FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head baseball coach Sherman Corbett announced Monday the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Joining the Roadrunners for the 2010 season will be Ryan Dalton (Sugar Land, Texas/Austin HS), Ransom LaLonde (Tulsa, Okla./Cascia Hall Prep), R.J. Perucki (Tomball, Texas/Tomball HS), Daniel Rockett (Sugar Land, Texas/Austin HS) and Jake Wood (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville HS).
“I am once again very excited about our early signing class,” Corbett said. “Coach (Jason) Marshall has done an outstanding job of identifying student-athletes who will continue to move our program forward. The talent of this group reaches a new level that I expect will push this program to a higher level. The fact that we were able to recruit successfully within and outside the state is a credit to the recent successes of our past teams and the recognition of UTSA baseball.”
Below is a breakdown of this year’s early-signing class.
Ryan Dalton • INF/C • Sugar Land, Texas (Austin HS)
Plays for Randy Ursery at Austin High School and Mike Rutledge of Kyle Chapman in the summer … three-year letterwinner … 2008 first-team all-district selection and team Most Valuable Player … 2008 high school stats: .452 BA, 5 HR, 22 RBIs … selected to the Texas Scouts Association workout … named to the Major League scouts team in Fall 2008 … helped lead Kyle Chapman to the Premier World Series semifinals this past summer in Joplin, Mo.
Ransom LaLonde • INF/P • Tulsa, Okla. (Cascia Hall Prep)
Plays for David Warburton at Cascia Hall Prep … three-year letterwinner … second-team All-Tulsa Metro shortstop … an all-conference performer the last two seasons … 2008 high school stats: .516 BA, .709 OBP, 4 HR, 33 RBIs, 5-2 W-L, 54 IP, 1.81 ERA, 13 BB, 68 K … a member of the Oklahoma Gold summer squad that played in the Junior Sunbelt Series in McAlester, Okla., this year … played on Cascia Hall’s Oklahoma 2A State Champion football team as a junior … ranked as the No. 6 linebacker in Tulsa area by the Tulsa World heading into his senior campaign.
R.J. Perucki • INF/P • Tomball, Texas (Tomball HS)
Plays for Rick Lynch at Tomball High School and David Clyde of the Houston Miracles in the summer … 2008 high school stats: .355 BA, 3 HR, 19 RBIs … 2008 summer stats: .485 BA, 6 HR, 23 RBIs … helped lead the Miracles to this summer’s Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. … played shortstop and was the squad’s closer.
Daniel Rockett • OF • Sugar Land, Texas (Austin HS)
Plays for Randy Ursery at Austin High School and Phil Cross of the Houston Heat in the summer … 2008 high school stats: .311 BA, 21 R, 10 2B, 18 RBIs … a two-time academic all-district selection … brother of current Roadrunner and 2008 second-team All-American and Southland Conference Player of the Year Michael Rockett … nephew of former Atlanta Braves shortstop, Pat Rockett … one of the top multi-sport athletes in the Houston area … a six-time letterwinner in baseball, basketball (point guard) and football (quarterback) … recruited to play football in addition to baseball.
Jake Wood • 1B • Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville HS)
Three-year letterwinner … earned all-state honors as a junior … an all-conference performer who helped lead Noblesville High School to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament as a sophomore … hit .380 with eight doubles and four home runs for the Indiana Bulls this past summer … also plays fullback and defensive line for Noblesville’s football team … team captain who was named Team Most Valuable Player as a senior and all-state a year earlier … comes from an athletic family … brother (football) and sister (softball) currently play for the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind.