August 21, 2009

Wildcats Earn Perfect 11 For 11 Score

Every Sophomore Baseball Player Earns Scholarship

A college baseball team that has only been in existence for four years would usually be light on recognition and tradition, but Western's ballplayers are being eagerly sought by teams that play in the top conferences in the country, and with good reason. This past season, the Wildcats set school records for most number of wins, 48; winning percentage, .774; and number of players who signed with NCAA Division I colleges.

"All 11 sophomores signed scholarships to continue their education and baseball careers at the four-year level," Coach DJ Whittemore said. "Helping players accomplish their goals and having them earn athletic and academic scholarships is what Western Nevada baseball is all about."

Nine players signed with Division I colleges this year, including those in the Southeastern Conference, PAC-10 and Big 12, not to mention the Mountain West, the Western Athletic Conference and the South West Athletic Conference. Records set by the 2009 Wildcats, and their third place showing in the Junior College World Series, have drawn a lot of attention to the college. In addition to the Division I colleges, three other Wildcats have signed with NAIA programs.

A roster of Western players and their new colleges: Travis Feiner, University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Lance Ray, University of Kentucky; and Mike Long, Prairie View A&M.

Previously signed from the class of 2009: Logan Odom, University of Southern California; Brian Barnett, University of Nevada, Reno; Jerome Pena, Texas Christian University; Kyle Starratt, Texas Christian University; Josh Moody, Arizona State University; Daniel Zylstra (freshman), Oklahoma State

NAIA colleges: Javy Perez, Vanguard University; Marshall Kennebrew, Point Loma Nazarene University; Brett Moravec, Viterbo University

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