Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Baseball Players Moving on to Four-Year Schools

A group of Salt Lake Community College baseball players on the 2019 roster have announced commitments to continue their student-athlete careers.

Eight SLCC student-athletes will be moving on to the next level, with several more players expecting to announce commitments over the coming weeks. Of those commitments, four players have committed to NCAA Division-I institutions and two student-athletes will play for in-state institutions.

Starting with the in-state commitments, Josh Cowden has committed to play for BYU and Brady Brook has committed to Dixie State in St. George. Cowden hit .367 and started 35 games on the season, earning All-Region 18 honors. He was third on the team with 42 RBI's. Brook hit .281 and will help a Dixie State program that will transition from NCAA Division-II status in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to Division-I status in the Western Athletic Conference in the 2020-21 academic year.

Other Division-I commits include pitcher Cal Beardsley to Arkansas-Little Rock and Jaxson Otis to the University of San Francisco. Beardsley had a 6-3 record with a 3.86 ERA on the season, starting 12 games for Salt Lake. Otis hit .315 and led the team with 53 hits. Arkansas-Little Rock belongs to the Sun Belt Conference and San Francisco is a member of West Coast Conference.

Student-athletes who will attend NCAA Division-II institutions include Colton Moore (Northwest Nazarene University), Trevor Hoffman (Emmanuel College) and Alex Bumpus (Colorado School of Mines).  NAIA signees include Turner Knight (Mount Marty College). Several other Bruins are expected to announce commitments in the coming weeks.

Salt Lake went 36-13 overall in the 2019 season, finishing at 24-7 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. The Bruins were 23-3 at Cate Field.