February 15, 1993
Jon Ward, a former standout at Huntington Beach High, lost his collegiate pitching debut Sunday as Texas beat Cal State Fullerton, 5-1, in a nonconference game in Austin, Tex. Ward allowed three hits, two runs--both earned--and walked five in four innings. He struck out two. He left trailing, 2-1. Fullerton got its only run in the fifth, thanks to a throwing error. Texas (7-2), which scored twice in the fourth, got single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
May 22, 1992 |
It was a left turn that would ultimately change the course of events in the life of Jon Ward. Ward, then in eighth grade, had tired of playing baseball in Fountain Valley's South Little League. Ward's interests had shifted to skateboarding and racing remote-controlled cars. "Both of my sons were going through the skateboard phase," said Charles Ward, an electrical contractor. "You know, scraped elbows and knees and scratches all over their legs. All they wanted to do was hang out."
August 28, 1992 |
Jon Ward, a former Huntington Beach High School pitcher who was the 30th overall pick in the June draft, said Thursday he has turned down a $300,000 offer from the New York Mets and will enroll at Cal State Fullerton. The Mets still have until Monday--the first day of the fall semester at Fullerton--to sign Ward, but Ward moved into a school dormitory and purchased books Thursday and said he will stick with his decision.
April 7, 1993
Cal State Fullerton, which recently put together a 14-game winning streak, is now on a two-game losing streak and in search of an offense after a 5-1 loss Tuesday at Pepperdine. Steve Duda (6-3) had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings against the Titans, who are ranked No. 3 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. Pepperdine (23-12) is ranked 16th in the poll. Fullerton (22-9) scored its run in the ninth. Bret Hemphill had an RBI single with two outs and the bases loaded.
April 16, 1992
Jon Ward pitched a no-hitter Wednesday, striking out 10 in Huntington Beach's 9-1 victory over Bolsa Grande in the seventh-place game of the Pride of the Coast Tournament at Corona del Mar High. Ward (7-0) walked three and lost his shutout in the sixth. Bryan Kim walked, stole second and scored on two passed balls by Bryan Feathers.