Pitched at Ohlone College for coach Tom Kunis...Selected All-Coast Conference Sophomore year...Also recruited by LSU, Fresno State, and University of Kansas.
Played for Milpitas High School...Pitched and played third base...named All-De Anza League sophomore, junior, and senior year.
Joseph Cameron Gardner was born on Mar. 18, 1988 in Santa Clara, Calif...Majoring in sociology at UCSB...Aspires to be a professional baseball player...Before each inning and before he throws the first pitch of an inning he writes the initials R.A.G. into the dirt on the mound to honor his grandparents...Played in the Alaskan League for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers in the summer of 2008...Went 6-0 in eight starts with a 0.60 ERA...Named Alaskan Baseball League co-MVP and First Team All-Star...Most memorable sports moments are throwing two no-hitters and playing in Alaska...Would play basketball if he couldn't play baseball...Says Denzel Washington or Will Smith would play him in a movie about his life...Roots for the St. Louis Cardinals, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers...Favorite athletes are Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, and Baron Davis...Enjoys reading "Sports Illustrated"...Favorite TV shows are "Sportscenter," "Baseball Tonight," and "Family Guy"...Would invite Denzel Washington, Derek Jeter, and Jessica Simpson to dinner if given the opportunity...Best baseball advice he received came from his father: "Always play hard and hustle wherever you go"...Has siblings Daniel, Nicholas, and Phillip...Parents are Ken and Shannon Gardner.