Palomar College
1140 W. Mission Rd.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 Ext. 2460
FAX (760) 761-3512
Athletic Director:
John Woods

Heartbreak loss in Regional finals
Freshman left-hander Travis Goset (right), who had pitched only 11 2/3 innings all year, started and turned in a gutty, near-route going showing May 11 vs. Santa Ana in the championship game of the Southern California Community College Regionals' Site D tournament at Myers Field. Goset's performance took the Comets into the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead. Goset left the game with one out and a 4-3 lead after a walk, single and two-base error, and the Dons rallied to win 6-4 and eliminate the Comets.

Goset, trying to become the first Palomar pitcher to beat the Dons since Mark Ringkamp in the 1988 Regionals, retired the first 11 Santa Ana batters and gave up only 6 hits in 8 1/3 innings.

Scott Robinson went 2-for-4 for the Comets and drove in 2 runs. Carlos Medina slugged a 2-run homer.

Palomar ends the season 27-15.

Robinson signs; Ramos honored
Palomar College outfielder/first baseman Scott Robinson signed a bonus contract with the Houston Astros on Sunday, May 25. Robinson was selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the June 2002 draft and the Astros had until one week prior to this year's draft to sign him before his name went back in the draft pool.

Sources said Robinson received a $250,000 signing bonus, virtually doubling the amount he was offered a year earlier by playing one season for the Comets.

Robinson has reported to extended spring training at Kissamee, Fla., and then will be assigned to the Astros' Tri-City farm club in the Class A short-season New York-Penn League which begins play the third week of June.

In addition, Palomar second baseman Joe Ramos has been selected to the Community College All-America first team and to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association All-State first team. Ramos has recruiting trips scheduled to Armstrong State, which already has offered him a full scholarship, and Chico State.

Both Robinson and pitcher Jon Fleming, who has signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, made the All-State second team and the All-Southern California first team.

Giants draft Schmidt in 10th round
Former Palomar outfielder Jesse Schmidt, who set a Sacramento State record this past season by hitting in 24 consecutive games, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, June 3, in the 10th round.

Schmidt, who just completed his junior season, was the second outfielder selected by the Giants. He's expected to sign.

The La Costa High School graduate hit .389 for Sac State during the recent season with 81 hits, 53 runs scored, nine doubles, 16 home runs, 55 RBIs and 16 steals. He set a Sac State record with 12 outfield assists, had a .993 fielding percentage with only one error as the Hornets' right fielder and was selected as Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week April 21 by the Collegiate Baseball News.

Schmidt helped lead Sacramento State to a 33-24 record.

Pitcher Matt Chico, who red-shirted at Palomar this past season, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third round.

Pads name ex-Comet to MLB staff
The San Diego Padres named former Palomar College pitcher Darren Balsley as their new pitching coach. General manager Kevin Towers announced the Padres had fired pitching coach Greg Booker and replaced him with Balsley, the pitching coach at Class Double A Mobile, on Saturday, May 17.

Balsley pitched for coach Bob Vetter's Comets during the 1983 and 1984 seasons before spending six seasons as a minor league pitcher in the Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.

Upon the conclusion of his pitching career in 1990, he both coached in the Toronto Blue Jays organization and then managed the Blue Jays' Rookie Advanced Classification Medicine Hat team.

Balsley moved to the Padres' organization in 2000 as pitching coach at Class A Ft. Wayne. In 2001, he was named pitching coach at Lake Elsinore, the Padres' top Class A club. The Padres promoted Balsley to the Class Double A level at Mobile in 2002.

2003 Baseball Schedule and Results












Jan 30

Los Angeles Pierce


W 4-2 Summary 1-0  


Jan 31

Los Angeles Pierce


L 5-6 Summary 1-1  
Sat Feb 1 Cochise (Ariz.) Home W 16-14 Summary 2-1  
Sun. Feb 2 Cochise (Ariz.) Home L 6-9 Summary 2-2  



Feb 6



L 5-6 (10)


Fri Feb 7 Golden West Away L 6-16 Summary 2-4  
Sat Feb 7 Long Beach City College Away L 2-4 Summary 2-5  
    Cypress Away L 2-14 Summary 2-6  


Wed Feb 19 Orange Coast Home L 7-8 Summary 2-7  
Thu Feb 20 Golden West Away L 13-18 Summary 2-8  
Sat Feb 22 Southwestern Away L 4-5 Summary 2-9 0-1
Thu Feb 27 Imperial Valley Away W 15-5 Summary 3-9 1-1
Tue Feb 25 Grossmont Home W 8-0 Summary 4-9 2-1
Thu March 6 Southwestern Away W 6-3 (10) Summary 5-9 3-1
Sat March 8 Southwestern Home W 8-2 Summary 6-9 4-1
Tue March 11 Grossmont Away W 9-0 Summary 7-9 5-1
Thu March 13 Grossmont Home W 11-10 (10) Summary 8-9 6-1
Tue March 18 Imperial Valley Home W 15-1 Summary 9-9 7-1
Thu March 20 Imperial Valley Away W 18-0 Summary 10-9 8-1
Fri March 21 San Diego City College Home W 6-3 Summary 11-9 9-1
Sat March 22 San Diego Mesa Home W 5-2 Summary 12-9 10-1
Tue March 25 San Diego Mesa Away L 0-7 Summary 12-10 10-2
Wed March 26 San Diego Mesa Away W 7-3 Summary 13-10 11-2
Thu March 27 San Diego City College Home W 5-1 Summary 14-10 12-2
Sat March 29 San Diego City College Away L 8-11 Summary 14-11 12-3
Tue April 1 Southwestern Away W 6-3 Summary 15-11 13-3
Thu April 3 Southwestern Home W 12-9 Summary 16-11 14-3
Tue April 8 Grossmont Away W 14-10 Summary 17-11 15-3
Thu April 10 Grossmont Home W 12-9 Summary 18-11 16-3
Sat April 12 Imperial Valley Home W 7-0 Summary 19-11 17-3


Wed April 16 Glendale Home W 8-3 Summary 20-11  
    Glendale Home W 10-3 Summary 21-11  
Thu April 17 Glendale Home L 5-6 Summary 21-12  


Thu April 24 San Diego Mesa Away W 18-5 Summary 22-12 18-3
Sat April 26 San Diego Mesa Home W 12-4 Summary 23-12 19-3
Tue April 29 San Diego City College Away L 4-10 Summary 23-13 19-4
Wed April 30 Imperial Valley Away W 20-0 Summary 24-13 20-4
Thu May 1 San Diego City College Home W 12-0 Summary 25-13 21-4

Southern California Regionals Round One

Fri May 9 East Los Angeles Home W 14-8 Summary 26-13  
Sat May 10 Santa Ana Home L 4-10 Summary 26-14  
    College of the Desert Home W 11-7 Summary 27-14  
Sun May 11 Santa Ana Home L 4-6 Summary 27-15  

2003 Roster









Previous School(s)

1 Aaron Garcia SS R/R 6-1 175 Fr HS Grossmont HS
2 Nick Pursell 2B/SS R/R 5-5 160 Fr HS Poway HS
3 Joe Ramos 2B/SS R/R 5-10 170 So JC Mt. Carmel HS


Nobuyuki Hishinuma







Jhotho HS (Tokyo, Japan)

7 Scott Robinson OF/1B/C L/B 6-1 185 Fr HS Rancho Bernardo HS
8 Brendan McNamara P R/R 6-2 187 Fr HS Oceanside HS


Jeff Cummings







Carlsbad HS / San Jose St.


Matt Guiliano







Valley Center HS

12 Robert Anaya P L/L 5-10 170 So JC San Marcos HS
13 Bobby Meyers O/P L/L 6-0 175 Fr HS San Marcos HS
14 Joey Sintetos P R/R 6-0 190 So HS Vista HS
15 Carlos Medina OF R/R 6-0 175 So JC Oceanside HS
16 Sean Richardson C/OF R/R 6-1 180 So JC Vista HS
17 Michael Cerda C R/R 6-0 205 So JC Oceanside HS
18 Brian Robinson 1B/P L/L 6-3 200 So HS Oceanside HS
19 Charlie Watson P R/R 6-2 167 Fr HS Rancho Buena Vista HS
21 Darren Bell OF R/R 6-0 190 Fr HS Mission Bay HS


Justin Lehr







Hemet HS


Darren Muren







Douglas HS (Minden, Nevada)

26 Shawn Balteff P R/R 6-3 180 Fr HS San Marcos HS
27 Mike Kearney P R/R 6-4 208 Fr HS San Marcos HS
28 Brad Clipp P R/R 6-2 180 Fr HS Scripps Ranch HS
29 Travis Goset P L/L 6-2 155 Fr HS Temecula Valley HS
30 Luke Holbrook 1B/OF R/R 6-2 215 Fr HS San Marcos HS
31 Kyle Thompson P/OF/1B R/R 6-5 225 So JC Valley Center HS
32 Matt Murphy P R/R 6-1 210 So JC Carlsbad HS / SD Mesa JC


Jon Fleming







Valley Center HS


Matt Chico P/OF L/L 5-10 190 So D-I Fallbrook HS / USC
Mike Chipp OF/P R/R 6-2 175 Fr HS Rancho Bernardo HS
Chris Sweeney 1B/P R/R 6-6 205 Fr HS Orange Glen HS
Ryan Sweetnam OF/C R/R 6-3 200 Fr HS Poway HS
Guiliano, Brian Robinson sign
Two more Palomar College baseball players have signed letters of intent with four-year colleges. Third baseman Matt Guliano has accepted a scholarship to Division I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, while first baseman Brian Robinson signed with Division II UC San Diego.

Guiliano, a sophomore out of Valley Center High School, had a banner year both offensively and defensively in helping lead the Comets to their fourth Pacific Coast Conference championship in six years. Guiliano batted .388 as the team's leadoff hitter with 73 hits, nine doubles, a triple, two home runs, 53 runs scored, 19 RBIs and 21 steals on 23 attempts. His stolen-base total ranks him fourth on the all-time Palomar single-season list, trailing only Tim Mulligan, Ron Howard, his old high school coach Billy Dunckel and Kyle Floquet.

Guiliano went 9-for-16 in the Southern California Regionals and hit safely in his first plate appearances in the postseason.

Guiliano is rated as the best third baseman in Palomar history by current assistant coach and ex-Palomar star Brian Kooiman. Kooiman, who went on to San Diego State, where he was among the nation's RBI leaders, and into pro baseball, generally has been considered as Palomar's best-ever third baseman.

"But Matt can do so many more things than I could do," Kooiman said.

Robinson, a sophomore from Oceanside High School and son of all-time Palomar first base great Randy Robinson, started at first for the Comets the last two seasons. He batted .297 during the regular season. For the overall season, Robinson hit .269 with six doubles, a triple, four home runs and 35 RBIs.

Richardson signs with U. of Kansas
Palomar College catcher-center fielder Sean Richardson signed an NCAA letter of intent Wednesday, November 13, to play baseball in 2004 for Kansas in the Big 12 Conference.

Richardson previously starred at Vista High School, where he played baseball for former Palomar pitching coach Rick Lepire and was the starting quarterback in football under coach Chris Hauser, a former Palomar defensive back.

Fleming signs with Cal Poly
Palomar College baseball pitcher Jon Fleming, who is 15-3 for his career as a Comet, signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, April 16.

Fleming, a 6-foot-6 sophomore right-hander from Valley Center High School also was contacted by Kansas.

Ex-Comets in 4-year College Baseball 2003

  • JESSE SCHMIDT, Sacramento St. — Was drafted in the 10th round by the San Francisco Giants after hitting .389 as the Hornets' starting right fielder as a junior with 81 hits, 53 runs scored, nine doubles, 16 home runs, 55 RBIs and 16 steals. Sent a Sac State record by hitting safely in 24 straight games. Fielded .993 with one error all season, and set another Sac State record with 12 outfield assits. Was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on April 21. Sac State Bios (then scroll to Schmidt's name)
  • KYLE FLOQUET, San Diego St. Broke into SDSU's starting lineup in left field Feb. 23 by going 2-for-3 with a double, sacrifice fly and RBI against Miami on the road. Also spent stints as the Aztecs' starting shortstop and third baseman and ended the season as their starting second baseman in the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Albuquerque. In the MWC tourney, he hit safely in four of his first nine at-bats with three doubles, one on a one-handed swing when the ball hit the top of the leftfield fence and bounced back onto the field. Went 8-for-13 vs. New Mexico, USD and and in a pair of games against Utah during a four-game stretch as SDSU's starting shortstop April 13-19. Finished his junior season batting .333 for the Aztecs with a .467 slugging percentage. Floquet's SDSU bio
  • CLIFF HINKLE, Sacramento St. — A part-time starter at second base as a junior for the Hornets who hit .299 with 15 RBIs. Sac State Bios (then scroll to Hinkle's name)
  • SKIP ADAMS, Florida International — Started at third base and batted .305 for the Golden Panthers with six doubles, two triple, seven home runs and 36 RBIs for a team that went 36-22. Drove in the tying and winning runs with a double to left-center March 25 in a 5-4 win over Harvard, and was 2-for-5 April 16 in a narrow 6-4 loss to Miami. Adams' Florida International bio
  • STEVE GUTHRIE, UC Irvine — Started part-time at third. Guthrie's UCI bio
  • ERIC HUMAN, San Diego St. — Pitched in relief. Human's SDSU bio
  • KEVIN CLAUSEN, University of Portland — Both started and relieved for the Pilots during the 2003 season. Clausen's Portland bio
  • KEEGAN MOORE, San Francisco St. — Started at catcher as a junior and hit .285.
  • KEITH ALBRIGHT, San Francisco St. — Was 3-1 with a pair of saves for the Gators as a junior.
  • VICTOR YOSHIDA, Cal Poly Pomona — Played left field, led off and batted .282 with 24 RBIs for the Broncos.
  • RALPHIE MARIN, Point Loma Nazarene — Started at third as a junior and hit .339 with 12 doubles, a home run, 25 RBIs and a .418 slugging percentage. Was an All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection and was an NAIA All-America honorable mention pick. Marin's PLNU bio
  • MATT WOYCHAK, Point Loma Nazarene — Was the Crusaders' No. 2 starter and compiled a 2-2 record, a 3.96 ERA and recorded 60 strikeouts and 33 walks in 77 1/3 innings. Woychak's PLNU bio
  • DUSTIN DAVIS, Point Loma Nazarene — Appeared in 13 games as a utility player. Davis' PLNU bio
  • PAUL SWEENEY, Pittsburg St. — Struck out 39 batters and walked 13 in 47 innings for the Gorillas. Appeared in 10 games and started seven. signed with the Ozark Ducks Independent minor league pro team after the season.
  • JASON WONDERLICH, Northwest Nazarene — Started in right field, batted cleanup and hitting .31 with 1 doubles, a triple, four homers and 21 RBIs. Also appeared in 12 games as a pitcher. Wonderlich's NW Nazarene profile
  • BRIAN GIRGENTI, Bloomfield College — Pitched in relief. Bloomfield Bios (then scroll to Girgenti's name)

Ex-Comets in Pro Baseball 2003




Keith Anderson, catcher/pitcher

San Francisco Giants


Gera Alvarez, shortstop

Baltimore Orioles


Jake Guzman, catcher

Kansas City Royals


Scott Robinson, outfielder

Houston Astros


Jesse Schmidt, outfielder

San Francisco Giants


Greg Bochy, third base

San Diego Padres


Skip Adams, third base

Kansas City (Frontier League)


Jeff Nettles, third base

Somerset (Atlantic League)


Garry Templeton, outfield

Gary Southshore (Northern League)


Bobby Koba, second base

Springfield/Ozark (Central League)


Ryan Larson, third base

Cook County (Frontier League)


Will Flynt, pitcher/manager

Cananea (Arizona-Mexican League)


Paul Sweeney, pitcher

Springfield/Ozark (Central League)


Matt Woychak, pitcher

Richmond (Frontier Lesgue)


Chad Stewart, outfield

Alexandria (Central League)


Nathan Meza, pitcher

Tecate (Arizona-Mexican League)


Phil Thompson, outfield

Gary Southshore (Northern League)


Adam Thompson, outfield

Cananea (Arizona-Mexican League)


Coaching, Scouting

Randy Johnson, Asst. VP

Oakland A's

(Played Major League Baseball with Atlanta Braves)

Jason McLeod, Scout

San Diego Padres

Darren Balsley, Major League Pitching Coach

San Diego Padres


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