Furman Baseball Adds Nine for 2010

Furmanbaseballcoach GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman head baseball coach Ron Smith today announced the addition of nine players to the Paladin program.

The latest nine join the six signees announced in November in giving Furman 15 new players for the 2010 season.

The most recent additions include middle infielders Matt Bona of Vero Beach, Fla. (Brevard Community College) and Christian Datoc of Atlanta, Ga. (Pace Academy); right-handed pitchers Brian Dudzinski of Lincroft, N.J. (Brookdale Community College), Emil Brignola of Marietta, Ga. (Walton High School) and Christian Hicks of Charlotte, N.C.; left-handed pitcher Andy Clifford of Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian Academy); first basemen Drake Brown of Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and John Patterson of Dallas, Texas (Richland Community College); and outfielder Clay Tucker of Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna High School).

Patterson played for Furman in 2008 before sustaining a torn labrum that ended his season.

2009 Furman Baseball Signees

Matt Bona, INF, 5-9, Jr., Vero Beach, Fla. (Brevard Community College)

Emil Brignola, RHP, 5-9, Marietta, Ga. (Walton H.S.)

Drake Brown, 1B, 6-3, Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy)

Andy Clifford, LHP, 6-0, Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian Academy)

*Dylan Cole, RHP/C, 6-1, Fr., Spartanburg, S.C. (Dorman H.S.)

Christian Datoc, INF, 5-8, Fr., Atlanta, Ga. (Pace Academy)

Brian Dudzinski, RHP, 6-6, Jr., Lincroft, N.J. (Brookdale Community College)

Christian Hicks, RHP, 6-1, Fr., Charlotte, N.C.

*Jake Kline, CF, 5-11, Fr., Raleigh, N.C. (Needham Broughton H.S.)

*Will Muzika, SS, 5-11, Fr., Spartanburg, S.C. (Dorman H.S.)

*Paul Nitto, C/1B, 6-1, Fr., Greenville, S.C. (J.L. Mann H.S.)

John Patterson, 1B, Jr., Dallas, Texas (Furman/Richland Community College)

*Matt Plate, RHP, 6-1, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga. (Mount Pisgah Christian H.S.)

*Nate Smith, LHP, 6-2, Fr., West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West H.S.)

Clay Tucker, OF, 6-1, Fr., Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna H.S.)

*Previously announced