The University of Florida junior expressed that his dad, Scott Harris, got him into baseball and is a big advocate of the game.
“Without a doubt, he’s always been there by my side, always been there to coach me and help me out, take me to all my games, he’s been a big aspect in my life,” said Harris.
The right-handed pitcher was born and raised in Jupiter, Florida and played for Jupiter High School before accepting his offer to play for the University of Florida. Ryan said his decision to become a Gator was fairly easy.
“I chose the University of Florida because of the coaches. The coaches, the program we have here and obviously the education is really great.” Ryan also said Gator Baseball Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan has greatly impacting his baseball abilities.
“Coach has taught me a lot about the game that I wouldn’t have figured out from anybody else. He teaches us the mental aspect of the game and how to be mentally tough, along with the fundamentals. It’s all about mental toughness,” Harris said.
Ryan reminisced about one of his most memorable games at University of Florida so far. “My freshman year against Florida State, I threw three perfect innings against them and they were ranked number one in the country for that week, that was my first collegiate win.”
After Harris’ first regular season with the Gators as a freshman, they advanced to the 2012 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Although the Gators lost their first two games against South Carolina and Kent State, Harris said the experience was unbelievable and one of his most memorable accomplishments he’s had with the team.
Gator Baseball ended their 2013 season with a record of 29-30 but Harris believes everyone should expect a big turn around this year.
“This season everyone’s back and healthy, the team gels really well and we have a lot of new young freshmen coming in that are going to be good. I think were gonna have a really good team and are gonna give it a good run,” said Harris.
Ryan Harris plans on hopefully pursuing a career in baseball once he graduates from the University of Florida.