June 30, 2009

Baseball Completes 2010 Recruiting Class

Baseball head coach Steve Farley put the finishing touches on the 2010 recruiting class on Tuesday (June 30), adding eight student-athletes to the roster to bring the total of incoming players to 14.  The octet will attend Butler and being practice with the Bulldogs in the fall of 2009.

The group joins six players who signed National Letters of Intent earlier in the year.

Bob Akin
2B
Carmel, Ind.
Bishop Chatard High School

Four-year varsity starter for Bishop Chatard High School...earned Indianapolis All-City Second Team honors as a shortstop in 2008...helped team to the 2007 sectional championship...squad earned a 3A No. 2 post season ranking in the state...earned all-state and academic all-state honors as a defensive back in football...helped team to the state championship in 2006 and 2007 and regional championship in 2008...member of the National Honor Society.

Kevin Crane
OF
Crete, Ill.
Crete-Monee High School
Parkland College

A 2009 D2 Preseason All-American First Team member while at Parkland College...2008 NJCAA All-American Second Team member, finishing in the top-25 in batting average, home runs and RBI...boasted a .403 career batting average at Parkland, the fourth-highest mark in school history...named the school's Male Athlete of the Year...earned all-conference, all-district and all-region honors...tabbed to the all-state team at Crete-Monee High School in 2007...SICA South Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007...received all-area recognition two seasons...a four-year all-conference honoree...four-year varsity starter and scholar athlete...named to the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times Top 100 in 2007.

Andrew Eckhardt
OF
Powell, Ohio
Olentangy Liberty High School

First-team all-conference honoree...second-team all-district as a senior...named a scholar athlete by both Olentangy Liberty High School and the conference in 2009...United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award recipient...also played golf at OLHS...earned second-team all-conference honors...received the Patriot Award for sportsmanship and leadership...member of the National Honor Society...graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Pat Gelwicks
1B/OF
Downers Grove, Ill.
Benet Academy 

Named to the all-conference team as a junior at Benet Academy...earned all-city honorable mention as a sophomore...helped team to the regional championship during his junior season.

Jack Jorgenson
OF
Milwaukee, Wis.
Milwaukee Lutheran High School

The Wisconsin Little Ten Conference batting champion as a senior...first team all-conference in 2009...named to the Wisconsin State Senior All-Star Classic Team as a senior...all-conference honorable mention in 2008...team MVP his senior year...three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year team captain...earned the North Shore Conference Scholar Athlete Award and Team Dedication Award in 2008...four-year recipient of the Brewers High Achiever Award...also a four-year letterwinner in cross country...team captain and MVP in 2008...member of the National Honor Society.

Graham King
C
Madison, Wis.
Madison West High School 

Named to the all-conference team in 2009...team co-captain as a senior...three-year varsity letterwinner...starting catcher as a sophomore, junior and senior...threw-out 60 percent of would-be base stealers...helped lead his summer team to the 2007 state championship and to a third-place finish in the Ohio Valley Regional...batted .405 with a 1.052 slugging percentage during the summer season...also played basketball and soccer in high school...member of the Honor Roll.

Evan Kuo
LHP
Chesterfield, Mo.
Parkway Central High School 

Four-year letterwinner at Parkway Central High School...helped team to the Class 4A Missouri State Finals...a scholar athlete all four years...named to the Honor Roll three years...played for the Southwest Stars of the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association from 2006 to 2009...team finished as the 2008 SLABA North Division Champions and qualified for the Pony Zone Regionals...also lettered four years in football.

Corey Moylan
OF
Glenview, Ill.
Glenbrook South High School
University of Vermont 

Comes to Butler after spending two seasons at the University of Vermont...finished third on the team with a .312 batting average after starting in 41 of his 45 games played...was 12 of 14 in stolen bases...walked on to the Catamounts squad as a freshman in 2008...named to the 2008 America East Honor Roll...tabbed to the All-Central Suburban Conference Team as a senior at Glenbrook South High School...a 2007 all-area selection.