TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005
Baseball Signs Ryan Kramer to National Letter of Intent

July 12, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU baseball team has signed 6-foot-4 first baseman/left-handed pitcher Ryan Kramer (Jacksonville/Providence) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Terry Alexander announced today. Kramer joins left-handed pitcher D.J. Ackley (Lake Mary, Fla.), shortstop Anthony Bernazard (Princeton, N.J.), left-handed pitcher Garrett Dunlap (Phoenix, Ariz.), catcher Brad Simmons (Jacksonville/Terry Parker) and first baseman/outfielder Alex Martinez (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) of Lakeland High School, as part of the Dolphins' 2005-06 recruiting class.

Kramer earned Honorable Mention All-First Coast honors from the Florida Times-Union after batting .440 with two home runs while also committing no errors in the field as a senior. As a junior, he earned team offensive MVP honors after batting .435 with two homers and leading Providence to a 26-9 mark. During his sophomore season, Kramer led the Stallions to a 30-2 record and a state title after batting over .400 with two home runs. He also helped the varsity squad to a 26-6 mark and a spot in the state tournament as a freshman.

A two-sport athlete, Kramer led the Stallions basketball team to a combined record of 97-25 in four years as a forward/center. As a senior, he earned first-team all-state honors after averaging 16.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Kramer also received second-team all-state accolades as a junior after averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest.

"Ryan is a tremendous athlete with a big frame," said Alexander, who is in his 15th season of running the Dolphin program. "With his focus solely on baseball, he can make a tremendous jump in ability over the next couple of years."