Scouting Report: A second-team all-Western Athletic Conference selection in 2001 ... one of only three returning all-WAC honorees for TCU (Mike Settle, Terry Trofholz) ... can play either middle infied position and will vie for playing time at both in 2002 ... true contact-hitter ... fundamentally sound defensively ... oldest member of TCU squad (turns 25 in May) ... spent two years in military service before attending Eastfield J.C. in Mesquite.
As a Junior (2001): Arrived at TCU at mid-year ... transferred after just one semester at New Mexico State ... made an immediate impact, sharing duties at second base with Ramon Moses ... played in 37 games, starting 25 ... amassed 36 hits in only 37 games, finishing the season with a lofty .364 average (36-for-99) ... earned second-team all-WAC recognition as a second baseman ... reached base at an impressive .417 clip ... had three multi-RBI games ... collected five three-hit games ... scored a run in 18-of 37 games ... notched four scores in 29-4 rout of Iowa State (March 15) ... had best series of the season versus Fresno State, going a combined 6-for-12 with four runs scored ... hit safely in 19 of last 24 contests ... in the field, recorded 57 assits and 35 putouts while committing only four errors all season.
At Eastfield: Attended Eastfield before transferring to NMSU ... earned all-conference honors ... hit .430 with five home runs and 34 RBI ... coached by Jeff Lightfoot.
High School: Two-year letterwinner ... attended same school (Taylor H.S.) as TCU teammate Clint Mokry ... held .330 average with two homers and 26 RBI as a senior, en route to all-district plaudits at shortstop ... earned second-team all-district kudos as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Rudy Ontiveros, Jr. (pronounced AHN-ti-VEH-rohz) ... born May 20, 1977 (turns 25 during season) ... son of Virginia and Rudy Ontiveros, Sr. ... majoring in business.