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Flashback Friday: Former Lancers Turn Pro
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Release: 08/15/2014
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The following is the eighth of 10 Flashback Friday articles that look back on the highlight achievements of CBU athletics over the 2013-14 campaign. A post will be made each Friday up until August 29, leading in to the 2014-15 season.  

RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Fresh off their collegiate athletic careers, former California Baptist University athletes have taken their talents to the professional level, both domestically and internationally.

After a standout season on the mound for CBU baseball, Trevor Oaks became the highest drafted Lancer in program history with a seventh-round selection. The Los Angeles Dodgers used the 219th pick to secure the Lancers' former ace. Oaks was placed on the Minor League Ogden Raptors roster as a rookie and has played in nine games so far, with one start and a 4-0 record. On July 1, Oaks threw three innings and struck out four batters. He allowed just two hits, but didn't surrender a single earned run to help lift the Raptors 4-1 over the Idaho Falls.

Also selected in the MLB draft were Caleb Dirks and Blair Moore. Dirks became the second Lancer taken in the draft, selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round. Moore was picked up by the Chicago White Sox in the 28th round.

Dirks has played in 16 games on two different MiLB teams, most currently finding a spot on the Class A Rome Braves. He currently boasts a 1.17 earned run average in the minors with 32 strikeouts and a 1-0 record. 

Moore is getting into a groove with the Arizona League White Sox, batting .276 over a span of 21 games. He's tallied 21 hits, including two doubles and two triples, and knocked in 14 RBI. Moore has scored 11 runs in his 21 game appearances. On Aug. 11, Moore played a key role in the White Sox's 3-0 victory over the Arizona League Angels. Moore, who started at third, went 3-for-5 on the night, batting in two of the three runs.

CBU men's basketball's Anthony Cosentino has also established himself as an asset to a new team, this time in a foreign country. Cosentino joined a professional Colombian league with the Cimarrones del Chocó team at the end of July and has played in four games since. He currently averages 3.0 rebounds and 8.5 points per game, playing a key part in maintaining the team's 4-0 record and second ranking in the Liga's standings. In his Colombian debut, Cosentino scored 11 points to lift his team to a 101-94 win over Manizales once Caldas.

Also playing in different countries are two men's volleyball players: Kristopher Johnson and Joel Blocksom. Johnson spent all summer training with the USA men's national team and has since joined team LEKA in Finland. Blocksom returned back to Japan to join Team Panasonic out of Kyoto. He is currently playing in his first competition in Kazakhstan for the Japanese Asian Cup. Both Johnson and Blocksom will look to take their teams to new heights as both are among the tallest of their teams.

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