April 19, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Sophomore right-handed pitcher Chris DeBoo is the latest Matador to joined an elite list of student-athletes as this season's recipient of the Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship.
DeBoo will receive scholarship funds in Mike's memory from an endowment set up by his parents, Lori and Gary Frick.
In his freshman season at Cal State Northridge, DeBoo made seven appearances on the mound for Head Coach Steve Rousey and struckout seven batters in his 9.2 innings pitched. The San Diego native allowed only nine hits, and walked only one batter.
DeBoo joins left-hander Bobby Paschal and right-hander Phill Hann as the only three pitchers to earn this prestigious award and scholarship.
Initiated in 2005, the Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to the player that best personifies and embodies Frick's work ethic, leadership skills, and dedication to the game of baseball as chosen by the coaching staff.
Before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, Frick pitched three seasons at Cal State Northridge for then-head coach Mike Batesole, and is still the current Matador record-holder in games pitched and total saves with 36 and nine respectively, both set during the 2001 season.
Frick pitched a total of three professional seasons during his time in the Oakland Athletics' organization, advancing to their Double-A affiliate Midland Rockhounds before being tragically killed in an automobile accident in late 2003.
Before being promoted to Midland, Frick spent one season with the Modesto A's in 2002 and recorded 23 saves in one season. For his successes on the diamond in Modesto, he was voted by fans to the team's All-Time 30th Anniversary squad, joining other former A's including Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire, and Miguel Tejada.
DeBoo joins a select list of Matadors that includes Drew Aguailar, Alberto Quintana, Bobby Paschal, Phill Hann, and last year's recipient, Justin DeMarco.
Previous Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2005 - Drew Aguailar, Alberto Quintana
2007 - Bobby Paschal
2008 - Phil Hann
2009 - Justin DeMarco
2010 - Chris DeBoo