CSU's Murray announces six additions in baseballJuly 1, 2005
By CSU Sports Information
|Head Coach Jason Murray|
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern University head baseball coach Jason Murray announced the addition of six players to his program on Wednesday, including four junior college players and a pair of outstanding high school prospects.
"We’re very excited about the six young men who have agreed to join our program and help us win a Big South Conference championship," said Murray. "Not only do these young men have the talent and athleticism to help us win on the field, but all of them are quality young men who will be a credit to Charleston Southern University."
Murray added that several more commitments and signings will be announced in the coming weeks.
"The work of our assistant coaches, Mike Scolinos and Brian Hoop, is really starting to pay off as we put together a strong class for the upcoming year," said the second-year coach.
This current list includes infielder/outfielder Wes Brundridge of Garden City Community College; left-handed pitcher Ryan Rowland, also of Garden City; catcher Jamison Armstrong of Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas; left-handed pitcher Chris Widing of Young Harris College; infielder/pitcher Brandon Roberts of Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; and left-handed pitcher Mike Mead of Seminole Community College.
Brundridge, a native of Willard, Missouri, spent the last two seasons at Garden City, helping the Broncos to a 41-17 record and finishing one game shy of the Junior College World Series. As team captain, Brundridge finished the season with a .337 batting average, three homeruns and 36 RBI.
"Wes is coming from a very successful junior college program that has great respect around the country. He brings with him the ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. His strong work ethic and desire to be a champion is a characteristic that we want in our program," said Murray.
Rowland, of Lawrence, Kansas also played two years also at Garden City. He finished the 2005 season with a 5-4 record, an ERA of 2.87, and 52 strikeouts.
"Ryan is an outstanding person and player with lots of experience on the mound. He brings with him a championship background and the ability to help the CSU Baseball program move to a higher level," said Murray.
Armstrong was the starting catcher for the 2004 and 2005 District Champions at Naaman Forest, earning All-District honors as a senior. He posted a combined batting average of .408 with 27 RBI and 29 stolen bases over the last two seasons. Armstrong is a member of the National Honor Society, a Texas Scholar, and named to the Who’s Who Among High School Students-Athletes.
"JT is the type of person and player that we are looking for in a CSU student and catcher. A fierce competitor with several tools to work with behind the plate; strong arm, good receiving skills and blocking ability. JT will be valuable addition to the CSU program," said Murray.
Widing, who hails from Dallas, Georgia, helped one of the top junior colleges in the nation to a #2 national ranking and a 51-11 record in 2005. Chris posted a 3-0 record in his four starts and is getting better each year. Widing was a 48th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves out of high school.
"Chris is a special young man who will bring a championship attitude and work ethic to Charleston Southern. Chris is ready to make the next step in his career as a Buccaneer," said Murray.
Mead, originally from Worthington, Ohio, posted a record of 3-3 and one save in helping Seminole to a 39-20 record in 2005.
"Mike exemplifies a Buccaneer student-athlete. He is a first-class person. I believe Mike is going to be a special addition to our program because he is getting better each year and his best days are still ahead of him," said Murray.
Roberts comes to CSU as a 4-year varsity starter for Wando High and the starting shortstop for the Pro Level Sports travel team based out of Charleston. In addition to his skills on the diamond, Roberts is a three-year member of the National Honor Roll , a South Carolina High School League Scholar Athlete, and Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
"Brandon brings a tremendous amount of versatility to the CSU baseball program. He has the ability to play either middle infield position and is just starting to realize his abilities and talents as a pitcher. Brandon will be a great addition to the Buccaneer family and we are looking forward to having him be a student-athlete here at CSU," said Murray.