College Baseball Early Siging period- Continues

Head coach Mike Martin welcomes seven newcomers for the 2009-10 season.

Florida State Baseball Announces 2009-10 Signing Class

Florida State baseball and head coach Mike Martin announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as of November 13, 2008. The 2009-10 class features six players from the state of Florida and one from Maryland. The signees include 3B David Boyd, SS/2B Ryan Gennett, INF Justin Gonzalez, INF/RHP Tyler Hibbs, LHP Brett Lee, C/1B Stephen McGee, 2B Devon Travis.

“This is a smaller class than in the past, but it is a very good class,” said associate head coach Jamey Shouppe. “Like always, we are fearful that we will lose a couple kids to the draft. But overall we feel like we met most of our needs during the early signing period. We are excited about the middle infielders that we are bringing in; they are as good as any in the country.” FULL STORY

Dallas Baptist Patriot Baseball Signs Six During Early Signing Period

On the heels of their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance, Dallas Baptist Head Coach Dan Heefner is pleased to announce the Patriot Baseball Team has signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent this week. “We are very excited about these six players. They are very talented and should step in and contribute immediately. We think the potential, work ethic, and character is there for these guys to continue to develop so they will not just be contributors but impact-type players,” said Heefner. He added, “Coach Frieling and Wyckoff did an outstanding job of identifying players who have faith, character and talent – the foundation of our program.”

Dan Heefner, named 2008 ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year, saw the Patriots finish last season with the 29th best RPI in the nation and a 37-19 record. This earned them their first ever postseason berth and a #2 seed at the College Station Regional. The Patriots will open their 2009 season at home on February 20 against Binghamton University. This will be the first of 37 home games slated for the team this year. FULL STORY

Oregon State Baseball Signs Nine To National Letters Of Intent

Oregon State baseball head coach Pat Casey announced Thursday that the Beavers have signed nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the club for the 2010 season.

The signed players are: pitchers Jeff Ames (Vancouver, Wash.) and Tony Bryant (Kennewick, Wash.), catchers Parker Berberet (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Andrew Susac (Roseville, Calif.), infielder/pitcher Matt Boyd (Mercer Island, Wash.), infielders Ryan Barnes (West Linn, Ore.), Danny Hayes (Roseville, Calif.) and Tyler Smith (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and outfielder J.J. Turbin (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho).

“The recruiting class coming in is just like the last couple we have had,” Casey said. “They are the best student-athletes we went out and found. They bring in the qualities we are looking for, not only on the field, but off it as well.” FULL STORY

East Carolina Announces 2009-10 Recruiting Class

Eleven high school seniors have committed to play baseball at East Carolina University in 2010, head baseball coach Billy Godwin announced Thursday. The latest group of prep standouts will enroll at ECU in the fall of 2009 and will take the diamond for the Pirates in 2010.

The class includes six pitchers (Jake Harris, Joseph Hughes, D.J. Jauss, Tyler Joyner, Nick McBride and Tanner Merritt), three infielders (Bryan Bass, Walker Gourley and John Wooten) and two outfielders (Chris Gosik and Mike Trout).

“This is an exceptional class,” said Godwin. “Coach Jarrett and Coach Jarman did an outstanding job of recruiting players that have the ability to help our program compete for championships. We are extremely excited about this class, which consists of eight players from North Carolina and three players from out of state. Our in-state commitments show that we have the ability to compete for the best players in North Carolina, while the three out-of-state players are among the best their state has to offer. This class most definitely has the talent that complements our returning 2010 team and will help East Carolina continue to strive for its ultimate goal of playing in Omaha.” FULL STORY

Ball State Baseball Announces The Signings Of Six Players

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State baseball head coach Greg Beals announced the signing of six student-athletes to national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon, the first day of the early signing period. The six players will join the Cardinals’ Baseball program for the 2010 season.

The six players are: Jonathan Cisna (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township), Stephen Claypool (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child), Kevin Franchetti (Highland, Ind./Andrean), Derek Grabner (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lincoln Trail College), Kyle Raleigh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and Wes Winkle (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown). FULL STORY

Louisiana-Monroe Adds Two Baseball Signees on Day Two of Early Signing Period

Defending Sun Belt Champion ULM signed a pair of outfielders on Thursday afternoon, baseball head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced.

Skyler Barrentine of Lake Charles, La., and Chris Grayson of Monroe both signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2010 season.

With the addition of Barrentine and Grayson, four of ULM’s five signees so far during the early period have Louisiana ties.

The pair joins RHP Luke Briley of Natchitoches, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); SS Judd Edwards of Oxford, Ala., (Oxford HS) and RHP Drew Grainer of Thibodaux, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) who all signed with ULM on Wednesday. FULL STORY

Middle Tennessee sign six in early period

The Blue Raider baseball program has signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period as announced by head coach Steve Peterson on Wednesday.

The signing class includes four right-handed pitchers, Hunter Adkins of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Daniel Palo of Germantown, Tenn., and Brandon Hall of Hendersonville, Tenn. The Blue Raiders have also signed a two-way player in Jonathan Sisco of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and two position players, Ryan Ford and Jordan Rorex both of Knoxville, Tenn.

“Coach McGuire and Coach McLaury just really isolated on this group and we knew we really had to have a strong recruiting class on the mound. We wanted to pretty much stay with freshmen coming in because we have such a large junior class,” Peterson said. “So it just really worked out and I think we are bringing in four good arms and they are all really good athletes. Ford and Rorex will help us with position players so I think on paper it looks good.” FULL STORY