|Hometown:||East Los Angeles, Calif.|
|High School:||Roosevelt HS|
BRIEFLY: A "nasty" lefty with perhaps the best stuff of any pitcher on the Titans' staff Might have been looked over just a bit as one of the most dominating pitchers in the conference last year trailing behind hurlers like Jason Windsor and Long Beach State's Jered Weaver Named as a first-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA and a second teamer by Baseball America.
TITANS `04: Was second in the conference with 14 victories, trailing only Long Beach State's Jered Weaver (15) His 155 innings pitched were second both on the team and in the conference behind teammate Jason Windsor's 162.2 All of his 22 appearances were starts Had the best winning percentage (.778) of any Titan pitcher Named Big West Pitcher of the Week and Kia Bash Most Outstanding Pitcher (Mar.1) after hurling a complete-game four-hitter against Georgia Tech on Feb. 28 Tied a season-high with 12 stikeouts in that game Threw back-to-back complete games against Houston (Feb. 21) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 28), allowing only one run in 18 innings while striking out 22 Threw a complete game shutout on Apr. 9 vs. Pacific, scattering only four hits in the 13-0 win Was 5-0 in his last six decisions including two wins at the College World Series, and one each in the Regional and Super Regional Pitched at least 6 innings in each of his last 12 games and at least 7 innings in 10 of those games Was named to the All-Big West Conference second team Was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team after going 2-0 in 15.2 innings (including a complete game vs. Miami on Jun. 21) while striking out 15 Was 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA while pitching for Team USA last summer.
TITANS '03: Was an outstanding middle reliever and spot starter as a true freshman, but did not see as many innings as he might have otherwise because of the Titans' exceptional depth Allowed two runs or less in 19 of his 23 outings Was 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA and .157 batting average against in 12 outings at Goodwin Field Had a 1.00 ERA from the seventh inning on (18.0 innings) Held opponents to a .200 average with runners on base Did not allow a home run in his first 32.2 innings of work (over 13 appearances) Pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out 14 (the most by a Titan in three years and the most by any Big West pitcher in 2003) vs. Pacific on Apr. 5, but started just one more game Earned his first win (vs. Tulane) on just two pitches when the Titans rallied in the ninth Pitched a third of an inning in the Titans' last game of the season vs. Stanford on June 18, his first outing in five weeks.
ROOSEVELT H.S.: Posted a dominant senior season for Roosevelt H.S., where he played for Coach Scott Pearson Attended Garfield H.S. his first three years As a senior, he was named the L.A. City Section co-Player of the Year and the Eastern League co-MVP Posted a 12-1 record along with a 0.53 ERA and 162 strikeouts (and just 27 walks) in 80 innings while opponents batted just .110 Led all Southern California in strikeouts and struck out at least 10 batters in every start Hurled nine complete games and two shutouts, including a no-hitter against his former school, Garfield, in which he recorded 14 of 15 outs by strikeouts (the game was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule) Tossed a one-hitter and fanned 17 in an eight-inning win over Narbonne Was a second-team all-city selection as a junior for Garfield Graduated with a 3.8 grade point average and high honors.
PERSONAL: Born on Nov. 6, 1984, in Los Angeles, Calif. Parents are Ricardo and Sandra Romero Has two younger sisters (Sandy and Vanessa) and a younger brother (Gabriel) Majoring in kinesiology If he won the lottery, he would buy a house for his parents Was one of four Titans on the Long Beach Cardinals, which captured the Connie Mack World Series championship in Farmington, N.M. in 2002 Has been wearing No. 10 since he was a freshman in high school As a superstition he wears his socks high and doesn't wash his game hat Hopes to be a baseball coach if he doesn't play professionally Would like to see Miami added to Fullerton's schedule Selected by Boston in the 37th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball first-year player draft Full name is Ricardo Romero Jr. Favorites ... Randy Johnson and Johan Santana (players), Los Angeles Dodgers (team), tacos de carne asada (food), Remember the Titans (movie), Denzel Washington (actor), titansports.org (web site).