Solid offensive outfielder who has seen time in all three outfield positions ... Is in line to return to the starting lineup in right field in 2015 ... Finished with a .385 career batting average in three seasons of high school baseball ... Competed for the Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers during summer 2014 ... Hit .275 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 stolen bases ... Competed for the Colton Nighthawks of the Connie Mack League during the summer of 2011.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2014
Of his 35 starts, 26 came in right field with nine as the designated hitter ... Made lone appearance at the Mountain West Tournament (May 21-25) as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement in right field in the championship contest vs. UNLV on May 25 ... Singled and drew a walk in two at bats in that game ... Was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for games play March 3-9 ... Over four contests that week he hit .533 (8-for-15) with a double, triple, home run, eight RBI and seven runs scored ... Went 5-for-10 and drew three walks during the series at New Mexico May 2-4 ... One of two Aztecs to record as many as five RBI in a game, a feat he accomplished vs. Purdue on March 16 ... The five RBI were a career high ... Hit his first career home run in that contest ... Matched his career best of three hits in a game on three occasions this season: vs. Purdue March 15 and 16, at New Mexico May 2 ... Drew six walks in the first two contests of the Fresno State series at home March 28-29 ... Went 2-for-6 as a pinch hitter ... Season best nine-game hitting streak from March 2-21 .. Over that span went 15-for-32 (.469) with two doubles, nine RBI and 11 runs scored ... Had a streak of seven games in which he scored at least one run from March 15-23 ... Finished with a .275 batting average in conference play ... Was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete and was a member of the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2013
Redshirted during the 2013 campaign, his second season at SDSU.
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 v 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 ... 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.