FRESHMAN (2010): Made an immediate impact as Santa Clara's starting shortstop beginning on Opening Day. Had a terrific start to the year, hitting near .300 with an on-base percentage over .450 before suffering an arm injury when he was hit by a pitch against Portland (4/2) in the opening weekend of West Coast Conference play. Had 23 hits in 25 games prior to the injury. Made it back to play and start in all three games at Loyola Marymount May 28-30 the final weekend of the season. Went 4-for-10 in those final three games to post a season batting average of .310. He was hit by pitches 20 times, fourth most in SCU's single-season history, doing so in just 28 games. Enjoyed six multiple-hit games. Went 4-for-4, hit two doubles, and had three RBI in an early-season win over San Jose State (3/7). Hit safely in 18 of the 28 games he played in. His four hits and three RBI against San Jose State (3/7) were both season-highs.
PERSONAL: Born November 13, 1990 in Fullerton, Calif. Son of Paul and Jana Viele. Has one sister, Jennifer. Hobbies include playing the drums, weightlifting, watching movies and ping pong ... Santa Clara was his top choice of universities to attend... majoring in Communication.