This week’s spotlight shines on freshman baseball infielder Tracye Tammaro. In his college baseball debut season, Tammaro has already risen to the top of the batting statistics for the Pilots, hitting .338 overall and .300 in conference play this year. He has also hit four home runs in four consecutive games from March 13 to March 17. The team record is 15-9 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
“It’s been a lot of fun so far in my freshman year of college but the most memorable experience I have had so far is going out on the field with all these guys and just having fun,” Tammaro said in an email. “When we’re all trying to win games together there is nothing better than succeeding in that.”
The freshman organizational communication major is a lefty and plays first base.
“I chose University of Portland because it is in a great area and I feel that I connected here best with the coaches and the amount of work our coaches put into the program is a culture I wanted to get behind and be a part of,” Tammaro said.
This season, Tammaro looks forward to having more fun with his teammates and continuing to win games. He said the easiest part of college so far has been connecting with his team.
“One thing I do have to absolutely have playing the game is bubble gum, preferably Bazooka Bubble Gum as it’s part of playing the game for me,” Tammaro said of his rituals before games.
Tammaro and Pilots baseball play next at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, Oregon on March 26 against the Oregon State Beavers.
Morgan Wahler is a sports reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.