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FOUR FOR THE RECORD
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Release: 06/08/2011
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- It's been a record-breaking two-year run for California Baptist University baseball, and the Lancers added one more record to the books Wednesday.

Seniors Sharif Othman and Drew Madrigal were both selected today in the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, giving the Lancers a program-record four players selected in the same draft.

With Brian Sharp and Taylor Siemens and now Othman and Madrigal, the Lancers' four selections this week are the most among teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference and tied for most with Lee (Tenn.) among schools in the NAIA.

"It's an exciting day for those four men and for this program and university," said CBU Head Coach Gary Adcock. "To see the growth in my eight years is very gratifying. Three of these four started as undrafted freshmen here, and it shows the formula for development works. These four accomplished so much in their years at CBU, including back-to-back GSAC titles. They will be missed."

Othman was selected in the 32nd round (973 overall) by the Florida Marlins. Madrigal was taken in the 35th round (1,070 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Perhaps the best catcher in program history, Othman played in more games (215) than any other player in program history. He is one of four players in program history with 30 career home runs, finishing with 31. He is third in program history with 216 hits, one of just five players ever with 200 or more hits.

He is also fourth in program history with 151 RBI and tied for eighth with 37 doubles. He enjoyed his best season as a 2010 junior when he hit .386 with 88 hits, 17 doubles, 16 home runs and 67 RBI. All of those were career-bests.

Othman was a 2010 NAIA All-American second team selection, a two-time All-GSAC selection and a three-time GSAC Gold Glove honoree.

"The hard work of the past 15 years has paid off, and my chance finally came," said Othman. "You never know what's going to happen, so I was just hoping and praying it would come. I was thinking about it this week, but trying not to stress about it. It's just icing on the cake, too, that three of my teammates got drafted. That's great for the program."

Othman will like either be assigned to the Marlins' rookie ball team in the Gulf Coast League in Florida or possibly their short-season A team in the New York-Penn League.

After transferring from Mt. San Jacinto Junior College, Madrigal was 14-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 27 appearances (23 starts) in just two seasons in Riverside. He also struck out 142 in 159.1 innings.

His 14 career wins are 10th in program history.

"Drew is a player I've scouted for at least four years now," said Jeff Ishii, area scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, who was responsible for the Cardinals' selection of Madrigal. "I fought harder to get him this year and it worked out. Getting a roster spot in a scarce commodity, and Drew has one now. He earned it and will get a chance to show what he can do."

As a 2010 junior, Madrigal was 11-3 with a 4.13 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 109 innings, leading the Lancers to the NAIA World Series. Perhaps his best outing came in the 2010 NAIA National Championship Opening Round when he went the distance and struck out a career-best 11 in a win over Madonna (Mich.) to get the Lancers into the championship game. They eventually won that to get to the World Series for just the second time in program history.

For his remarkable season, he was named 2010 GSAC Pitcher of the Year, just the second player in program history to earn that honor.

In 10 appearances this year, Madrigal was 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA, striking out 46 in 50.1 innings. He also matched his career-best with 11 strikeouts in a game at Azusa Pacific.

Madrigal, who was also drafted in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, was a two-way player during his time at CBU. At the plate, he hit .343 with 72 hits, 36 runs, 48 RBI, 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs.

"He is very athletic and has some intangibles that make him really good," said Ishii. "As far as on the mound he has arm strength, a solid major league, above average fastball, a unique ability to spin a breaking ball and a quality changeup. He has three good pitches, a good delivery, throws strikes and has some intangibles. If all of those come together, you might have something special."

According to Ishii Madrigal will be assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs, the 2010 Pinckney Division champions, of the New York-Penn League (short season A).


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