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Class of 2016 Spotlight - Ricky Zambrano

Class of 2016 Spotlight - Ricky Zambrano

WINCHESTER, Va. - We continue our look at the Class of 2016 by meeting baseball standout Ricky Zambrano.

Major: Exercise Science with coaching minor 

Sport Played:  Baseball 

Why did you choose Shenandoah?  I chose Shenandoah University because it gave me another chance to play to sport that I love and to expand my education as far as I can. SU has a great Exercise Science program as well as a spontaneous baseball program that loves to win! 

Favorite Class and Professor:  Sports Nutrition, Dr. Elmore 

What do you like most about playing sports at SU?  The competition is always there. Either it's playing in the regular season, or outside in the freezing rain playing an inter-squad on the football field. My teammates are always pushing each other to work harder on and off the field. Coming into a new school isn't easy, but my transformation from high school to my freshman year was a lot easier because of the type of teammates I had then and now. 

Favorite thing to do in Winchester:  Definitely golfing! I may not be the best golfer but I sure love to take some time off and hit the links with some of my teammates. 

Favorite SU Athletics Memory:  My first varsity appearance, it was against Lynchburg and I was coming in to face a lefty batter. I was so nervous I spiked the first warm-up pitch in the dirt. Once the batter stepped in, I threw a fastball away and the batter popped out to Mikey Paul at 3B. It summed up my freshmen year with one-pitch, one-out appearance! 

What has playing athletics at SU meant to you?  Being an athlete at SU has taught me a lot of things, the most important one is being organized. Being an student athlete is a hard task to handle for some. Nobody wants to come back to their dorm room after a long day classes/labs and those long practices just to come back to your room and to find out you still have homework left. Being able to balance my time wisely wasn't an easy task to handle but I eventually learned by pushing myself. Another thing about playing athletics here is the traits that I developed over the last three years. From the community services to speaking in an assembly for elementary kids! Giving my time to other people not only makes them feel good, but makes me feel good about myself for helping others. 

Post-Graduate Plans: I want to start my way into Athletic Training at the high school level, eventually working my way up to the college level. I want my career to stay within athletics and helping out other athletes is a passion of mine! 

Nobody knows that I...  started playing baseball as a catcher/third baseman. I threw right-handed for the majority of my playing career because the first glove I had, given to me by one of my teammates', was for a right-handed player. All the way up until my freshman year of high school, I threw right-handed until I started to pitch and play the outfield left-handed. This was came much more natural to me. I stopped throwing right-handed my senior high school when I separated my shoulder playing in a senior vs. faculty basketball game while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds. 

Five Named All-State
June 10, 2016 Five Named All-State
Vote Now!
June 2, 2016 Vote Now!
Two Named All-America
May 26, 2016 Two Named All-America
Four Grab ABCA Honors
May 24, 2016 Four Grab ABCA Honors
Four Named All-Region
May 23, 2016 Four Named All-Region
Emory Downs Baseball
May 22, 2016 Emory Downs Baseball
Baseball Postponed
May 20, 2016 Baseball Postponed
Baseball Takes on B-SC
May 19, 2016 Baseball Takes on B-SC
Baseball Downs B-SC
May 19, 2016 Baseball Downs B-SC
Baseball Opens Tonight
May 18, 2016 Baseball Opens Tonight
Baseball Gains a Spot
May 10, 2016 Baseball Gains a Spot
Seven Named All-ODAC
April 28, 2016 Seven Named All-ODAC
Baseball Clips Eagles
April 28, 2016 Baseball Clips Eagles
Baseball Wins in Tenth
April 20, 2016 Baseball Wins in Tenth
Baseball Remains Ranked
April 19, 2016 Baseball Remains Ranked
Senior Awards Announced
April 18, 2016 Senior Awards Announced
Frostburg Upends Baseball
April 14, 2016 Frostburg Upends Baseball
Baseball Rallies Again
April 13, 2016 Baseball Rallies Again
Baseball Up One, Down One
April 12, 2016 Baseball Up One, Down One
Baseball Rallies for Win
April 11, 2016 Baseball Rallies for Win
Baseball Swats Wasps
April 10, 2016 Baseball Swats Wasps
Weekend Schedule Changes
April 7, 2016 Weekend Schedule Changes
Baseball Routs Messiah
April 6, 2016 Baseball Routs Messiah
Baseball Rises in Poll
April 5, 2016 Baseball Rises in Poll
Baseball Tops Gallaudet
April 3, 2016 Baseball Tops Gallaudet
Top 10 Clash Saturday
April 1, 2016 Top 10 Clash Saturday
Bridgewater Tops Baseball
March 22, 2016 Bridgewater Tops Baseball
Wilt Named ODAC PoW
March 21, 2016 Wilt Named ODAC PoW
Baseball Sweeps Guilford
March 19, 2016 Baseball Sweeps Guilford
Baseball Tops W&L
March 16, 2016 Baseball Tops W&L
Baseball Postponed
March 14, 2016 Baseball Postponed
Baseball Falls Twice
March 12, 2016 Baseball Falls Twice
Baseball Up Three
March 8, 2016 Baseball Up Three
Coleman Named ODAC PoW
March 7, 2016 Coleman Named ODAC PoW
Baseball Shuts Out CCNY
March 6, 2016 Baseball Shuts Out CCNY
Baseball Up Seven
March 1, 2016 Baseball Up Seven
Baseball Tops Saints
March 1, 2016 Baseball Tops Saints
Anderson Gets 500th Win
February 21, 2016 Anderson Gets 500th Win
Baseball Picked to Win ODAC
February 3, 2016 Baseball Picked to Win ODAC
Baseball Announces Camp Dates
December 22, 2015 Baseball Announces Camp Dates
Baseball to Host ALS Walk
September 22, 2015 Baseball to Host ALS Walk
Baseball Releases Roster
August 26, 2015 Baseball Releases Roster