Sept. 17, 2012
By Stephen Trembley & Lisa Beach
FRESNO, Calf. -- Former Fresno State Bulldog and the Colorado Rockies' 2011 21st-round draft pick, Jordan Ribera, drove in four runs as the Asheville Tourists defeated Greensboro 10-2 on Sept. 14 to win the team's first South Atlantic League championship since 1984.
Ribera hit a go-ahead leadoff homer in the fourth, a two-run single in the fifth, and doubled home another run in the seventh. He went 3-for-5 and scored twice.
As a first baseman, Ribera ranked eighth in the South Atlantic League postseason batting leaders with an average of .357, nine RBIs, and two home runs. Ribera was alongside teammate, Jared Simon, in the top 10 batting leaders.
Over the course of the 2012 season, Ribera averaged .280 with 48 RBI's and hit 10 home runs to help lead the Tourists to the championship.
While at Fresno State, Ribera was a freshman during the Bulldogs' 2008 national championship, where he launched home runs against Rice and Georgia at the College World Series.
During his collegiate career, he also was named a national player of the week, the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, a first-team All-WAC and All-American honors from four publications, and took home 2009 WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. In 2010, he also led the nation with 27 home runs.
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