Solid offensive outfielder who saw time in both left and center fields as a freshman in 2012 ...Could miss major portion of the 2013 campaign due to elbow surgery ... Did not play summer baseball in 2012 ... Competed for the Colton Nighthawks of the Connie Mack League during the summer of 2011.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2012
Started 22 times in center field and nine times in right ... Also had a dozen starting assignments at the designated hitter spot ... Did not commit an error during the season (68 chances) ... Had a pair of seven-game hitting streaks separated by one game in which he went hitless ... From March 27 to April 7 batted .400 (12-for-30) with a double, triple, six runs scored and five runs batted in ... He then hit in seven straight game from April 10-21, going 8-for-22 (.364) with two runs scored and four RBI ... Finished the season with a four-game hitting streak at the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas where he batted .316 (6-for-19) with a double, three runs scored and four RBI ... Led the squad with 23 walks ... Second on the team with six sacrifice bunts ... Batted .319 in conference games (21 contests) with a .440 on-base percentage ... His 15 walks in league play ranked fourth in the Mountain West while his .440 on-base mark was seventh ... Was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete (cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher) and was selected to the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
Played three years of varsity baseball at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where he was coached by Dominic Copas ... Finished with a .385 career batting average in three seasons of high school baseball ... Named to the Perfect Game Preseason All-Region second team in 2011 ... Was a second-team all-Baseline League and third team all-Valley selection as a senior along with team MVP honors ... Hit .390 with five doubles, two triple, a home run and 26 runs scored ... Had a .490 on-base percentage and stole 8-of-9 bases ... Played in both the Daily Bulletin All-Star Game (North team) and was a member of the Inland Empire Coaches Association San Bernardino County All-star team ... A first-team all-league and third-team all-Valley honoree as a junior after batting .379 with six doubles, three triples, a home run and 29 runs scored ... Compiled a .552 slugging average and had seven steals ... Earned all-league honorable mention honors as a sophomore when he hit .390 ... Graduated with a 4.4 grade point average
Spencer Charles Thornton was born March 23, 1993, in Upland, Calif. ... Son of Dave and Pauline Thornton ... Enjoys wakeboarding, skateboarding, hunting and fishing ... Was also recruited by UC Riverside ... Favorite athlete is New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki ... A business management major at San Diego State.