Four pitchers from the Western Nevada Community College baseball team signed letters of intent today, on the first day of the National Letter of Intent Signing period, to play for NCAA Division One schools next year. Justin Garcia signed with University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dan Grubbs with University of New Mexico, and Stephen Sauer and Cole Rohrbough with Arizona State University.
"These players are all from our first-ever recruiting class and I'm very proud of them," said Wildcats Head Coach D.J. Whittemore. "Signing with such high profile programs is a big deal for them and for our program as well."
Starting pitcher Garcia finished last year with a 1.77 earned run average, an 8-4 record, six complete games, 83 innings pitched, 60 strikeouts, and a .209 opponents' batting average. He led the Wildcats in wins, complete games (six), innings pitched, and strikeouts, and was tied with Rohrbough for most games started (14). He is a graduate of Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas.
Grubbs ended his season with a 1.26 earned run average, a 3-0 record, 36 strikeouts, 11 walks, and 32.2 innings pitched. He led his team in earned run average, appearances (24), and lowest opponents' batting average (.183). He was the only relief pitcher named to the Scenic West Athletic Conference All-Region Team. Grubbs is a graduate of McQueen High School in Reno.
Starting pitcher Rohrbough finished with a 3.23 earned run average, a 5-3 record, 56.1 innings pitched, 52 strikeouts, and a .219 opponents' batting average. He
was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round, 670 overall, of this year's major league baseball draft. The Braves will retain his rights until next year. He is a graduate of North Medford High School in Medford, Ore. Rohrbough chose ASU over several schools including Oregon State, the 2006 NCAA national champions.
Relief pitcher Sauer ended the season with a 2.57 earned run average, a 5-1 record, 18 appearances, 46.1 innings pitched, and 31 strikeouts. He led the Wildcats in saves with four. Sauer graduated from Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas and was originally a walk-on at WNCC.
"We have to give credit to our pitching coaches, Kevin Edwards and Dennis Banks, for orchestrating their development from un-recruited high school pitchers into nationally-recognized pitchers," said Whittemore. "And we certainly don't want to minimize the effort the players put into their own development."
The inaugural season for the WNCC baseball team was a big hit as the Wildcats finished with a 37-18 overall record, a Scenic West Athletic Conference Championship, and a Top 20 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association's final poll. The spring 2007 season begins January 26.
Press Release: November 8, 2006
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