Former UCLA ballplayers Jack Santora and Nick Theodorou are playing in the 2010 European Baseball Championships from July 23 through August 1 in Germany. Santora, a four-year letterwinner from 1996-99, will play for Italy, while Theodorou, a four-year letterwinner from 1995-98, is competing for Greece.
Santora and Theodorou will take the same field on Saturday, July 24, as Italy faces Greece in a pool-play contest in Heidenheim, Germany. Italy opens the tournament against Spain on Friday, while Greece takes on Sweden in its opening contest.
Santora starred on the infield for UCLA, posting a career .281 batting average with 10 home runs and 75 RBI in 194 games. The native of Monterey, Calif., was selected in the 19th round of the 1999 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and played in the minor leagues through 2006.
Theodorou played center field and second base for UCLA during his collegiate career, collecting a .339 batting average with nine home runs, 40 doubles, 93 RBI and 140 runs in 174 career games. The native of Rialto, Calif., currently ranks first in school history with a .475 career on-base percentage.
Selected in the 27th round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Theodorou enjoyed an eight-year minor league career, including four seasons in triple-A with the Dodgers' organization (Las Vegas 51s). Most recently, Theodorou served as a color commentator on the UCLA baseball radio network in 2010 with play-by-play announcer John Ramey.
For an updated schedule of the 2010 European Baseball Championships, click here or visit the following website: http://competition.baseballeurope.com/2010/stuttgart/schedule.php