Former No. 1 overall draft pick to start for the Pirates on Tuesday night.
Started all 179 games in three seasons (2006-08)...made 177 starts at shortstop and two starts as the designated hitter (during 2007 season)...batted over .300 each of the past three seasons...compiled 44 career doubles, tied for ninth place on the school's career doubles list...also totaled 13 career triples, tied for second place on the school's career triples list...helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons with the UCLA baseball program...selected in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants.
Started all 60 games at shortstop...was one of just two players on the team (along with Jermaine Curtis) to have started all 60 games, all at the same position...recorded a .302 batting average, totaling 70 hits, including 13 doubles, five triples and seven home runs...also compiled a .394 on-base percentage, .491 slugging percentage, 51 RBI, 11 stolen bases and a team-best 53 runs...earned Fullerton Regional all-tournament team accolades, going 6-for-16 (.375) in four games...went 2-for-5 with three RBI, two runs and a solo homer in UCLA's 11-4 win over Cal State Fullerton in the Fullerton Regional (May 31)...was 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI in an 11-8 loss to Cal State Fullerton in the Fullerton Regional (June 1)...ended the season riding a season-long 11-game hit streak...batted .295 in all 24 Pac-10 games, leading the team in conference contests with 26 runs and five stolen bases (in five attempts)... logged 20 multi-hit games (five three-hit efforts and two four-hit games) and 13 multi-RBI performances (two three-RBI games and one four-RBI effort)...went 6-for-13 (.462) with four runs and four RBI in UCLA's three-game series victory last weekend at California (May 23-25)...had one of the most heroic performances by a Bruin all season in UCLA's 8-7, extra-inning victory against UNLV (April 22); went 2-for-6 at the plate, scoring the game-winning run after reaching via a two-out double in the bottom of the 11th; made his collegiate pitching debut in that game, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings while logging four strikeouts to pick up the victory...went 6-for-13 (.462) with five RBI, five runs, three doubles, one triple and one home run in a three-game series sweep of UC Riverside (April 11-13)...was 4-for-6 with three RBI, two runs, two doubles and one home run in UCLA's 18-7 win that Saturday (April 12)...was 4-for-7 with two RBI and three runs in a 20-8 win at Arizona (March 29)...went 6-for-10 with four walks, one hit-by-pitch, three RBI and three runs in three games at Cal Poly (March 13-15)...went 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI in the Bruins' 11-3 win against Pepperdine (March 11)...was 3-for-6 with a season-high four RBI at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 26)...also made four appearances on the mound, pitching in relief.
Played in 36 games, all at shortstop for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League...rated among the top 30 prospects in the Cape Cod League...registered a .189 batting average (25-for-132) with four home runs, one triple, four doubles, 13 walks, 14 RBI and 15 runs.
Played in all 61 games, starting 59 games at shortstop and two games as the designated hitter...earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career; was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2006...earned 2007 UCLA team most valuable player honors for the second consecutive season...one of UCLA's most clutch hitters, tallied two 10-game hit streaks (Feb. 2-18 and April 28-May 13)...tied for the team lead with 24 multi-hit games, including six three-hit efforts and the second four-hit game of his career...hit safely in 46 of 56 games...keyed two Bruin comebacks - trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth, belted a two-out grand slam to send UCLA to a 9-7 victory and series sweep of East Carolina (Feb. 18); finished that game 2-for-5 with three runs and career-high five RBI...led UCLA to victory at USC (April 14); trailing 6-4 with two outs and runners at second and third, lined an 0-and-2 count single into left field, tying the contest, 6-6; scored from second base on an infield single one at-bat later to give UCLA the lead for good...hit 3-for-4 with two runs in a 3-2 victory against UC Riverside (Feb. 13)...earned Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades Feb. 20 after finishing the previous week 8-for-15 (.533) with one home run, six runs and eight RBI...hit 6-for-14 (.429) in three games against Cal State Fullerton, totaling three RBI and two runs...finished the series against Pacific 6-for-13 (.462) with five RBI and four runs scored (March 25-27)...reached base in 10 of 15 plate appearances against Washington, hitting 5-for-9 (.556) with three walks and two hit-by-pitches (April 5-7)...hit 5-for-11 (.455) with four RBI, four runs and three walks in UCLA's three-game sweep at USC (April 13-15)...posted a 3-for-4 effort with a two-RBI double, one run and one walk in the Bruins' 4-1 win at Pepperdine (May 8)...finished the week at Arizona State hitting 8-for-16 with six RBI at Packard Stadium; delivered a 3-for-5 performance tying his career high in RBI with five in the series finale (May 13)...finished 5-for-12 against defending national champion Oregon State (May 25-27); hit 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBI one home run and two walks in the Friday night opener.
Played in 23 games, starting 10...recorded a .257 batting average (9-for-35) for the U.S. National Team...registered two doubles, six RBI, seven runs scored, three walks and one stolen base...helped lead Team USA to the FISU (International University Sports Federation) World Championship after posting a 28-2-1 overall record.
Started all 58 games at shortstop...earned 2006 UCLA team most valuable player honors after an outstanding freshman campaign...captured All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades...recorded a .318 batting average (77-for-242) with six home runs and 30 RBI...posted team high in hits (77), triples (6), stolen bases (7), walks (24), total bases (121) and at-bats (242)...finished second on the squad in doubles (14) and runs scored (42)...compiled three separate hitting streaks of 10 games or more, including a team-high 12-game hitting streak at the end of the season...reached base safely in 50 of 58 games...collected two or more hits in 23 contests, including three three-hit games and one four-hit performance...went 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI double in the seventh inning of UCLA 3-2 victory over UC Irvine in the first round of the Malibu Regional (June 2)...finished 3-for-4 with one double, two runs scored and several spectacular defensive plays at shortstop against USC (May 14)...hit in 10-consecutive games from April 15 through May 2...smacked a grand slam home run that proved to be the difference in a 9-5 victory over Washington State (April 7)...compiled four-consecutive multi-hit games from March 12-18...had a breakout performance at NC State (March 4), hitting 4-for-4 with one home run, one triple, two singles and two RBI...posted a team-high 11-game hitting streak from Feb. 5-25, hitting .375 (15-40) during that span...in his first collegiate game, went 3-for-5 with one triple, one stolen base, one RBI and two runs scored against Fresno State (Feb. 3).
Played 41 games for the Mankato MoonDogs of the Northwoods League...posted a .274 batting average (40-for-146) with nine doubles, 12 RBI, 20 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.
Three-year letterwinner in baseball at shortstop for head coach Brian Frietas...also lettered in football twice as a safety and quarterback for head coach Matt Sweeney...listed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the sixth-best high school prospect in Northern California... rated the 38th-best prospect and the 200th-overall top prospect in California in the 2005 MLB Draft by Baseball America...earned All-East Bay Athletic League honors three times...captured All-CIF North Coast accolades twice...also was named 2005 Foothill HS Athlete of the Year...earned Cal-Hi Sports All-State infielder honors...established a school record for stolen bases with 19 during his sophomore season and broke that mark with 21 swipes as a senior...compiled a .357 batting average with 23 doubles, five triples, nine home runs and 51 RBI during his three-year varsity career.
Full name: Brandon Michael Crawford...born on Jan. 21, 1987 in Mountain View, Calif...is the oldest of Michael and Lynn Crawford's four children (sisters Amy, Kaitlin and Jenna)...physiological science major.
Career Highs (hitting)
At-bats - 7 at Arizona (3/29/08)
Runs - 3 (seven times), last at Arizona (3/29/08)
Hits - 4 (four times), last vs. UC Riverside (4/12/08)
RBI - 5 (twice), last at Arizona State (5/13/07)
Doubles - 2 (twice), last vs. UC Riverside (4/12/08)
Stolen Bases - 2 (twice), last vs. Washington State (5/18/08)
Career Highs (pitching)
Innings Pitched - 2.2 vs. UNLV (4/22/08)
Strikeouts - 4 vs. UNLV (4/22/08)