- 3/25/03 - The last time
pitcher Brian Bird started a game for the Thousand Oaks High
baseball team was the first week of the season in a Daily News
Tournament game. His next start proved to be worth the wait.
The junior pitched a no-hitter Thursday, striking out seven and
walking two in the Lancers' 1-0 victory over Moorpark in the
championship game of the San Luis Obispo Tournament.
``The old jinx in baseball is never tell the pitcher when he
has a no-hitter going,'' Lancers assistant coach Ed Kitchen said. ``But
we told him, anyway.''
That did little to stop Bird from making the most of his opportunity
as he improved to 2-0 this season
LCSC: Made 13 appearances in 2006 and posted a 1-0
record. Was third on the team in saves with three. Hard-throwing
right-hander showed good control with only five walks and 25 strikeouts in
29 innings, but did allow nine extra-base hits. Finished with a 4.66 ERA.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Moorpark Junior College as a freshman and then
transferred to Cuesta Junior College, also in California, in 2006. He
enjoyed a stellar year by earning first-team All-American honors for a
reliever. His team went 32-14-1 and won the league title and he set school
records for appearances (28) and saves (11). He posted a 9-0 record with a
1.56 ERA in 60.2 innings. He also struck out 56 and walked 13.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Thousand Oaks High in California and played on the
baseball and football teams. He was both a pitcher and first baseman and was
the Marmonte League Pitcher of the Year his senior season while earning
first-team all-county, all-CIF and all-area honors. He also helped his 2003
team to the CIF Division 2 Southern Section title and a runner-up finish in
the Little League Big League World Series.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 18, 1986 in Orange County, Calif., to Patrick and Jane
Bird. Brian has two brothers, Steve and Chris. His hobbies include dominoes,
training, playing the guitar and going to the beach. He is majoring in
Kinesiology at LCSC.