Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Richie Gardner
Richie Gardner


Santa Rosa, Calif.

Last College:
Santa Rosa JC

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 185



Draft: Taken in the 24th round of the Major League draft by the Texas Rangers in 2001.

Santa Rosa JC: Pitched two seasons for coach Ron Myers at Santa Rosa Junior College ... Battled a bout of mono his sophomore season and missed the majority of the year after getting hit with a ball during practice ... Was a Northern California JC All-Star ... Was named the Bay Valley West Pitcher of the Year in 2001 ... Garnered 2001 CCCBCA All-Region honors ... Went 7-3 with a 2.66 ERA his freshman year ... Struck out 63 batters in 91.1 innings pitched in 2001 ... Graduated from SRJC with honors.

High School: Graduated from Maria Carillo High School in Santa Rosa, Calif., where he earned three varsity letters for coach Steve Tagnolli.

Personal: Full Name: Richard John Gardner ... Nickname: Richie ... Born: 2/1/82 in Santa Rosa, Calif. ... Majoring in sociology ... Son of Nancy and Rich Gardner ... Has sister, Shelley, that graduated from Sonoma State in 2002 ... Works construction during the summers for his dad ... Lists surfing, skimboarding, skateboarding and mountain biking as his hobbies ... His junior college coach, Daimon Niedlinger, played for Coach Lopez at CSU Dominguez Hills.