BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Coming off a record-setting season on the diamond, Campbell head baseball coach Greg Goff announced the signing of five newcomers, rounding out his 11-man 2012-13 class.
"These five young men will be joining six outstanding student-athletes that committed to us in the fall, and we could not be more excited about our 11-man class," said Goff. "Coming off the record-setting year that we had last year, we are counting on these 11 guys to help continue that momentum, and propel us even further into the postseason."
Joining the CU recruiting class will be Matt Nadolski (Petaluma, Calif. / Santa Rosa JC), Elijah Trail (Bakersfield, Calif. / Bakersfield College), Trevor Lane (North Bend, Wash. / Mount Si HS), Matthew Parrish (Angier, N.C. / West Johnston HS) and Trey Kennen (St. Augustine, Fla. / Nease HS).
With the five additions, the new group of Camels, who hail from seven different states, includes four pitchers and seven position players, with four playing multiple positions.
Nadolski will come to Campbell from Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif., where he played as a left-handed pitcher and outfielder for two seasons. The Petaluma, Calif. native posted a 4-1 record on the mound with a 2.20 ERA and 45 punchouts in 49 innings for an 8.27 strikeouts per game average.
"Matt is a very talented, very athletic dual player that will be counted on to make an immediate impact both at the plate and on the mound for us," said Goff. "He has worked hard to get the chance to be a special player at this level, and we feel like he will be a great fit for our system here at Campbell."
Nadolski also hit .287 at the plate with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBI in 24 games. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 32nd round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Nadolski was ranked as the 143rd best prospect nationally, 30th in the state of California, and the No. 21 left-handed pitcher in the country by Perfect Game Crosschecker. The 6-foot-2 pitcher and outfielder was also named a Rawlings Third Team All-American and California First Team All-Region as a senior in high school in 2009.
Trail, a 6-foot-3 infielder from Bakersfield, Calif, joins the Camels after a stellar two-year career at Bakersfield College. Trail posted a .291 average with 10 doubles, five home runs, 32 RBI and 28 runs scored in 37 games last season for the Renegades, also fielding at a .974 clip at third base.
"Elijah is a big, physical third baseman that brings both strength and athleticism to the middle of our order," said Goff. "He has those intangibles that good players exhibit, and will be a big asset to the left side of our infield next spring. He has also been an excellent student in the classroom, and will be a great representative for our program and the university."
Perfect Game Crosschecker ranked Trail as the nation's 65th best junior college prospect in the 2012 class, and named the future Camel to its Top-30 JUCO Draft Prospect list for California. Trail earned 2012 All-Western State Conference South Honorable Mention and league Gold Glove honors last season, also picking up California Community College Baseball Coaches Association All-Academic and Bakersfield College Male Scholar Athlete of the Year accolades.
Parrish, a local standout from West Johnston High School, is a 5-foot-11 catcher from Angier, N.C. Parrish led West Johnston to a 2012 conference championship and a 19-4 record as a senior, earning First Team All-State and Greater Neuse River Conference Player of the Year honors.
"Matt is a local product that we first saw at one of our camps last winter, and we were immediately impressed with his maturity and advanced skills behind the plate," said Goff. "Being from just up the road, it was a natural fit for Matt to come to Campbell, and we are thrilled that he chose to be part of our program. Having been named both conference player of the year and valedictorian of his graduating class, Matt exemplifies what we look for in Campbell baseball student-athletes."
Parrish, a two-time First Team All-GNRC and Offensive Player of the Year, hit .465 in 2012 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI in 23 contests
Lane comes to Buies Creek after completing a standout prep resume at Mount Si High School in North Bend, Wash. as a left-handed pitcher and outfielder. The 6-foot two-way player was named the 2012 Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year, awarded to only 48 nationally. Lane posted a 7-1 record on the mound as a senior with 72 strikeouts in 48.2 innings and a 2.01 ERA, also batting .444 with nine doubles, 21 RBI and 25 runs scored in 24 games.
"Trevor is one of the most highly recognized high school recruits that we have brought to Campbell, having been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Washington as a senior," said Goff. "His versatility will give him a very good opportunity to make an immediate impact early in his career. We are very excited that he decided to join our program and look forward to helping him make his mark on the Camel baseball program."
Lane was a two-time First Team All-State honoree, earning All-West Region Second Team accolades in 2012. He was also named to the National Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American list in 2010 and 2011. After leading Mount Si to a 3A state championship as a junior and a state semi-finals appearance during his senior campaign, Lane was ranked No. 500 nationally, 87th at his position and 11th in the state of Washington by Perfect Game Crosschecker.
Kennen will join the CU baseball program after earning seven varsity letters as a three sport athlete at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The St. Augustine, Fla. native lettered three seasons in basketball, two in football and two in baseball, serving as captain of the NHS football team as a senior. Kennen's father, Bobby, was an assistant coach with the Camels' men's basketball program from 2005-09, and is now the lead assistant at North Florida.
"Trey is a kid that we have known for years," said Goff. "He grew up here at Campbell before he moved down to Florida, and had a very successful athletic and academic career at Nease. It is rare these days to see many kids that play three sports at the varsity level, especially at a school with the reputation that Nease has. We feel like Trey will have a chance to help us early in his career on the mound and that his athleticism will help him develop in all other areas now that he will be concentrating on baseball alone. He is an outstanding young man, and we can't wait to have him as part of the Campbell baseball family."
The 6-foot right-handed pitcher and outfielder posted a 1-1 record with four saves in 14 appearances, striking out 26 in 20 innings with a 2.45 ERA. Kennen limited opposing batters to a .123 average, surrendering just nine hits in 20 frames as a senior.
The group joins Will Albertson (Archdale, N.C.), Colby Fox (Weaverville, N.C.), John Reilly (Great Falls, Mont.), Jesse Simmons (Ash, N.C.), Ryan Thompson (Turner, Ore.) and Aaron Vogt (Wildwood, Mo.), who signed with the Camels in November.
"Once again, recruiting coordinator Justin Haire and pitching coach Rick McCarty have scoured the globe looking to bring in the absolute best players that we can, and it shows with the fact that we have seven different states represented in this class," added Goff. "We are going to continue to stay committed to going anywhere we have to in order to find the best fits for our school and program."
The Fighting Camels broke 10 single season team records in 2012, including a program-best 41 overall wins. Campbell also produced several new program highs with games played (59), at-bats (2038) and sacrifice hits (60), finishing 2012 with a national top-10 team ranking in batting average, runs scored, hits, stolen bases, on base percentage and hit by pitch.
Campbell's return to the Big South Conference was highlighted by the club leading the league in hitting with a .314 batting average en route to a 15-9 second place regular season finish. The Camels also boasted a 23-3 start and an 18-game winning streak, both marking the best in CU program history.