Cloverdale’s Rowland signs with Oregon

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Cloverdale two-sport star Robby Rowland signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Oregon on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6 Rowland, a right-handed pitcher whose fastball hovers in the low 90s, also received scholarship offers from Kansas, Arizona State and Long Beach State. Rowland began attracting serious college interest in baseball after a strong performance at the Area Code Games in Long Beach in August.
Rowland was the Empire’s Small School Basketball Player of the Year as a junior after averaging 25.5 points and 14.1 rebounds a game to lead the Eagles to a 28-3 record. He attracted interest in basketball from Loyola Marymount, Hawaii, San Jose State, Santa Clara and Sacramento State.
Rowland’s father, Rich, is a former major league catcher who played parts of six seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. His older brother, Richie, is a catcher at Campbellsville University, an NAIA school in Kentucky.
I’ll have a story on Rowland’s signing that will run in the paper this weekend.