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Sox Add Two Versatile Pitchers

April 17, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

Andre Jones did not get much time on the mound a freshman, finishing the spring with just 6.1 innings and an ERA that was close to 10. After a redshirted season, he cut his runs allowed in half last year, with a 4.87 ERA over 20 innings, and he has stayed on his pace this spring.

Now a junior, Jones has already thrown 16.1 innings over a staff-leading seven appearances. His 2.20 ERA is the best on the team. Having started twice, his 12 Ks are more than double his walks.

"Getting to work with Andre at Cal, this kid shows the determination and desire to not only better himself on a daily basis, but to better his teammates," said Anthony Rebyanski, the BlueSox Director of Player Personnel and an assistant coach at California University of PA.

"Andre has made both relief appearances along with spot starts thus far for Cal. Whatever role we decide to use him in we know he will be up for the challenge as we look for him to be one of the upperclassman leaders on the pitching staff."

Jones played football and basketball in addition to baseball at Union High School in New Castle, PA. He lettered all four years and was named to All-Section and All-County teams.

Larry Wood, P, Northwood University

Having allowed just eight runs over 46.1 innings, the top three arms out of Northwood University's bullpen have been great this spring, and Larry Wood has been a big part of that. The sophomore will look to keep that theme rolling into the summer for Butler.

"Larry is a late pickup for us, but one that I believe will help bolster our bullpen in a big way," said Rebyanski.

"He does have the ability to start which could prove to be beneficial over the long haul of our season. Being left handed, we believe that he can help us in numerous ways and are glad that he will be joining us this summer."

Wood will be one of two Michigan natives on the Sox this summer—Northwood University is located in Midland, Michigan. The Timberwolves are members of the Great Lakes Conference.

His 18.1 innings have already surpassed his output from a year ago when he threw 16.1 as a freshman. Wood has cut in half his walk-rate, which has led to his ERA dropping from 5.51 last season to 2.45 this spring.

Radford Trio Looking To Have Strong Showing

April 13, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

Danny Hrbek came off the bench most games last season for Radford University, but he has established himself as the starting first baseman in his sophomore campaign. He has been in the starting lineup all 35 of the Highlanders' games, which they have gone 23-12.

"We have always tried to find a couple of players that can play dual roles during the summer, and Danny is going to be one of those guys to fit that mold," said Anthony Rebyanski, the BlueSox Director of Player Personnel.

He has hit for a .294 OBP and shown some power with two home runs, tying him for second on the team. The native of Effort, PA set a new personal best with three hits on March 15, including a single that knocked in the game-winning run in extra innings.

Austin Ross on the mound in Lorain, about to clinch the Sox first-ever trip to the post-season.

The life of a reliever is not always exciting—Kyle Zurack's record is still 0-0 on the spring—but he has done his job over eight relief appearances. The sophomore from East Amherst, NY has a 3.24 ERA with four strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

"Another guy that I believe will be an impact guy for us, Kyle has the ability to be a late inning stopper for us this summer," said Rebyanski.

"As (Austin) Ross did last year, we believe that Kyle is going to be able to eat up important innings for us and help our pitching staff be successful. A deep bullpen is important in a long season and quality arms are what we look for and believe we found another one in Kyle."

Zurack was on the hill in 19 games last season, striking out 11 over 17.2 frames of work.

"Radford has been very good at sending us impact players..."

Austin Ross, who we profiled a few weeks ago, will be the third representative from the Highlanders to the Sox this summer. He has a 4.13 ERA over 24 innings this spring, including two starts and a strong 25:8 strike out to walk ratio. He led Butler in relief appearances last summer, averaging 11.5 K/9 innings, and was an All-Star.

"We are excited to have players of this caliber come to Butler," said Rebyanski, who managed the Sox for the past four summers, "Radford has been very good at sending us impact players, and with Hrbeck, Ross, and Zrack, they have continued that trend."

Radford is coming off a record 12 consecutive wins; they are 10-2 against conference opponents this spring.

Next Game

May 27, 2015