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College Baseball Early Signing Period Continues

Head coach John Cohen announced three more Diamond Dog signees Monday.

Head coach John Cohen announced three more Diamond Dog signees Monday.


Mississippi State has reached into Alabama, Georgia and Texas for its latest signees of the 2008-09 college baseball recruiting campaign.

Joining the initial Bulldog recruiting class of first-year MSU skipper John Cohen are left-handed pitcher Matt Lane of Marietta, Ga. (Pope High School), outfielder Jaron Shepherd of Kilgore, Texas (Kilgore High School/Navarro College) and shortstop Nick Vickerson of Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Hillcrest High School/Florida State/Shelton State).

“With this recruiting class we are meeting some of our immediate needs — at shortstop, in the outfield and on the mound,” said Cohen. “If they continue to develop, these young men will have a chance to play the game of baseball for some time, at the collegiate level and beyond.”

Mississippi State has now announced 12 signees during the week-long November signing period for baseball, which ends Nov. 19. FULL STORY

Memphis Bolsters Pitching Staff with Singing of Chase Joiner

University of Memphis added talent to its bullpen today with the signing of John A. Logan reliever Chase Joiner, Tiger baseball head coach Daron Schoenrock announced.

“Chase will bring a wealth of experience and ability to our pitching staff,” said Schoenrock. “We are excited to be adding another John Logan Junior College player to our program. Coach Halstead does a great job of preparing his players for the next level and we expect Chase (Joiner) to make an immediate impact on our pitching staff.”

Joiner, who is currently a sophomore at John A. Logan Community College, put together a solid freshman campaign. He posted a 4-2 record, with a 3.00 ERA, 32 strikeouts and a team-high five saves as JALCC finished with a stout 35-19 record. The Volunteer reliever logged 42 innings of work in 18 appearances and allowed just 14 earned runs. FULL STORY

Campbell Baseball Signs Four Recruits During Early Signing Period

Campbell’s baseball program and head baseball coach Greg Goff announced the first four commitments of his second recruiting class this afternoon. Blake Boyce, Matt Marksberry, Logan Self, and Noah Zipko all inked commitments, and expect to be a part of Fighting Camel baseball starting during the 2009-10 school year.

Goff, entering his second season at Campbell, coached the Orange and Black to some impressive feats in his first campaign including his inaugural squad setting five school records, establishing a top ten nationally ranked single-season turnaround, and having two players, Justin Lilly and Brandon Scott, sign professional contracts. With the professional contracts of Lilly and Scott, Coach Goff’s 14-year career total now stands at 34 players that have signing professional contracts including seven with major leagues experience. After averaging 35 wins per season through his first five years as a head coach, Goff is looking for the combination of his first two recruiting classes to vault Campbell to new heights. FULL STORY

O’Brien Inks Six For 2009-10 Recruiting Class

Santa Clara baseball head coach Mark O’Brien revealed his 2009-10 recruiting class Monday as he announced the signing of six student-athletes to national letters of intent. The six ballplayers will attend Santa Clara University in the fall of 2009.

“We are very excited about our recruiting class,” said O’Brien. “Our recruiting coordinator, Mike Zirelli, once again did a tremendous job. Chad Baum also was instrumental in identifying these players as well. This class has a combination of excellent pitching, a solid defensive core and incredible offensive potential. We are very happy with the character and work ethic of these players and, if they continue to work hard and have the proper commitment, they will make a great impact here at Santa Clara.” FULL STORY

ULM baseball head coach Jeff Schexnaider built on his already outstanding recruiting class with the signing of three additional student-athletes on Monday morning. The Warhawks have now signed eight of the top high school and junior college players in the South.

RHP/UTL Taylor Abdalla of Loranger, La., (Loranger HS); RHP Wil Browning of Kosciusko, Miss., (Holmes CC) and RHP Stefen Comeaux of Breaux Bridge, La., (LSU-Eunice) all signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2010 season.

The trio joins OF Skyler Barrentine of Lake Charles, La., (Sam Houston HS); RHP Luke Briley of Natchitoches, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); SS Judd Edwards of Oxford, Ala., (Oxford HS); RHP Drew Grainer of Thibodaux, La., (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) and OF Chris Grayson of Monroe, La., (Frank Phillips JC) who all signed with ULM last week. FULL STORY

University of Washington Baseball Signs Nine In-State Prospects

The University of Washington baseball team has received National Letters of Intent from nine high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2010 season, 17th-year head coach Ken Knutson announced today. The nine players that signed letters did so during the early signing period, which began Nov. 12. There will also be a late signing period beginning in April.

The nine signees, all from the state of Washington, are: OF/C Chase Anselment (Edmonds/Meadowdale), RHP Adam Cimber (Edgewood/Puyallup), IF Jake Lamb (Seattle/Bishop Blanchet), RHP Collin Monagle (Port Orchard/South Kitsap), RHP Nick Palewicz (Seattle/Ballard), IF Eric Peterson (Renton/Liberty), OF Andy Smith (Poulsbo/North Kitsap), RHP Tyler Sullivan (Kingston/Kingston), and OF Brian Wolfe (Snohomish/Snohomish).

“It’s an excellent class,” Knutson stated. “The thing that stands out is that its well-balanced with hitters and pitchers. We’re bringing in a lot of left-handed power, plus three power arms and a top strike-thrower. It could be one of those special classes if all of them make it to college after the draft.” FULL STORY

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