Baseball adds new signees for 2012 season
Campbell University head baseball coach Greg Goff announces the signing of 13 additional players who joined the baseball program in the late signing period. These individuals will join the four players who joined the Camel program in the early signing period as the team begins fall practice in preparation for the 2012 season.
Austin Beard is an infielder who comes to Buies Creek from Hibriten High School in Lenoir, N.C. where he played for coach Terry Henthorne. Beard batted .424 his senior season with 17 RBI, 20 runs scored, eight doubles and one home run. The National Honor Society member was also nine-for-nine in stolen base attempts. In addition to being named to the all-conference and all-county teams, Beard also was selected as the Hibriten HS male athlete-of-the-year.
Michael DeLucia is a catcher/infielder out of Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Fla. The Hollywood, Fla. native batted .302 with 37 RBI, two home runs and a .407 on base percentage a year ago for the BCC Titans under the direction of coach Ernie Rosseau.
Paul Eyster is a left-handed pitcher who joins the Camels from Cecil Community College in North East, Md. A native of Selinsgrove, Penn., Eyster amassed a 10-2 record with a 2.77 ERA for the Cecil Seahawks in 2011. Eyster led coach Charlie O'Brien's team to its first-ever NJCAA Division II World Series and was the winning pitcher in Cecil's victory at the World Series. For the season, Eyster registered 105 strikeouts in 87.2 innings pitched, giving up 79 hits and 20 walks. His 1.30 K/IP ratio was ranked 11th on the NJCAA Division II charts.
Mike Felton is a product of GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. Felton is an infielder who batted .374 with 38 RBI, 40 runs scored, seven doubles and three triples last season. The Chandler, Ariz. native was also 21-for-24 on stolen base attempts. While playing for coach Rob Shabansky, Felton received such accolades as, first-team NJCAA D-II All-Region and second-team All-ACCAC (all divisions), while helping guide his team to its first-ever NJCAA D-II World Series.
Brent Graham is an infielder from Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. Graham earned first team All-West Region honors after batting .326 with 25 RBI and 23 runs scored. He also amassed a .421 on base percentage with eight doubles and four triples during the 2011 season. Playing under coach Kelly Smith, he earned second team All-NWAACC honors.
Michael Griffin joins the Campbell program as a left-handed pitched from Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, N.C. Griffin went 5-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 2011, striking out 47 batters in 71.2 innings pitched while giving up 71 hits. The Buies Creek native played for coach Chris Kiec at Wake Tech CC.
Andrew Jacobsen is a right-handed pitcher who joins the Camels out of Pierce College in Puyallup, Wash., which is also his hometown. While at Pierce, Jacobsen earned a 7-2 record this past season with a 1.82 ERA, and 39 strikeouts versus 18 walks in 61.2 innings pitched while giving up 46 hits. Under the direction of coach Michael Nadeau, Jacobsen was named to the All-West Region second-team.
Wes Jenkins comes to Buies Creek out of Bishop Ireton High School in Washington, D.C. An infielder, Jenkins had a .325 batting average, .455 on base percentage and two home runs a season ago while converting eleven of 13 stolen base attempts. The team captain was also an all-conference honorable mention recipient while playing for coach Mike Gallagher.
Ben McQuown is a native Hawaian who joins the Camel program by way of Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. While playing for coach Kelly Smith at Lower Columbia last season, McQuown batted .402 with 22 runs score, 14 RBI and three doubles while also tallying a .504 on base percentage. McQuown was named to the first-team All-NWAACC and third-team Pacific Division All-American team thanks to his efforts on the field.
David Olson played both infield and pitcher at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash. last season. Under the direction of coach Ryan Mummert, Olson batted .318 with seven doubles, four home runs and 32 RBI at the plate, while holding a 1.86 ERA with five saves from the mound. His versatility helped him receive first-team All-West region honors and he was rated the 175th best player in the country coming out of high school by PGCrosschecker.com. Olsen was also named to the second team All-NWAACC.
Nick Ray is an infielder out of Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss. The Gulfport, Miss. native helped his team to its first-ever NJCAA D-II World Series, where he was named to the All-World Series team. Playing for coach Christian Ostrander, Ray accumulated a .306 batting average with eleven doubles, four home runs, 42 RBI and 36 runs.
Cam'ron Summers comes to Buies Creek as an infielder out of Connors State College in Warner, Okla. The Muskogee, Okla. native played for coach Perry Keith at Connors State, where he batted .371 with 35 RBI, ten doubles and 21 walks this past season.
Coley Thompkins joins the Camel program from Hoggard High School in Wilmington, N.C. where he was an All-State selection, first-team all-conference selection and a Star-News All-Area selection. Thompkins was 7-1 with two saves, a 1.90 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched. At the plate, Thompskins batted .443 with 21 doubles (second all-time in state history) and 31 RBI while playing for coach Gerald St. Leger.
"We feel this recruiting class addresses the immediate needs that we have as a baseball program, and we look forward to the players' arrival on campus as they begin their student-athlete experience here at Campbell," coach Goff said. "I am very appreciative of our recruiting coordinator Justin Haire and assistant coach Rick McCarty for the hard work and effort that they put into recruiting each of these accomplished players."
"These 17 incoming players are going to be counted on to help return Campbell Baseball to the top of the Big South Conference. The combination of returners and newcomers is going to be very exciting, and we cannot wait to get to work."