NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
Yusuke Akitoshi signed a National Letter of Intent in November to join the Cal State Northridge baseball program for the 2014-15 season.
He's a native of Japan, but is currently playing at Skagit Valley Community College in Mt. Vernon, Wash. Akitoshi is a smooth-fielding middle infielder. Yusuke competed this past summer for the NBC World Series Champion Seattle Studs.
We sat down with Yusuke to learn a little bit more about his story:
What was your first impression of CSUN when you began to be recruited?
I really liked the coaches and how much they contacted me. They were very thorough in my recruitment.
What can you say about the Cal State Northridge Baseball coaching staff?
The coaches were always really nice and helpful with any questions I had and they were especially helpful with my transcripts and grades. I like Coach Twohig and Coach Moore very much.
What's your first memory of Cal State Northridge?
Visiting Cal State Northridge a few months ago and getting the chance to meet all of the coaches and players. It was great.
What do you love most about the sport of baseball?
Learning from other coaches and players. Also the chance to improve my skills and having new experiences all over the world! I love the feeling of making a great play in the field or the feeling of hitting the ball well and winning the game.
What is the biggest difference between playing baseball in Japan and playing in baseball in the United States?
The field and playing style are different in Japan. There is a lot more weight lifting in America. In Japan that is not the focus. Practice is longer in Japan.
If you didn't play baseball what other sport would you play?
I would probably play soccer because soccer is really famous in Japan.
What kinds of things do you like to do away from the field?
I like talking with friends from home. Don't get to see them much but it is great to catch up with them.
When you attend CSUN, what do you intend to major in and why?
I would like to major in kinesiology. I'm interested in a career in sports after University.
If professional baseball doesn't work out, what do you aspire to do after college?
If that doesn't work out, I would like to coach. I want to stay involved with baseball in some way.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions? If so, what are they?
I have a detailed stretching and hitting routine before every game.
Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
Ichiro, because I really respect him and his baseball ability. He plays with detail, and passion.
What sporting event would you most like to see the most?
Need to get to a Lakers game because of Kobe! Got to see Kobe.
What's the most important thing Cal State Northridge fans should know about you?
I come to CSUN to make a difference. I have good speed, and can hit and defend. I love Northridge!