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Pac-12 baseball scholar-athlete of the year to take last swing at sport in CWS Finals

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Earlier this month, six Beaver baseball players were selected in the MLB draft, but for others the College World Series is the end of their time playing the sport.

One of those players is Jack Anderson, who grew up in Lake Oswego and got his start in baseball with Little League.

Anderson’s father Trent said as a boy his son watched longtime Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki and became a contact hitter. “He’s not hitting home runs, he hit I think one in his entire college career.”

The second of five kids, Anderson grew up to be an outfielder for the Beavers with a .276 average in his senior season.

Leigh, Anderson’s mother, told FOX 12 “proving his worth academically and helping his team in that way was probably his main goal so now seeing both sides of it come together, has been, there’s no real words for it. It’s pretty awesome.”

The Pac-12 baseball scholar-athlete of the year recently graduated with a Kinesology major and Business minor. His next stop will be graduate studies at Regis University in Denver to become a physical therapist.

“He’s a giver and he is service oriented type of a kid and for him to make that his career, we are humbled,” said Anderson’s father.

A three-time all-academic selection in the conference, Anderson’s last game as an Oregon State baseball player could end in the program’s third national title.

“We have not really gone there the whole time in this time being here, so that will be emotional but if he can go out on top, I think it would make it a lot easier,” said Anderson’s mother.

Ashleigh, Anderson’s older sister, is excited for her brother in Omaha, telling FOX 12 “my nickname for him is little puppy brother so I am super excited that he got here and it is so cool to be back here and watching him on this stage where before we were fighting over Legos and stuff so this is awesome.”

For Anderson, the CWS memories will last forever but none will be larger than if the Beavers take home the title to end his playing career.

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