His academic advisor may not approve, but Orange Coast College sophomore Chris Carlson makes no secret of his primary field of study as a Pirate.
"Baseball is my major," Carlson said with a laugh. "That's my No. 1. Everything else is my minor."
So it is that the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year sometimes fidgets in his classroom chair, counting down the moments until he can trade his pen for the aluminum bat that has always been his mightiest sword.
"Ever since I can remember, I've always just put the bat on the ball," said Carlson, whose hitting prowess has helped OCC (36-5-1) earn the school's first outright OEC crown since 1987, a No. 1 national ranking and the No. 1 seed in the four-team, double-elimination California Community College Athletic Assn. Baseball Championship, Friday through Sunday at Bakersfield College. "That's just always what I've loved to do."
According to OCC Coach John Altobelli, the romance goes two ways.