Dec. 2, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent announced today the signing of 15 players to national letters of intent during the November 2011 signing period.
Avent and assistant coaches Tom Holliday and Chris Hart looked to follow up last year’s nationally ranked recruiting class by seeking both immediate help and long-term depth with this year’s signees. In particular, the Wolfpack addressed the age-old baseball axiom that you can never have enough pitching by inking 10 pitchers, eight of them righthanders. The Wolfpack also signed three outfielders, a catcher and an infielder.
“I believe we’ve recruited extremely well the last several years, and this is another outstanding class,” Avent said. “I’ve said many times that there are really great things happening here at NC State, and I have to give much of the credit to Tom Holliday and Chris Hart for helping to get that message across to recruits. The young men we’ve signed this fall are good baseball players, but they’re also good students and will be good representatives of NC State who want to win both on and off the field.”
NC State’s fall 2011 signees, in alphabetical order, are:
• Karl Keglovits, a righthanded pitcher from Nazareth Area High School in Nazareth, Pa.
• Sam Morgan, an infielder from South Florida Community College and Valrico, Fla.
• Will Nance, an outfielder from Morehead High School in Eden, N.C.
• Conor O’Brien, a righthanded pitcher from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla.
• John Olczak, a righthanded pitcher from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point
• Nicholas Pasquale, a righthanded pitcher from St. Mary’s (Calif.) Junior College and Antioch, Calif.
• Brett Phillips, an outfielder from Seminole High School in Seminole, Fla.
• Johnny Piedmonte, a righthanded pitcher from Hough High School in Davidson, N.C.
• Chance Shepard, a catcher from Ashley High School in Wilmington, N.C.
• Brad Stone, a lefthanded pitcher from Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C.
• Matt Tenuta, a lefthanded pitcher from Apex High School and Cary, N.C.
• Ryan Warner, a righthanded pitcher from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo.
• Rowan Wick, an outfielder from Cypress (Calif.) College and North Vancouver, B.C.
• Andrew Woeck, a righthanded pitcher from Western Nevada College and Brier, Wash.
• Gianni Zayas, a righthanded pitcher from North Bergen High School in North Bergen, N.J.
Geographically, NC State continued to recruit well in its own backyard, signing six players from North Carolina, but the Wolfpack also added three from the baseball-rich state of Florida, and one each from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, and British Columbia. Four of the Pack’s signees will be junior college transfers. The other 11 are high school seniors.
A year ago, the Wolfpack signed a 13-man class that was ranked as the No. 4 recruiting class in the country by Baseball America. Avent says that adding this year’s group to last year’s class will give NC State an outstanding foundation of young talent for the coming years.
“In college baseball, you always have to be thinking beyond the current season and looking at the big picture,” Avent said. “Your roster is constantly changing because of the Major League Baseball Draft, and you can’t always anticipate those changes. With this recruiting class coming in behind last year’s group, we’ll have a core of excellent young talent that we’ll be able to keep in place through the 2014 season. That’s a great feeling moving forward.”
Following are thumbnail bios of NC State’s November 2011 signees:
RHP • 6-6 • 220 • R/R
Nazareth Area HS • Nazareth, Pa.
Helped lead Nazareth Area High School to the District 11 Class AAAA championship as a junior in 2011 … Had an 8-1 won-lost record and a 1.30 ERA and struck out 77 and walked just 16 in 59 1/3 innings … Also batted .333 with four doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs as an everyday player … Had a .345 on-base percentage and a .536 slugging percentage … Helped lead Nazareth Area to the 2011 Carpenter Cup championship … Named to The Lehigh Morning Call’s 2011 all-area baseball team … Ranked as the No. 120 high school prospect in the nation heading into 2012 by Perfect Game USA.
INF • 6-0 • 160 • B/T
Bloomingdale HS • South Florida Community College • Valrico, Fla.
Batted .306 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 34 RBIs in 52 games as a freshman at South Florida in 2011 … Earned first-team All-Western Conference as a senior at Bloomingdale High School in 2010.
OF • 6-2 • 205 • R/R
Morehead HS • Eden, N.C.
Earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior in 2011, batting .493 (33-for-67) with four doubles, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs … Had a .636 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage … Is a two-time all-conference selection … Batted .397 as a sophomore in 2010.
RHP • 6-1 • 180 • R/R
Jesuit HS • Tampa, Fla.
Was 5-0 with one save and a 2.71 ERA in 12 appearances as a junior in 2011 … Struck out 45 in 41 1/3 innings and held opposing hitters to a .196 batting average … Was named All-Hillsborough County honorable mention as a junior … Was the winning pitcher in Jesuit’s Class 4A state semifinal win over Hernando, allowing just three hits while striking out six over five innings … Batted .274 with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBIs.
RHP • 6-1 • 180
Wesleyan Christian Academy • Greensboro, N.C.
Went 5-4 with a 2.44 ERA as a junior in 2011 … Struck out 64 and walked 23 in 43 innings pitched … Batted .375 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs.
RHP • 5-11 • 175 • R/R
St. Mary’s Junior College • Antioch High School • Antioch, Calif.
Made just one appearance and worked just two-thirds of an inning before redshirting as a freshman at St. Mary’s Junior College in 2011 … Played high school baseball at Antioch High School … Was a first-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League selection in 2009 … Made 16 appearances as a senior and won six games, two of them complete-game victories, struck out 68, and had a 2.91 ERA.
OF • 6-1 • 185 • L/R
Seminole HS • Seminole, Fla.
Hit over .400 as a sophomore and junior and was among the county leaders in extra-base hits, steals and outfield assists both seasons … Earn first-team all-conference and second-team all-county honors as a junior in 2011 … Ranked as the No. 422 high school prospect in the nation by Perfect Game USA.
RHP • 6-8 • 212 • R/R
Hough HS • Davidson, N.C.
Had a 2-3 won-lost record and a 2.77 ERA as a junior in 2011, striking out 45 in 35 1/3 innings … Held opposing hitters to a .229 batting average … Ranked among the top 500 high school prospects in the nation by Perfect Game USA.
C • 6-1 • 209 • R/R
Ashley HS • Wilmington, N.C.
Earned all-conference honors in the Mid-Eastern Conference as a junior in 2011 after batting .310 with five doubles, 10 home runs and 29 RBIs … Named to The Wilmington Star-News all-area team … Attended the 2011 East Coast Pro Showcase camp … Was the 2010 Shuman’s National Underclassmen Combine MVP and Top 5 Players Honors … Hit 12 homers as a sophomore in 2010 … Is the son of former Wolfpack first baseman Steve Shepard, who earned All-ACC honors for the Wolfpack in 1989 … Ranked among the top 500 high school prospects in the nation by Perfect Game USA.
LHP • 6-3 • 165 • L/L
Ardrey Kell HS • Charlotte, N.C.
Went 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA and one save as a junior in 2011 … Struck out 52 and walked 16 in 42 innings … Helped lead Kell to a 24-5 final record … Was 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 11 innings as a sophomore in 2010 … Played in the 2011 Impact Baseball Futures Games … Played for the Region 6 team in the 2011 State Games of North Carolina … Played in the 2011 South Atlantic Border Battle … Played in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Border Battle.
LHP • 6-4 • 210 • R/L
Apex HS • Cary, N.C.
Went 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA and three saves to earn honorable-mention all-conference honors as a junior in 2011 … Struck out 48 in 44 innings … Was a 2011 Preseason Under Armour Underclassman All-American … Is the son of NC State assistant football coach Jon Tenuta.
RHP • 6-7 • 175 • L/R
Pine Creek HS • Colorado Springs, Colo.
Went 6-3 with a 3.44 ERA as a junior in 2011, striking out 47 in 40 2/3 innings … Earned first-team all-conference honors in the CSML … Batted .571 (44-for-77) with nine doubles, eight home runs and 40 RBIs as an everyday player … Had a .618 on-base percentage and a 1.026 sluging average … Ranked among the top 500 high school prospects in the nation by Perfect Game USA.
OF • 6-3 • 215 • L/R
Cypress (Calif.) College • Carson Graham HS • North Vancouver, B.C.
Saw part-time action as a freshman at St. John’s in 2011, playing in 38 games and starting in 26 … Batted .216 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBIs … Played high school baseball at Carson Graham High School … Chosen in the 19th round (579th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB June draft by the Milwaukee Brewers … Played for the LaCrosse Loggers of the Northwoods League in 2011 … Played for the Canadian Junior National Team at the 2010 IBAF World Junior Baseball Championships … Batted .310 (9-for-29) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in eight games to help Canada finish fourth … Also played for the Vancouver Cannons.
RHP • 5-10 • 175 • R/R
Mountain Lake Terrace HS • Western Nevada College • Brier, Wash.
Went 7-2 with a 4.14 ERA as a freshman at Western Nevada College in 2011 … Made 12 appearances and worked 58 innings, allowing 41 hits and striking out 58 … Went 7-3 with two saves and a 1.37 ERA to earn first-team All-Wesco Conference and first-team all-area as a senior at Mountain Terrace High School in 2010 … Struck out 97 and walked 16 in 61 1/3 innings … Named honorable-mention all-conference in the Weso Conference as a junior in 2009.
RHP • 6-2 • 195 • R/R
North Bergen HS • North Bergen, N.J.
Ranked as the No. 452 high school prospect in the country by Perfect Game USA.