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Texas Tech Baseball Adds Nine to 2012-13 Signing Class


Texas Tech has added nine student-athletes to its 2012-13 signing class

April 25, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head baseball coach Dan Spencer has announced nine additions to the Red Raiders signing class for the 2012-2013 year as five high school prospects and four junior college standouts will join the Tech baseball program in the fall after signing National Letters of Intents or financial aid agreements.

"We have signed a tremendous class of incoming student-athletes for the 2013 season," fourth-year head coach Dan Spencer said.

"Coach (Tim) Tadlock has done an outstanding job in his first full semester as our recruiting coordinator and the quality of players he has helped sign speaks for itself. Coach Tadlock and coach (Jim) Horner did a great job locating, evaluating and recruiting these student-athletes. We were able to sign all of the players we targeted for this signing period."

ADDITIONS TO TEXAS TECH BASEBALL 2012-13 RECRUITING CLASS
J.J. Bissell - 1B/OF - 6-2, 215 - L/R - Windsor, Colo./Fossil Ridge
Matt Custred - RHP - 6-5, 210 - R/R - Arlington, Texas/Keller
Logan Ehlers - LHP - 6-2, 220 - L/L - Nebraska City, Neb./Nebraska City/Howard JC
Dalton Friend - LHP - 6-3, 235 - L/L - Rolla, Mo./Rolla/Jefferson College
Heath Herrigton - RHP - 6-0, 190 - R/R - Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo/Cisco JC
Charles Moorman - C - 6-0, 205 - R/R - San Diego, Calif./El Capitan
Tyler Neslony - OF - 6-0, 185 - L/R - Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen
Jarrard Potette - C- 6-2, 195 - L/R - Webbers Falls, Okla./Hilldale
Todd Ritche - OF - 5-8, 150 - L/L - Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown/Howard College

J.J. Bissell - 1B/OF - 6-2, 215 - L/R - Windsor, Colo./Fossil Ridge
- Son of Todd and Brenda Bissell.
- Plays for coach Mike Bible at Fossil Ridge High School.
- Currently in senior season at Fossil Ridge High School.
- Currently batting .353 (12-for-34) with four doubles, three triples and two home runs with 16 RBI.
- Batted .500 (29-for-58) with 17 runs, 11 doubles, one triple and five home runs with 27 RBI (2011).
- Batted .327 (16-for-49) with eight runs, two doubles and two home runs with 15 RBI (2010).
- ESPN High School Colorado Preseason "Player to Watch."
- Perfect Game: #2 High School Prospect (Colorado).
- Perfect Game: #16 High School First Baseman Prospect (Colorado).
- Perfect Game: #500 High School Prospect (Nationally).
- Perfect Game Honorable Mention Preseason High School All-American.
- Perfect Game Preseason Second Team All-West Region
- - - Chose Texas Tech over: Clemson and Central Michigan.

Matt Custred - RHP - 6-5, 210 - R/R - Arlington, Texas/Keller
- Son of Dan and Jayne Custred.
- Plays for coach Rob Stramp at Keller High School.
- Currently in senior season at Keller High School.
- Is 4-3 with a 1.46 ERA in 47 innings pitched with 78 strikeouts and 28 walks allowed while giving up only 19 base hits with two complete games.
- Struck out 12 batters in a 2-0 shutout win over Keller Central on April 4.
- Led team to its first win of the season over Amarillo Tascosa with a one-hitter on Feb. 23.
- Played for the Arlington A's during the fall and summer.
- Invited to the 2011 Area Code Showcase - Weatherford Junior College
- Also participated in football (quarterback) as a freshman and sophomore.
- During sophomore year joined four other teammates while starting a non-profit organization "Play it Forward USA" where they would collected used sporting equipment of all sports, refurbish the equipment and then store the items before giving them to youth organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club. Their website is: www.PlayitForwardUSA.org.
- - - Chose Texas Tech over: Arkansas, TCU, Kansas State and Dallas Baptist among others.

Logan Ehlers - LHP - 6-2, 220 - L/L - Nebraska City, Neb./Nebraska City/Howard JC
- Son of Dennis and Laura Ehlers
- Plays for coach Britt Smith at Howard College... Smith is a former assistant coach (2000) and director of operations (2001) at Texas Tech... Howard is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation.
- Currently a sophomore at Howard College.
- Played freshman season at Nebraska (2011).
- In 10 starts this season is 9-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 62 innings pitched with 73 strikeouts and 21 walks.
- Ranks sixth in the nation in wins (9) and fourth in the country in ERA (0.98).
- Was Nebraska's Friday-night starter during the final two Big 12 series (2011).
- Went 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven appearances (5 starts) with 29.1 innings, 20 strikeouts and 15 walks.
- 2010 Major League Baseball Draft - Toronto Blue Jays, 8th Round (No. 246 overall).
- Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year (Nebraska) in 2009 and 2010.
- Louisville Slugger High School All-America (2010).
- MaxPreps Small Schools High School All-America (2010).
- MaxPreps Second Team High School All-America (2010).
- Went 18-2 with 347 strikeouts during his final two seasons at Nebraska City High School.
- Struck out over 500 batters during his high school career.
- Put together two of the best pitching seasons ever in the state of Nebraska during 2009 and 2010.
- Allowed only 23 earned runs during his entire prep career.
- Went 8-2 with a 0.27 ERA (2010).
- Broke his single-season state strikeout record with 186 as a senior (2010).
- Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-America (2009).
- Went 10-0 with three saves and a 0.20 ERA with 161 strikeouts in 68.2 innings while allowing just nine hits (2009).
- Threw four no-hitters and a perfect game, including one no-hitter where he struck out 21-of-22 batters faced (2009).
- Three-time all-state selection.
- Selected as one of 34 players to try out for the USA Baseball Under-18 Team in Cary, N.C. (2009).
- Under Armour Preseason Honorable Mention High School All-America (2008).
- Led the state with 112 strikeouts as a sophomore (2008).
- Went 4-3 with a 1.00 ERA (2008).
- - - Chose Texas Tech over: Florida, Texas, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Arkansas among others.

Dalton Friend - LHP - 6-3, 235 - L/L - Rolla, Mo./Rolla/Jefferson College
- Son of Daniel and Kaylan Friend.
- Plays for coach Sam Carel at Jefferson College... Jefferson is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.
- Currently a redshirt sophomore at Jefferson College.
- Played freshman season at Jefferson College in 2010, received a redshirt in 2011 at Jefferson.
- In four appearances this season is 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA with 25 strikeouts and five walks in 16.1 innings (2012).
- In four appearances went 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings with 27 strikeouts and six walks prior to his injury (2011).
- In 20 appearances went 5-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 36 innings with 46 strikeouts and nine walks (2010).
- Missouri Sports Writers/Sportscasters Association Class-4 All-State Team (2009).
- Helped lead team to a 21-6 record and to a Ozark Conference championship and to the program's first district title in 12 years (2009).
- Went 7-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 47.2 innings with 99 strikeouts and 29 walks while allowing just 10 base hits. He allowed just four earned runs and 13 total runs all season (2009).
- Batted .397 with five home runs and 33 RBI and was 7-of-8 in stolen bases (2009).
- - - Chose Texas Tech over: Missouri, Oklahoma State and Missouri State.

Heath Herrigton - RHP - 6-0, 190 - R/R - Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo/Cisco JC
- Son of Lance and Lori Herrington.
- Plays for coach David White at Cisco Junior College... Cisco is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation.
- Currently a sophomore at Cisco JC.
- In 13 appearances this season is 2-0 with a 0.48 ERA with nine saves and 32 strikeouts.
- Ranks fourth in the nation in saves (9).
- Named to the President's List (2010-12).
- Played high school baseball for Gary Hix at Amarillo High School.
- Senior season pitched 20.2 innings with a 2.04 ERA with 21 strikeouts (2010).
- Named honorable mention all-district and won the Gold Glove Award (2010).
- Named honorable mention all-district (2009).
- Played during the summer for the Elk City Travelers.
- Also played football in high school earning District MVP honors (2010).
- Earned all-district and all-region honors as a running back.
- Named District Athlete of the Week three times (2010).

Charles Moorman - C - 6-0, 205 - R/R - San Diego, Calif./El Capitan
- Son of Charles and Laura Moorman
- Plays for coach Steve Vickery at El Capitan High School... Vickery, a veteran head coach of over 25 years, is one of the top coaches in San Diego County.
- Currently a senior at El Capitan high school.
- A four-year starter on the varsity.
- Batted .345 with three home runs and 28 RBI (2011).
- Batted .360 with two home runs and 20 RBI (2010).
- Batted .400 with two home runs and 26 RBI (2009).
- Earned first team all-conference (2010 and 2011).
- Earned First Team All-California Interscholastic Federation (2010 and 2011).
- Named Defensive Player of the Year, Coaches Award (2011).
- Also played high school football earning first team all-league honors (2011).
- Named to the Principals Honor Roll List during prep career.
- Led team to the league championship in 2009 and 2010 and to a title game appearance in 2011.
- - - Chose Texas Tech over: San Diego, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and California among others.

Tyler Neslony - OF - 6-0, 185 - L/R - Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen
- Son of Lawrence and Robbie Neslony.
- Plays for coach Steve Chapman at Calallen High School... Chapman has won over 600 games in 26 years as head coach.
- Calallen was ranked the No. 1 team in the country as recent as the middle of April.
- Is currently a senior at Calallen High School.
- In 26 games this season is batting .440 with nine doubles, one triple, seven. Home runs and 21 RBI with 14 stolen bases.
- Batted .390 with 19 doubles, two triples and seven home runs with 50 RBI and 13 stolen bases (2011).
- Batted .370 with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs with 27 RBI and five stolen bases (2010).
- Named preseason All-South Texas (2012).
- Named second team all-state (2011).
- Named first team all-district (2011).
- Named second team all-district (2010).
- Helped lead high school to back-to-back state semi-finals appearances.
- Brother, Travis, is currently playing collegiate baseball at UT-Pan American.
- - - Chose Texas Tech over: Texas A&M.

Jarrard Potette - C- 6-2, 195 - L/R - Webbers Falls, Okla./Hilldale
- Son of Shannon and Tobi Poteete
- Plays for coach Darren Riddle at Hilldale High School
- Is currently batting .550 with eight home runs.
- Has never hit below .410 in a season during his high school career.
- Is a four-time all-district selection.
- Earned all-conference honors during all four prep seasons.
- Named the District Newcomer of the Year (2009).
- Has played summer baseball for the Dallas Yankees and the Dallas Patriots.
- Played four years of high school football.
- Offensive Player of the Year (2012).
- District Receiver of the Year (2011).
- District Defensive Back of the Year (2010).
- Father and uncle played college baseball while another uncle played college and arena league football.

Todd Ritche - OF - 5-8, 150 - L/L - Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown/Howard College
- Son of John and Stacy Ritche
- Plays for coach Britt Smith at Howard College... Smith is a former assistant coach (2000) and director of operations (2001) at Texas Tech... Howard is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation.
- Currently a sophomore at Howard College.
- In 32 games is batting .452 (38-for-84) with 27 runs, five doubles and 16 RBI with seven stolen bases.
- Has a .539 on-base percentage with 16 walks and one hit-by-pitch.
- Is among team leaders with two outfield assists.
- - - Chose Texas Tech over: Oklahoma State.

TEXAS TECH'S 2012-13 BASEBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Brandon Baeckel - INF - 6-0, 185 - R/R - Loveland, Colo./Mountain View
J.J. Bissell - 1B/OF - 6-2, 215 - L/R - Windsor, Colo./Fossil Ridge
Matt Custred - RHP - 6-5, 210 - R/R - Arlington, Texas/Keller
Luke Downs - RHP - 6-1, 205 - R/R - Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Logan Ehlers - LHP - 6-2, 220 - L/L - Nebraska City, Neb./Nebraska City/Howard JC
Dalton Friend - LHP - 6-3, 235 - L/L - Rolla, Mo./Rolla/Jefferson College
Heath Herrigton - RHP - 6-0, 190 - R/R - Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo/Cisco JC
Reid Meyer - LHP - 6-4, 195 - R/L - Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day
Charles Moorman - C - 6-0, 205 - R/R - San Diego, Calif./El Capitan
Tyler Neslony - OF - 6-0, 185 - L/R - Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen
Jarrard Potette - C- 6-2, 195 - L/R - Webbers Falls, Okla./Hilldale
Todd Ritche - OF - 5-8, 150 - L/L - Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown/Howard College
Conner Smith - OF - 6-4, 200, L/L - Mansfield, Texas/Legacy
Johnathon Tripp - RHP/UTL - 6-5, 185 - R/R - Spring, Texas/Klein
Matt Withrow - RHP - 6-3, 210 - R/R - Odessa, Texas/Midland Christian
Joe Zurawik - RHP - 5-11, 170 - R/R - Bixby, Okla./Bishop Kelley

 

 

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