Casa pitcher George headed to Santa Clara

Casa Grande High School's Kevin George will continue his pitching career at Santa Clara University.

George said one of the biggest factors that drew him to Santa Clara was what he called the baseball program's "old-school philosophy.

"Santa Clara plays the game the right way with a ton of respect for its history," he explained. "I love the old-school baggy uniforms. Also, the stadium and player facilities are extremely nice and the weather is great for baseball.

"The coaches are great and have shown they really want to develop their players both on and off the field."

Baseball isn't the only thing that attracted George to Santa Clara. He also likes the academics and the feel of the campus.

"Santa Clara is well respected with a high standard of academics, and the baseball program supports its players in the classroom," he said. "It is one of the top schools in the country. I'm excited to be able to earn my degree from such a great university."

"The campus is small with has a family feel. Everything is very clean. They keep the campus immaculate."

George is undecided about his major, but said he is leaning towards something in business or communications.

The Casa senior grabbed college recruiters' attention last season when he compiled a minuscule 0.89 earned run average in 11 games in 62.2 innings. He had a 7-3 won-lo record with four complete games, striking out 91 batters and walked only 27. He gave up just three extra-base hits all season.

Playing first base when he wasn't pitching, he hit .405 and drove in 20 runs in 104 plate appearances, compiling a .500 slugging percentage with a .485 on-base percentage.

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