Austin Robinson has played baseball at every level in Columbia County, starting with T-ball and moving up through the ranks of rec league ball to Dixie Youth and on to high school.
On Monday he signed the paperwork to move up another notch as a scholarship player at Savannah State University, a Division I school affiliated with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
A right-hand pitcher for the Wolfpack, Robinson has amassed a 25-6 record since being “thrown into the fire” as a sophomore, said head coach Chris Wilkins.
“We knew he was going to be a special player,” Wilkins said, impressing coaches with a complete-game win in his first outing.
Robinson went 9-2 that season, losing only to South Effingham’s J.B. Wendelken, who was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2012. Robinson followed that season with an 11-1 record and 2.93 ERA his junior year, and was name first team All Region 2-AAAA.
His record this year has been 7-3, with what Wilkins called “tough luck” losses including the second region Class AAAAA playoff game Friday at Richmond Hill.
“He gives up one unearned run and strikes out 13 and gets the loss” in the rain-shorted second game of the three-game series, Wilkins said.
And Robinson hates losing, the coach said.
“Savannah State will get a competitor,” Wilkins said. “He hates losing and he loves to win. He’s always going to go out there and grind it out for you.”
With 25 wins across his three seasons on the mound, Robinson has seen more than his share of winning, Wilkins said.
That makes Savannah State a big plus, Robinson said, noting the school currently is in first place in the Southern Division of the MEAC.
“It’s a good program,” he said. “It’s a little intimidating. I think it’s just cool to be going to a DI school.”
Robinson is planning to study criminology or education, with an eye toward coaching, he said.