Right-handed pitcher Michael Warning reflects on his first and last season at Sonoma State

As a senior finishing up his first and last season with Sonoma State University baseball, No. 16 Michael Warning is ready to continue with his future endeavors. 

Starting off in tee-ball at age five, Warning knew he would forever love baseball. 

Throughout his baseball career, Warning said he never lost his love for the game.

“No one has inspired me to keep playing. I kept playing because of my love for this game,” he said. 

Warning’s love for the game is what got him to Sonoma State University. 

Because this is his first season, his first outing was against UC San Diego and doubled as the highlight of his baseball moments at SSU. 

As a pitcher, Warning has been attributed with six wins and five losses this season for the Seawolves. 

“Being a pitcher is sort of tricky,” Warnings said. His most challenging pitch would have to be his curveball, while his favorite pitch is a change-up. “I love pickoffs,” he said, “especially when we get to be creative.”

Warning is a superstitious man, and he has a very special routine when it’s game day. “When I am pitching, I follow the same routine every inning,” he said. “I grab water and sit down in the same spot. Once they get an out I grab a sip of Gatorade. When we have two outs I grab my glove and sit at the end of the dugout ready to go.” 

Throughout his time playing baseball, he has his family to thank. “My parents are so supportive, they have always [been] there for me throughout my baseball experience,” he said. “They have given me everything I needed to succeed in baseball. They are my biggest fans.” 

Junior Michael Byerline complimented his teammate.

“Mike is a great guy. He definitely leads by example in the sense that he works very hard,” he said. “Mike comes to practice early when he has class to throw a bullpen every Tuesday. By him being one of the seniors on the team, I know people respect him as a person and a baseball player because of the standards he holds himself to.”

As he finished up his time at SSU, Warning has found himself caught in the crossfire of wanting to continue to play and starting his future career as a hydrologist.

“There is not too much to look forward to, just graduating and starting my life,” Warning said.