Cody Bruder

Cody Bruder, 19, a zoology major and outfielder for the OCC Pirates baseball has the second highest batting average on the team.

When it comes to freshman joining a college sports team, it’s not unlikely for them to become intimidated.

And freshman Cody Bruder,  is no exception.

The 19-year-old zoology major said he was definitely intimidated during his first few weeks on Orange Coast College’s baseball team.

“I was really nervous when I first came on to this team. The main reason was because of my height, but I feel since that I have gotten used to being on this team, I no longer have any fears when it comes to baseball,” the 5-foot 11-inch tall Bruder said.

He started playing baseball when he was 4 and looks to continue playing, and OCC’s coaches have taken notice.

“Bruder has really stepped up for us. He’s greatly improved. He’s played aggressively and he’s been really consistent for us,” coach John Altobelli said.

Bruder’s batting average is .356, which puts him in second  place on the team.

And, Bruder said, he can feel changes in his game since joining the team.

“I feel being on this team has changed my swing for the better and has made me hit off the speed of the pitch a lot more,” he said.

He is also second on the team’s RBI list with 17, just behind Austin Saenz with 19.

Bruder graduated from Santiago High School where he played varsity baseball for four years. During his senior year, he averaged a 4.1 GPA and was named student athlete of the year.

“I always put my grades before baseball. That’s why student comes before athlete in the word student athlete,” he said.

He said he would like to attend to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo after OCC and wants to earn his master’s degree and become a wildlife biologist to help save endangered species through breeding and habitat conservation.

The next time you’ll see Bruder and his teammates will be Thursday as they go on the road to face the Chargers of Cypress College.

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