The Runner Spotlight: Tyler Jorgensen

Mari Woodmansee, Photo Editor

  Senior first baseman Tyler Jorgensen was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. 

  Jorgensen was introduced to baseball because his family is very sports related. His family consists mainly of basketball players who also love baseball. Jorgensen’s baseball career started when he was two years old, after his parents put him into tee-ball and baseball, and has been in his life for 20 years. 

  While attending high school, Jorgensen had to decide which sport he wanted to continue playing. He chose baseball over basketball, because he felt he was better at it and had a foreseeable future. 

  In high school, Jorgensen made it a goal to play Division 1 baseball, but out of high school he only received Division 2 and 3 offers, so he decided to attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College a ten-minute drive away from his home. 

  When asked why he chose CSUB, Jorgensen claims he was drawn in by the coaching staff, specifically assistant coach Ryan Cisterna, who watched him play during Jorgensen’s time at CBCC. Former teammate Cole Valletta also played a key role in convincing Jorgensen to attend CSUB. Valletta and Jorgensen had played baseball together in high school, so when Valletta told Jorgensen that he really enjoyed his time at CSUB, Jorgensen decided why not. 

  Jorgensen’s biggest supporters are his parents, with whom he has a close relationship. He has a deep connection with his parents due to the fact that he is an only child.  

  “My parents and I have a really close bond because I am their only child. They are really invested in me, actually completely invested in me, and it means a lot.” So much so that Jorgensen’s parents drive over seven hours to see him play. 

  Now that it is Jorgensen’s senior year, he is looking into his future. Jorgensen would love to play baseball professionally, especially for the Arizona Diamondbacks, which is his favorite team. However, he believes he would be willing to play for any team that would have him.  

   According to head coach Jeremy Beard, a lot can be said about Jorgensen. 

 “Tyler Jorgensen was born to play baseball, and has a very high baseball IQ,” Beard said as he explained how valued Jorgensen is the baseball team. “He is dirty every practice, shows up early to every practice, and takes extra swings. Not only does Jorgensen not worry about what he lacks, he concentrates on what he does have. All in all, Jorgensen is a great teammate that is a really valued member of the team.”