Thursday, November 10, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb University has signed three pitchers and one infielder to national letters of intent Bisons head baseball coach Jeff Forehand announced on Thursday.
Austin Sistrunk is expected to make an immediate impact in the infield for the Bisons after a solid season at nearby Franklin High School and a great summer with the Music City Outlaws. After hitting .346 with seven homers and a .654 slugging percentage for the Rebels, Sistrunk picked up the pace with the Outlaws posting a .462 batting average and .750 slugging percentage at the plate.
“Austin is a player that we have watched for a long time,” said Forehand. “He is going to fit into everything we do at Lipscomb University. He will immediately make an impact on our team. He is a ‘baseball player’, a guy that will make us all better because he is a tireless worker.”
Looking to bolster the Lipscomb pitching staff are high school seniors Dalton Keck, Christian Miller and Denton Norman.
Keck went 10-2 last season for Christian Academy of Knoxville leading the Warriors to a third-place finish in the 2011 AA state tournament. The Knoxville native posted a 2.42 ERA on the hill as a junior and fanned 76 batters in 66 innings of work before playing summer ball with the Knoxville Stars.
“Dalton has unlimited potential,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “He is a guy that immediately attracts you to him. He has the work ethic and ability to be an outstanding pitcher. When you talk to him he just has ‘it’ and is a great person as well. We look forward to his impact on all of us.”
Hailing from the powerhouse Loganville High School program, the southpaw Miller threw a no hitter this past summer with the Atlanta Blue Jays and was named one of the “Georgia Top 100 Underclassmen” in 2011.
“As a left-handed pitcher, Christian is going to make an immediate impact as well,” said Forehand. “His potential is off the chart. He is a great fit for us as we continue to have very productive lefthanders come through our program. He is blessed with a natural ability that will make a great addition to our team.”
Rounding out the arms for 2013, Norman hails from Katy, Texas where he is the captain for the Katy Seven Lakes where he was named all-district last season as a junior. Norman spent this past summer playing for the Texas Rebels where he was a force on the mound.
“Denton is the prototypical right-handed pitcher with a great body and great desire to be the best,” said Forehand. “He will make an immediate impact on our team but also has a tremendous upside. Denton is the guy that every coach is looking for, a great student and the potential to be outstanding on the mound.”
The Bisons take the field in 2012 on Feb. 17 hosting Evansville to open the season as part of the “Mule Mix Classic”.