Georgetown News
Baseball - Mon, Jun. 6, 2011

Seven freshman and three transfers have decided to continue their baseball careers at Georgetown College. Following a 31-24 season and third place finish in the Mid-South Conference West Division, second-year coach Brian Karlet and his staff began focusing on the future.

"We are excited about this early group of signees," Karlet said. "We will continue to work this summer to try and round out our recruiting class for the 2012 season.

"We have some top transfers coming mixed in with several solid freshmen that we will look to contribute immediately."

Four of the true rookie signees are Kentucky products - Tyler Arthur, Lexington Catholic; Brad Harp, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Jordan Cumpston, Franklin County; and Kellen Turner, North Laurel.

Arthur helped the Knights to a semifinal win in the 11th Region Tournament, which LC went on to win the next night and advanced on to the KHSAA State Tournament. For the season, he pitched 41 2/3 innings for a 5-2 record. He scattered 35 hits, giving up 18 runs (10 earned) with 11 walks and 48 strikeouts. Arthur has a 1.68 ERA heading into the state tournament.

Harp's Bulldogs were defeated by the Knights in the semifinals of the district tournament this season. For the past two seasons, Harp has been a solid contributor from the plate for PLD. His .419 batting average led the team his junior year. He finished his senior year batting .362 and leading the team in stolen bases and hit by pitch.

Cumpston pitched 52 2/3 innings for the Flyers this past season, striking out 53 with a 1.16 earned run average and five complete games.

Turner helped North Laurel to the 13th Region Tournament finals. He had a .367 batting average with a .410 slugging percentage and a .415 on base percentage.

The other three freshmen come from Indiana, Illinois and Florida.

Evan Hackney, a first baseman from Madison Consolidated in Madison, Ind., finished his senior year with a .403 batting average, .506 on base percentage and a .623 slugging percentage. He led the team in RBI and was voted third team Indiana All-State, making him an easy selection for the Indiana North vs. South All-Star Game. Prior to his junior season, Hackney was a Perfect Game selection in the Top 150 Underclassman.

Jordan Nekola is a right-handed pitcher from Mascoutah High School in Mascoutah, Ill. He was 3-3 this season with two saves and a 2.92 earned run average. He struck out 47 batters in 48 innings of work.

Nick Kociolek from Newsome High School in Tampa, Fla. is the final freshman of the early signing period. He is a 5-foot-9, 170-pound catcher.

Joining the rookies are three transfers Chris Duncan, Michael Syrett and EJ Murray.

Syrett has played the past two years Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif. His freshman year he hit .341 and picked up three saves with a 1.56 earned run average with 11 complete games. This past season, he had a .310 batting average and had nine starts with 66 2/3 innings with 32 strikeouts. He was a team captain as picked by his teammates.

Duncan played for Lander University for two seasons and then Tennessee Temple this past season before choosing to finish his career at Georgetown. He started 16 games in his freshman season for Lander, appearing in 32. His sophomore year he appeared in just 18 games. At Tennessee Temple, in his first five games he had six doubles and a triple. He went 4-of-4 against Berea and ended the season hitting .365.

Murray comes to the Tigers after playing for Western Kentucky University this past season. He is a graduate of Scott High, where he earned all-district, all-region and all-state honors. He finished his senior year with a .409 batting average with 13 doubles. He played in the 2008 Junior All-Star game and the 2009 Senior All-Star game. He was named the 10th Region Player of the Year in 2009 and was all-state honorable mention.

Karlet, Baumfeld and Franklin continue to work on getting a few more signings during the summer months, including a scouting trip to California.
 

Syrett pitches during a game earlier this year, while Murray stands ready at shortstop during his high school days.

 
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