August 3, 2010

McLain inks 19 for 2011

Georgia Southwestern head baseball coach Bryan McLain announced the Hurricanes 19-member signing class for the 2010-11 academic year on Tuesday.

"I am excited about this recruiting class and what each of these players can contribute both on and off the field," said McLain of the group that consists of nine transfers and 10 true freshmen.

Newcomers are: Andrew Anderson, Andrew Archer, Bray Bishop, Colby Blackburn, Gray Cardin, Les Cromer, John Duran, Trent Franzago, Stephen Gaylor, Taylor Law, Zach Moss, Kyle Nobles, Michael Snead, Matthew Suggs, Jerrod Taylor, Dylan Thigpen, Hunter Thompson, Brandon Vazquez and Matt Weaver.

"We were able to fill our needs from the loss of last year's 10 seniors," said McLain. "I think we might be a little more athletic overall, but replacing the experience of 10 seniors is always difficult.

"I can't say enough about the effort that Coach (Robert) Morgan and Coach (Nick) Tracy contributed to this year's recruiting class," added McLain. "Hopefully, this group of young men will help us build on the accomplishments of last season."

Southwestern's 2010 campaign came to a close after a memorable run in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, where the 'Canes were defeated in the championship game and finished a win shy of the NCAA Division II Regionals.

GSW posted program bests in overall wins (29), home wins (17), conference wins (12), batting average (.311), doubles (93), home runs (32), slugging percentage (.431), on-base percentage (.413), runs (359), stolen bases (95) and earned run average (5.53) since joining the NCAA in 2007.

GSW Baseball 2011 Recruiting Class

Transfers:

Andrew Anderson
Position: 3B/OF
Year: Junior
Previous School: South Georgia College
 
Andrew Archer
Position: OF
Year: Junior
Previous School: Brookdale Community College (N.J.)

Bray Bishop
Position: RHP
Year: Junior
Previous School: South Georgia College

Gray Cardin
Position: RHP
Year: Junior
Previous School: Middle Georgia College

John Duran
Position: SS
Year: Sophomore
Previous School: Darton College

Trent Franzago
Position: RHP
Year: Junior
Previous School: Georgia Southern University

Jerrod Taylor
Position: C
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Previous School: Darton College

Brandon Vazquez
Position: RHP
Year: Junior
Previous School: Lake Sumter Community College (Fla.)

Matt Weaver
Position: LHP
Year: Junior
Previous School: Darton College

Freshmen:

Colby Blackburn
Position: OF
High School: Terrell Academy (Ga.)

Les Cromer
Position: SS
High School: Crisp Academy (Ga.)

Stephen Gaylor
Position: OF
High School: Rome (Ga.)

Taylor Law
Position: 1B
High School: Schley County (Ga.)

Zach Moss
Position: OF
High School: Harris County (Ga.)

Kyle Nobles
Position: 2B
High School: Wayne County (Ga.)

Michael Snead
Position: C
High School: Lamar County (Ga.)

Matthew Suggs
Position: LHP/OF
High School: Lee County (Ga.)

Dylan Thigpen
Position: 1B
High School: Central Carrollton (Ga.)

Hunter Thompson
Position: RHP
High School: Wayne County (Ga.)

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