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BASEBALL: 2007 Signing Class Announced   printer  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has released his signing class for 2007. Collins served as the recruiting coordinator as an assistant coach for the previous four seasons, but this is Collins’ first class as the head coach for the Trojans.

This group features 14 total players, with five coming from the high school ranks and nine transferring from community colleges. This is the largest class in recent history, and features some top players from eight different states.

Middle Tennessee Products
Ben Johnson: Overton High School, left-handed pitcher
Cody Pomeroy: Harpeth High School, catcher
Chase Birdwell: Harpeth High School, shortstop
Brent Amburn: Station Camp High School, left-handed pitcher
Ross Muirhead: Motlow State Community College, infielder
Brian Dirheimer: Columbia State Community College, catcher
Marty Parks: Hiwassee Community College, outfielder
Wesley Griggs: Jackson State Community College, left-hander pitcher
Cody Heggie: Jackson State Community College, first baseman

National Recruits
Blake Frazier: Little Rock, Arkansas - shortstop/second baseman
Charlie Thompson: St. Catherine’s Community College, Kentucky  - right-handed pitcher
Drew Durossette: Cuesta Community College, California - right-handed pitcher
Aaron Bree: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Arizona – shortstop
Nathan Wright: Meridian Community College, Mississippi - outfielder

“I can’t say enough about the job that Jonathan Burton and Aaron Smith have done in putting this class together,” Trevecca coach Chris Collins said. “Championships aren’t won on paper, and they definitely aren’t won in July, but they have assembled some pretty good talent, and have given us what we need to defend our TranSouth Championship, and hopefully reach another NAIA Regional.”

“Each one of these players is here for several reasons; they are high character individuals, they are team-first type players, and they knew Trevecca was the best fit for them. Don’t get me wrong we have plenty of work to do, but with the group of returning guys we have, I couldn’t be more excited about this team than I am right now. It should be an exciting year.”


NASHVILLE OVERTON’S JOHNSON INKS WITH TROJANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has announced the signing of Overton High School left-handed pitcher Ben Johnson. Johnson has been a member of the Overton baseball team for four years, posting a combined 17-3 record in four seasons. He has been noted as one of the top high school pitchers in middle Tennessee, posting a 9-3 record with 141 strikeouts in 75 IP during his senior campaign. Johnson was named to the TBCA All-State second team in 2007. Ben plays his summer baseball with the Brentwood Bulldogs where he currently holds a 4-2 record.

“I feel like we have signed the best left-handed high school pitcher in our area with Ben,” stated Collins. “He has a chance to be one of the best young arms in our conference, and he has a very bright future on the mound. He works hard in the classroom, and is a great teammate off the field. We are thrilled to have a guy like Ben in our program.”

HARPETH HIGH SCHOOL DUO TO PLAY FOR TREVECCA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has announced the signing of Harpeth High School catcher Cody Pomeroy and shortstop Chase Birdwell. Pomeroy had a great senior season for the Indians, hitting .464 with five homeruns and 43 RBI. He was also selected to the All-District, All-Region, and TBCA Second Team All-State teams. Pomeroy currently plays with the Columbia Post 19 American Legion Team.

“Cody has the chance to be the future for us behind the plate. He is an above average freshman catcher, and his offensive game should adjust quickly to the college level,” said Collins. “He is an extremely hard worker and will fit right in with our style of play.”

Chase Birdwell comes to Trevecca after having an excellent senior season at Harpeth High School where he hit .439 with 16 doubles, three triples, three homeruns, and 32 RBI. He was selected to the All-District, All-Region, and TBCA Second Team All-State teams. Birdwell also plays summer baseball with the Columbia Post 19 American Legion team.

“Chase has developed extremely well as a shortstop over the last year. He has great range and very smooth hands. He is as sure-handed a high school shortstop as we have ever signed at Trevecca,” said Collins. “He will have a chance to help us right away. He is another high character kid that will do what the team asks of him.”

STATION CAMP’S AMBURN SIGNS WITH TREVECCA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins is pleased to announce the signing of Brent Amburn, a left-handed pitcher from Station Camp High School. Amburn posted a 5-3 record with a 1.71 ERA during his senior season. Amburn has posted an 8-1 record over the last two summers pitching for the River Rats of the Sandlott Wood Bat League, a college-level summer league in the Nashville area.

“We are pleased to get a left-handed pitcher with the upside that Brent has,” said Collins. “We have seen over the years that pitchers that do what he does-tend to have tons of success in our conference and region. He is a team first guy, and fits in well with our program.”
 ARKANSAS PREP STANDOUT CHOOSES TREVECCA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins is pleased to announce the signing of Blake Frazier. Frazier comes to Trevecca from Little Rock, Ark. where he had an incredible senior season. The shortstop/second baseman hit .420 with 43 stolen bases, and three homeruns. Frazier was chosen as an All-Conference, All-State, and All-Arkansas Top 20 selection. His 43 stolen bases led the state of Arkansas.

Frazier’s older brother currently plays for Wake Forest. Both his parents attended Olivet Nazarene University near Chicago.

“We are really excited about having Blake in the program,” stated Collins. “He fits perfectly into our offensive scheme, and he is a tough, hard-nosed player. He is a quiet leader who possesses great character, and will be a fantastic ambassador for our program. Blake Frazier will leave a mark on TNU before his career is over.”

SAINT CATHERINE HURLER TO PLAY FOR TROJANS

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins is pleased to announce the signing of Charlie Thompson. The right-handed pitcher comes to Trevecca after posting a 1.97 ERA in 54.2 innings this past season while at St. Catherine’s Community College in Kentucky. He struck out 75 batters while walking only 26 and posting a 5-3 record. He was used primarily as a conference starter during his two seasons at Saint Catherine’s.

 “Charlie has the ability to come in and compete for a weekend job,” stated Collins. “As impressive as his numbers were this past year, it is his competitive nature on the mound that makes him more impressive. He has an iron will, and rarely fails when it matters most. We are very excited to have Charlie in the purple and white.”
CALIFORNIA PRODUCT INKS WITH TREVECCA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has signed junior right-handed pitcher Drew Durossette for the 2007-08 season. Used mainly in a set-up role at Cuesta Community College, Durossette will be called upon to be a spot starter while providing needed depth in the bullpen for weekend series. He has the capability of making a significant impact in the Trojan pitching staff both as a starter and reliever.

“Drew didn’t get the opportunity he deserved in junior college out in California,” said Collins. “He is plenty capable of coming in and getting outs for us. He has great command of three pitches, and really competes on the mound. He puts the team’s success ahead of his own, and he will be a great addition to our staff. I know he will have a great career at TNU.”

COLUMBIA STATE STANDOUT HEADING TO TNU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has signed catcher Brian Dirheimer for the upcoming season. Dirheimer had a fantastic season under first year head coach Kelly Bratton at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. He hit .346 with 11 doubles, 11 homeruns, and drove in 44 runs. Dirheimer was the everyday catcher for the Chargers which finished third in the 2007 TJCCAA State Tournament.

 “We have had a very good run of great catchers here at Trevecca over the last few years,” said Collins. “It is one position you need a lot of depth because of the beating you can take. Brian is an offensive-minded catcher that can really produce for us at the plate. He works hard defensively and throws very well. He is a tough competitor that will make our catching corps very strong.”

CHANDLER-GILBERT SHORTSTOP COMMITS TO TREVECCA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has signed junior shortstop Aaron Bree from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona. Bree comes to Trevecca after hitting .372 with six doubles and three triples, while driving in 29 runs. He also posted a .429 On-base percentage in the JUCO association which is an all wood-bat league.

“We were going to have a tough time replacing what we lost at shortstop the last couple of years. To sign a player of Aaron’s caliber is a huge boost for us,” stated Collins. “He is an older kid with lots of experience playing baseball at a very high level. He handles the bat well, and makes the routine play defensively. He is a high character kid with an infectious work ethic. He will make a huge impact right away in our program.”

NATHAN WRIGHT COMING TO TNU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins is pleased to announce the signing of junior outfielder Nathan Wright. Wright comes to Trevecca from Meridian Community College in Mississippi. He helped lead his team to an impressive 41-15 record while capturing the team’s fifth straight Central Division Championship. Wright hit .330 with four homeruns and 25 RBI in limited action. He was sidelined early in the season with a leg injury that prevented him from having a greater impact.

“We were on Nathan a long time,” stated Collins. “We knew he was the perfect player for our system and that he would have a huge impact for us. He runs well, has great offensive potential, and we are thrilled that we have added him to our outfield. He will find a way to make an impact for us right away.”

MUIRHEAD COMING TO TNU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has announced the signing of junior infielder Ross Muirhead. Muirhead joins the Trojans after a two year stint at Motlow State Community College. During his sophomore season, he hit .368 with two homeruns and 25 RBI. He also led the team in stolen bases with 26. Muirhead was a local standout in the Nashville area, where he played his high school baseball at Overton High School under head coach Mike Morrison.

“Ross is a perfect fit for our program,” stated Collins. “He is a steady player who does all the little things you need him to for your team to win. He runs well, has a solid glove, and has a quiet determination that will be infectious on our team. He will find a way to help us win right away.”

PAIR OF JACKSON STATE GENERALS INK WITH TREVECCA

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins is pleased to announce the signings of juniors Wesley Griggs and Cody Heggie. Griggs posted an impressive 7-1 record with 15 appearances and 85 IP for the Jackson State Community College Generals in ’07. The junior left-hander was a Second Team All TJCCAA selection for his efforts. He is playing his summer baseball with the Clarenda A’s in the KIT League where he currently leads the team with 12 appearances and a 0.71 ERA.

“Guys that do what Wes does have had amazing success in our conference over the years,” said Collins. “He locates three pitches, pitches smart, and has the ability to strike a hitter out if he needs to. For us to sign another left-hander of his caliber is really big for us. I can’t wait to see him in the purple and white.”

Junior first baseman Cody Heggie was an everyday starter for Jackson State, hitting .402 with 13 homeruns and 68 RBI. Heggie was named to the All-TJCCAA First team for his outstanding sophomore season.

“The numbers don’t tell the whole story on Cody,” said Collins. “He is a huge presence at the plate, but he is such a quality kid, and that is what makes him a great player. He will have a huge impact on our offense giving us a long ball threat in the middle of the order. He will be fun to watch.”

HIWASSEE STAR SIGNS WITH TROJANS

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University Head Baseball Coach Chris Collins has signed junior outfielder Marty Parks. Parks transfers in after compiling a .396 batting average with seven homeruns and 45 RBI at Hiwassee Community College in east Tennessee. He also successfully stole 28 bases and received First Team All-TJCCAA honors during his sophomore season.

  “If you have seen us play, you know that we like speed and aggressiveness at the top of our order,” said Collins. “Marty is a guy that gives us that dynamic. He runs very well, and can handle the bat. He plays great defense, and will be an exciting player for us.”


8/1/2007, 9:51 PM