Bruins enter tomorrow's matchup having won 12 of their last 15 games.
Batted .274 in three seasons at UCLA, helping lead the Bruins to NCAA Regionals in 2008 and 2010 and the team's third-ever trip to the College World Series in 2010...selected in the 27th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks...served as UCLA's starting shortstop in 2009 and 2010, starting all but two games through both seasons (122 starts in the Bruins' 124 games)...twice secured honorable mention All-Pac-10 Team honors.
Started at shortstop in 67 games, the most games played or started by any Bruin in 2010...batted .267 with three home runs, two triples, 14 doubles, 33 RBI and 51 runs...led the team and ranked second in the Pac-10 with 27 stolen bases (on 29 attempts)... stole more bases than any Bruin since former major leaguer Eric Byrnes had 30 steals as a senior in 1998...tied the school's single-season record with 18 hit-by-pitches...drew 27 walks, collecting a .382 on-base percentage... recorded 14 multiple-hit contests, including one four-hit game and one three-hit effort...also tallied five multiple-RBI games, including a career-high four-RBI performance against Southern (Feb. 19) in UCLA's season opener...batted .286 in the postseason, going 12-for-42 with seven RBI, nine runs and six stolen bases in seven attempts...earned All-Tournament Team honors at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional...secured honorable mention All-Pac-10 Team honors...hit safely in six of the Bruins' first seven ballgames, going 5-for-13 with seven RBI and four runs in the team's opening weekend in the third annual MLB Urban Invitational (Feb. 19-21)...went 2-for-4 with his first career home run, one double, two runs and four RBI in the season opener against Southern (Feb. 19)...went 2-for-4 with one double, two RBI and two runs against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 21)...went 2-for-2 with one double, one walk, one stolen base, two runs and two RBI in the first game of a series-opening doubleheader against Nebraska (March 5)...hit safely in each of three games at the Whataburger College Classic (Corpus Christi, Texas, March 13-15)...went 2-for-4 with two runs in a 4-3 victory over Cal Poly (March 26)...went 3-for-4 with three runs, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base in a series-clinching 7-5 victory over Stanford (April 3)...had a career-high nine at-bats in a 16-inning game at Oregon State (April 10), collecting two hits, one run and one stolen base...went 1-for-4 with a career-high three stolen bases in a 6-2 win at Arizona (April 24)...went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run in UCLA's 5-1 triumph at Pepperdine (May 4)...went 4-for-12 at California, scoring one run in each game of a three-game series sweep (May 21-23)...went 2-for-4 with one run, one RBI and two stolen bases in UCLA's 8-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton in Game 3 of the NCAA Super Regionals (June 13)...had a career-high four hits in a 4-for-5 effort in the Bruins' first game of the College World Series, an 11-3 win over Florida (June 19) - also had one double, one stolen base and two runs in that contest...went 2-for-3 with three runs and one walk in a 10-3 win over TCU (June 26), helping the Bruins advance to the best-of-three finals in Omaha, Neb.
Played in 32 games for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League...batted .229 (19-for-83) with six RBI, eight runs, 11 walks and eight stolen bases in 13 attempts...compiled a .327 on-base percentage...Brewster finished 17-22 in the Eastern Division of the Cape Cod League.
Started 55 games, all at shortstop...batted .273, totaling eight doubles, one triple, 27 RBI and 26 runs...registered a .361 on-base percentage...recorded six stolen bases in 10 attempts...collected 12 multple-hit games, including two three-hit efforts...also had five multiple-RBI contests, including two three-RBI games...had a career-best seven game hit streak from April 14-25...had a career-high three hits in two games (both games at Washington State - went 3-for-3 with one run in the series opener (April 3); went 3-for-4 with one double, three RBI and two runs in the series finale, a 9-5 victory...hit safely in each of three games against Cal State Fullerton, going 5-for-12 (.417) with two RBI and one run in the series - went 2-for-4 in each of the first two games (May 15-16)...was 2-for-4 with one RBI in an 8-3 midweek victory against UC Irvine (April 7)...went 2-for-4 with one run in the series opener against Arizona, a 7-6 UCLA victory (March 27)...went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI in a 17-2 series-clinching win at USC (March 23)...opened the season 4-for-11 (.364) in a three-games series against UC Davis, hitting safely in each contest - went 1-for-3 with two RBI, two runs and one stolen base in each of the first two games (Feb. 20-21) before going 2-for-5 with two runs in the series finale (Feb. 22).
Played in 40 games for the St. Cloud Riverbats of the Northwoods League...batted .211 (26-for-123), scoring 15 runs...compiled a .317 on-base percentage and stole five bases...St. Cloud finished 37-30 in the North Division of the Northwoods League.
Played in 19 games, making 11 starts at second base...batted .317, totaling two doubles, one triple, four RBI and four runs...hit safely in nine of 11 starts...recorded three two-hit games...was 2-for-4 in the second of three games at Washington (April 26), adding one run and one RBI...went 2-for-4 with one run, one RBI and one double against UC Irvine (April 8)...picked up his first hit as a Bruin against St. Mary's (March 7), going 1-for-1 with one RBI...played in his first collegiate game in the second contest of a season-opening doubleheader against Oklahoma (Feb. 23).
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Esperanza High School under head coach Mike Curran...selected in the 37th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies...was a two-time first-team All-Sunset League honoree (2006 and 2007)...posted a .320 average his senior season, collecting three home runs, five doubles, 12 RBI and 29 runs...helped lead Esperanza to the CIF Division I semifinals...posted a .400 batting average as a junior, tallying 24 runs, 13 RBI and 11 stolen bases...captured the 2006 Esperanza Baseball Rookie of the Year award...named to the 2006 California High School Southern Section South All-Star Championship team...had the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Esperanza's CIF Division I first-round playoff game against Riverside Arlington; went 2-for-4 in that game...helped lead Esperanza to the 2006 Sunset League title...was a three-year Principal's Honor Roll student.
Full name: Nicholas Anthony Gallego...born December 29, 1988 in Orange, Calif...Niko is the oldest of Mike and Caryn Gallego's three children...has one younger brother, Joe, and one younger sister, Ali...father, Mike was a three-year letterwinner at UCLA (1979-81) before enjoying a successful 13-year major league career with the Oakland A's, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals...history major.
At-bats - 9 at Oregon State (4/10/10)
Runs - 3 (twice), last vs. TCU (6/26/10)
Hits - 4 vs. Florida (6/19/10)
RBI - 4 vs. Southern (2/19/10)
Doubles - 1 (24 times), last vs. Florida (6/19/10)
Triples - 1 (4 times), last vs. UC Irvine (6/6/10)
Stolen Bases - 3 at Arizona (4/24/10)