Anchorage’s Sagan Osborne has won batting titles, MVP awards and state championships.
Yet it’s his academics that will pay for his college.
Osborne has committed to Utah Valley University, a NCAA D1 school in Orem, Utah, where he will receive an Academic Merit Scholarship and major in exercise science in preparation for physical therapy postgraduate work.
“Their program goes right into a graduate program at the University of Utah,” he said. “It seemed like the right place.”
The Dimond High School senior is a .400 career hitter in 84 games, with 99 RBIs and 94 runs scored.
He is good enough to get a baseball scholarship, but because he’s already getting an academic scholarship, Osborne is a steal for Utah Valley.
“I talked to the coaches and they think I can really flourish there,” he said.
Utah Valley is a member of the Great West Conference and last year beat West Coast powers Arizona and Arizona State. It led the country in batting average [.346].
Osborne should fit right in.
As a sophomore he hit .429 during high school to win Cook Inlet Conference MVP honors.
As a junior, he hit .520 during the claim MVP honors of the American Legion State Tournament.
His success hasn’t come by accident.
“A lot of reputation. It takes time, seeing lots of different pitches from a lot of different pitchers,” he said. “Study pitchers and how they tip their pitches. You have to be aggressive. Take the ball they give you and try to hit it as hard as you can.”
Osborne also considered the College of Idaho and said finalizing his decision was a big relief.
“Now I can focus on finishing up school and staring the high school season,” he said.