Segal Signs Free Agent Contract With New York Yankees

June 13, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Justin Segal, UC Santa Barbara's all-time leader in pitching appearances, has signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees, it was announced Wednesday.

A walk-on in 2003, Segal became the Gauchos' closer in 2006. In the last two seasons 69 appearances, all in relief, giving him a school-record 107. In 2006, he set a school record with 36 appearances and he had seven saves. This year, Segal had a career-high eight saves to go along with a 3-4 record and a team-leading 4.60 earned run average. One of Segal's wins came against Cal State Fullerton which will play in the 2007 College World Series. Following his solid season in 2006, Segal was named Second Team All-Big West.

"I'm very happy for Justin and glad that he will get an opportunity to pitch at the next level," said UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema. "He certainly deserves the opportunity."

Three UCSB players, first baseman Robbie Blauer and pitchers Brian Tracy and Chuck Huggins, were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft last week.