August 20, 2013

Baseball Reveals Recruiting Class

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker College baseball team is fresh off its trip to the NCAA Division II National Finals, and today head coach Dave Schmotzer announced his recruiting class for the 2013-14 season.

"With graduating 15 seniors, we had plenty of holes to fill," Schmotzer said. "You hope to try and replace the players you lose as best you can, and we feel that we've been successful in our recruiting efforts with this class. We're hoping to use last season's success as an impetus for another season to remember."

Schmotzer has added 25 players in all. They are as follows:

Jarren Donato, a shortstop/second baseman, is transferring from Dodge City Community College. He is originally from Northglenn, Colo.

Tyler Bires is an infielder/catcher from Lorain, Ohio. He is transferring in from Ashland University.

Dustin Russell, a catcher, is transferring from Hill Junior College. He is originally from Carthage, Texas.

Michael Orlowski, an outfielder, hails from Marilla, N.Y. He is a transfer from Niagara County Community College.

Forrest Arnold, a right-handed pitcher, is from Airport High School in West Columbia, S.C.

A right-handed pitcher, Ben Brown is from Glenville, N.Y. He attended The Albany Academy.

Scott Burnley, a utility player, is from Belton, S.C., and attended Palmetto High School.

Jacob Fraley is an outfielder from Beaufort, N.C. He attended East Carteret high School.

Bradley Gentry is a left-handed pitcher from Lyman, S.C., and attended James F. Byrnes High School.

Jacob Harvey, a first baseman, hails from North East, Md. He attended North East High School.

Josh Hayes is a utility player from Timmonsville, S.c., and went to Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School.

Josh Holcomb, an outfielder, is transferring from Stanly Community College. He is originally from Leland, N.C.

Dallas Johnson is a utility player from Asbury, N.J. He graduated from Warren Hills Regional High School.

Ray Malone, a catcher, is from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Willard, N.C.

Dan McGill is a second baseman from Ithaca, N.Y. He attended Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Fla.

Cisco Medina, a right-handed pitcher, is transferring from Kansas City Community College. He is a native of Boulder, Colo.

Ryan Milner, a right-handed pitcher, is from Coral Springs Christian Academy in Coral Springs, Fla.

Brendan Montesi is a right-handed pitcher from Clover High School in Clover, S.C.

Andrew Moore, a catcher, is transferring from East Georgia State College. He is a native of Savannah, Ga.

Cody Neal, an outfielder, is from Titusville, Fla., and attended Astronaut High School.

Matthew Prosser, a right-handed pitcher, is transferring from the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie. He is a native of Florence, S.C.

Jason Rodriguez is a right-handed pitcher from Willard, N.C. He is transferring from Finlandia University.

Evan Rybicki, a second baseman, also comes to Coker from USC Salkehatchie. He is originally from Columbia, S.C.

Thomas Spencer, a right-handed pitcher, hails from Greer, S.C. He is transferring in from Florence-Darlington Technical College.

Will Sutton, a left-handed pitcher, is from Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla.

These 25 join Adam Webb, a left-handed pitcher, who signed in April.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty, manager of athletics media relations and marketing, at 843-383-8018 or cdougherty@coker.edu.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.