SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013) Outlook Hard-nosed, tough competitor ... Has the ability to play the corner infield positions and catch if need be ... Has a line-drive approach at the plate, filling up the gaps with doubles ... Had helped UK to a 21-6 record to open the year, before suffering a season-ending injury on a collision at first base after an errant throw ... After his injury, UK's lineup was left-handed dominant and minimized UK's bench and pinch-hitting options, with UK going 10-19 without Bernal ... UK hit .292 as a team with Bernal and .223 without Bernal available due to injury in 2013 ... Drove in the game-winning run as a pinch hitter in UK's 10-9 comeback win at USC Upstate ... Is considered a good defensive first baseman, often times taking over at first in the late innings ... Was married during the 2012 summer to high school sweetheart, the former Lauren Redberg.
2013 Was a key hitter and defensive first baseman before suffering a season-ending injury in the series finale vs. Georgia ... Played in 18 games with seven starts, making each start against left-handed starting pitching and every series opener at first base with A.J. Reed on the mound ... Injury was crippling to the UK everyday lineup and bench options ... UK went 21-6 before Bernal's injury and 10-19 after the injury, with the UK offense hitting .292 with Bernal and .223 after his injury ... Batted .321 (9-for-28) with three doubles, five RBI and was 1-for-2 in steals ... Drew three walks, was hit by five pitches and struck out three times, sporting a .429 slugging and a .472 on-base percentage ... Laid down three sacrifice bunts ... Played in eight conference games, including one start against a LHP, hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a double and two RBI ... Was 5-for-16 in games played at Cliff Hagan Stadium and went 2-for-4 in games played on the road ... Reached as the leadoff hitter in an inning in four of six chances ... Collected one pinch-hit knock in six at bats ... Had three two-out hits and two two-out RBI ... Came off the bench in the top of the ninth inning on opening weekend at USC Upstate, smacking an RBI single up the middle to score the go-ahead, game-winning run ... Started the second-game of the year, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and a walk ... Had a hit and a walk in three trips to the plate at Coastal Carolina ... Collected a hit, was hit by a pitch and laid down a sacrifice bunt in the series-opener vs. Michigan State ... Went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double in the series-opener vs. Mississippi State ... Came on as a defensive replacement on March 31 vs. Georgia in the series finale, when an errant throw from third baseman Max Kuhn sailed wide of the first base bag, leading to a collision that caused a season-ending injury ... Played in 12 games with 11 starts for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League during the summer, joining UK teammates Chandler Shepherd and Taylor Martin ... Batted .170 (8-for-47) with three doubles, five RBI and a stolen base.
2012 Was a vital right-handed hitting option off the bench in freshman season, playing in 19 games with six starts ... Was the opening-day starter as the designated hitter at Wofford ... Was used often as a defensive upgrade at first base in the late innings ... Batted .370 (10-for-27) with four RBI ... Had a 2-7 walk-strikeout ratio with three hit by pitches ... Stole one base ... Forced home the walk-off run with a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk in a win over Buffalo ... Went 2-for-4 in six SEC games off the bench ... Batted .348 (8-for-23) in non-league games ... Was 2-for-7 as a pinch hitter ... Had one two-out hit and two-out RBI ... In his six starts, hit .421 (8-for-19) ... Has three two-hit games in a five-game span of starts in late February and March ... During the summer, played for the San Luis Obsipo Blues in the California Collegiate League ... Led the Blues to the 2011 CCL Championship ... Played in 28 games with 27 starts, batting .244 (22-for-90) with four doubles, one homer and 23 RBI ... Drew four walks and stole three bases, fielding .979 ... Was plunked by seven pitches and had four sacrifice flies.
2011 Redshirted season, served as bullpen catcher while learning the nuisances of the catching position.
High School Earned four letters for coach Derek Stroud at Paso Robles High School ... All-state selection in 2010 as a senior ... A highly talented prospect in football and baseball, made the decision to pursue a college baseball career ... Hit .430 (24-for-86) with 27 RBI, three doubles and four homers in 27 games as a senior ... Had a 5-for-5 game against San Luis Obispo on April 27, 2010, with four RBI and a homer ... Drew 21 walks and struck out just six times as a senior ... Pitched in 56.2 innings as a senior, posting a 3.83 ERA with seven wins and four saves ... Earned first-team all-league and all-county honors each year of career ... Led baseball team to the league championship as a sophomore and senior ... "It's going to be a great opportunity for him," Stroud said. "We've been very fortunate to have him for four years, and he's just continued to grow as a baseball player. He'll find a way to contribute somewhere. Whatever role he'll have, he won't let the coach or his teammates down. He's the ultimate team player." ... Started every game of his career before suffering a minor injury as a senior in the playoffs ... Lettered for four years in football and entering his senior season, as a selection to the ESPN Rise CalHiSports.com All-Ventura/Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo counties team ... Earned all-PAC 7 and all-county first team distinction in football as a junior.
Personal Full name is Thomas Hansen Bernal ... Born Nov. 5, 1991 in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Son of Tim Bernal and Shelli Bernal ... Has two sisters, Andi (23) and Elli (17) ... Father played football at Weber State ... Was married during the 2012 summer to high school sweetheart, the former Lauren Redberg.