Next stop for ex-Leopard Urso: ChiTown

BASEBALL

Set to report Aug. 16 to

Division-I Chicago State

Cougars after hitting .347

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

Six-foot, 195-pound left-handed hitter Anthony Urso of Brooksville continues to wield a wicked bat.

Anthony Urso

Urso, a two-time All-Hernando County baseball selection in 2017-18, graduated from the Bell Ave. campus as a career .389 hitter.

But in just over half a season, at Bryant & Stratton College in Virginia Beach, Urso forged his way to a promotion.

Though the Bobcats, 15-18 overall, lacked overall arm strength, Urso continued to mash at the JUCO locale.

In all, hit a blistering .347 behind 33 hits in 33 games.

Urso, who mostly started at first base, also saw playing time at third and second base.

Of the Bobcats’ 25 best hitters, Urso led the starters.

In the hit parade, he ranked fifth overall in safeties. He managed five extra-base hits including four doubles and one grand slam. He drove in a respectable 14 runs batted in.

Urso also managed to accumulate a .421 slugging percentage, ranking fourth on the team.

His .442 on-base served as the team’s third-highest.

“Overall, the (starting) pitching was good,” explained Urso, 19. “The relief was a little down. Our Saturday (double headers) games were always were pretty good. Starting pitching was really strong.”

On what Urso walked away leaning, “I learned the game a little more. As a player, I matured. Living in a house with three other guys was new. It was one big family.”

On how he approached each day, “I expected to go out as a starter. Sure, you’ve got to put up numbers, or you’re not going to be around very long.

“I went in with a singular mindset trying to extract the most I could from every inning of every game, I played.”

Anthony Urso

Urso, who would like to study law, never hurt himself in the class room maintaining a solid 3.6 grade point average.

As a member of the Cougars, he expects to see even more playing time at the hot corner.

“You learn from every at-bat up here” noted Urso. “Chicago State is revamping its baseball program. They had some guys who didn‘t care. Now, I‘m part of new guard of players. I want to go in there and became a leader.”

Being away from home – so far – has not affected Urso’s career goal.

“I’ve got some family and friends near Chicago, which helps,” noted Urso. “I’m probably staying 10 minutes from the school, so I’m not far from the teachers.”

“… Illinois is just like Florida this time of the year, except maybe a little less humid,” noted Urso.

Though he’s only hit one homer, “So far, I thought I’ve played well. Homers will come eventually. I can‘t wait until I report to the team on Aug. 16.”

By the Numbers:

Hernando’s Anthony Urso (2016-18)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

HITTING

Anthony Urso Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

YEAR

 

YR

 

GP

 

AB

 

R

 

H

 

2B

 

3B

 

HR

 

RBI

 

.AVG

2016

10

5

9

0

2

1

0

0

1

.222

2017

11

21

57

10

23

7

0

1

26

.404

2018

12

28

83

29

33

10

1

1

24

.398

 

TOTALS

 

54

 

149

 

39

 

58

 

18

 

1

 

2

 

51

 

.389

 

 

 

 

 

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