The left fielder for the Cal baseball team, a Lowell High School alum, has come into his own this season, batting .336 while occupying the No. 2 slot in the lineup. This weekend, Cal — which is 30-15-2 and ranked No. 16 by Baseball America — plays a three-game series at its rival, sixth-ranked Stanford (28-16-2).
You went 5-for-5 in your last game, a 13-4 win against UC Davis. How comfortable are you feeling at the plate? I haven’t had a game like that since high school. It was definitely a good game for me and the team, and I feel pretty locked in right now.
Speaking of high school, how closely do you keep track of what’s going on at Lowell? I follow what’s up with them for sure. We were always really lucky to have guys that took pride in the game and truly cared about representing The City and the AAA. That’s still how I try to approach things.
You’ve shifted from catcher to left field this year. How has that change been? It doesn’t take long to adjust to just relaxing out there and taking it easy [laughs]. No, it’s definitely different, but I’m just so happy they’re finding a spot in the lineup for me and we’re winning.
You guys have gone 29-26 and 26-28 in the past two years. What’s changed this season? It’s hard to put a finger on it. A lot of guys have improved and stepped up at the same time, and I feel really blessed to be a part of it.
What are your thoughts on playing Stanford this weekend? It’s definitely a rivalry. We have one of the best teams we’ve had in a while and they’re good again. It should be a lot of fun.