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Four Roadrunners selected for Major League Baseball first-year player draft

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(June 11, 2014) -- UTSA saw four players selected Saturday during the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That tied the program record set back in 1995, as Justin Anderson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/14th round), John Bormann (Angels/19th round), Matt Sims (Atlanta Braves/28th round), and Michael Kraft (Toronto Blue Jays/37th round) each had their name called.

Anderson, a junior right-handed pitcher from Houston, became just the eighth UTSA player drafted in the first 15 rounds of the draft. He finished his junior campaign by tossing eight shutout innings in a win against Southern Miss in the Conference USA Tournament to send the Roadrunners to the league's championship game.

Five rounds later, Bormann, a junior catcher from Seguin, became the second Roadrunner drafted by the Angels for the second consecutive year. Riley Good (13th round) and Clint Sharp (38th round) both were picked by the Angels last June. Bormann led Conference USA with 13 pickoffs and threw out 24 base stealers this past spring.

Both Anderson and Bormann earned C-USA All-Tournament honors following UTSA’s runner-up finish to Rice in Hattiesburg, Miss.

UTSA's all-time appearances leader Matt Sims was the next Roadrunner to be picked. Sims, a senior reliever from Cypress, finished his career with 20 career saves (No. 2 school history) and he ranks second all-time in lowest opponent batting average and third all-time in strikeouts per nine innings. Sims is the first-ever Roadrunner to be drafted by the Braves.

Kraft was the final UTSA player picked, as the Blue Jays selected the senior left-hander from San Antonio. He completed his senior season with a 2.04 ERA and leaves with 15 career victories on the hill, a figure that is tied for eighth in program annals.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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