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Akron Baseball Inks Five For 2009-10 Season

AKRON, Ohio – Head coach Pat Bangtson and the Akron Zips baseball team are pleased to announce the signing of five high school standouts for the 2009-10 season. Bryan White (Wheelersburg HS), Jared Turocy (Canfield HS), James Sheltrown (Springboro HS), Sam Trecaso (St. Vincent-St. Mary HS) and Tyler Begun (Mayfield HS) will all join the UA baseball program next year.

With the signing of Bryan White, a first basemen/outfielder, the Zips welcome the younger brother of red-shirt freshman outfielder, Brandon White. White, who also plays football at Wheelersburg, brings a great deal of success from the high school level as he and the Wheelersburg baseball team were most recently state runner ups in 2008.

Coach Bangtson remarked that White, “is a standout hitter with the potential to become an exceptional middle of the lineup hitter for the Zips.”

Akron baseball adds another family name to the roster as Jared Turocy follows in the footsteps of older brothers Frank and Drew to play for the Zips in 2009-10. The youngest of the Turocy brothers will serve primarily as a left-handed pitcher and outfielder next year. Turocy, a tri-athlete at Canfield High School also plays soccer and basketball when absent from the diamond.

Bangtson notes that, “Jared is an exceptional athlete with good speed who will assist us as both a position player and pitcher.”

James Sheltrown also signed a NLI to play baseball for the University of Akron next year. With the ability to play middle infield and catcher, Sheltrown adds versatility and depth to the Zips lineup.

“James is a hard-nosed player with a lot of enthusiasm for the sport of baseball. I expect him to energize both our offensive and defensive lineups,” notes Bangtson.

Local standout Samuel Trecaso of St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School also signed on to play making the short trip across town to join the Zips in 2009-10. Trecaso, a power-hitting infielder, with the capacity to play either second or third base is expected to make an immediate impact on the Zips lineup.

Coach Bangston is excited about the addition of Trecaso stating that “he’ an outstanding hitter who possesses a swing which should adapt well to the Division I collegiate level. He has a great work ethic and is an extremely dedicated athlete who’ll come in and work hard for our program. It’s great to get a local player who’ll help build the future of the Zips program.”

Finally, Tyler Begun rounds out the 2009-2010 recruiting class for the Zips baseball team. Begun, a player with the ability to play all three infield positions (short, second or third) will surely make an impact for the Zips upon his arrival. Begun also had an outstanding football career at Mayfield High School.

“Tyler is an outstanding athlete with a tremendous level of athleticism which should help him find a way into our lineup fairly early in his career,” adds coach Bangtson.

Overall, Coach Bangtson remarked that, “my staff and I were really focused on upgrading our offensive and defensive positions. As noted, all of these players have the ability to play secondary positions, which provides much needed flexibility within our roster for 2009-2010. Secondly, it gives these young men better opportunities of fielding playing time early in their careers. We are extremely pleased with our recruiting class and strongly believe that these men will help us strive to attain our goal of competing for a conference championship.”

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