Left-handed pitcher who is expected to continue in the role of situational relief specialist for the Aztecs ... Played for the Pittsfield (Mass.) Suns of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League during the summer of 2012 ... Compiled a record of 4-4 with a 2.93 earned run average ... Recorded 55 strikeouts and walked only four over 61.1 innings pitched ... His 12 appearances included 10 starts and one complete-game effort ... For the three previous summers had competed as a member of the SoCal Dirtbags team ... Played for the Tampa Bay Rays scout team during summer of 2010.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2012
Appeared in 14 games as a freshman, all in a relief role ... Of his 14 relief stints, 11 were one inning or less ... Longest outing was 4.0 innings against New Mexico on April 14 ... Season-high three strikeouts came in one inning pitched vs. Air Force on March 30 ... Picked up the win in SDSU's victory over Milwaukee when he allowed no runs and no hits with one strikeout in 1.1 innings of work ... Did not have a wild pitch in his 13.0 innings during the season.
Played four years of varsity baseball at Oceanside High School where he was coached by Dave Barrett ... Two-time Pitcher of the Year for the Pirates ... During his career tied the Oceanside HS record for wins and set the mark for career appearances ... A second-team all-Avocado League selection as a senior after going 6-6 with two saves and a 3.11 earned run average ... Struck out 87 batters over 74.1 innings and tossed five complete games ... As a junior was a first-team all-Valley League honoree after going 8-5 with a pair of saves and a 2.92 earned run average ... Recorded 93 strikeouts and only 20 walks in 84 innings ... An honorable mention all-league selection as a sophomore ... As a freshman was a winner in his lone appearance of the season ... Member of the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic baseball team in both 2010 and 2011 .. Served as president of the American Sign Language Club at Oceanside HS.
Michael Alexander RoBards was born Oct. 4, 1993, in Oceanside, Calif. ... Son of William and Nora RoBards ... Older brother, Chris, played football at Cal Lutheran ... Enjoys the beach and spending time with friends and family ... Favorite athlete is Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ... Was also recruited by Duke, Stanford and Arizona ... Majoring in business marketing at San Diego State.