Cedar Valley College sophomore and recent graduate David Maldonado-Ruiz, has signed a letter of intent to continue his education and collegiate baseball career at the University of Texas-Permian Basin this coming fall.
In two seasons with CVC after transferring from Vernon College, Suns team captain Maldonado registered a batting average of .386, en route to accumulating 81 hits, 48 runs, 33 RBIs, 18 stolen bases, 15 doubles, two triples and a home run in 66 appearances.
Maldonado was also named to the NJCAA All-Region V First Team as an outfielder, to go along with back-to-back seasons as a NJCAA All-Metro Athletic Conference First Teamer. He was also voted to the 2016 Texas-New Mexico Junior College All Star game.
"David Maldonado was an exceptional outfielder that served as a valuable asset to the SUNS program for two seasons. He is tremendous worker who made himself into a solid player. David demonstrates great character, discipline, and the compassion of a great teammate," says CVC Head Coach Robert Dally.
David also shined off the diamond, being selected as the 2015-2016 male recipient of the Sun Award. The Sun Award is the highest departmental athletic honor at Cedar Valley College. In his journey to obtaining his Associate in Science Degree from CVC, he was also a two time NJCAA Academic All-American (NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement) and member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The University of Texas-Permian Basin is a four year institution in Odessa, TX, that competes in the Lone Star Conference Conference and is NCAA Division II sanctioned.
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