Drafted 12th Round By Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Second-Team All-Conference USA
NCAA New Orleans Regional All-Tournament Team (C)
Semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award
2005 Season Highlights (entering CWS): Played in 58 games as a senior, including 52 starts at catcher and five at first base...slowed by a pair early-season injuries, but bounced back to earn second-team All-Conference USA honors and become a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award...ranks fifth on the team in doubles (14), RBI (48) and total bases (97) and sixth in home runs (six)...continues to shine defensively and helped the Green Wave amass 519 strikeouts and a 3.79 ERA...leads team with seven sacrifice flies, tied for team lead with five sacrifice bunts and has thrown out 10 would-be base runners...has 17 multiple-hit games, including three-hit games vs. Marist (March 5), LSU (April 19) and Memphis (May 7)...also has 10 multiple-RBI games, including a season-best four RBI at Saint Louis (May 15), vs. East Carolina (May 26) in the C-USA Tournament and against Alabama (June 6) in the championship game of the New Orleans Regional...had a pair of nine-game hitting streaks: from March 25 through April 10 when he hit .424 (14-for-33) with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI, and again from April 26-May 13 when he hit .417 (15-for-36) with a double and three RBI.
NCAA New Orleans Regional: Started all three games behind the plate and earned All-Tournament honors after hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a pair of doubles, a home run and five RBI...had a pair of two-hit performances, but none was bigger than a 2-for-4 showing in the championship game vs. Alabama when he tied a career-high four RBI, including a two-run homer in the seventh to extend a 5-4 Tulane lead...also played tremendous defense all weekend, throwing out three would be base stealers.
NCAA New Orleans Super Regional
Started all three games behind the plate...hit .182 (2-for-11) but ripped a pair of doubles and drove in a pair...had some quality plate appearances with a pair of sacrifice bunts...played flawless defense with 19 putouts and one assist.
2004: Played in 61 games as a junior, including 46 starts as the catcher and 13 at first base...named first-team All-Louisiana after pacing the team in home runs (11) and slugging percentage (.575) while ranking second in hits (tied with 80) and doubles (tied with 17), third in batting average (.354), RBI (51) and total bases (130), and fourth in on-base percentage (.400)...showed a strong arm behind the plate, throwing out 13 would-be base runners and picking off two others...ranked 12th in Conference USA in hits and home runs...led team with 28 multiple-hit games, including nine three-hit outings, and ranked third in multiple-RBI outings with 12, including a career-best five vs. Charlotte (3/28) when he went 3-for-5 with two home runs...had a seven-game hitting streak from April 13-24 when he hit .462 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI, and posted a career-best 12-gamer from May 2-26 when he hit .397 (23-for-58) with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI...off the diamond, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's List.
Prior To Tulane: Two-year letterman at the University of Miami for coach Jim Morris...played in 68 games as a Hurricane, including 31 starts behind the plate and one as the designated hitter...hit .258 during his time in Coral Gables, including a .270 mark with three doubles, two homers and 13 RBI as a sophomore...had 10 multiple-hit games at Miami, including a three-hit showing vs. Georgia Tech (5/12/02) as a freshman...also posted six multiple-RBI outings, including a three RBI performance vs. Tennessee (2/3) in his collegiate debut...had a four-game hitting streak as a sophomore from May 9-17, and posted a five-gamer as a freshman when he hit a combined .423 in series' against Georgia Tech and Jacksonville...threw out nine would-be baserunners.
Summer Ball: Played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League in 2002...ranked third on the team in batting average (.265) with four doubles, two home runs and six RBI.
High School: Four-year letterman as a catcher, first baseman and pitcher at Bishop Moore High for coach Dave Wheeler...selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 39th round of the 2001 draft...named first-team all-state as a senior, was a second-team selection as a junior, and earned third-team recognition as a sophomore...first-team all-conference honoree in his final two prep seasons, and claimed a spot on the second team as a sophomore...as a senior, garnered district Player of the Year honors after hitting .478 with eight home runs, 38 RBI and six stolen bases while helping his team reach the Class 3A state championship game...hit .450 with 11 homers, 36 RBI and 12 steals as a junior, and posted a .378 average with five home runs, 36 RBI and eight stolen bases on offense while going 8-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 88 strikeouts and four saves on the mound as a sophomore...as a freshman, hit .333 with one homer, 34 RBI and six steals while helping Moore High to the state semifinals...named MVP of the East Showcase in 2000 and Most Valuable Pitcher at the National Classic in 1999.
Personal: Born Gregory Nicholas Dini on Jan. 18, 1983 in Winter Park, Fla...son of Greg and Barbara Dini...has one brother, Robert...majoring in business.