AT UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA (2007-08): Started 11 of 20 games played as a sophomore... batted .267 with one double, one triple, and one homerun... was 9-for-10 in stolen bases... as a freshman batted .264 in 55 games (51 starts) with nine doubles and three triples... was 21-for-23 in stolen bases.
PREP CAREER: Played four years of Varsity baseball at Woodland (CA) High School.
PERSONAL: Born on December 14, 1987 in Sacramento, CA... nickname is `Rob-O'... son of Robert and Kim Abel... goal for the season is to help the team get to the College World Series... chose USF because it is family orientated... likes the diversity of San Francisco... would like to be Jamie Foxx for a day... lists his parents as the most impressive people he has met... after graduation he would like to be able to take care of his parents... favorite movie is Wanted... favorite musical artist is Andre 3000... his favorite food is free food... hobbies include playing video games... majoring in sociology.
GIARRATANO ON ABEL: "Robert is a very talented player. He has a great personality and great leadership skills and could help mold USF in the future."