|Hometown:||Huntington Beach, CA|
|Previous School:||Edison HS|
In his senior season at Cal State Northridge, Justin De Marco compiled a.169 batting average and 10 hits, three of which were doubles, nine RBI and seven runs scored. He scored a run and drove in another, and added to his career record for sacrifice hits to a total of 27 in a victory vs. Seattle University (2/19 Gm. 2). He recorded his first hit of the season, a double, and scored a run against Valparaiso (2/27 Gm. 1) and pinch hit and had an RBI against New Mexico State (3/3). De Marco went 1-for-2 with an RBI against Lafayette (3/12 Gm. 2), hit 1-for-1 with a run scored after coming on as a defensive replacement against Sacramento State (3/18 Gm. 2) and came on as a defensive sub and went 1-for-2, driving in the eventual winning run with a double against LMU (3/27). He went 0-for-3 with two RBI for his first multi-RBI game of the year at UC Irvine (4/2) and earned his first multi-hit game of the season by going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs at UNLV (4/5). He had a hit and two RBI against Bakersfield at home (4/8) and started at first base for the final time on Senior Day against Cal State Fullerton (5/29). De Marco finished his career at Northridge with 567 at-bats, 137 hits, a .242 batting average, 82 runs scored, 28 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 78 RBI, 60 walks, 10 sacrifice flies, 27 sacrifice hits and nine stolen bases, and his 27 career sacrifice hits rank him tied for first all-time at CSUN with TS Reed and his 10 career sacrifice flies are tied for third all-time with Jason Shanahan (1992-95).
Justin De Marco raised his batting average over 50 points in comparison to last year's average, finishing with a .301 mark. He competed in 54 games at third base, starting in all but one game. In his 186 at-bats, DeMarco scored 39 runs, finished with 56 hits, was one of seven Matadors to hit ten or more doubles as he finished the season with 13, hit his second career triple vs. Cal Poly (4/16), hit five home runs, and drove in 27 runs. He stole three bases out of six attempts and with his seven sacrifice hits, DeMarco now occupies first place all-time in the Matador record books with 26 sacrifice hits. His 29 walks drawn were the fifth-highest amount earned in the Big West and he finished with 16 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI games, and built a ten game hitting streak at one point of the season. De Marco hit his first home run of the season and was one of three Matadors who drew a team-high three walks vs. Bethune-Cookman (2/19). He batted 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base at San Diego (2/23) and drove in two RBIs vs. Pepperdine (2/26). Against San Diego and Pepperdine, De Marco led-off the inning on six occasions and reached base every time. CollegeBaseball360.com named DeMarco to their Week 2 Primetime Player Honor Roll (3/2). He batted a perfect 4-for-4 and hit two doubles vs. Connecticut (3/7), hit a double in back-to-back games at LMU (3/13) and vs. LMU (3/14) and had two hits, scored twice, hit a double, and drove in a run vs. UNLV (3/16). He drove in four runs and hit his first career grand slam at Seattle (3/20, Gm. 1), finishing the weekend series at Seattle going 2-for-3, scored twice, drove in two runs, and hit his seventh double of the season (3/21). He went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs vs. Sacramento State (3/26), batted 2-for-3 with one RBI vs. Sacramento State (3/27) and hit two home runs and drove in three Matadors vs. Albany (3/29). De Marco hit a double and score once vs. UC Irvine (4/1), drove in one run in both games of a doubleheader at Pepperdine (4/6) and went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored at Cal State Bakersfield (4/9). He stole his third base of the season vs. SDSU (4/13), hit a triple and scored two runs vs. Cal Poly (4/16) and went 2-for-3, scored three runs, had three RBIs, and hit a double vs. Cal Poly (4/17). He went 2-for-3 and scored two runs at Pacific (4/23), went 2-for-4 with a double at Pacific (4/24) and hit his fifth home run of the season and drove in two RBIs vs. UC Davis (4/30). De Marco batted 3-for-4, drove in a run, and scored once vs. UC Davis (5/1) and had a career-high seven at-bats against UC Santa Barbara (5/7). He went 1-for-1, scored a run, and was hit by a pitch on two occasions at UC Santa Barbara (5/9) and had one hit and drew a walk at UNLV (5/18). He drove in a run vs. Long Beach State (5/22), scored a run vs. Long Beach State (5/23) and vs. UC Riverside (5/25), and had a hit and scored a run at Cal State Fullerton (5/30).
De Marco went 2-5 and scored one run vs. Loyola Marymount (2/24) and batted 3-for-4 in game one of a doubleheader at Nebraska (3/7). He finished the game batting 2-for-4 with one double and one run scored in game one o a doubleheader vs. Columbia (3/21) and blasted his first home run of the year and added two more RBI's to his total in game two vs. Columbia (3/21). De Marco hit his second home run of the year at LMU (3/24), hit a double on two consecutive games vs. UCSB (3/27 and 3/28), hit a double and drove in a RBI in his two at-bats vs. Cal State Bakersfield (4/14) and went 2-for-3 and hit his sixth double of the season vs. UC Riverside (4/24). He was a combined 4-for-8, scored two runs, and drove in one batter during two games played at UNLV (4/28 and 4/29), hit his seventh double of the season at UNLV (4/29) and batted 2-for-4 vs. USC (5/9). He drove in a season-high three RBI's and batted 2-for-4 vs. Pacific (5/17), scored two runs at UC Davis (5/23). He finished second on the team in sacrifice flies (2) and was hit by a pitch nine times, also good for second. De Marco ended the year in the top five on the team in games started (46), at bats (171), and total plate appearances (202).
In his inaugural season at CSUN, De Marco was named to the starting lineup in 47 of the 52 games he appeared in and carried a .252 average. He led the team in sacrifice bunts with 15, collected 38 hits, five doubles, one triple, and led the team with 15 sacrifice hits. He was hit by a pitch on 11 occasions, the second-highest total amongst all Matadors. De Marco was a perfect 2-2 in stolen bases-attempts for the Matadors, hit 3-3, drove in two runs, blasted a double, and stole two bases vs. LaSalle (3/4) and drove in two runs vs. Liberty (3/14). He collected two hits, one of which was a double, vs. Loyola Marymount (3/22), went 2-3 with a double, and drove in five runs vs. Cal Poly (4/4) and belted three hits, one of which was a triple, scored three times, and drove in three RBI's vs. UC Riverside (4/26). De Marco also blasted a home run and went 2-3 at the plate vs. UC Irvine (5/2).
EDISON HIGH SCHOOL
De Marco was a two-sport athlete for the Chargers; he earned three letters for baseball and two for soccer. He was a starter for his three years with the varsity baseball squad and was tabbed league Rookie of the Year in 2005. He earned All-Sunset League honors as a junior and as a senior and hit seven home runs and was team MVP in his final year. He helped guide his squad to a league championship in 2007. De Marco graduated in 2007 with a 3.9 GPA.
Born August 28, 1988 in Long Beach, Calif. ... Parents are Jim and Cheryl De Marco ... Has a brother, Joey, and a sister, Corey ... Favorites include the restaurant Chipotle, actors Brad Pitt, Eddie Murphy, and Will Smith, actress Keira Knightly, and chicken teriyaki ... Roots for the St. Louis Cardinals, David Eckstein, and Derek Jeter ... Likes to do yoga before games ... Once met Reggie Jackson ... Greatest hero is his grandpa ... Will always laugh about when he first met Matt Carvutto.