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Four-year team member and three-year letterwinner for Freehold Township High School under head coach Todd Smith ... Two-time Perfect Game High School All-America honorable mention ... Ranked as one of the top seven right-handed pitchers in New Jersey by Perfect Game ... Ranked in the Top 500 nationally by Perfect Game ... 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American and Northeast All-Region first team ... Struck out 80 batters in 46 innings pitched as a junior ... Senior season abbreviated by injury ... Played in the 2016 Carpenters Cup ... Academic Honor Roll student with a 4.1 grade point average.
Full name is Ralph Joseph Gambino ... Born on May 12, 1999 in Staten Island, New York ... Parents are Vito and Grace Gambino ... Has an older brother, Peter, and a younger sister, Julia ... Intends to major in business.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
I chose Penn State because of the family atmosphere and close-knit team environment. Also, Penn State provides a first class education with unbelievable facilities and staff. The passion that everyone on campus and in State College breeds for Penn State is truly something special to be a part of. It has been a dream of mine to be a Nittany Lion, and I couldn't be more excited to live out my dream for the next 4 years.
Coach Cooper: "Ralph is a first class young man who is just beginning to tap into his potential. He is a fierce competitor on the mound and can repeat three pitches for strikes. We are really excited about Ralph's future here in Happy Valley."