Jan. 18, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State baseball head coach Pat Casey announced a signing class of 13 student-athletes for the 2012 season in November. One of those signees is Jace Fry, a pitcher from Beaverton, Ore.
Fry was stellar his junior season, going 3-2 with a 1.93 earned run average in 29 innings. He batted .320 and hit two doubles and a home run. He’s a former member of the Murray Hill Little League club that appeared in the 2006 Little League World Series and finished in third.
The Athletic Communications office at Oregon State got in touch with Fry after he signed to learn more about him. Here’s what he had to say.
What made you decide to sign with Oregon State?
“The location, the coaching staff and it’s a successful program with a great environment.”
What was your first impression of Oregon State when you began to be recruited?
“I thought they were a great team with great coaches who knew how to win.”
What can you say about the Oregon State coaching staff?
“All the coaches are there to get things done the right way and never take a day off doing it.”
What’s your first memory of Oregon State?
“When they won the World Series in 2006.”
What do you love most about the sport of baseball?
“The fact that I can help dictate the outcome and the ball is always in my hands.”
If you weren’t playing baseball, what sport(s) would you be playing?
“Football and basketball.”
What kinds of things do you like to do away from the field?
“I like to work out and watch sports.”
When you attend OSU, what do you intend to major in and why?
“Business because it will work for best in the future.”
If professional baseball doesn’t work out, what do you aspire to do after college?
“Become a trainer, coach or scout.”
Are you involved in the community? If so, what have you done?
“Yes, I help with my little brother and sister’s football team.”
Do you have any high school teammates, current or former, who will or already play college baseball? And where?
“Yes, Alex Brown at Lane Community College.”
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and by whom?
“’Baseball is a game of failure.’ My dad.”
Do you have any pre-game superstitions? If so, what are they?
“Not pre-game but I always step on the foul line.”
What number have you worn in high school? Does it have any significance to you?
“Number 17 and 20. I was No. 20 in the Little League World Series.”
If you could meet any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
“Michael Jordan, Tupac and Jackie Robinson.”
If you could visit one country you’ve never been to, what would that be and why?
“Any of those in Europe.”
Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
What is your favorite baseball team?
“The Los Angeles Dodgers.”
What sporting event would you most like to see?
“A World Series baseball game.”
What’s the most important thing Oregon State fans should know about you?
“I’m a clutch player.”
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