U of A bound Elan gets sports scholarship

Photo by DeeDee Jackson
Photo by DeeDee Jackson

MONTEREY PARK, CA — 2015-16 East Los Angeles College baseball team sophomore Nicholas “Seve” Romo is a transfer to the University of Arizona. Recruited as a pitcher, Romo is also considered for play at second base, shortstop, third base or a middle fielder, according to the University of Arizona website.

“I'd say he's 89-92 with a really good slider,” said Arizona Head Coach Jay Johnson. “Really good fastball command. Really, really good slider, and he's a mature guy. We're going to keep all options open, but he's (had) a really dominant season as a pitcher.”   

As a member of the ELAC team, Romo pitched an ERA of 1.58, 8th-best in the state, threw 65 strikeouts in the 68.1 innings.

Romo played in all 36 games for the Huskies, who finished 17-19 overall. As a pitcher, he was 2-4 overall with one save in nine tries. He played shortstop in 24 games and as a designated hitter three times. He slammed 54 hits.

“He’s a dual (player)—a pitcher and on the field in other positions,” said ELAC Head Baseball Coach James Hines. “He is an outstanding kid. His level of commitment and responsibility sets him apart and Arizona is very fortunate to get him.”

Romo, a Business Administration Major in International Business, received a sports scholarship from Arizona.

“I am really excited and can’t wait to be part of the Arizona tradition,” said Romo. “It’s a great program and is currently in the College World Series after having won a Super Regional.”

The Arizona Wildcats (44-21) recently defeated Mississippi State University (44-18-1), 6-5, in Starkville, Mississippi to earn its 17th trip to the College World Series.

Romo already played a year at the NCAA Division I level and has two years remaining to play at Arizona. Last season, Romo was a pitcher at the University of San Diego. Coach Johnson was an assistant coach then at San Diego.

According to Romo, he decided to play community/junior college for a year and chose ELAC.

“When I made the decision to go to a JC, I decided to move back home and play where I grew up, in East LA. My dad went to Garfield High School and my mom went to Keppel. East Los Angeles College turned out to be the best choice,” said Romo.

“I am thankful I got to play with these guys and great coaching staff, who had a great influence on me,” said Romo.

“I didn’t know what to expect at the JC level, but when I look back at this year, the guys and coaches—it was an awesome experience here at (ELAC). I had a good time and would do so again. The guys were great and I made some friends for the rest of my life. ELAC was recommended to me and I was put in good hands here.”

Romo, named after two professional golfers, Jack Nicklaus and Serveriano Ballesteros, was born Nicholas Serveriano Romo in East Los Angeles to Louis, an Elan, and Monica Romo. 

Romo graduated from El Dorado High School in Fullerton and attended Servite High School in his freshman and sophomore years. As a senior, he hit 360.


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