Baseball Adds Four in Early Signing Period

Nov. 22, 2010

Contact: Dan Carr

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Three junior college transfers and an incoming freshman pitcher will join the Viking baseball team as early signees for the 2012 season.

Head coach Kevin Kocks made the announcement on Monday (Nov. 22).

The newest Cleveland State players will be infielder Logan Curtis, from Jackson Community College in Michigan; Iowa Western's Nick Hogue; Ryan Bores, a right handed pitcher currently playing at Cuyahoga Community College; and Brad Smith, an incoming freshman pitcher from Canfield High.

"This is a good group of good players who should be able to come in and contribute immediately," Kocks said.

Curtis is a 5-foot-10, 175 pound infielder who helped lead Jackson CC to a 34-21 record in 2010. He hit .345 with eight doubles, five triples and six homeruns and had 38 RBI. Curtis scored 43 runs and went 9-for-9 in stolen bases.

"Logan will provide depth to the infield and is a versatile player who should fit in well with our offensive style of play," Kocks said.

Hogue, a 6-foot-1, 190 pound pitcher, helped Iowa Western to the National Junior College Association of America Division I national championship in 2010. Hogue finished the season with an 8-1 record, a 4.03 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched.

"Nick brings competitive championship experience into our starting weekend rotation and has shown that he loves to compete and win," Kocks said.

Bores, a 6-foot-3, 195 pound pitcher, began his collegiate career at Ohio before transferring to Tri-C for the 2011 season. He was a weekend starter for the Bobcats, posting eight strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.

"We look for Ryan to come in and be one of our frontline weekend starters," Kocks said. "He brings needed experience to our weekend rotation as well as being a solid student."

The final signee, Smith, is a 6-foot, 175 pound right-handed pitcher from Canfield, Ohio. He finished the 2010 season with a 6-1 record, posting 40 strikeouts in 40 innings and earning two saves. Smith, who finished with a 2.10 ERA, is also an offensive threat for Canfield High, hitting .386 with 31 RBI and 30 runs scored.

"Brad is a very good athlete," Kocks said. "He will bring arm strength to our pitching staff to help build our foundation for the future, and he is also a very solid student."

The CSU baseball team will begin the 2011 season on Feb. 18 in Farmville, Va. with a three-game series against Longwood.

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