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#4 DJ Belfonte
Position: Outfielder
Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 181
Year: Senior
City/State: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Rockhurst
Experience: 3 Letters
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  • 2010 First-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
  • 2010 Second-Team All-Big 12
  • 2010 University of Nebraska graduate
  • 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Nominee
  • Two-Time ESPN the Magazine First-Team Academic All-District VII (2008 & 2010)
  • Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008-10)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2006; Spring 2007; Fall 2007; Spring 2008; Fall 2008; Spring 2009; Fall 2009)
  • 2008 UNL HERO Leadership Award

2010: DJ Belfonte hit .376 with seven homers, 37 RBIs and 13 stolen bases to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior • Finished the 2010 season ranking among Big 12 leaders in batting average (eighth), hits (82, 10th) and triples (three, seventh), as he started all 54 games as a senior • Is among school career leaders in hit-by-pitches (59, second and fourth in conference history), hits (238, 10th) and games played (220, 10th) • Totaled a team-high 25 multi-hit games this season and has 64 in his career • Went 3-for-9 with five runs scored in a sweep of Texas Tech • Tied a school mark with three doubles, as part of a four-hit night at Creighton on May 18 • Was 4-for-13 with a double and two runs scored at Missouri • Went 5-for-12 with a homer, two RBIs and scored four times in a sweep of Southeast Missouri State • Had three hits in the series with Texas A&M, including a leadoff homer on May 1 - the first leadoff homer by a Husker since 2003 • Hit .384 (5-for-13) with a double and three runs scored at Baylor, highlighted by a three-hit day in NU's 6-2 win on April 24 • Matched his career best with four RBIs, going 2-for-4 with a triple against Wichita State • Hit .364 (4-for-11) with three hit by pitches and a walk at No. 20 K-State • Led NU with a .500 average (7-for-14) with a homer and two RBIs at Oklahoma State, posting a pair of three-hit games • Hit .400 (4-for-10) against North Dakota, highlighted by a 3-for-4 day with a homer and three RBIs on March 31 • Hit .455 (5-for-11) with four runs scored and a stolen base in the series at No. 2 Texas, highlighted by a 3-for-4 afternoon with two runs scored in a 5-3 win on March 21 • Enjoyed the first multi-homer day of his career against South Dakota State on March 16, going 3-for-4 with two homers, three RBIs and four runs scored • Hit .400 (4-for-10) with three walks, three RBIs and a pair of sacrifices against Houston Baptist, putting together a pair of multi-hit games • Hit .611 (11-for-18) at Fresno State, collecting four straight multi-hit contests • Tied his career best with four hits, including a triple, and added a stolen base and a walk in a 10-9 loss to Fresno State on Feb. 21

2009: Belfonte started in center field for the Huskers, hitting .256 with two homers, 26 RBIs and 34 runs scored • Topped the Huskers in stolen bases (nine), hit by pitches (13) and triples (three) while ranking among the team leaders in runs (43, fourth) and walks (21, fourth) • Was consistent in Big 12 play, hitting .254 with all three of his homers and 15 RBIs in 24 contests • Closed out the season with a strong effort hitting .333 (3-for-9) with five runs scored, three walks and two stolen bases in a sweep of Baylor • Scored three times, as he drew a pair of walks and had two steals in the 2009 finale on May 17 • Totaled a pair of multi-hit games against Missouri, including a 2-for-5 effort with a season-high three RBIs in the finale on May 3 • Was 2-for-8 with a double and triple in two wins over New Mexico • Hit .333 (3-for-9) with a homer, five RBIs and two stolen bases against Kansas, as he drove in a season-high three runs and had two steals in the opener before belting a two-run homer in the finale • Delivered a pinch-hit RBI single against No. 23 Texas A&M on April 17 • Came off the bench to draw a walk and steal two bases before he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in his only other plate appearance against Iowa on April 14 • Was 2-for-6 with a pair of RBIs and a walk in a twinbill against No. 9 Texas on April 10 • Matched his season high with three hits, including a homer, in the series opener at No. 11 Oklahoma on March 30 • Drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning in NU's 14-13 win over Northern Colorado on March 24 • Went 2-for-6 with a double and three runs scored in two games at No. 15 Arkansas • Was 5-for-13 with three runs scored against Cal State Northridge, including a 3-for-4 effort in the series opener on March 6 • Matched his career high with two doubles, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored against St. Mary's (Calif.) on Feb. 28 • Drew three walks and scored twice in a win over North Dakota on Feb. 25.

2008: One of two Huskers to start every game, Belfonte was the Huskers' starting right fielder and split time in the leadoff spot, hitting .241 with a homer, 37 RBIs and 47 runs scored • Paced the Huskers in doubles (15), triples (three), sacrifice flies (six) and stolen bases (14) while ranking third in runs • Totaled 14 multi-hit games, including his first career four-hit contest against eventual CWS participant Stanford on Feb. 22 • Drew three walks while going 1-for-8 with a triple and two runs scored in the NCAA Lincoln Regional • Hit .200 in 10 at-bats at the Big 12 Championship • Started all 27 league contests and led NU in doubles (six) and stolen bases (seven), but was limited to a .186 average • Blistered Baylor pitching, hitting .454 (5-for-11) with six RBIs in the series win • Had two hits, including a two-run single in the 10th and three RBIs in NU's 6-4 win on April 26 before coming back with two hits and three more RBIs in the nightcap • Hit .375 in a two-game series against Creighton, including a 3-for-5 effort with a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored in a 16-7 win on April 23 • Went 3-for-12 against Kansas, including a 2-for-4 effort with two doubles on April 19 • Had two doubles and scored twice in a win at No. 13 Texas on March 28 • Was 3-for-8 and scored three times in NU's sweep of Northern Colorado • Was 2-for-12 at Kansas State, but drove in three runs, including the game-tying run in the top of the ninth in the series finale off of All-Big 12 closer Daniel Edwards • Hit .400 (6-for-15) with seven runs scored in a series sweep of Northern Colorado • Nearly hit for the cycle in the series finale against Northern Colorado on March 10, going 3-for-5 with a triple and the first homer of his career - stretching a total of 332 at-bats • Paced NU at Stanford, hitting .467 (7-for-15) with five RBIs in a series loss, highlighted by a 4-for-6 effort with a career-high four RBIs in a 9-2 win on Feb. 22 • Spent the summer in the Cape Cod League playing for the Harwich Mariners, hitting .280 with 33 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 31 games • Topped the Mariners in steals, walks (19) and hit-by-pitches (11) in helping Harwich to a 24-20 mark.

2007: Belfonte quickly adapted to the college ranks, earning the starting nod in right field in the season opener and eventually moving into the top of the NU lineup • Became the first Husker since Alex Gordon in 2003 to hit over .300 as a true freshman, batting .307 with 46 runs scored over 58 games • Topped NU in five offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.442), hit-by-pitches (19), multi-hit games (20), walks (34) and sacrifices (15), while ranking second on the squad in runs scored and stolen bases • Batted .250 (4-for-16) with four walks and five runs scored during the NCAA Tempe Regional • Shined offensively at the Big 12 Championship, hitting .357 (5-for-14) and scoring four runs • Highlighted NU's win over No. 13 Texas A&M on May 23 with a 3-for-5 afternoon with two runs scored, while also adding a pair of hits and scoring twice in a loss to No. 5 Texas on May 26 • Flourished in conference action, hitting a team-best .343 with 24 runs scored in 26 games • Finished 11th in the Big 12 with a .343 average in conference play and ranked in the top 10 in several categories, including hits (33, seventh), on-base percentage (.456, seventh) and runs (24, 10th) - placing first or second among conference rookies in all three categories • Sparked the Huskers to a series win over Baylor, hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a double, two runs scored and three hit-by-pitches • Batted .500 (6-for-12) with two walks and a sacrifice in the series win over KSU • Hit .375 (3-for-8) in his two games against No. 4 Texas with three runs scored, going 2-for-3 and scoring twice on April 21 • Was 4-for-8 with four walks and scored four times in the series triumph over No. 13 Oklahoma State, including a 3-for-4 effort in the series finale • Hit .357 (5-for-14) at No. 14 Texas A&M with five runs scored, posting a pair of multi-hit games • Went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in the series opener on March 30 • Had his first career three-hit performance, going 3-for-4 with a walk against Wayne State on March 13 • Was hit by three pitches and scored twice in a win over Stetson on March 5 • Collected his first career multi-hit day by going 2-for-2 with a double against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 23.

Before Nebraska: Belfonte was one of the Midwest's top players for Coach Jim Degraw at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City • Earned all-state honors as both a junior and senior, despite missing nearly all of his senior campaign with a torn ACL suffered during the fall of 2005 • Ranked as the No. 3 high school product in Missouri for the 2006 MLB Draft by Baseball America • Played for the Kansas City Sluggers and Coach Shane Weld over the summer of 2006, hitting .395 with four homers, 32 runs scored, 17 doubles and a pair of triples • Garnered All-Missouri honors as a junior hitting .406 with four homers, five triples and four doubles • Was a starter on Rockhurst's state runner-up team as a sophomore, driving in five runs in the state title game • Named the 2005 Class 6A (largest) Missouri Defensive Player of the Year by the Missouri High School Football Coaches Association, leading RHS in tackles (47), rushing yards (743), and touchdowns (11) for the state's top-ranked team • Played both safety and running back, earning all-state honors as a defensive back in both 2004 and 2005 • Was a finalist for the Kansas City Sports Commission's state high school athlete of the year in 2005-06 • Excelled in the classroom, where he was a four-year member of the honor roll, a National Honor Society member and a runner-up for Rockhurst's Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior.

Personal: Born on May 22, 1987, in Kansas City • Parents are Henry and Carol Belfonte • Has one brother (Sal) and one sister (Franki)

Year

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2007.... .307 58-56 205 46 63 8 1 0 16 34 19 10-15
2008.... .241 58-58 220 47 53 15 3 1 37 22 28 14-17
2009.... .256 50-43 156 34 40 8 3 3 26 21 27 9-9
2010.... .376 54-54 218 49 82 13 3 7 37 20 23 13-17
TOTAL... .298 220-211 799 176 238 44 10 11 116 97 97 46-58