Nov. 20, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team added another pair of arms during the early signing period head coach Andy Lopez announced today.
Signing National Letters-of-Intent to play for the Wildcats next season are lefthander Griffin Phelps and righty Jason Ward.
"Pitching wins championships," said Lopez. "Griffin (Phelps) and Jason (Ward) are pair of pitchers that can come in and help us right away. With the potential loss (to the Major League draft) of some of our juniors from this season's team, recruiting quality arms has been a priority for the program during the early signing period."
Phelps (Farmington, N.M./Farmington HS) is a hard throwing southpaw from Farmington, N.M. He has posted a perfect 12-0 record during his high school career to go along with a 2.15 ERA. Phelps garnered all-district and all-state honors his junior season after helping to lead Farmington HS to the Class 4A state championship. Phelps is the son of Charlie and Liz Phelps of Farmington, N.M.
Ward (Spanish Fork, Utah/Utah Valley CC/Spanish Fork HS), who is currently enrolled at Utah Valley Community College, will join Arizona next season with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
As a freshman at Utah Valley, Ward led the Scenic Valley West Athletic Conference with a 0.41 ERA in 43.2 innings pitched. The reliever appeared in 20 games and struck out 56 batters against only 10 walks. He was named all-state and all-region in high school, as well as the Utah Valley Athlete of the Year.
Ward is the son of Randy and Sharlene Christiansen.