (Summer) - Joined teammates Tyler Dersom and Eric Reece to pitch for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaskan Baseball League ... Was 1-2 with a 2.65 ERA and two saves in 37.1 IP.
1999 (As A Sophomore) - Served as a mid-reliever ... Appeared in 16 games, making one start at UCSB, 2/16.
Notes: Did not allow a run in four relief appearances, 3/5 -- 3/14 (4.2 IP) ... Recorded first collegiate save at Loyola Marymount by pitching 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts in a 14-12 game, 3/9.
1998 (As A Redshirt Freshman) - Began the season in the bullpen and then started either the first or second game of each series the final eight weekends of the season ... Appeared in 14 games, making eight starts.
Notes: Made his first collegiate start against top-ranked Stanford in Stanford in the first game of the series and pitched extremely well, allowing two earned runs in 5.1 innings ... Earned his first collegiate victory on 4/03 vs. California after allowing two earned runs in 6.1 innings ... Posted a 3.81 ERA through his first three Six-Pac starts, lasting at least 5.1 innings in each of them ... Allowed two earned runs in five innings in a win over College World Series participant Long Beach State in Long Beach on 5/02.
1997 - Redshirted.
St. Francis HS (La Canada, CA) - Lettered in baseball for two years as a pitcher under coach Bob Evans and for one year under coach Tim O'Neil ... Named most valuable pitcher of the Mission League his senior season after posting a 7-2 record with a 1.37 ERA, striking out 70 batters in 61.1 innings ... Garnered Daily News All-Valley first-team honors in 1996.
Personal - Also recruited by USC, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara ... Greatest athletic thrill was going to the Wichita Regional last season ... Paul is also a professional salsa dancer ... Met former President George Bush at the White House ... Favorite MLB team is the Los Angeles Dodgers ... Favorite player is Rafael Palmeiro ...Majoring in History with a Business Specialization ... His parents are Paul and Rosa Diaz ... Has a younger sister, Aimee and a younger brother, Giancarlo ... Full name is Paul Michael Diaz ... Born on Feb. 13, 1978, in Hollywood, Calif.