Nine Players Moving On at Universities
Western Nevada College baseball players continue to draw the interest of top universities and athletics programs. In recent weeks, three more Wildcats student athletes have signed letters of intent to play at the university level - two at NCAA Division I schools, and another at a Top 25 NAIA university.
Infielder Spencer Ofelt, who led WNC in batting average this spring and was the Wildcats' Offensive Player of the Year, will join national powerhouse California State University-Fullerton. Catcher Chris Sinclair will head back to his home state and join Louisiana Lafayette, a university with a top-ranked baseball team that recently participated in the College World Series.
Pitcher Jeff Barto will take the mound next year at Campbellsville University in Kentucky, an NAIA powerhouse that is consistently ranked in the Top 25.
Wildcats Coach DJ Whittemore said that in the past two years, WNC players have signed to play at schools in eight of the premiere national conferences for baseball - ACC, Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, Mountain West, Pac-10, SEC, and WAC. "In fact, all eight 2010 College World Series teams come from these conferences," he said.
Three former Wildcats are playing in their second college World Series this year. Kyle Starratt and Jerome Pena are both at Texas Christian University, and Josh Moody of Arizona State University, are competing this year in the NCAA College World Series after playing together on the 2009 Wildcats team that placed third in the NJCAA World Series.
In all, nine 2010 Wildcats are moving on to play at universities, including Kramer Champlin - Arizona State University; Jake Waardenburg - University of Pacific; Jeremy Gendlek - Utah Valley University; David Carroll - University of Maryland; Jordan Lewis - University of Houston; and Riley Bevill - New Mexico State University.
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