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UCI’s Gorgen comes into his own

BASEBALL: The All-American pitcher learned his drive to succeed by competing with twin brother.

May 30, 2008|By Barry Faulkner

Scott, who has developed what many consider the best change-up in college baseball, is projected to go in the first three rounds of the upcoming Major League Draft. Though 5-foot-10, considerably shorter than most scouts prefer their mound prospects, his consistent excellence — he proudly points out that he has not missed a weekend start as a collegian and he has also made spot relief appearances beyond that, to help his team — has helped him overcome such a stigma.

Gorgen is scheduled to start today at 5:05 p.m. when the No. 14-ranked Anteaters (38-16) meet Oral Roberts (46-12) in the opening round of the four-team, double-elimination Lincoln Regional at the University of Nebraska’s Hawks Field at Haymaker Park.

While he clearly has work to do to try to help his team return to Omaha, where the ’Eaters finished third last season to put the program on the map, Gorgen has had time to reflect on his storybook career.

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“It has been more than I could ever imagine,” he said. “I have loved playing here. There have been so many good memories, so many ups and downs. As I look back, my career has been a blessing. I’ve been so very fortunate to come here and play and be a part of this new era of Anteater baseball. I’ve made lasting memories and friends I will never lose contact with. I wouldn’t trade my experience here for anything.”

Gorgen is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the Heisman Trophy of collegiate baseball, as well as the Roger Clemens award that goes to the nation’s top college pitcher.

He also looks forward to the postseason, in which last year he unveiled a penchant for ratcheting up his dominance on the bigger stage.

“I have a lot of individual goals and I’m still in the middle of that,” Gorgen said. “I’m never satisfied and I won’t be satisfied until I reach my ultimate goal of making the major leagues. But there’s no sense of accomplishment, until this team is done playing in Omaha this year. That’s when I’ll be satisfied.”

Satisfied, too, to have made a name for himself.


BARRY FAULKNER may be reached at (714) 966-4615 or at barry.faulkner@latimes.com.

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