NORWALK, Calif. — Former Cumberland University pitcher Anthony Gomez was recently honored by his hometown of Norwalk, Calif., with a Community Spotlight award.
He also recently signed a professional contract with the Schaumburg [IL] Boomers in the independent Frontier League.
The City of Norwalk honored Gomez, “For outstanding athletic achievement as a starting pitcher for the Cumberland University baseball team, culminating with a shutout victory to win the NAIA College Baseball World Series. We proudly commend your accomplishment and wish you continued success.”
The left-hander was outstanding in his two appearances in the NAIA World Series, tossing a pair of complete games while allowing just one unearned run on 12 hits in 18 innings. He pitched a six-hit shutout in the national championship game, a 3-0 versus over Lewis-Clark State, and struck out 12 in his two outings. Opponents batted just .185 against the Norwalk native.
Gomez finished the season 7-4 with a 2.28 earned-run-average, working 118.0 innings in 19 appearances with 113 strikeouts. He was an honorable mention All-America selection as a junior after posting an 11-1 mark and a 1.16 ERA in 93.0 innings, with opponents batting just .195 against him. He was due to report to Schaumburg this week.
He is the second Norwalkian to figure prominently in a Cumberland national championship. Eddie Ortega pitched a complete game in the 2004 title game, a 10-3 triumph over Oklahoma City.