BERKELEY -- California's 8-2 win over UCLA was barely in the books when San Jose (Calif.) Ballarmine Prep center fielder Connor Mack went to hitting coach Brad Sanfilippo and told him that the scholarship he was offered before the game? Yeah, he'd be taking that.
"I was pretty much set on it before the game," said Mack, a second-team WCAL selection as a sophomore, the holder of a 4.7 grade point average, and the latest member of the 2017 Cal recruiting class. "I like the school, and the atmosphere. When you come out to the game, all these guys are loose, relaxed, and you can tell that the coaches know what they're doing ... I want to be here really bad."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1610962-cal-baseball-signs... It was the third game that Mack has attended this season, previously having come out to the sweep of them-No. 3 Oregon State. Before he visited Berkeley the first time, he worked out in front of pitching coach Thomas Eager with his travel squad -- Trosky Baseball.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound center fielder is currently hitting .324 for the Bells, with a team-best 11 run in 12 games, to go along with six RBIs, two doubles and one home run -- which he hit down the left field line in his game on Saturday. Mack has a .419 on-base percentage this season, and a .878 OPS, leading the team with five walks. The speedy Mack, with a 6.7-second 60-yard dash, is 7-for-7 on the season in stolen base attempts.
Last season, Mack hit .311, with nine runs, eight RBIs, three doubles and one triple, with a .389 on-base percentage and a .782 OPS, adding 10 steals in 24 games.
"I have the speed to play center, I think, but wherever they put me in the outfield is fine with me," said Mack, who has only been recruited by the Bears for "a couple of months."
After his first visit during the Oregon State series (during which he met 2016 signee Korey Lee), he said, he "absolutely loved" Berkeley, and finally chose the Bears over Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, the Bruins and several Ivy League schools.
"The first time I was here, after the game, there were guys throwing the football in the outfield, so it's relaxed, but they get the job done," Mack said. "They work hard."