Baseball Eric Segura
Eric Segura, a graduate of Soledad High School, makes his college baseball debut for the Oregon State Beavers. (Contributed)

SOLEDAD — Last weekend Soledad Aztecs alum Eric Segura made his Division I college baseball debut for the top-ranked Oregon State Beavers.

Normally when freshmen go into a top program, they are redshirting or see very little playing time because of all the talent the team has. The Beavers have been one of the top baseball programs in the country for years.

During the offseason, Segura was given the opportunity to compete for a role in the bullpen and possibly be a mid-week starter. With college baseball season now starting, the former Aztecs pitcher made his debut this past weekend, when he was penciled in as the starting pitcher against CSU Bakersfield.

At Soledad High, Segura always showed up when they needed him, and last weekend he showed why he is one of the best-talented pitchers. In his debut, he pitched five innings, while giving up two earned runs with four strikeouts.

The Beavers went on to win big 13-2, but Segura got a no-decision.

Although Segura wasn’t credited with the win, the city of Soledad is rooting him on — hopeful that he will be able to get his first win soon.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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