June 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Baseball Coach Pete Wilk announced today the addition of eight student-athletes who will join the program for the 2012-13 academic year. The class includes two players from Virginia and one apiece from California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
"This is another strong group of players we're bringing in to Georgetown," Head Coach Pete Wilk said. "I'm really impressed with the work that Coach (Curtis) Brown and Coach (Grant) Achilles have put in to bring in a group of young men who are talented baseball players and will be great additions to the Hilltop."
Glen Allen, Va./Godwin
"Gino throws in the mid-80s with good poise. He should continue to develop over the summer and his command of off-speed pitches could play a big role in his time as a freshman. We like him and feel that he has good upside." - Associate Head Coach Curtis Brown
Left-handed pitcher ... 5-10, 165 ... A three-year letterwinner at Mills Godwin and a two-time captain ... Earned all-district honors as a junior in 2011 ... Helped lead team to state quarterfinals and to regional finals in 2011 ... Godwin won Colonial District title from 2008-11 ... Played six years of summer ball for RBA West and two years for RBA West Elite ... Coached by Donnie Phillips at RBA West Elite and Andrew Slater at RBA West.
Highland Park, Ill./New Trier
"Jordan is a competitor. He throws strikes with good command of a couple of above-average pitches. He has good enough stuff to help us immediately on the hill." - Head Coach Pete Wilk
Right-handed pitcher ... 6-0, 180 ... A four-year letterwinner at New Trier ... Prepped one year at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey ... Went 4-1 with 32 strikeouts in 29 innings as a senior ... A 2011 CSL Senior All-Star Game selection ... Ranked third-best pitcher at Illinois Prep Baseball Report Class of 2011 Showcase ... Helped Top Tier win the 2010 CABA World Series title ... Went 6-1 with three saves in 2009 with Top Tier 16U team and was 5-0 with three saves and a 1.49 earned run average for the Top Tier 17U team in 2010 ... Coached by Todd Fine at Top Tier and Paul Kosinski at New Trier.
Carthage, N.C./Union Pines
"Nick is a big, strong kid behind the plate. He's a left-handed hitter who has the chance to hit in the middle of the lineup at some point in his career. He has solid arm strength and has the chance to be an even better catcher as his conditioning improves." - Associate Head Coach Curtis Brown
Catcher ... 6-1, 251 ... Played three years on the varsity team at Union Pines, mainly at catcher, but appeared as a pitcher, first baseman and third baseman ... Captained team for three years ... Batted .539 with 36 runs scored and 37 RBI in 2011 ... Selected all-conference in 2010-11 ... Named the team's most valuable player in 2010-11 ... Earned academic all-conference honors and was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award ... Coached by Chad Hill
Vienna, Va./James Madison
"Tim is an athletic right-handed pitcher who throws mid-upper 80s. His body should continue to develop and he has a chance to pitch very early in his career. He has a good feel for off-speed pitches and will only improve." - Associate Head Coach Curtis Brown
Right-handed pitcher ... 5-10, 170 ... A two-year letterwinner at James Madison, appearing as a pitcher and a middle infielder ... Second Team All Liberty District in 2011 and named Pitcher of the Week by Gameday Magazine in April 2011 ... Helped lead Madison to Liberty District title in 2011 ... Went 3-3 with a 2.19 earned run average in 38.1 innings as a junior ... Played club for the Vienna Mustangs for six years and one year with the Prospect Stars ... Coached by Mark "Pudge" Gjormand at Madison.
Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's
"Curtiss is one of the most polished defensive shortstops I've seen in quite a while. He has a very projectable body with good arm strength and excellent accuracy. He has added strength, which should translate into more offense. He will compete for the starting job next year." - Associate Head Coach Curtis Brown
Shortstop ... 6-1, 190 ... Played four years at Saint John's High School before prepping for one year at Phillips Academy in 2011-12 ... Also played two season for the New England Ruffnecks 18U team ... Two-year varsity starter ... Led Saint John's to 2011 district title and state semifinals ... Team won district title and were state finalists in 2009 ... Coached by Charlie Eppinger.
Windermere, Fla./Lake Highland
"Joseph is a hard-working kid who we're really excited to have with our program. He's going to add depth behind the plate and could help us in the outfield. He's a very good athlete and I think he'll develop into a player who will help us." - Head Coach Pete Wilk
Catcher ... 5-11, 190 ... A three-year starter and four-year letterwinner at Lake Highland ... Two-year captain ... Also played for the 3H Monsters ... Named the Defensive Player of the Year twice (2009, 2010) and was the recipient of the Silver Slugger Award (2009, 2010) ... Team most valuable player in 2010 ... Helped lead team to district title in 2011 ... Hit .432 with three home runs in 2011 ... Batted .520 with 16 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 2010 and .480 with 12 RBI and nine stolen bases in 2009 ...Coached by Rey Fuentes, Kevin Davidson and Rob Sitz.
Matthew Smith Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley
"Matt throws three above-average pitches for strikes with an 88-91 mile per hour fastball. He has the chance to step in and contribute on the weekend for us. He has all the tool for success early in his career
Right-handed pitcher ... 6-3, 205 ...Lettered three years at Seneca Valley after spending his first year at North Catholic ... Also played four years of basketball ... Captained baseball and basketball teams as a senior ... Named to the Tribune Review Terrific Ten ... A Post-Gazette All-Star ... Named all-section and All-WPIAL ... Helped lead Seneca Valley to section title and WPIAL Championship as well as third place finish in state in 2011, when the team went 11-1 ... threw a no-hitter in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs ... Went 11-1 with a 1.89 earned run average and 70 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched in 2011 ... Graduated #1 in his class ... Coached by Eric Semega.
Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's
"Eric is a strong defensive catcher who is coming from a `catching factory.' We feel that he can come in and compete immediately from a defensive standpoint. He's a good receiver, blocker and thrower. His bat is going to come along, but this kid can play defensively." - Head Coach Pete Wilk
Catcher ... 6-0, 175 ... A two-year letterwinner at Saint Mary's ... Played five years of summer ball with Catch-All Baseball ... Earned all-league honors and helped lead Saint Mary's to the Sac-Joaquin section title in 2011 ... In 2011, batted .333 with a .455 on-base percentage and caught 24 of 36 stolen base attempts ... Coached by Pete Pijl at Saint Mary's and Joe Moreno at Catch-All.