Josh Rios, Frankie Rios, Cal State Fullerton-USC

Josh Rios watches as brother Frankie Rios lines a double to left field. (Shotgun Spratling)


Brotherly Battle Highlights L.A. Affair


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Frankie Rios had already been warned.

“He’s coming in for you.”

USC’s redshirt junior shortstop smirked. His glance into the visitor’s bullpen at Dedeaux Field late Thursday night had shown a familiar face.

I didn’t think I’d ever get to face him,” Rios said. “When I was walking up to the plate, I saw his name get called and I was excited.”

Needing one out to end the eighth inning, out of the Cal State Fullerton bullpen trotted freshman right-hander Josh Rios, setting up a fraternal duel between the Rios sons for the first time on the diamond in a competitive setting.

Josh’s first pitch was a fastball just above the knees down the middle. Frankie regrettably watched the pitch go by.

I was like, ‘Ahhh..I might not get another pitch to hit.’ But I worked the count a little bit. He made a little mistake and [I] got a good piece on the ball. It was unreal.”

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