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Kyle Mora

School

UCLA

Position
Right-Handed Pitcher
Major
Political Science

Classroom

Mora is majoring in political science at UCLA. He is on track to graduate.

He is a multi-time UCLA Director’s Honor Roll recipient.

Mora has challenged himself by taking topical classes during baseball season.

Character

Mora has been a team captain for UCLA for the last three seasons. He is the only player to earn that distinction in UCLA’s 101-year history.

He has been a dependent and steady presence in the clubhouse since 2018. Following the cancellation of the 2020 season, Mora elected to return for one more chance at a championship.

Mora did not see much time as a freshman, but it allowed him to grow as a teammate. It also allowed him the opportunity to get ready for his increased role in the future.

Community

Playing at UCLA, Mora has been afforded the opportunity to have frequent interactions with the local veterans. They host several official events with veterans each year, highlighted by the Jackie Robinson Day Fantasy Camp. Veterans are invited to the stadium to participate in an annual hitting and field practice that celebrates the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson. Veterans are also provided with apparel and a meal during the day. Mora has mentioned that connecting with veterans after games and practices is extremely rewarding.

While at Los Alamitos High School, Mora and his teammates participated in a Challengers League. He has returned to his high school and speaks to the student-athletes.

Mora has also taken an active role as a big brother to his sister. She attends Oak Middle School, where he has made several appearances speaking to the school.

Competition

For the last three years, Mora has been one of the top relievers in college baseball. Entering 2021, he was ranked as the third best reliever in D1Baseball’s positional rankings. He was also named a preseason All-America second team selection.

In 2018, Mora went 6-3 with a 1.89 ERA. He ranked 11th in the country with 34 appearances.

He was even better in 2019, leading the country with 47 appearances. Mora tallied a 2.09 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 56.0 innings.

Before the season was canceled in 2020, he had notched a 0.96 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 9.3 innings. Mora ranked second in the country with 11 appearances.

For his career, Mora ranks fourth in UCLA history with 106 appearances. He is on pace to finish his career with the second-most appearances in school history.