November 15, 2011

Signing Ceremony on Campus

Four Wildcats Sign With Division I Programs

D-1 Universities Come Calling
D-1 Universities Come Calling

Four Western Nevada College baseball student athletes signed Tuesday with Division I programs during the early signing period that began this week.

They include:
Taylor Smart - a sophomore second baseman signing with the University of Tennessee of the Southeastern Conference. He was named to the Scenic West Athletic Conference First Team last season.

“Smart hit in the two hole for most of the season and was in the top five for the conference in on-base percentage and walks,” Head Coach DJ Whittemore said. He also added nine stolen bases and 34 hits. "Taylor has really grown in the past year and a half as player, person, student, and leader. His growth is a big reason our team is confident heading into the 2012 season."

Andrew Woeck - a sophomore and right-handed pitcher signing with North Carolina State University of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

According to Whittemore, "Andrew is our top returning pitcher and someone we know we can count on to pitch big ball games. Woeck won seven games last season and pitched brilliantly in the Region XVIII championship game, including the last 6 1/3 innings of scoreless two-hit ball."

Chris Woolley - a sophomore shortstop signing with the University of San Diego of the West Coast Conference. Wooley was named to the Scenic West All-Conference First Team last season after leading the Wildcats hitting in the leadoff position. Woolley was WNC’s leading hitter, batting .337 on the season and driving in 35 runs.

"Chis was THE leader on our team last season,” Whittemore said, even though there were seven sophomores in the starting lineup. “That tells you the type of player he is right there. He is so consistent with his competitive drive that I haven’t really seen him play a poor game yet."

Alex Schmidt - a freshman third baseman who will sign with the University of Washington of the PAC-12.

"Alex turned down a couple of different D-I opportunities out of high school to come play at WNC.” Whittemore said, “so it comes as no surprise that he is signing early with a great program such as Washington. His work ethic and talent will make him a big part of our team."

The Wildcats open the 2012 season January 27 with a weekend series in Las Vegas against South Mountain Community College.

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