Fresno State: (2005) Hit .371 from the Iona series through conference play, bringing his average over .300 to .305, one of three Bulldogs to hit over .300 on the season ... WAC Player of the Week for the week of May 9, after hitting .455 with four runs scored, four RBI, two doubles and a home run ... played in 51 games, starting 46 ... reached base five times against UCLA, going 1 for 1 and walking four times, a career high (2/5) ... three for five against Chicago State, hitting a triple and a home run while driving in four runs and scoring three (2/26) ... two for three against Pennsylvania (3/8) ... four for six in the nightcap against Iona, with three runs scored and a stolen base (3/18) ... three for four the next day (3/19) ... two for three with two doubles against Hawai'i (3/27) ... two for three against Rice (4/3) ... solo home run against Rice (4/29) ... two for four with a home run and two runs scored against San Jose State (5/6) ... two for three with a double and a RBI on the last day of the series (5/8) ... started a streak of four consecutive multi-hi games against Hawai'i, going two for three with a double and a triple (5/13) ... three for five the next day, with a double, matching a career high in hits (5/14) ... two for three with a home run against Louisiana Tech (5/20) ... two for four against the Bulldogs the next day (5/21). (2004) Started 32 of Fresno State's 58 games at DH this season ... made one start at first base (vs. Monmouth, 3/12) ... was 2-2 vs. Rice (5/22) to notch multi-hit game No. 12 ... also had eight multi-RBI performances on the year ... had a career best two doubles at San Jose State (4/11) ... hit his first home run of the season against Dallas Baptist (3/11) ... also hit his first career triple against the Patriots ... tallied a career best eight total bases for the game and tied a career high with three RBI ... batted .500 (6-12) with a pair of multi-hit games against Stanford ... was 3-4 in the season opener (2/6) (2003) Team rookie of the year ... notched a career-high three hits Tuesday against USC (5/20) going 3-for-4 with three singles and a run scored ... belted his second home run of the season at La Tech (5/2) ... hit his first career home run in the ninth inning against Rice (4/12) ... recorded nine multi-hit games including two in the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic (Gonzaga 3/15, Penn State 3/12) ... tallied hits in 28 of the 43 games he played in ... made 41 starts.
East Bakersfield High School: Three-year letterwinner as a catcher and outfielder ... led team to a 14-9 record his senior year ... batted .600 with seven home runs and 12 doubles as a senior ... was named league MVP as a junior ... first-team All-Area his junior and senior seasons.
Personal: Kent Thomas Sakamoto was born Nov. 3, 1983, in Bakersfield, Calif. ... son of Kathi and Kirk ... has an older sister, Kristen ... favorite athlete is Mike Piazza.