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Fordham signs six for 2010 season

Bronx, N.Y. – Fordham Head Baseball Coach Nick Restaino announced the addition of six student-athletes to the Fordham University baseball roster, starting with the 2010 season. The six student athletes are pitcher Jeremy Adel (Newberry, Fla./St. Francis), pitcher Rich Anastasi (Waldwick, N.J./St. Joseph’s Montvale), pitcher Joseph Charest (Swansea, Mass./La Salle Academy (RI)), pitcher Ryan Demartino (Clifton, N.J./Montclair Kimberley Academy), outfielder Ryan Lee (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan), and first baseman/pitcher Dan Sorine (Scarsdale, N.Y./Eastchester),

“We are very excited about adding this group of young men to the Fordham baseball family,” said Restaino. “This is another strong class. Coach Decicco did a fine job identifying quality student athletes who fit Fordham’s athletic and academic profile. I am excited about each and every one of these guys. We addressed the needs of the team and were able to add fine young men who fit Fordham athletically and academically. It is exciting to announce this many quality recruits once again, and is a testament to all the hard work done and the state of the program today.”

Adel, a 6-1 right-handed pitcher from Newberry, Florida, is a varsity baseball player for St. Francis High School, where he was named to the Perfect Game top prospect team. In 2008, he started 11 games, registering a 5-3 record with 45 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA in 47 innings of work.

Restaino on Adel: “Jeremy is a slender right-hander with a good arm and slider. He made a jump from a mid-80’s to upper 80’s righthander, and his best days are ahead.”

Anastasi, a 6-4 left-handed pitcher from Waldwick, New Jersey, is a varsity baseball player at St. Joseph’s Montvale High School. One of five Division I signees from St. Joseph’s this year, he posted a 4-0 record with two saves, a 3.21 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 2008. He also played summer ball for the NJ Twins, where he started 15 games, going 13-1 with 101 strikeouts in 90 innings with a 0.93 ERA.

Restaino on Anastasi: “Rich is a tall left-hander with ability and a mid-80’s fastball. He is a strike thrower with a good change up and has begun to blossom as a well-rounded pitcher.”

Charest, a 6-1 right-handed pitcher from Swansea, Massachusetts, has been the #1 pitcher on the La Salle Academy varsity baseball team, in Providence, Rhode Island. A First Team All-Division pitcher, he was selected to pitch in the Rhode Island All-Star game in 2008. He posted a 3-3 record on the mound with three complete games, 44 strikeouts, and a 2.11 ERA in 41 innings pitched.

Restaino on Charest: “Joe is a very athletic kid, who has shown three pitches for strikes. Joe has mid to upper 80’s velocity and has pitched real well versus good competition.”

Demartino, a 6-1 left-handed pitcher from Clifton, New Jersey, plays varsity baseball at Montclair Kimberley Academy, where he was the team MVP in 2008, earning Third Team All-Essex County honors by the Star Ledger. He also received First Team All-Prep B and All-Colonial Hill Conference honors. Playing at both first base and pitcher, he put up outstanding number as a junior. He hit .522 with 13 doubles, six triple and 41 RBI, while on the hill, he posted a 4-2 record with a 2.15 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.

Restaino on Demartino: “Ryan is an impressive left-handed pitcher, whose best days are ahead of him. He misses bats and has unlimited potential. His smooth delivery and pitching ability will allow him to improve.”

Lee, a 6-0 left-handed outfielder from Attleboro, Massachusetts, is a varsity baseball player at Bishop Feehan High School and is being coached by former major leaguer Greg Gagne. At Bishop Feehan, he was an EAC and Sun Chronicle All-Star as a junior. In 2008, he played in 20 games, hitting .437 with 25 runs scored seven doubles, five triples and 17 RBI. He also posted a .506 on-base percentage and was a perfect 14-for-14 on stolen base attempts.

Restaino on Lee: “Ryan is a speedy, athletic centerfielder. He gets great jumps on balls, has good at bats and runs the bases real well. He has all the makings to be that lefty leadoff centerfielder.”

Sorine, a 6-2 lefthander from Scarsdale, New York, saw action in the infield, outfield, and on the mound for Eastchester High School. He was selected as the Sectional Player of the Year as a junior, earning All-League, All-County, and team MVP honors. He was picked to the All-State/All-Star baseball team by the New York State Sports Writers Association, and was selected to represent New York at first base in the 2008 Northeast All-Star games. In 2008, he posted a 5-1 record on the mound with a 1.96 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 32 innings, while hitting .506 with 27 runs scored, eight doubles, six home runs, 32 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Away from the diamond, Sorine is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and a recipient of the Consecutive Honor Roll Award.

Restaino on Sorine: “Dan is a strong, athletic two-way guy that can pitch and play the field. He has had success thus far at the plate and on the mound. He is an outstanding hitter, and has shown the ability to hit with power already.”

The Fordham University baseball program is the winningest program in NCAA history. The Rams have recorded 4,000 wins in 148 seasons of varsity play, almost 1,000 more than the second place school (Texas).

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