Dec. 3, 2007
San Francisco Head Baseball Coach Nino Giarratano announced the signing of catcher Mason Morioka from Torrance, Calif. / West Torrance HS and right hand pitcher Cameron Love from Portland, Ore. / Jesuit HS to national letters of intent. Morioka and Love will begin their Dons' careers during the 2009 season.
Morioka's signing brings the most polished freshman catcher the Dons have added in years. At 5-10 and 180-pounds, Morioka provides a mature glove and steady leadership behind the plate. In the past year, he's become a complete catcher on both sides of play. During the 2007 season, Morioka hit an impressive .373 with 4 doubles and 2 homeruns for Coach Juan Cueva at West Torrance High. Morioka blossomed further this past summer, hitting .402 with 12 doubles and 3 homeruns. A High School Insider All-CIF selection and TBS-USA All-American team member, Morioka will arrive on the Hilltop with the credentials and the makeup to impact USF Baseball.
"Mason will help to solidify the catching position here at the University of San Francisco," Giarratano said. "He is very talented as a receiver, blocker and thrower, and he has displayed great tools as an offensive player. We are very excited about his future over the next four years."
A senior at Jesuit High, Love joins the Dons with impressive credentials of his own, both on and off the field. In the summer of 2006, Baseball Northwest recognized Love as Oregon's No. 2-ranked right-handed pitcher from the 2008 class. As a junior his smooth delivery and ability to throw three pitches for strikes earned him First Team All-Metro League and Second Team All-State honors. Last season, Love went 6-1 with a 3.13 ERA while striking out 42 for Coach Don Lovell's Crusaders. At 6-2, 185-pounds the highly sought-after Love projects as a weekend starter, but has pitching feel and steady character to impact as a freshman.
"Cameron is a perfect fit for our program, as a pitcher and as a person," Giarratano said. "He possesses great upside and should be able to come in and contribute in a big way as soon as he steps foot on campus. He has great leadership and work habits that will help him ascend to the top of our rotation."