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Arizona Baseball Signs 14 Student-Athletes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 17, 2011
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Nov. 17, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona baseball coach Andy Lopez announced this week that 14 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the school and play baseball beginning in the 2012-13 academic calendar.

"I am thrilled to have a recruiting class of this caliber," Lopez said. "This is a very talented group of baseball players, but beyond that they are an outstanding group of young men. I am excited to coach them and have them a part of our program in the future."

Arizona's recruiting efforts focused on highly talented players from in-state and across the nation. Of the 14 players signed, three are from Arizona, six from California, two from Illinois and one each from Texas, Utah and Washington. The Wildcats' signed nine pitching prospects in the class, including two that also could play other positions. The signees also include three infielders and two outfielders.

"This is a balanced group of players when you look at what we have this season on our team and what we will potentially have to replace next season," Lopez said. "We have a strong junior class this year that may not be back next season. But, between this recruiting class and the one that is here this fall as freshmen, I feel very good about the future of our program."

The Wildcats, who have won 73 games and have two postseason appearances in the last two seasons, return five regular position starters and two starting pitchers.

Arizona's 2012 recruiting class, which includes the 17 players enrolled this fall, was ranked No. 18 in the nation by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The 2012 season begins on Feb. 17-19 when Arizona hosts North Dakota State for the start of a three-game series. The Wildcats then play Utah Valley in a single game on Feb. 21, before the Auburn Tigers come to Tucson for three games over two days on Feb. 24-24.

2013 Arizona Baseball Recruiting Class

Name Pos. Hometown (High School)
Nathan Bannister RHP Peoria, Ariz. (Liberty HS)
Dalton Brown RHP Ponder, Texas (Ponder HS)
Samuel Brown OF Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson HS)
Justin Chamberlain      RHP Camarillo, Calif. (Camarillo HS)
Kevin Elder RHP Elgin, Ill. (Westminster Christian School)
Zach Gibbons OF Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)
Nick Hynes RHP Covina, Calif. (Covina HS)
Ryan Koziol INF/RHP Orland Park, Ill. (Providence Catholic HS)
Brady Lail RHP South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS)
Cody Moffett LHP/1B/OF      Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland HS)
Kevin Newman INF Poway, Calif. (Poway HS)
Cody Ramer INF Simi Valley, Calif. (Simi Valley HS)
Jesse Scholtens RHP Fairfield, Calif. (Rodriguez HS)
Jackson Willeford INF Ramona, Calif. (Ramona HS)
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