AS A SOPHOMORE (2013)
Made 11 appearances and finished the year with a 2-1 record and a 3.38 ERA…tossed a total of 10 and 2/3 innings and struck out 10…tossed two shutout innings of relief vs. USC and picked up the win in a 6-4 victory (04/09)…tossed one shutout inning in win at Cal State Northridge (05/25).
In 10 appearances, pitched 16 and 2/3 innings with a 2.20 ERA and 3-0 record for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012)
Missed most of the season, appearing in only eight games due to a knee injury • Made two early appearances (Feb. 17 and March 6) but didn’t pitch again until May 1 vs. USC, when he made his only start and tossed two innings, allowing a run that cost him the loss • Finished up 0-2 (other loss was May 15 in relief vs. UCLA) with a 6.92 ERA • Worked 13 innings • Walked four and struck out seven • Longest outing was his best --- three scoreless innings at Long Beach State in 5-1 loss on May 26 • Pitched in NCAA Regional at Oregon, charged with two runs in 0.2 innings in season finale vs. Austin Peay.
Was a three-year letterwinner for Head Coach Josh Lienhard and the Conquistadors at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. • Compiled a career record of 25-7 and an ERA of around 2.00 and earned all-city recognition all three seasons • His best season came as a junior in 2010 (11-1, 1.56 ERA, 77 strikeouts) when he was named city player of the year • Was El Camino Real’s most valuable player in 2011 (6-4, 1.58 ERA, 75 strikeouts).
Born in Northridge, Calif. • Full name is Jose Carlos Cardona • Parents are Carlos and Lorena Cardona • Has an older brother, Jonathan • Majoring in kinesiology • Models his game after Pedro Martinez • Favorites include: Matt Kemp (baseball player), Dodger Stadium (stadium), Kobe Bryant (athlete), Goodwin Field (place to play baseball), Los Angeles Dodgers (team), “Friends with Benefits” (movie), “Always Running” (book), Wiz Khalifa (musical artist), and Eva Mendes and Mila Kunis (actresses).