Another Aussie excels in United States
29 May 2019
Well over a hundred young Australian baseball players are currently attending educational institutions in United States, a statistic that speaks to both their personal capacities and to the increasing attractiveness of the college option as a means of combining academic learning with athletic aspirations in their chosen sport.
Of the many young Aussies forging a pathway in college baseball whilst gaining tertiary qualifications, Sydneysider Josh Robins – a rangy right-armed pitcher - recently completed his second year of a baseball scholarship at prestigious NCAA Division1 Loyola Marymount University, helping guide his club to the U.S. College Baseball World Series Regional playoffs for the first time since 2000.
Los Angeles Times is among many media and other organisations recognising the achievement of players such as Josh Robins at elite level in the United States college system.
Josh Robins - who pitched for Baseball NSW at the Australian Nationals in Under 16 and twice in Under 18s before touring United States with Australian Schoolboys and the Australian Under 19 Team in 2017 - has just completed the second year of his Baseball Scholarship at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 University, Loyola Marymount (LMU), in Los Angeles.
The linked article (below), featuring Josh’s photograph, appeared in the Los Angeles Times this week following LMU’s success in advancing to the US College Baseball World Series Regional playoffs for the first time since 2000.
“We all worked very hard to reach the playoffs and next weekend have to beat UCLA, the number one team in the nation, to advance to the Super Regionals,” Josh told Los Angeles Times.
Following the College World Series, Josh will pitch over the summer holiday period for a team comprised of many university baseball players in order to further develop his pitching skills before completing another two years of NCAA Baseball. He is one of many Australians playing baseball at an elite level in the United States who one day hope to return to represent Australia in international competition.
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You can read the full Los Angeles Times article HERE.