Central Oklahoma baseball coach Dax Leone has added 10 players to the roster for 2014, including two from Murray State College’s national championship team.
The Bronchos gained eight junior college transfers in Josh Ingram and Jared Sterling from Murray, Andrew Davis and Tyler Hatcher from Labette Community College (Kan.), Ethan Elroy from Cowley County Community College (Kan.), Tanner Ferrell from Ranger College (Texas), Jake O’Brien from Neosho County Community College (Mo.) and Dylan Raper from Seminole State College. Caleb Lee from Baker College (Kan.) and Phillip Wilson from Oklahoma State are also transferring to UCO.
“We’re really excited about this class for a variety of reasons, one being that this will mark our first full year with all of our own players,” said Leone, who is 85-59 in three years at the helm. “This group is pretty physical across the board and they will all compete right away for quality playing time.
“The depth we have created in our three years here is exciting and we feel it’s vital to have that when competing at the highest level in college baseball.”
The Bronchos went 30-19 this spring for their second straight 30-win season, tying for third in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association standings.
A look at UCO’s signees:
Andrew Davis • 5-8 • 150 • Junior • Pitcher • Andrews, Texas/Labette CC
District MVP and All-State pick at Andrews High School . . . Played two years at Labette . . . Appeared in 14 games with four starts in 2013, going 3-1 with a 3.99 earned run average while striking out 30 and walking just eight in 47 1/3 innings.
Ethan Elroy • 6-3 • 235 • Junior • Outfield • Marlow/Cowley CC
Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Stater as a senior at Marlow High School . . . Hit 52 home runs during prep career . . . Played two years at Cowley . . . Helped lead team to 45-11 record in 2013, hitting .321 with five doubles.
Tanner Ferrell • 5-11 • 170 • Junior • Pitcher • Moore/Ranger College
Played at Moore High School . .. Spent two years at Ranger . . . Pitched in 21 games with one start in 2013, going 2-5 with four saves while striking out 27 in 35 2/3 innings.