The 21-year-old junior put together a solid season for the 42-18 Anteaters, being selected to four different all-America squads. He posted a 12-3 record with a 2.26 ERA. Gorgen's 123 strikeouts this season rank second in school history and he is the only Anteater to reach 300 or more strikeouts, fanning 327 in three seasons. He is also second in career victories with 32 and fourth with a .744 winning percentage.
The right-hander became UCI's first Big West Pitcher of the Year and competed on the USA Baseball National team in 2007. Over his career, Gorgen was named Big West Pitcher of the Week six times and is the only player to receive all-conference first-team honors twice.
Though Gorgen broke Louisiana State's 23-game winning streak in the NCAA Super Regionals last week, his teammates fell short in the other two games at LSU. As a result, the Tigers moved on to Omaha, while Irvine missed out on their bid for a second-consecutive College World Series appearance.
I caught up with the affable Gorgen on Monday as he was literally packing his bags – ending the lease on his apartment in California and planning to join the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League by this coming weekend.
Other interviews in this series:
Supplemental-round pick Lance Lynn
Second-round pick Shane Peterson
Fifth-round pick Jermaine Curtis
Sixth-round pick Eric Fornataro
30th-round pick Brett Bruening
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