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Bisons bolster pitching, infield with signings

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Lipscomb Bisons have bolstered their pitching and the middle infield with the signing of seven prospects.

The list includes:

Tyson Ashcraft, 6-4, 195 pounds, can play several different positions. He is the brother of Lady Bisons volleyball player Tory Ashcraft. He plays for Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn.

“Tyson is a going to be a great addition to our team, coach Jeff Forehand said. “ He is very athletic with the ability to play several positions. We feel like offensively he is ready to come in and produce very quickly. He will begin his career on the left side of the infield with the versatility to play first base as well.”

Tyson’s brother, Trent, played baseball for East Carolina. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004.

He has lettered three seasons in baseball. His sophomore year he was the “Rookie of the Year” for the baseball team. He was All-District as a junior, winning a Gold Glove and stealing 28 bases on 30 attempts, a school record.

Joey Cecere, 5-9, 150 pounds, is a strong infielder that will provide depth up the middle for the Bisons. He can play all positions in the infield due to his athleticism. He plays for North Cobb High School in Acworth, Ga.

“Joey is a quick scrappy infielder that gives us depth in the middle,” Forehand said. “Joey is able to play all positions in the infield because he is so athletic. Offensively he fits right in to our scheme because he handles the bat well and is a very disciplined hitter.”

He led North Cobb with 33 hits last season. He was 2009 Under Armour Underclassmen Selection. He serves as team captain of North Cobb.

Noah Chandler is a 6-0, 200-pounder who will find a spot in the infield. He is expected to contribute both offensively and defensively. He is a two-time All-Stater from Jackson Christian School in Jackson, Tenn.

“Noah immediately adds depth to our infield,” Forehand said. “He is a shortstop that can play anywhere on the infield. He has such a high ceiling of what he is going to be able to do while he is here. We are excited to add him to our team both offensively and defensively.”

He has batted .400 or better each season since the eighth grade. As a junior he hit .522 with eight home runs, 19 doubles and 49 runs batted in.

His high school baseball team has played in the state championship three times with one title his freshman season.

Jaesung “Jay” Hwang, a 6-0, 170-pound starting right-handed pitcher from South Forsyth High School in Forsyth, Ga. Forehand expects him to add immediate depth to the staff.

“Jay will be a very good addition to our pitching staff as a freshman,” Forehand said. “He will be ready to compete right away in the Atlantic Sun. Jay adds immediate depth to our staff. He is a very competitive guy that wants the baseball in big situations.”

His father, Hongchul, participated in the 1988 Olympics in the 400-meter hurdle, His sister, Sunju, attends the Pratt Institute, one of top art schools in the world.

He was an honorable mention All-American last season.

Griffin Moore, a 6-5, 210-pound right-hander, could pitch or play in the field for the Bisons because of his hitting ability. He plays at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“Griffin has the opportunity to be a two-way guy for us,” Forehand said. “He has the ability to compete on the mound as well as in the field. The potential for Griffin is very high. He is very talented on the mound but also at the plate. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens for him. The sky is the limit.”

In 2010 he batted .388 with five doubles, four triples, five home runs and 32 RBI. As a pitcher he was 7-1 with a 3.29 earned run average with 45 strikeouts and 14 walks in 51 innings.

He led his team in triples. He also led in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, games started and runners picked off.

Aaron “Sandy” Sandoval, a 6-1, 190-pound shortstop who will transfer from Otero Junior College in Colorado. Sandoval is going to be consistent defensively and will also contribute at the plate. He is from Albuquerque, N.M.

“Aaron is a junior college player that will bring experience to our infield,” Forehand said. “He is a shortstop that can do a lot of different things. He is going to be consistent with the glove on defense and add some punch to our offense.”

Austin Schubert, a 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander, plays baseball for Spring Hill High School in Spring Hill, Tenn. He has been an All-District 12-Aa selection the past two seasons. He pitches but can also hit.

As a junior he was 6-1 with a 3.32 earned run average and 63 strikeouts. He batted .388 as a junior with four home runs and 38 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases.

“Austin is going to add immediate depth to our pitching staff,” Forehand said. “He is a competitor and strike thrower. He has the potential to pitch in many different roles for us. I look forward to quietly watching him have great success.”

The Bisons are expecting at least one more addition to this recruiting class in the next few days.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.