Former USF pitcher Rios killed in car accident
Former USF pitcher Travis Rios, a key contributor to the Bulls' staff in 2003, was killed in a car accident Sunday in Central Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He was 25.
Rios, who had played briefly in the minor-league system of the Boston Red Sox last season, was killed in a head-on collision with another vehicle, an accident that left a passenger in the other car dead as well. Rios went 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA for the Bulls in 2003 but was abruptly dismissed from the team in May of that season for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
"I remember Travis as being an unbelievable competitor," Paul Niles, an assistant baseball coach at Eustis High, told the Sentinel. "It seemed like the bigger the game, the more Travis got into it. He didn't have any fear that he couldn't do anything."