AUSTIN ROBERTS SELECTED BY THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES IN THE 8TH ROUND OF THE 2019 MLB DRAFT 

AUSTIN ROBERTS SELECTED BY THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES IN THE 8TH ROUND OF THE 2019 MLB DRAFT 

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Junior pitcher Austin Roberts was selected in the eighth round (244th overall) of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

A native of West Sacramento, Calif., Roberts began his career at Sacramento State in 2017. He appeared in 70 games for the Hornets in his career, ninth most in program history. He also ranks ninth all-time with 183 career strikeouts. Most recently, Roberts recorded a win in Sacramento State's 6-4 NCAA Regional win over #19 UC Santa Barbara.

Roberts posted a career 3.39 ERA in three seasons with Sacramento State. He split his career working as both a starter and a reliever, making 24 starters and 46 relief appearances for the Hornets.

This season, Roberts posted a 5-4 record with six saves in 22 games (nine starts). He struck out 84 batters in 73.2 innings, good for a career-high 10.3 strikeouts-per-nine innings.

As a sophomore in 2018, Roberts worked almost exclusively out of the bullpen and put together a career-best campaign. His 1.83 ERA in 2018 was the third lowest in Hornets' single-season history and earned him a place on the Western Athletic Conference's first team all-conference. He made 29 appearances, tied for 10th most in a single season.

Roberts is the 13th Sacramento State player to be selected in the top 10 rounds of the MLB Draft, joining his former teammate and last year's top-10 round pick, James Outman.

Sacramento State has now had at least one player drafted in each of the last eight MLB drafts. At least one Hornet has been drafted or signed as a free agent in each of the last 11 years and in 15 of the last 16 seasons.

The 2019 MLB Draft continues tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5 with rounds 11-40.