New Recruits from left to right- Front Row: Stephen Branca, Jordan Guida, Sam Munson, Anthony Biox Back Row: Corey Collins, Josh McDaniel, Noah Piard, Ben Crocker, David Bergin, Brady Frey
After winning their 9th straight AAC Championship and making their first trip to the Avista NAIA World Series, the Bulldogs are gearing up for another exciting season of baseball. The Bulldogs lost 2 pitchers to the MLB Draft as well as seven seniors so there were many positions to be filled.
Here is the start to the new recruits for the 2010-2011 Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs.
Stephen Branca- 6 foot-1, 185 pound Junior Infielder from Valreco, Florida. Branca played at the University of Central Florida for Terry Rooney. Last year he batted .235 with one run, 4 hits, and 1 RBI. In high school, Branca was a 34th round selection by the Minnesota Twins. Branca was selected 2nd team All State, 2nd Team All SunCoast, All Hillsborough. In high school, he was named to the 1st Team All Western Conference.
Jordan Guida- 5 foot 11, 195 pound Junior outfielder from Glendale, Arizona. Guida played at Central Arizona College for Jon Wente. He had a batting average of .315 with 63 hits. He had 18 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 homeruns. Guida had 46 RBI's and 10 stolen bases. Guida was named to the 1st Team All ACCAC, 1st Team All Region I, and was a Southern College League All star this past summer playing for the Tennessee Tornado.
Sam Munson- 6 foot-1, 195 pound Junior Outfielder from Fond DuLac, Wisconsin. Munson played last year at Walter State for Ken Campbell. Munson batted .399 with 15 doubles, 3 triples, and 12 homeruns. He had 70 RBI's and 17 stolen bases. Munson was name to the 1st team All TCCAA and was a Southern College League All Star this past summer for the Tennessee Tornado.
Anthony Biox- 6 foot, 185 pound junior Infielder from Miami, FL. Riox played at Seminole State College of Florida for Chris Hayes. While there he had a batting average of .273 with 5 doubles, 4 homeruns, and 27 RBI's. Riox scored 28 runs on 50 hits and 11 stolen bases. He was the 2009 Honorable Mention Mid-Florida All Conference.
Corey Collins- 6 foot 1, 170 pound junior Right Handed Pitcher from White House, Tennessee. Collins previously played at Volunteer State Community College for Mike Crossland. In 39.1 innings pitched, Collins has a 7.78 ERA. He had four wins and 2 losses. Collins had 26 strikeouts to 19 walks.
Josh McDaniel- 6 foot 2, 185 pound junior left handed pitcher from Icard, North Carolina. McDaniel played for Jamie Lowe at Surry Community College. While there he appeared in 10 games with an ERA of 6.28. He has a 3-5 record. In 53 innings pitched, he had 44 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Noah Piard- 6 foot, 190 pound junior Right Handed Pitcher from Winter Park, Florida. Piard previously played at Florida State College under Chris Blaquiere. He was one of the Top 100 players in the State of Florida out of High School. He pitched in 7.1 innings with a record of 0-2 in 2009, with seven walks and nine strikeouts. He signed with University of Central Florida out of high school.
Ben Crocker- 6 foot 4, 210 pound junior Right Handed Pitcher from Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Crocker played at Volunteer State Community College for Mike Crossland. Crocker pitched 14 innings with an ERA of 5.14. He has one win, one loss, and one save. Crocker had 15 walks to 14 strikeouts.
David Bergin- 6 foot 3, 230 pound Junior Right Handed Pitcher and Designated Hitter from Tampa, Florida. Bergin played at Florida State College for Chris Blaquiere. In 2009, he had 2 wins and 6 losses. He had a 4.56 ERA. His batting average is .300 with 4 doubles, one triple, and 9 homeruns. He had 6 stolen bases and 31 RBIs. Bergin attended Georgia Southern University out of high school.
Brady Frey- 6 foot 2, 200 pound junior Right Handed Pitcher from Nashville, Tennessee. Frey played at Gulf Coast Community College for Mike Handler. He had 4 wins and 3 losses. In 55 innings he pitched, his ERA is 8.01. Frey had 29 walks to 42 strikeouts. He signed out of high school with Western Kentucky University.
There will be another article later in the week featuring the remaining recruits for Bulldog Baseball.