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November 19th, 2008
Texas State signs seven baseball recruits for 2010


Texas State’s baseball team could hit with just about anyone last year, but a staff ERA of 5.80 limited the Bobcats to a 30-27 overall record.

Towards improving their situation from the mound, the Bobcats added five pitchers among their seven signees in a 2010 recruiting class announced Tuesday.

“I believe we brought in a class that will do some amazing things for not only the baseball program, but for Texas State as a university,” Texas State baseball coach Ty Harrington said. “Each of the players we have signed comes from a tremendous high school or summer league program that has competed at a high-level and posted a successful finish. We will welcome this maturity and development to the program and watch it expand to a higher level of Bobcat baseball.”

Among the five new pitchers are three left handers – David Ramirez from Bowie High School in Austin, Colton Turner from Joshua and Donnie Hart from Seven Lakes High School in Katy. The two new right handers are Travis Ballew from Rockwall and Hunter Hill from Howard College and Prestonwood Chrstian Academy. Hill is the only junior college player among the signees.

Also joining the Bobcats for 2010 are Katy High School catcher Andrew Stumph and Moody shortstop Christian Gallegos.

Ramirez ended his junior season at Bowie with a 0.99 ERA and 45 strikeouts against 12 walks. He also played last summer for the Austin Wings, who won an amateur national championship. Ramirez batted .321 with a 2.92 ERA for the Wings.

Ballew posted an 8-3 record with a 1.58 ERA in 62 innings last year for Rockwall, which he helped to the Region II quarterfinals in Class 5A.

Stumph should help the Bobcats maintain their penchant for hitting the ball after setting a Katy High record with 51 RBI in 2007, his sophomore season.

“Our coaching staff feels the he is arguably the best hitter in the state and will make a significant mark on our program,” Harrington said.

Gallegos helped Moody to three district champions and a state title in 2007. Moody is 86-17 during Gallegos’ career there.

“Christian falls in line with a long list of talented shortstops we have had at Texas State,” Harrington said.

The Bobcats will open their 2009 slate with a three-day tournament in Arlington that begins on Feb. 20. Texas State will play its home opener in a renovated Bobcat Field on March 3 against Texas.

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