Get To Know The Baseball Signees: Tom Zarosinski

Nov. 27, 2009

Tom Zarosinski recently signed his national letter of intent to join the Oregon State baseball team for the 2011 season. He is a native of Lake Oswego, Ore., and pitched at the same high school as former Oregon State right-hander Mike Stutes.

As a pitcher, Zaosinksi was 8-3 with a 1.02 ERA in 12 appearances his junior year. He Struck out 76 in 68 1/3 innings and threw 10 complete games.

The Oregon native recently sat down with to talk about what interested him most in Oregon State, what his first impression of the OSU staff was and he thinks his friends would say about him.

Q: What made you so interested in Oregon State? What was your biggest attraction to the school and the team?
Tom Zarosinski: “A lot of my family has gone to Oregon state. Both of my parents, numerous cousins and my Grandpa played football for the Beavers. So just continuing a sort of family tradition was an attraction just in itself. Having a great baseball program is only an added bonus.”

Q: Tell me how it felt to sign your letter of intent? What was that experience like for you, your family and your friends?
Tom Zarosinski: “I was very relieved when I signed the letter. It felt like a huge burden was lifted off me. I was extremely excited to have it done and know where I’m going to school and that I get to play baseball. It was great to see all of the support from my family and friends.”

Q: Now that you have signed, what is your goal for your senior season?
Tom Zarosinski: “Win a state championship.”

Q: What was your first impression of the coaching staff and how did that change, if any, during the recruiting process?
Tom Zarosinski: “When I first met the coaches I really had no idea what to expect. The whole college baseball thing really developed before I wrapped my head around what was happening. However, I quickly found that the coaching staff is really great and that they are definitely going to help me to grow into a better player and a better person.”

Q: What is your first memory of Oregon State and why?
Tom Zarosinski: “Going to the football games when I was younger. It was the first time I had ever been to a college football game and the whole experience was incredible.”

Q: Did you watch the 2005, 2006 and 2007 College World Series? What about Oregon State do you remember?
Tom Zarosinski: “I got the chance to go to all of the 2007 World Series. At the time, my cousin, Mark Grbavac,  played for OSU, so it was sweet to be able to watch him play. Seeing the atmosphere of Omaha and watching the Beavers win it all is one of the things that really inspired me to work hard during high school, hoping that someday I would get to play in a CWS.”

Q: What’s the thing you enjoy most about baseball and why?
Tom Zarosinski: “I enjoy the fact that every time the ball is put into play, there is a chance for a highlight. There is nothing like striking a guy out or hitting a home run in any other sport. Also, the fact that baseball is a game of failure. Being that way makes the successes much more enjoyable.”

Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
Tom Zarosinski: “God. His plan is just unbelievable. I never thought that I would look back on surgery and realize that it was truly just the beginning of my baseball career and that God was just showing me that if you want something, you have to work towards it.

Q: What are some of the things you enjoy doing when you’re not playing baseball?
Tom Zarosinski: “I enjoy playing games, anything competitive, whether its cribbage or bad mitten. Other than that, just hanging out with friends and going to church.”

Q: Are you a superstitious person? If so, what are some things you have to do every day or before a game?
Tom Zarosinski: “I'm not very superstitious. However I do basically the exact same warm-up stretches before I pitch.”

Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Tom Zarosinski: “Probably the fact that i am extremely flexible, although I don't exactly look the type.”

Q: If someone asked a good friend of yours to describe you, what do you think they would say?
Tom Zarosinski: “They would probably say that I'm just a big goofball.”

Q: I assume that playing Major League Baseball is a goal of yours, but what else would you want to do once your playing days are over? Do you know what you’d like to study at Oregon State?
Tom Zarosinski: “Once I’m done playing baseball I really don't have a clear idea on what I want to do. I think being a youth pastor would be pretty cool. Other than that, I haven't put in too much thought.”

The official home of Oregon State Athletics,, will have more Q&A features with the Oregon State baseball signees. Make sure to check back often and read more about the players who will be wearing the orange and black in the future.

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