CAREER HIGHS: Strikeouts: 4, 2/19/11 vs. Eastern Kentucky; Walks: 3, 4/16/11 at San Diego; IP (start): None; IP (relief): 4.2, 3/15/11 vs. Long Beach State; Winning Streak: 1g (2x), Last: 3/5 - 3/15/11; Losing Streak: 5g, 3/15/11 - present; Low-hit CG: None.
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Cowlitz (Wash.) Black Bears of the West Coast League.
2011/SOPHOMORE: Emerged from the Pepperdine bullpen in 23 games and posted a 1-5 record with a 4.41 ERA and 25 strikeouts ... Ranked fourth in the West Coast Conference with six saves and tied for fourth with 16 games finished ... Tossed 32.2 innings pitched and faced 150 batters ... Allowed one stolen base behind him through four attempts ... Combined with Alex Najera on a seven-hit 7-0 shutout of No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (5/10), allowing three base runners with one strikeout over the final 2.2 innings ... Made season debut on Feb. 19 vs. Eastern Kentucky and struck out a career high four batters over 3.0 innings of work ... Earned year's first save behind a scoreless frame with two hits allowed in a 9-6 win vs. UC Santa Barbara (3/1) ... Won his first and lone game of year four days later at East Carolina (3/5) despite allowing one run on four hits and two walks during the final 2.1 innings ... Struck out the side in order in the ninth inning to nail down save No. 2 vs. UC Riverside (3/9) ... Recorded saves four more times in as many appearances throughout the month of March, topping No. 23 Coastal Carolina (3/19), Cal Poly (3/22 and 3/29) and Dayton (3/27) ... Finished that month with a 2.18 ERA and 20 Ks, including three vs. BYU (3/31) ... Lost first of five straight games vs. Long Beach on March 15, an outing in which he pitched a career high 4.2 innings ... Enters 2012 season on a 21-game errorless streak.
2010/FALL: Won two games, including the decisive tiebreaker for the Blue Team, during the Pepperdine Fall World Series ... Posted a flawless 0.00 ERA with one save and three strikeouts over 3.1 innings pitched ... Held opposing batters to a .091 average ... During the tiebreak (11/14), retired the first two batters he faced before allowing a run-scoring hit to Trent Diedrich but the potential game-tying run was thrown out at home plate for the final out ... Pitched a scoreless three-up, three-down ninth inning in game one's (11/6) 5-5 tie ... Earned the save in game two's 2-1 Blue victory after pitching a scoreless seventh inning on 15 pitches ... Allowed the first batter to reach base on an error, but then caught Trevor McDonald's bunt attempt in the air and got the next two batters to ground out.
2010/SUMMER: Pitched in relief for the Texas Tomcats of the Texas Collegiate Baseball League ... Posted a 3-2 record through 17 appearances, totaling 27.1 innings pitched ... Registered a 4.28 ERA ... Struck out 30 and limited opposing hitters to a .205 batting average.
2010/FRESHMAN: Appeared out of the bullpen in 13 games and led the Waves with three saves ... 11 of his 13 outings took place on or after April 20 ... Recorded a 1-1 record to go with a 3.95 ERA and nine strikeouts ... Pitched 13.2 innings ... Held opposing batters to a .250 average (12-for-48) with left-handed hitters only batting .154 (2-for-13) against him ... Collected back-to-back saves in wins over San Francisco (5/28 & 29) and finished the series with 2.1 scoreless innings and two strikeouts ... His consecutive saves in games against the same opponent were the first for Pepperdine since Nick Gaudi did the same vs. Washington State in March of 2009 ... Picked up his first career save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two punch outs vs. UC Santa Barbara (5/11) ... Struck out the Gauchos' No. 1 and 3 hitters and got Derek Eligio to fly out to shallow right field ... Scored his first collegiate victory during his previous outing (5/9) at Saint Mary's ... Entered a tie ball game and pitched the 10th and 11th innings, giving up one run on two hits - one of which was a solo home run that cut Pepperdine's lead to 5-4, but then got the next batter to foul out to third base on a bunt attempt ... Struck out a season and career-high three batters in 1.1 innings of work at Cal State Fullerton (4/20) ... Tossed a personal best 2.2 scoreless innings in loss vs. UCLA (5/4).
2009/FALL: Made two relief appearances for Orange at the Blue and Orange World Series ... Struck out the side in the eighth inning of game one (11/12), getting newcomers Chris Terry, Joe Sever and Sam Meyer to all go down swinging ... Earned the win in game two (11/14) with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief ... Entered the game with two outs in the fifth in relief of starter Robert Dickmann ... Got Leo Fletes to ground out to first to complete the frame, and in the sixth, escaped a one-out jam with runners at first and second by getting Sever to line into a 4-6 double play.
2009/SUMMER: Played for the Waimea Waves of the Hawai'i Collegiate Baseball League with teammate Tyler Brubaker ... Helped the Waves post the league's best regular season record at 25-10 ... Appeared in 13 games, including five starts and posted a 2-1 record with a 4.71 earned-run average ... Struck out 20 batters in 36.1 innings pitched and combined with two other teammates on a 9-0 shutout vs. Kamuela.
2009/REDSHIRT: Did not play and was granted a redshirt season.
2008/FALL: Made one appearance for Blue at the Blue and Orange World Series, which lasted two innings ... Struck out two batters ... Allowed an earned run on two hits and a hit batsman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Edinburg High School in 2008, where he was a pitcher and shortstop for three seasons on the varsity team ... Played for head coaches Rick Perez and David Kaspryznski ... Helped lead club to a district title in 2008 ... Made the all-district first team as a shortstop and the all-district second team as a pitcher following a senior year in which he batted .345 ... Pitched a no-hitter as a senior ... Honorable Mention selection as a shortstop in 2007 ... AP Scholar and Academic All-State honoree.
CLUB: Played ball for the South Texas Sliders in summer of 2006 and the Texas Roadrunners in the fall of 2006 and 2007 and summer of 2007 ... In one stretch for the Roadrunners, gave up four hits over three games.
PERSONAL: Given name is Ricardo Rene Villarreal ... Son of Rick and Norma Villarreal ... Brother to Victoria and Julian ... Father, Rick, and uncle, Sonny, played baseball for the University of Texas Pan American ... Majoring in business administration and minoring in applied math ... Career goal is to own a business ... Chose Pepperdine for its, "prestigious academic program, small campus, good baseball team and environment."
FAVORITES: Lists Cal Ripken Jr. as his biggest sports hero ... Plays video games as a hobby ... Favorites include Texas Rangers (pro baseball team), the Harry Potter series (books), The Breakfast Club (movie), Dexter (TV show), Something Corporate (musical artist), macaroni and cheese (food), football (sport other than baseball).