AS A JUNIOR IN 2014
Took a medical redshirt year.
Attended Cypress College for two years and was a member of the baseball team ... Aided Cypress to the 2013 CCCAA state title, beating current teammate Erik Lewis' Fullerton College in the championship game, 10-3 ... Pat Doyle Award in 2013 ... 1.42 ERA in 31 innings.
Recovered from late-season surgery in time to represent his native country of Israel during the 2014 summer, at the European Baseball Championship C-Pool tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 29-Aug. 2 ... Made one appearance, drawing the starting assignment in the final vs. host Slovenia (8/2) and tossing a seven-inning shutout in a run-rule-shortened, 14-0 victory ... Allowed just one hit and one walk in facing one batter over the minimum, while striking out nine (box score) ... Retired 16 straight after a double to open the game ... Teammates with former UCSD closer (2004-05) Shlomo Lipetz as Israel swept through the tournament at 5-0, out-scoring opponents, 53-7, with a pair of shutouts from Leichman and Lipetz ... Previously represented Israel numerous times at various age levels.
A 2007 graduate of Givat Brenner Regional School in Israel.
Born May 29, 1989 in Israel ... Parents are David Leichman and Marilyn Gold ... Has two older siblings named Eliora and Arishai ... International studies-history major at Muir College ... Playing for Team Israel and winning a state championship at Cypress College are his favorite baseball memories ... Hobbies include playing sports and traveling ... Roots for the New York Yankees and Maccabi Tel Aviv ... Favorite athlete is Derek Jeter ... Listens to Israeli music ... Loves to eat humus ... Greatest influence is his brother ... Has a black belt in jiu-jitsu.