Oliva was a rock for the JU baseball team from 1998-2001. He is the all-time leader in career games played, second all-time in at bats, second in hits, third in runs and is tied for second in doubles. Oliva is also the all-time leader in career home runs, RBI and walks. In 2001, as a junior, Oliva was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 21st round of the MLB draft, but chose to return to JU for his senior season and was once again drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 18th round.
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