Special to The Sun
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.
Tyler Hatcher • 5-11 • 190 • Junior • Outfield • Willis, Texas/Labette CC
All-District selection at Willis High School . . . Played two years at Labette . . . Had a .321 average in 2013 with seven doubles, two home runs and 16 runs batted in while going perfect in the field with 44 putouts and one assist.
Josh Ingram • 5-10 • 175 • Junior • Infield • Allen, Texas/Murray State
Two-time All-District pick at Allen High School, hitting. 451 as a junior and .404 as a senior . . . Played two years at Murray . . . Helped lead the Aggies to the NJCAA Division II national championship in 2013, hitting .325 with 15 doubles, five home runs, two triples and 57 runs batted in . . . Was named the conference tournament MVP.
Caleb Lee • 6-0 • 180 • Junior • Pitcher • Oklahoma City/Baker
Two-time All-District selection at Putnam City High School . . . Played two years at Baker . . . Was a tough-luck 1-7 for the NAIA-member Wildcats in 2013 despite a 2.43 earned run average, striking out 36 in 59 1/3 innings.
Jake O’Brien • 6-0 • 200 • Junior • First Base • Tulsa/Neosho
Two-time Tulsa World All-Metro and two-time All-Conference choice at Bishop Kelley High School . . . Spent freshman year at Oral Roberts before playing at Neosho in 2013 . . . Had a .304 average with 14 doubles, four home runs and 34 runs batted in to help lead the Panthers to a fifth-place national finish in the juco World Series.
Dylan Raper • 5-10 • 150 • Junior • Outfield • Glenpool/Seminole State
Three-time All-Conference and two-time Tulsa World All-Metro selection at Glenpool High School, earning All-State honors as a senior . . . Had .540 career average with 106 stolen bases and 21 home runs . . . Batted .271 with 10 doubles and nine steals in 2013 at Seminole in helping the Trojans to a 39-18 record.
Jared Sterling • 6-0 • 200 • Junior • Utility/Pitcher • Silo/Murray State
Played on five fall and spring state championship teams at Silo High School, earning All-District acclaim as a senior after hitting .339 with five homers and going 10-0 on the mound . . . Played two years at Murray and helped lead the Aggies to the NJCAA Division II national title in 2013 . . . Was named to the Region Two and national tournament all-tournament teams . . . Had a .311 average for the year with 10 doubles, six home runs, two triples and 37 runs batted in . . . Went 4-0 with a 2.56 earned run average in 16 games on the mound, striking out 25 in 38 2/3 innings.
Phillip Wilson • 6-1 • 190 • Senior • Cushing/Oklahoma State
All-Stater as a senior at Cushing High School after going 9-2 while also hitting .477 with 12 home runs . . . Played two years at Cowley County, going 6-3 with a 4.09 earned run average as a freshman and 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 29 innings as a sophomore . . . Transferred to OSU and sat out the 2012 season to injury, then went 1-1 with one start for the Cowboys in 2013.