Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Roy Ferdin Jr.

An Outstanding Islander

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South Paw Loves Home Cookin'
Islander pitcher Roy Ferdin Jr. wanted to give his parents every opportunity to attend his home baseball games, so the Corpus Christi native made Texas A&M-Corpus Christi his top choice. After all, his father, Roy, sparked his interest in the sport - taking him to the field every day. The junior kinesiology and physical education major, who is the first in his household to attend college, plans to coach high school baseball and teach math. He scored high marks in calculus at Ray High School where, as a baseball player, he was named All-State as a junior and named Academic All-State as a senior. This year, Ferdin broke the University's record for career starts and he won the first game of 2009 against the New Mexico Lobos. In 2008, he achieved his first collegiate win in a complete game two-hit shutout at Southeastern Louisiana University and as a result, was named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week. As a pitcher, Ferdin says he's no stranger to the area wind and uses it to his advantage. He says he's proud to see more local players on the baseball team. His most important piece of advice is: "You've got to work hard everyday. If you're not improving, someone else is." This fall, his younger sister, Valerie, will begin attending the University on a scholarship. She has applied to the new mechanical engineering program. In his spare time, Ferdin enjoys playing golf.

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