Madigan hit .378 as a senior and was recruited by a handful of West Coast schools, as well as Arizona, TCU and Virginia, the No. 1 national seed that the Anteaters will visit in a best-of-three super regional beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. The winner In Charlottesville will advance to the College World Series.
Then-UCI coach Dave Serrano hoped to redshirt Madigan in 2007, but a preseason hot streak and Madigan's own unselfishness helped Serrano reconsider.
"I never think about my own accolades," said Madigan, a second-team All-Big West Conference honoree who leads UCI in on-base percentage (.416), walks (39) and stolen bases (nine). He is batting .288 with 35 runs batted in, third on the team, and is one of four UCI players to start every game. At one point, he had a streak of reaching base in 34 straight games. "My biggest thing is: what can I do to help the team? When Serrano talked to me and my family about redshirting, I told him playing time was something I was not worried about. I told him 'I think I can help this team and I don't care if it's 15 at-bats, or whatever.' I never think about hitting home runs or doing things that might look good in the stats. Whether it's getting hit by a pitch, or being walked, or getting a base hit or just hitting the ball hard, I want to do something that helps the team win."