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BASEBALL WELCOMES 20 NEWCOMERS FOR 2005 SEASON

Jeff Curtis enters his fourth season as the head coach at UTA
 
Jeff Curtis enters his fourth season as the head coach at UTA
 

Sept. 3, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington Head Baseball Coach Jeff Curtis has announced the addition of 20 newcomers for the 2005 season. The newcomers will join the 20 returners for the start of fall practice on Sept. 18. Fall practice runs for three weeks and ends with the annual Blue-Grey World Series. Austin Bridges (Fort Worth, Texas) comes to UTA after setting a state record with six pickoffs in one game at Fossil Ridge High School. He owned a 2.58 ERA an averaged one strikeout per inning pitched. Brett Fenner (Mesquite, Texas) comes to UTA after earning first team all-conference honors at Panola Junior College. Fenner hit .364 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs. As a freshman, he was selected to the Texas-New Mexico-Louisiana Junior College all-star team. Dillon Gee (Cleburne, Texas) helped lead Cleburne High School to the Class 5A state semifinals by going 12-3 on the mound with two no-hitters and hitting .443 with six home runs and 46 RBIs. William Graham (Bedford, Texas) comes to UTA after being a two-time all conference performer at Redland (Okla.) Community College. As a sophomore, Graham hit .350 with five home runs and 48 RBIs. Jonathan Gutierrez (Houston, Texas) comes to UTA from North Shore High School where he struck out 42 hitters in 39 innings of work. As a junior, Gutierrez fanned 71 batters in 57 innings of work. Kaelan Jones (Coppell, Texas) comes to UTA after going 1-0 with 11 saves for Coppell High School. Brian Kennedy (Conroe, Texas) comes to UTA after spending his sophomore season at Eastfield College. He earned all-district honors at Conroe High School. Michael Lusk (Austin, Texas) comes to UTA from Hill College where he hit .305 with one home run and 10 RBIs before an injury shortened his season. As a freshman, Lusk hit .321 with two home runs and 25 RBIs at McLennan Community College. David McLeod (Houston, Texas) comes to UTA after being named the District 19-5A MVP at Taylor High School. The two-way player hit .463 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs, while compiling a 6-1 record with a 2.92 ERA on the mound. Joe Newman (Dallas, Texas) comes to UTA after being named an all-conference outfielder at Weatherford College. As a sophomore, Newman hit .380 with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Russell Reichenbach (Hurst, Texas) journeys to Arlington after spending the last two seasons at Baylor. Last season, Reichenbach appeared in 12 games and struck out five in 9.2 innings of work. Ryan Riddle (Bedford, Texas) comes to UTA after spending his freshman season at North Central Texas College. Alex Schenck (Amarillo, Texas) comes to UTA after spending his last two years at Vernon (Texas) Junior College. As a sophomore, Schenck hit .320 with five home runs. Chris Sharp (Katy) comes to Arlington after earning academic all-district laurels at Mayde Creek High School. James Smith (Midland) hit .321 with four home runs and 22 stolen bases as a freshman at Midland College. He also set a single-season record by being hit by 21 pitches in 2003. Smith missed the 2004 season with an injury. Justin Stevens (Midland) comes to UTA after earning honorable mention honors at Midland College. Last season, Stevens hit .373 with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs. Kyle Thomason (Hurst) comes to UTA after hitting .347 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs at Vernon Junior College. Over the summer, Thomason was selected to play in the Texas Collegiate League Dr. Pepper Futures Game. Nathan Warrick (Belton) transfers to UTA after playing last season for Texas. Warrick appeared in 26 games for the Longhorns and hit .256 with six RBIs and seven stolen bases. Prior to his time in Austin, Warrick was an all-state performer on the diamond and the gridiron at Belton High School. Boomer Welles (Beverly Hills, Calif.) comes to UTA from Oral Roberts where he hit .257 with six doubles, one home run and 19 RBIs. Welles began his collegiate career as a an all-conference football player at Santa Monica Junior College before becoming an all-conference baseball player at Glendale College. Brock Wilson (Dallas) comes to UTA after leading his Lake Highlands team to a district and bi-district championship. A two-time first team all-district selection, Wilson hit .429 with 21 stolen bases as a senior. UTA finished the 2004 season with an overall record of 32-26, and a 14-13 mark in conference play.

 

 

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