2007 Cotuit Kettleers Roster (14-27-3)
2007 Regular Season: Stats and Standings – Did not qualify for Playoffs in 2007
2007 Game Recaps and Stories
2007 Coaches, Trainer, Players, Bullpen & Batboys, Interns
Select Other Season:
|#||Name||Pos, B/T, HT, WT, Class||College|
|Baker, Aaron||1B, L/R, 6'2, 229, 2010||Oklahoma|
|Birmingham, Jim||LHP, L/L, 6'5, 190, 2010||Univ. of Pennsylvania|
|Brothers, Rex||LHP, L/L, 6'0, 195, 2010||Lipscomb|
|Calez, Adam||LHP, R/L, 5'10, 210, 2008||Cincinnati|
|Cisco, Michael||RHP, R/R, 5'11, 195, 2009||South Carolina|
|Costello, Matt||LHP, L/L, 6'1, 195||Central Connecticut State|
|Delmonico, Tony||INF, S/R, 6'0, 175, 2009||Florida State|
|Dupart, Curtis||OF, R/R, 6'3, 195, 2010||Georgia Tech|
|Fetter, Chris||RHP, R/R, 6'8, 230, 2009||Michigan|
|Figueroa, Correy||INF L/R, 5'10, 178, 2010||St. Petersburg College|
|Harrison, Josh||INF, R/R, 5'6, 174, 2009||Cincinnati|
|Havens, Reese (All Star)||INF, L/R, 6'1, 190, 2009||South Carolina|
|Joseph, Caleb (All Star)||C, R/R, 6'0, 180, 2008||Lipscomb|
|Lindblom, Josh (All Star)||RHP, R/R, 6'5, 240, 2009||Purdue|
|Lollis, Ryan||OF, L/L, 6'1, 190, 2009||Missouri|
|Meaker, Jordan||RHP, R/R, 6'6, 200, 2009||Dallas Baptist|
|Pigott, Jonathan||OF, R/R, 6'2, 200, 2010||Florida|
|Richards, Garrett||RHP, R/R, 6'2, 200, 2010||Oklahoma|
|Shuck, J.B.||LHP/OF, L/L, 5'11, 185, 2009||Ohio State|
|Staehely, Christian||RHP, R/R, 6'3, 193, 2009||Princeton|
|Stock, Robert (All Star)||C/RHP, R/R, 190, 2010||USC|
|White, Ryne||1B/OF, L/L, 5'11, 200, 2009||Purdue|
|Wilson, Brian||RHP/OF, L/R, 6'0, 185||Loyola Marymount|
|Wright, Matt||LHP, L/L, 5'10, 165, 2009||Shippensburg|
|Photos||#||Name||Pos, B/T, HT, WT, Class||College|
|Barham, Trey||LHP, L/L, 6'3, 230, 2008||Virginia Military Institute|
|Bianucci, Mike||INF, R/R, 6'1, 200, 2009||Auburn|
|Brach, Brad||RHP, R/R, 6'3, 200, 2008||Monmouth University|
|Gomes, Yan||C, R/R, 6'1, 200, 2010||Tennessee|
|Rook, Jason||RHP/OF, R/R, 6'1, 190, 2009||Appalachian State|
|Strauss, Ryan||RHP, R/R, 6'2, 200||Florida State|
|Ussery, Jeff||INF, S/L, 6'3, 180, 2010||Georgia Tech|
#5 MIKE ROBERTS • FIELD MANAGER
Coach Roberts returns to Cotuit for his fourth season in 2007, on the heels of a Western Division Playoff appearance and respectable 27-16-1 record. Roberts’ second place regular and postseason finish marked the third trip the CCBL field manager has taken to the playoffs in five seasons (lifetime). Roberts was the field manager for the Wareham Gatemen (1984 and 2000).
Mike sends this special message to the Kettleers family, “I have personally dedicated the 2006 Cape League Season to all the former Kettleers players who have cherished their experience playing at historic Lowell Park, have put their arms around the wonderful families who house them each summer, have stayed in contact through the years, and have set the bar high for future players and coaches. My father, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 93, was my coach and he taught me to maintain these same high standards and respect for the game and everyone involved with the game. As the Head Coach of the 2006 Kettleers, I will strive to carry out these goals. We will hustle and slide our way into the hearts of the Kettleers faithful.”
From 1976 through 1998, Roberts was the head coach at the University of North Carolina. From the UNC Tarheels, Roberts went on to UNC-Asheville, where he coached in the spring of 2000. All totalled, Roberts’ teams have made nine NCAA post-season appearances and two College World Series appearances. His teams have also had a strong history of being tops amid their ACC peers, five times capturing the ACC Regular Season Championship and four times the ACC Tournament Championship. Eight of Roberts’ former players have been first round draft picks in the annual Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Fifteen of his former players have played in Major League Baseball. His lifetime collegiate coaching record is 850-450-3. His lifetime greatest individual coaching success is his own son, Brian Roberts, 2nd baseman for the Baltimore Orioles.
Prior to managing Wareham to the Western Division regular season title in 2000, Roberts had led Wareham to the same title in 1984. Each of those two seasons, Roberts’ Cape League teams led the entire League in stolen bases. In 2000, Roberts’ Wareham team tied the Cape League all-time single season stolen base record.
In the off-season, Mike is a consultant working as an Executive Coach with DeLaPorte & Associates out of Dallas, TX.
Devin McIntosh • Assistant Coach • Longview University
Coach McIntosh is assistant coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he is responsible for the pitching staff and assists with recruiting and field maintenance while coaching first base during games.
McIntosh served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for two years at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Under his guidance, the Yellow Jacket pitching staff reduced staff ERA and total walks. While raising the performance of the pitching staff, McIntosh coached two of his pitchers into the professional ranks.
McIntosh is a 2004 graduate of LeTourneau University where he was a submarine pitcher for the baseball team. A native of Arlington, Texas, McIntosh recently completed a Master’s Degree in health and kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Aaron Rembert • Assistant Coach • Mars Hill College
Aaron serves as the pitching coach, recruiting coordinator, head JV Coach, and oversees the strength and conditioning program at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC. In his first coaching season the team set numerous school records, including wins (32), saves (16), and ERA (5.44).
In college at UNC Asheville, he set the record for the most wins in school history with 24 and most wins as a freshman with nine. He also placed in the top five in career saves strikeouts, appearances and innings pitched. Rembert was the first freshman at UNCA to receive All-American honors.
Aaron signed a professional contract with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. He also played summer league baseball with the North Adams Steeplecats of the New England Collegiate League (2003), Mat-su Miners of the Alaska League (2002), and the Lenoir Oilers of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League (2001).
Rembert and his wife Angela, who is a math teacher at Madison High School, live in Mars Hill, NC.
Kevin Wilson • Assistant Coach
Kevin attended the University of Cincinnati, where he helped lead the Bearcats to a team record in wins in 2000. The switch-hitting shortstop was signed by the Chicago White Sox and played for several teams in his 5 year professional career. In 2006, he was in camp with the Pittsburgh Pirates and retired at the completion of the 2006 season, after playing for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League.
Currently, Kevin is an advanced scout for Inside Edge, which provides all 30 MLB teams with advanced scouting reports throughout the 2007 season. He also is the Director of Instruction at Jeff Manto’s Big Leagues Baseball Academy, located outside of Philadelphia that he co-founded with Jeff.
Sarah Batz • Athletic Trainer • Cape Cod Rehabilitation
A Certified Athletic Trainer with a Master’s of Education Degree in Kinesiology with Sport Management option from Southern Illinois University, Sarah also has a B.S. Degree in Health Management with Athletic Training option from Southeast Missouri State University where she provided medical coverage for several Division 1 teams. She has worked at Healthsouth Orthopedic Rehabilitation Clinic and Rehab One The Physical Therapy Center, where her duties included assisting physical therapists with rehab and orthopedic treatments. Sarah will also be working with Cape Cod Rehabilitation in Mashpee this summer. She is a life member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and National Athletic Trainer Association.
Aaron Baker • First Base • Oklahoma • Sophomore
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: Drafted in the 37th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins, Aaron decided to enroll at Oklahoma University. During the summer of 2006, Aaron played for the Lake Highland Wildcats in the Connie Mack World Series where he won the home run derby. In high school, he was a .420 career hitter with 21 home runs and 120 RBIs. Grandfather played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
PERSONAL: Full name is Aaron Baker … Born Sept. 10, 1987, in Denton, Texas … Parents are Austin and Sherrie Baker… Also earned letters in football and basketball … District honorable mention in football as a senior … District honorable mention in basketball as a sophomore … Has two brothers, Austin (24) and Abel (16) … Grandfather played for the Kansas City Chiefs … Major undecided
Trey Barham • LHP • VMI • Junior
Will return to the top of the Keydet rotation after one of the most successful seasons in school history.
2006: Became the team’s ace and was voted Second Team All-Conference…Posted the second-highest single-season totals in school history with 98 strikeouts and 94.1 innings pitched…His seven wins tied the school record for most victories in a season…His .222 opponents’ batting average led the Big South Conference while his 98 strikeouts and 3.53 ERA ranked him in the top five…Team went 10-6 in his 16 starts…Allowed only two earned runs in the first three complete games of his career, with those coming against Charleston Southern (Mar. 17), Coastal Carolina (May 6) and James Madison (May 17)…Named Big South Conference Pitcher of the Week and to the College Baseball Foundation’s National Honor Roll after his complete-game two-hit victory against Charleston Southern, during which he allowed only one unearned run while striking out six…Established a new career-high with 12 strikeouts vs. JMU…Earned first career save in series-clinching victory over #16 Winthrop (May 21)
Summer: While pitching for the Front Royal (Va.) Cardinals of the Valley League over the Summer, posted a 3-1 record in six starts, while his .213 opposing batting average and 50 strikeouts ranked him in the top five in the League in those categories…Led the team with a 2.36 ERA…Was then invited to finish out the summer as a member of the postseason roster for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League.
2005: Made 15 appearances, including three starts…Went 2-1 on the season, striking out 28 batters in 31.0 innings…Earned a win in relief after throwing 3.0 innings vs. Navy on March 6…Won his final start of the season against Georgetown, throwing striking out five in 5.0 innings, both season highs…Allowed only one home run while opponents hit .299 against him.
High School: Played first base and pitched at Greenbriar Christian Academy…Lettered four years in baseball and one each in football and golf…As a senior, posted an 8-3 record and a 0.69 ERA… Named VISBA State Player of the Year… Had a 4-0 record and a 0.51ERA his junior year.
Personal: Son of Donald and Donna Barham…Has played for American Legion Post 310, The Virginia Knights, and the Tidewater White Sox…Played on a showcase team in the summer of 2004…Listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and received National Honor Society recognition…Majoring in biology.
Mike Bianucci • First Baseman • Auburn • Sophomore
2006 Named First Team All-SEC DH by both the league coaches and SEBaseball.com … Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American DH … Along with Luke Greinke became Auburn’s first duo to be named Freshman All-American’s in the same season … Baseball America Second Team Freshman All-American … Became just the third Tiger to be named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, joining Bobby Huddleston (2000, 2nd Team) and Hayden Gliemmo (1998) … SEC All-Freshman selection … ABCA First Team All-Region selection … Led the Tigers in hitting (.359) and slugging (.564), was second in home runs (eight), tied for third in RBI (31) and was fourth in doubles (13) in 45 games … Never went more than eight games without hitting a home run … Hit a team-best .330 in league games … Hit .397 against LHP … Had 19 mulit-hit games … Had four hits in a game three times … Started his Auburn career off with a bang, going 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and six RBI in AU’s extra-inning, 9-8, win over Hofstra on Feb. 17 … Was one of 20 players invited to try out for the 2006 USA Baseball National Team.
SUMMER 2005 Played for the Reston Hawks of the Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League … Hit .347 and tied for the team lead with 31 RBI … Set the Clark Griffith League Season Home Run Record with 12 … Also led the the league with a .792 slugging percentage.
HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterwinner for Chris Warren at W.T. Woodson … Hit .526 with eight 2B and 10 HR and 27 RBI as a senior as W.T. Woodson won its first District Title since 1990 … Was also 7-2 with a 2.42 ERA on the mound with 60 K’s … Named the 2005 Liberty District Player of the Year … First Team All-Region selection in 2004 and 2005 … W. T. Woodson MVP and team captain as both a junior and senior … 2004 Second Team All-State … Hit .508 for his career and was a perfect 37-for-37 in stolen bases in his career … Was 9-1 with a save and a 2.61 ERA as a junior and was named First Team All-District Pitcher and Player of the Year … Three-time All-Met selection … Two-time participant in the Perfect Games World Wood Bat Championship … 2004 East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase selection … Helped lead the Virginia Barnstormers to the Connie Mack World Series in 2003 … Two-time Va. Commonwealth Games participant.
PERSONAL Michael Elliott Bianucci was born June 26, 1986 in Fairfax, Va. … Son of Gary and Barbara Bianucci … Has one brother, Tony (25) … Brother, Tony, was a 2002 draft pick (47th round) of the Boston Red Sox …Major: Business.
Jim Birmingham • Pitcher (L) • Pennsylvania • Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: This 24th round draft pick of the Washington Nationals in the June 2006 MLB free agent draft, decided to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania. As a freshman at Penn, he holds a record of 4-2 (4/24/07) with 64 innings pitched and 44 Ks. In high school, Jim was named 2006 Second Team All-South Jersey and Tri-County Conference and All South Jersey Group 2 in 2005. Academically, he was a member of the National Honor Society.
Favorites: Movie – Gladiator; Actor – Vince Vaughn; Actress – Elisha Cuthbert; TV Show – Entourage; Music – Country; Music Group – Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kenny Chesney; Food – Steak; Subject – Economics; Athlete – Barry Zito; Pro Team – Phillies; Hobbies – Golf.
Brad Brach • RHP • Monmouth • Junior
New Jersey Pitcher of the Year in 2006… Second-team all-conference as a sophomore… Set single-season strikeout record with 82 last season… Control-oriented pitcher… Led the team in wins two straight seasons… Coastal Plains League All-Star this summer with the Petersburg Generals… New Jersey All-Rookie Team in 2005.
2006: Set Monmouth single-season record with 82 strikeouts in 84.2 innings… Made 13 starts… Led the conference with 2.44 ERA, which ranks fifth in MU history… Team-leader in wins with six… Tossed six complete games… Surrendered 10 walks… Opened season with four-strikeout performance at Houston (2/26)… Earned MU’s first-ever win over UCF (3/4), working 7.2 innings of scoreless ball, scattering threee hits, while striking out six batters… Struck out seven in 8.0 innings versus St. Bonaventure… Struck out eight batters in 8.0 innings at Navy (3/18)… Earned a complete game victory over St. Francis (3/25), while allowing three hits and striking out five hitters… Posted complete game win with eight Ks at Long Island (4/1)… Struck out nine in complete game shutout of Mount St. Mary’s (4/14)… Posted complete game win over FDU (4/23) with six punchouts… Earned complete game shutout, scattering three hits, at Sacred Heart (4/29), while striking out eight… Notched a career-best 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings of work versus Quinnipiac (5/6).
2005: Team-leader in wins with six… Posted a 6-4 record… Ranked fifth on the squad with 4.37 ERA… Ranked 11th in the conference in ERA… Ranked third on the team with 41 strikeouts… Appeared in 13 games, making nine starts… Tied for the team-lead with two complete games… Worked 59.2 innings… Made collegiate debut and first career start at No. 26 UCF (2/26), working 5.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits… Earned first career win with 6.0 inning effort versus Penn (3/6), striking out five batters… Credited with victory after tossing 2.2 innings against Maine (3/19)… Worked 6.0 innings while sitting down a career-high seven batters at Seton Hall (4/5)… Earned win at Lafayette (4/12)… Surrendered one earned run on five hits in 7.0 innings with six strikeouts at St. Francis [N.Y.] (4/17)… Collected fifth win by throwing 7.2 innings with three K’s against Rider (4/26)… Fashioned a 9.0 inning, complete game, six-hit victory over Sacred Heart (5/22) in the NEC Tournament.
High School: Three-year letterwinner at Freehold Township H.S… Played third base and pitched for the Patriots… Team was A-North Champs and Central Jersey Group IV finalists during his senior year… Named first-team A-North, All-Monmouth County, all-district and Central Jersey Group IV… Earned A-North Pitcher of the Year award and Asbury Park Press Monmouth County Player of the Week honors… Played in the Carpenter Cup and the American Legion All-Star game where he was honored with the MVP award… Earned 13 career victories, while pitching 144 innings… Struck out 140 batters on his way to a career 1.95 ERA… Also lettered in basketball, leading his team to both the Kuhnert Memorial Tournament championship and A-North championship… Earned second-team all-district and All-A-North honors as a forward… Finished his career with 147 rebounds and 86 three-point field goals.
Personal: Son of Michael and Mary Brach… Born April 12, 1986 in Freehold, New Jersey… Majoring in history/education.
Rex Brothers • LHP • Lipscomb
Personal: Son of Andy and Carol Brothers … Brother named Hunter (14) and a sister named Courtney (19) … Chose Lipscomb for the baseball program, academics, and the location
Adam Calez • LHP • Cincinnati • Junior
2007 Season (Junior): A regular out of the Bearcat bullpen, ranking second on the squad with 18 appearances.
Held a 2.86 ERA, while limiting opponents to a .152 batting average. Earned relief win against Cleveland State (3/11) after hurling three shutout innings with a season-high four strikeouts. Struck out the side in single inning of work at Kentucky (3/7).
2006 Season (Sophomore): Contributed as both an outfielder and a pitcher. Made most significant contributions on the mound, appearing in 12 games, including six starts. Earned first victory in first-ever starting nod at Ohio (4/5), pitching three shutout innings. Also got victory after career-best six innings against Dayton (4/19). Had best game of season at the plate against Oakland (3/19), going 1-for-2 with three walks, four runs scored and two RBI. Also scored three runs in win over North Carolina A&T (2/19).
2005 Season (Freshman): Played in 12 games with six starts as a reserve outfielder. Drew first career start vs. Ohio (3/30) and responded with a two-run double. Had first career stolen base vs. Eastern Kentucky (5/17). High School: A two-time all-country selection at Southview High … named first team all-state as a senior by Buckeye Scout … hit .400 during career with 20 home runs and 150 RBI … was named to the all-tournament team at the Tuscon Super Regionals as a sophomore.
Personal: Born Jan. 20, 1986 … son of Felix and Mary Calez … brother, David played baseball at Walsh College. Academic Major: Criminal justice.
Honors: Topcat Scholar (2007), Bearcat Scholar (2006-07).
Michael Cisco • RHP • University of South Carolina
COTUIT 2006 : Went 4-0 with 2.90 earned run average in first season in the Cape League… struck out 27 in 40.1 innings and was true workhorse of Kettleers’ staff. Should prove to be a valuable if not key asset to Cotuit pitching staff in 2007 campaign.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years at Wando High School under coach Percy Knight … Named to 2005 South Carolina AAAA All-State team … Member of 2005 SC/NC Select All-Star team … Played for South Carolina Diamond Devils and coach John Rhodes over the summer.
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: This returning Kettleer was named to the 2006 SEC All-Freshman team. Mike appeared in 18 games for the University of South Carolina with 14 starts compiling a 7-5 record with a 3.96 ERA and was a team leader with 88.2 innings pitched with 76 strikeouts.
PERSONAL: Born Michael Galen Cisco 5/23/87 … Parents are Jeff and Janet Cisco … Grandson of former MLB player and pitching coach Galen Cisco … Chose South Carolina because “it was close to home, the baseball program and the great coaching staff” … Hobbies include hunting and fishing … Favorite foods are crab legs and any kind of seafood … Favorite actor is Adam Sandler … Favorite actress is Jennifer Aniston.
Tony Delmonico, 2B, Tennessee, Sophomore
COTUIT 2006: Batted .303 for Kettleers in 2006… in eight games… made one appearance on mound…HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in three years from Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn. … Was the 10th-ranked overall prospect at the 2004 East Coast Showcase in Wilmington, N.C. and was the only junior to be ranked … Earned All-State and District MVP honors as a junior in 2005 while helping the Admirals to third-place finish in the state playoffs … Played in just 19 games as a sophomore after suffering a broken thumb but hit .362 with 22 RBIs in limited action … Farragut’s 2004 team posted a 46-2 record, garnered a No. 3 national ranking and won its second consecutive state title… Competed at the 2004 TBCA Worth Showcase and was also a member of the 2004 Tennessee Junior Sunbelt Team … Hit .387 as a freshman at Farragut in 2003 as the Admirals went 48-1, posted a ranking of No. 2 in the country and won the state championship.
PERSONAL: Full name is Anthony James Delmonico … Born April 27, 1987, in Tallahassee, Fla. … Son of Rod and Barbara Delmonico … Academic major: Sport management.
Curtis Dupart • Outfield • Georgia Tech • Freshman
A five-tool player with unlimited potential … Enters his first year with the Georgia Tech program and has continued to develop since arriving on campus … Had a solid fall campaign competing for a starting role in the outfield … Drafted in the 31st round by the Colorado Rockies, but elected to attend school.
High School: Three year letterwinner for coach Terry Agnew at Woodinville High School … Helped Woodinville to the 2004 and 2006 KingCO Championships … Hit .575 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 39 RBI and a 1.08 slugging percentage as a senior, all new Woodinville single-season records … Named all-state, all-area, and all-district in 2006 … Member of the 2006 Seattle Times All-Star Team … Ranked the No. 93 high school player in the nation by Baseball America … Academic Athlete of the Year in 2006 … Ranked 26th out of 463 students in his graduating class.
Personal: Full name is Curtis David Dupart … Born September 4, 1987 … Son of David and Kathy Dupart … Majoring in Business Management.
Chris Fetter • RHP • Michigan • Sophomore
At Michigan… Talented right-hander named to Roger Clemens Award Watch List for 2007 … All-American candidate … listed as a Player to Watch for 2007 by Collegiate Baseball … named to Baseball America’s Freshman All-American team in 2006 … earned All-Big Ten first team honors as a starting pitcher in 2006 after leading Michigan and the Big Ten with a 2.22 overall ERA … winner of Betty Simmons Award as Michigan’s Most Improved Player for 2006 by vote of his teammates … had 5-2 record with 2.22 ERA and one save in 73 innings that included 16 appearances and 10 starts in 2006 after not seeing action as a true freshman in 2005 … pitched one complete game shutout and shared three others … complete game shutout was four-hitter at Minnesota in first Big Ten start of career … switched to jersey 41 after having 39 in first season … was second on team with 48 strikeouts and had .246 overall opponent batting average against tops among U-M starting pitchers … recipient of the Ray Fisher Scholarship for Baseball in 2006-2007 … attended same high school that produced former Wolverine Jim Brauer, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2005.
Junior/Sophomore (2007)… Pitching: 5-1, 4.28 ERA, one save … worked five innings in no decision start vs. BCC #2 allowing three hits and three runs, one earned and had six Ks … allowed eight hits and four runs with team season high seven strikeouts in no decision start vs. Troy #1 … pitched 3.1 innings allowing seven hits and four runs in no decision start vs. Oklahoma … missed start at ECU due to rain out … worked season-best 5.1 innings out of bullpen at ECU #2 … allowed three hits and one run while taking loss in 12th inning … earned first win of season vs. Oak. #3 pitching six innings allowing five hits and three runs with four Ks … collected second win at NU #3 working five innings allowing seven hits and three runs, two earned in game suspended due to darkness … picked up third win with two innings out of bullpen at EMU #1 allowing four hits and three runs, two earned … pitched seven innings for win at OSU #4 allowing four hits, three Ks and allowed three unearned runs … pitched six innings allowing six hits and one run with three Ks in win vs. Purdue #4 … worked 2.2 innings allowing six hits and five runs in no decision at MSU #4 in eventual 21-9 win … collected second career save at WMU #1 working scoreless seventh … third on team with 37 strikeouts … has 10 career wins …
Sophomore/Freshman (2006)… Named to Baseball America’s Freshman All-American second team … All-Big Ten First Team Starting Pitcher … winner of Betty Simmons Award as U-M’s Most Improved Player as voted by teammates at conclusion of season … Final pitching: 5-2, 2.22 ERA, one save in 73 innings including 16 appearances and 10 starts … led Michigan and Big Ten with the 2.22 ERA … pitched one complete game shutout and shared three other shutouts… worked two scoreless innings vs. South Alabama in career debut … allowed three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings vs. North Carolina Asheville … allowed two runs in two innings vs. Louisiana Tech … worked 3.1 scoreless innings allowing three hits with career-best five strikeouts in recording save to close out 3-0 shutout over George Washington … pitched five innings in first career start allowing four hits and one earned run vs. Oak. #4 in Fisher Stadium debut … worked four scoreless innings and retired all 11 batters faced vs. NU #3 matching career-best five Ks (12th out of inning was caught stealing of inherited runner) … pitched four-hit complete game shutout in 2-0 win at Minnesota #3 with three 1-2-3 innings and four 4-batter innings with three Ks … pitched seven innings with no decision vs. OSU #3 allowing seven hits and one run with four Ks in eventual 2-1 extra-inning win for U-M … pitched five innings allowing two hits and one run in win at Purdue #3 … worked 3.1 innings allowing four runs, two earned in no decision start at MSU #3 … took loss at Ill. #3 allowing six hits and four runs, three earned in four innings … pitched 6.2 innings allowing four hits with three Ks in 2-0 shutout win at PSU #2 … pitched seven shutout innings with career-best eight strikeouts in no decision start vs. Iowa #2 in eventual 1-0 win for U-M … pitched 6.2 innings allowing seven hits and two runs, one earned with seven strikeouts in Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern #5 … took loss in season finale vs. Vanderbilt in NCAA Atlanta Regional allowing 11 hits and four runs with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings … finished second on team with 48 Ks … had .246 overall opponent batting average, second on team and tops among U-M starters.
Freshman (2005)… Made spring trip but did not see action … red-shirted as a freshman … Summer Ball: Went 4-3 with a 2.60 ERA pitching in Great Lake League for the Grand Lake Mariners coached by Mike Stafford … summer teammate of U-M pitching staff member Brad Seddon.
Prep… Honor Roll student was member of Student Athletic Board at Carmel H.S. … earned seven varsity letters with four in baseball and three in basketball for the Greyhounds, the same school that produced former Wolverine teammate and 2005 Big Ten Pitcher-of-the-Year Jim Brauer … was NCAA ‘Stay in Bounds Ambassador’ … earned all-conference honors three seasons in baseball in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference … earned All-MIC academic honors twice … was 7-2 with 0.77 ERA and a save as a senior for head coach Eric Lentz … had streak of 37 innings without allowing a run and held opponents to .155 batting average … was named Indianapolis Star’s ‘North Player of the Year’ in Indiana … fanned 198 batters in final three seasons with career-high 75 as a senior while allowing just 17 walks … played first base and hit .300 when not on the mound … considers sophomore-year one-hitter to beat Terre Haute North against current Stanford lefty Blake Holler as high school highlight … played summer ball with Indiana Bulls for coach Dennis Kas … considers Noblesville, Ind., native and former UCLA LHP/1B Wes Whisler, a second round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox, as toughest opponent faced because ‘I could not get him out’ … greatest sports memories are pitching in national championship game of NABF in 2002 and 2004 … was 7-0 with 1.50 ERA and was named to NABF all-tournament team in 2004.
Personal… Enrolled in LS&A with psychology major … born 12-23-85 in Indianapolis, Ind. … five former teammates playing college baseball … favorites include: book – The Bible, movie – Top Gun, food – Italian, sports teams – Indianapolis Colts and Pacers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians, athlete – Randy Johnson … enjoys basketball, watching sports and hanging out with friends … most famous people met list includes Peyton Manning, Larry Bird, Bill Walton and Bob Knight … selected ‘M’ for the ‘academic and athletic excellence’ … has good luck superstition of wearing certain shirt the day before pitching.
Correy Figueroa, Infield, St. Petersburg, Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic and Collegiate Highlights: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of high school, but enrolled in St Pete College starting at shortstop. Named All Conference player. Graduated from Lincoln High School where he played second base. Played summer ball for the Midland Braves and the Florida Bombers in the 2006 Connie Mack World Series. Named 2nd team All State in High School. Twin brother, Cole, will be playing for the Cape League in Harwich.
Yan Gomes • Catcher • Tennessee • Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: Rated by Baseball America as the 143rd best high school prospect in the nation among 2006 seniors, Yan earned All-Dade Country honors as a junior in 2005. He played summer ball with the Florida Bombers and helped the club win the 2006 World Wood Bat Association 18-U National Championship. As a Tennessee Vol, Yan powered Tennessee to a 4-2 victory over Illinois Chicago with his first collegiate home run on 3/4/07, followed by a March 9th game against Siena where Gomes was 4 for 4 at the plate.
PERSONAL: Full name is Yan Gomes … Name pronounced: YON GOMES (last name rhymes with: homes) … Born July 19, 1987, in Sao Paulo, Brazil … Son of Decio and Claudia Gomes … Academic major: Sport management.
Josh Harrison, Infield, Cincinnati, Sophomore
2006 LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN
2006 ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Summer 2006: Played for the Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes League … named the co-Top Hitting Prospect in the league and was a first team all-league performer … ranked the sixth-best prospect in the GLSCL by Baseball America.
2006 Season (Freshman): Named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball … A third team All-BIG EAST selection … Led team in hitting (.367), runs (67), hits (84) and multi-hit games (27) … Finished season with career-best 15-game hitting streak. Had nine multi-hit games during stretch … Among BIG EAST leaders in runs (second), hits (sixth) and on-base percentage (5th, .473) … Tied for sixth on UC single season hits list and listed eighth in runs … Started all 58 games, drawing nods at six different positions (C, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF) … Twice put together four-hit games, including an upset win over Kentucky (3/1) … Blasted five home runs, including grand slams against Oakland (3/19) and Ball State (5/10) … Had career-high six RBI against Oakland (3/19) while scoring career-high three runs in five different games … named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 27 after batting .545 (6 for 11) in series at High Point … Ranked second on squad in stolen bases (10).
High School: A three-year letterwinner at Princeton High … twice named all-conference, including a first team selection as a senior … named to all-city team by the Cincinnati Enquirer … helped team to state final four and played in East-West All-Star Game … team MVP as a senior and a two-year captain.
Personal: Born July 8, 1987 … son of Vincent and Bonita Harrison … brother Vince played minor league baseball … is the nephew of former Major Leaguer and current Pittsburgh Pirates coach John Shelby … cousin John Shelby III starred at Kentucky and was drafted in 2006 … Academic Major: Accounting.
Honors: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2006), Topcat Scholar (2006), Bearcat Scholar (2006).
Josh Lindblom • RHP • Purdue • Sophomore
BEFORE PURDUE: Played one season at the University of Tennessee … was 4-6 with a 5.01 ERA in 17 appearances on the mound, starting 15 games … was one of the Volunteers’ weekend starters in his first collegiate season … won his first four decisions … struck out 68 batters in 88.0 innings of work … held opponents to a .264 batting average.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters at Harrison High School … named Baseball America’s top overall prospect in Indiana during his senior year … struck out 265 batters in his career, third on the Raiders’ career list … was an all-state selection as a senior, posting an 8-2 record with a 2.30 ERA … fanned 117 batters in 76 innings during his senior campaign … named the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s 2005 Big School Player of the Year … was an all-conference honoree as a sophomore, junior and senior … earned Harrison’s Top Gun Award as a sophomore and posted the low ERA on the team … was a high school teammate of Purdue pitcher Dan Sattler.
Baseball Career, Scholastic and Collegiate Highlights: This third round Houston Astros 2005 draft pick decided to attend the University of Tennessee where he was 4-6 with a 5.01 ERA in 17 appearances on the mound starting 15 games. As a Tennessee Volunteer he struck out 68 batters in 88.0 innings of work. In high school, he was named Baseball America’s top overall prospect in Indiana during his senior year, striking out 265 batters in his high school career.
Favorites: Movies – 300, Tommy Boy and Finding Nemo; Actor – Denzel Washington; Actress – Reese Witherspoon; TV Show – Heroes and Baseball Tonight; Video Games; MLB the Show and Gears of War; Music – Country and Rock; Music Group – George Strait and Three Doors Down; Food – Mac and Cheese and anything with Peanut Butter; Subject – English; Athlete – Curt Schilling; Pro Team – Boston Red Sox; Hobbies – Fishing, Hunting and Working Out.
Ryan Lollis • Outfield • Missouri • Sophomore
2006: Had two doubles in a 2-for-4 outing, adding a pair of RBI against Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 17 … recorded two hits and drove in two in the middle game of Kansas State series … had a seven-game hitting streak from April 8-May 3 … went 3-for-5 with a home run and drove in four runs against Southeast Missouri State at the Best of the Midwest in Kansas City on April 26 … was 2-for-3 with three runs scored in opener of Baylor series … added a hit in each of the next two games against Baylor … had three hits in both the opener and the finale of the three-game set with Mississippi Valley State … had four hits and drove in four runs in three games played in the Big 12 Tournament … delivered the game-winning, pinch-hit single in the 14th inning against UC-Irvine in the NCAA Regional.
High School: Was a first team all-State selection as a senior as Houston Christian High School in Houston, Texas … also was selected to the All-Houston team … earned second team All-State honors as a junior … hit .520 with 10 home runs and 57 RBI for Houston Christian … also was 10-1 on the mound with a 1.11 ERA and 106 striketouts … team won the State Championship his senior season and was ranked No. 4 in the nation by USA Today … state runners-up his junior season.
Personal: Born December 16, 1986 in Houston, Texas … son of Steve and Leslie Lollis … majoring in business at Missouri … was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th Round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.
Jordan Meaker • RHP • Dallas Baptist University
Baseball Career, Scholastic and Collegiate Highlights: This 9th round draft pick in the MLB 2005 draft was named NCAA Division I Independent Pitcher of the Week and NCAA Student-Athlete of the week for his play during February 19-24. Meaker earned this honor by compiling a 1.12 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work. As a starting pitcher he has continued to mow down the competition recently picking up his fifth victory of season with 86 innings pitched and 66 K’s overall.
Favorites: Movie – All James Bond movies; Actor – Clive Owen; Actress – Scarlett Johansson; TV Show – Baseball Tonight; Video Games – Halo 2 and Tiger Woods; Music – All Kinds; Music Groups – Linkin Park; Food – Peppercorn Steak; Pro Team – Toronto Blue Jays; Athlete – Roy Halladay; Subject – Algebra; Hobbies – Golf and Working Out.
Jonathan Piggot • Outfield • Florida • Freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: An outfielder for head coach Anthony Campanella at Seabreeze High School, Pigott earned honorable mention all-state honors in Class 5A last year…Selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round, 938th overall, of the 2006 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft…Was named the Offensive Player of the Year after hitting .430 last spring…Was a first-team all-area and first-team all-district selection as a junior…The Sandcrabs’ ’05 Defensive Player of the Year batted .353 and led his club in walks (17) and doubles (six)…Ranked seventh by Baseball America on the list of the top-20 prospects for the Class of 2006 at the East Coast Professional Showcase…Participated in the Area Code Games at the West Coast Showcase and the Florida Diamond Club Showcase and improved his SPARQ rating 10 points between August and October, 2005…The SPARQ rating is a system designed to measure sport-specific athleticism and measures the tangibles of explosiveness, power and speed….During his sophomore campaign, Pigott helped Seabreeze to the district championship by hitting a team-best .373 on his way to Offensive Player of the Year, first-team all-area and first-team all-district mention…Was a member of the National Honor Society and made the Honor Roll every semester…Earned Superintendent and Principal’s Awards for outstanding achievement.
Reese Havens, Shortstop, University of South Carolina
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four seasons at Bishop England HS under coach Mike Darnell … Named by ABCA and Baseball America as 2005 HS All-American … One of 36 high school players in the nation to play in 2005 HS All-American Baseball Game … 2005 South Carolina AA Player of the Year … 2004 and 2005 South Carolina AA All-State team … Member of 2005 SC/NC Select All-Star team … Member of 2005 South Carolina AA State Champions at Bishop England HS … Batted .530 his senior year with five HR and 48 RBI … Selected in the 29th round of 2005 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.
PERSONAL: Born David Reese Havens on 10/20/86 … Parents are Brent and Nancy Havens … Hobbies are fishing, hunting and all sports … His mom Nancy graduated from South Carolina … Favorite food is prime rib … Favorite actor is Will Ferrell … Favorite actress is Julia Roberts.
Caleb Joseph, Catcher, Lipscomb, Junior
High School: Prepped at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tenn….2005 All-State selection and also Midstate Player-of-the-Year…Tabbed All-County in 2004 while being selected as Midstate offensive Player-of-the-Year…Was a four-year starter at Franklin for coach Brent Alenbaugh.
Personal: Plans on majoring in Marketing…Chose Lipscomb because of the great coaching, facilities and atmosphere…Also recruited by Arkansas, Belmont, Tennessee, Trevecca and Vanderbilt.
Garrett Richards • RHP • Oklahoma • Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic and Collegiate Highlights: OU freshman reliever Garrett Richards was among forty players named to the midseason watch list for the third annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced on April 19, 2007. The award will be given to the top relief pitcher in Division I college baseball. Richards is tied for first in the Big 12 with nine saves. That mark already ranks in a tie for fourth place at OU for a single season and it’s tied for fifth best in a career by a Sooner. In his 19 appearances, Richards (1-0) has struck out 18 batters over 19 1/3 innings pitched. In the series finale against Texas A&M, he tossed a career-high 4 2/3 to record his first career victory. With nine saves and one win, Richards has figured into 40 percent of the Sooners’ victories this season. In high school, Garrett was named to the 2006 All-Edmond first team.
Favorites: Actor – Jason Strathorn; Actress – Amy Smart: TV Show – Family Guy; Video Games – Fifa Street; Music – Anything; Music Groups – Bone Thugs and Harmony; Food – Italian; Pro Team – Red Sox; Athlete – Nolan Ryan; Subject – English; Hobbies – Concerts.
Jason Rook • RHP • Appalachian State • Sophomore
2006: Established himself as a two-way threat, as both a weekend starter on the mound and a valuable cog in the lineup … made 16 appearances on the mound, including a team-high 15 starts … appeared in the lineup 27 times with 16 starts (15 at DH, one in RF) … led team with 66 strikeouts … tied for second on squad with four wins … did not allow an earned run in first two starts of collegiate career … in second start, Feb. 26 vs. Army, struck out an ASU season-high 11 and scattered seven hits without giving up an earned run over seven innings to earn first-career win … didn’t get second win until a month-and-a-half later, when he allowed three runs in 6.2 innings of work in 4-3 win over Western Carolina (April 1) … tossed a hitless inning in only relief appearance of the season at Virginia Tech (April 12) … evened record at 4-4 with back-to-back wins versus Wofford (5.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H — April 15) and Furman (7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 6 K) … held The Citadel (May 6) to just one run in 7.1 innings but received no decision … struck out seven and allowed just one earned run versus top-seeded Elon in SoCon Tournament (May 24) … at the plate, hit safely in nine of first 14 games (.304), but got just three hits over final 19 at-bats of the season … went season-best 3-for-3 after pinch-hitting in 13-inning win over Niagara (Feb. 25) … drove in season-best two runs in SoCon Tournament opener versus Davidson (May 23) … was named a Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League All-Star while playing for the Southern Ohio Copperheads in summer of ‘06.
High School: Named North Carolina 2-A Player of the Year following prolific senior season at Western Guilford H.S. in Greensboro … named all-state as a junior and senior … three-time all-area selection and conference MVP … ranked fourth in the state with a miniscule 0.40 ERA as a senior … enjoyed a better than 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio … hit over .400 in junior and senior seasons … participated in 2004 State Games … excelled in classroom and was nominated to attend National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. … coached by Chris Causey … was also a football standout as a wide receiver.
Personal: Full name is Jason Ryan Rook … born Aug. 28, 1987 (19 years old) … son of Debbie and Carl Rook … majoring in exercise science.
J.B. Shuck • LHP • Ohio State • Sophomore
Galion High School: Named first-team All-Ohio honors as a junior and senior … earned three-time first-team Northern Ohio League honors as well as three-time first-team all-district mention … named district MVP … a two-time member of the Mansfield News Journal team … team MVP as a junior and senior … set Team Ohio record with two triples in a game at The Sunbelt Classic … named MVP of the District 9 All-Star Game … played in the Mizuno All-Star Game … named the northwest district male athlete of the year by the Mansfield News Journal … batted .578 as a senior with a 1.011 slugging percentage and .639 on-base percentage as a senior… led the team with eight home runs, 11 doubles, two triples, 52 hits and 36 RBI … had a 1.12 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 69 innings and finished 6-2 with a pair of saves … batted .453 as a junior with six home runs and 30 RBI, while striking out 90 batters in 52.1 innings … batted .422 and had a 1.59 ERA as a sophomore and batted .429 and had a 2.91 ERA as a freshman … four-year starter and four-year letterwinner for coach Dan Gorbett and the Tigers … also won three letters in basketball and earned second-team all-league honors as a senior … served as president of the Key Club and as secretary of Teen Green his senior year … four-year member of the Spanish Club and was a member of the student council … played summer baseball for the Ohio Warhawks in 2005.
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: A very good two-way player who was quite an impact player for the Buckeyes as a Freshman. Made 15 appearances on the mound (as the Buckeyes’ No. 4 pitcher) and played another 40 games at the plate or on defense. J.B made a total of 44 starts (15 at first base, 13 in left field, 13 on the mound, two in right and one as the team’s DH), He finished 8-5 with 2.51 ERA and owned the team’s best ERA. He was second with eight victories recording 57 strikeouts in 79.0 innings and held opponents to a .253 batting average. He was 4-3 with a 2.58 ERA in conference action and at the plate, he batted a respectable .325 with 40 hits, 19 RBI and 21 runs score. He batted .319 in Big Ten play and became the ninth Buckeye to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Was also selected a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and a second team All-Big Ten honoree.
Personal: Born: June 18, 1987 … full name: Jack Burdett Shuck III … son of Jack B. Shuck II and Cindy Sheffer … has one sister, Amanda … sport and leisure studies major … also enjoys collecting baseball cards and fishing.
Christian Staehely • RHP • Princeton • Junior
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: This returning Kettleer was named to the 2007 Clemens Award Watch List as one of the top pitchers in the nation. In 2006, he appeared in 12 games for the Princeton Tigers as a starter and once in relief, and was an honorable mention All-Ivy, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.57 ERA in 73.2 innings pitched leading Princeton in wins, ERA and innings pitched. Allowed only 54 hits in 73.2 innings and struck out 59. In the summer of 2006 as a Kettleer he finished the season with a 5-1 record, and a 2.09 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched.
Favorites: Food – All; Video Games – None; Movie – The Big Lebowski; Actor – Tobias Wilson; Actress – Kate Beckinsale; TV Show – Lost; Music – Rock/Blues Rock; Music Group – Kings of Leon and Wilson Pickett; Pro Team – Houston Astros; Athlete – Craig Biggio; Subject – Psychology; Hobbies – going to Astros games, writing and recording music, live music, basketball, tennis, going to the lake or beach.
Ryan Strauss • P/OF • Florida State • Junior
2007: Named to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional All-Region team…registered a career-high for wins in a season as he posted a 10-3 record in 17 appearances including 16 starts in 2007…finished third among starters in ERA (3.40)…recorded his first win as a starter against Tennessee while working a then career-high five innings…returned to the starting rotation for the weekend series against Hofstra…earned his second start against Hofstra and topped his previous career-high with six innings pitched, a mark set in his first start against Tennessee…tied his career-high for innings pitched with six innings of work against Appalachian State…set a pair of career-highs for innings pitched (8) and strike outs (8) against Indiana…worked at least five innings in 10 of his 16 starts in 2007…shut out the Hoosiers for all eight innings and then shut out BC for seven innings in his second ACC start…allowed career-highs in hits (10) and runs (5) in suffering his first loss of the season against North Carolina…recorded his second Saturday start of the season in game two against Miami…TENNESSEE: Started the Sunday game and earned his first win as a starter working a career-high five innings allowing four runs on six hits
2006: Appeared in 58 games and made 49 starts as Florida State’s left fielder…after not taking the mound as a sophomore, Strauss could see time on the hill in 2007 for the first time since his freshman season…started the season as the third option in left but after injuries to Mark Gildea and Travis Anderson, Strauss took advantage and started 41 games in left field…his .295 average is the fifth-best among FSU’s returning starters…one of only six Seminoles with double digit doubles…had 14 extra base hits and slugged .416…stole six bases in nine attempts…hit .295 versus both lefties and righties…hit .326 with runners on base…led the team with a .444 average with the bases loaded…hit .309 with two outs and drove in 10 two-out RBIs…recorded multiple hits in 17 of his 49 starts.
Robert Stock, Catcher, USC, Freshman
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: After bypassing his senior year in high school, Robert enrolled at USC in the fall of 2006. In 2005, he was named Baseball America’s Youth Player of the year batting .456 with 25 RBIs, posting a 5-3 record with a 2.69 ERA and a fastball clocked at 95 mph. Behind the plate he committed only one error while throwing out almost 70% of all base runners. He was also named the top player in the nation while in high school by Baseball America three years in a row while maintaining a 3.8 GPA
Favorites: Food – Steak and Potatoes; Movies – Forrest Gump and Lord of the Rings; Music – Rock; Music Groups – Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana; Actor – Tom Hanks; Actress – Katherine Zeta-Jones; TV Show – South Park; Pro Team – Yankees; Athlete – Joe Mauer; Hobbies – Reading.
Jeff Ussery • Infielder • Georgia Tech • Freshman
Athletic middle infielder in his first season with the Georgia Tech program … Possesses tremendous defensive range and speed … Is a versatile offensive player that hits well from both sides of the plate … Spent the majority of the fall playing second base competing for the starting job that was vacated with the graduation of Mike Trapani.
High School: Spent two years at Hilton Head Christian Academy and a year at Hilton Head High before graduating from Heritage Academy … As part of the Heritage Academy program, spent two months playing baseball in Puerto Rico … Hit a combined .389 in his high school career … Helped his 2005 Hilton Head High team to the AAAA Region Championship with a school record 22 wins … Rated the No. 2 player in the state of South Carolina by Perfect Game USA in 2005 … Co-MVP of the 2006 Perfect Game Southeast BCS Tournament after hitting back-to-back home runs and recording seven doubles in the event … Member of the 2005 USSSA National Championship Team …. Participated in the 2005 East Coast Professional Showcase … SCISA AAA Baseball All-State Honoree in 2003 … Member of the National Honor Society, a Leadership Council Officer, and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Also played two years of basketball at Hilton Head Christian Academy.
Personal: Full name is Jeffrey Robert Ussery … Born February 9, 1987 … Son of Johnny and Genie Ussery … Mom played basketball at NC State from 1971-75 … Uncle Bob Jordan is the former Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina … Majoring in Business Management.
Ryne White • First Base-Outfield • Purdue • Sophomore
SUMMER 2006: Played for the DuPage County Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate League … one of three players honored with the Mike Schmidt MVP Award, bestowed upon the CICL’s top player … named to the league’s midseason all-star game and was a member of the postseason all-star team … played in and started 43 games … led the Dragons with a .329 batting average, collecting 52 hits in 158 at-bats … had 11 doubles and four home runs … scored 29 runs and drove home 28 … made three appearances on the mound.
FRESHMAN/2006: Earned second team All-Big Ten honors, one of three true freshmen to be named to the conference’s first and second teams … named to Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America team … played in and started 56 of team’s 58 games … second on the squad with a .352 batting average, the top average by a Purdue freshman dating back to 1964 … tied for the team lead in home runs with six … second on the team in hits (69), RBI (42) and total bases (105) … started all 32 Big Ten contests … led the Boilermakers in conference play with a .376 average, a .541 slugging percentage and a .441 on-base percentage … had 23 multiple-hit and 12 multiple-RBI games … made his collegiate debut with a 2-3 performance against North Carolina (3/3) … went 3-5 with a double and two runs scored vs. Saint Louis (3/17) … drove in four runs with three hits, including a home run, against Chicago State (3/25) … connected for a walk-off opposite-field home run against Illinois State (4/12) … hit two home runs and was 4-5 at the plate in Purdue’s 25-8 win over Indiana (4/16) … went 3-5 with two doubles and two RBI vs. Penn State (5/6) … was a perfect 3-3 at the dish with an RBI against Iowa (5/13) … reached base safely in 26 of the final 29 games of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at St. Rita of Cascia High School … was a two-time first-team all-state selection, garnering the honors as a junior and senior … batted .509 as a senior, with seven home runs and 42 RBI … hit at a .519 clip during his junior season, connecting on 14 home runs and driving in 47 runs … earned two letters in football.
Academic Major: Accounting.
Brian Wilson • Outfield-RHP • Loyola Marymount
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: In his second season with LMU, Brian is the top returner in pitching appearances (24) and top returning reliever in innings pitched (46.1) with opponents hitting just .264 off him. Week of 4/30/07, Brian was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the week in addition to posting the game winning home run to give the Lions a 5-4 lead over Santa Clara. As a freshman he played in 50 games as a pitcher, designated hitter and outfielder, and was third in batting average hitting .315. In high school, he was named the San Diego Player of the Year by the Union Tribune and the North Country Times.
Personal… Brian Matthew Wilson was born January 16, 1987, in Sacramento, CA… son of Phyllis and Raymond Wilson… father played football at Cornell… has two brothers, Raymond Jr. and Michael… also recruited by Cal State Fullerton, San Diego, University of Arizona, Arizona State and Texas Christian University…a business administration major.
Favorites: Movie – Déjà vu; Actor – Denzel Washington; Actress – Jessica Alba; TV Show – Prison Break; Video Games – Madden; Music – Hip Hop and Rap; Music Groups – G-Unit, TI and Ludacris; Food – Filet Mignon; Pro Team – Boston Red Sox; Athlete – Ken Griffey Jr.; Subject – History and Italian; Hobbies – Reading, Listening to Music and Working Out.
Matt Wright • LHP • Shippensburg • Sophomore
Baseball Career, Scholastic, and Collegiate Highlights: After finishing the 2006 season as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Rookie of the Year, Matt was selected as a pre-season All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. In 2006 he tied for second in PSAC victories (7-1). In 68 innings of work, he posted a 1.99 ERA and averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings. For the week of 4/9/07, Matt was named PSAC Western Division Pitcher of the week after limiting Indiana (PA) to one run on five hits while striking out eight. The following week Wright threw seven shutout innings against California (PA) while striking out eight and walking none. He has now improved to 7-1 in eight career starts against PSAC West opponents pitching 52 innings, and striking out 67.
Favorites: Movie – Braveheart; Actor – Mel Gibson; Actress – Eva Mendez; TV Show – Sportscenter; Music – Country; Music Group – Tim McGraw; Food – Venison and Italian; Subject – Earth Sciences; Athlete – Ryan Howard and Randy Johnson; Pro Team – Phillies; Hobbies – Hunting, Fishing, and Sports.