Jan. 27, 2021
By Aidan Joshua Garaygordobil, McFarland Today Sports Editor
Delano High School alumni Gabriel Ulloa is continuing his baseball career at the Division 1 level.
The former Tigers pitcher has announced his commitment to California State University, Bakersfield after spending the last two years at Bakersfield College.
Ulloa was a three-sport athlete for four years at Delano High School, playing football, basketball, and baseball, with his primary being the latter.
In his four year varsity career at Delano High School, he served a role as the Tiger’s ace for three of them. He totaled 208.2 strikeouts and more than 250 strikeouts on top of hitting for a .359 career average.
Ulloa served as leader on the Tigers baseball team in his junior and senior years, leading them to the postseason multiple times alongside his tandem of teammates his same age.
Following his illustrious high school career, he decided to stay local and pitch for Bakersfield College. In his first season with the team Ulloa pitched a total of 32 innings with a 3.66 ERA, while also tallying 25 strikeouts.
He was seemingly set for an even better season in spring 2020 but had his season cut short along with many others due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heading into spring 2021, Ulloa is primed to compete at the D-1 level at Cal State Bakersfield, where he will pitch in the prominent Big West conference.
With his commitment, Ulloa became the first Delano High School athlete to compete at a NCAA Division 1 school since Osbaldo Orozco in 1995 — accomplishing a feat that hasn’t been done in 26 years.