FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007
Baseball adds two more for the 2008 season

June 22, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Coming off the heels of an Atlantic Sun Conference title and NCAA Regional appearance, the JU baseball team is continuing to reload its roster as they add infielder Derik Grimes (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin HS) and right-handed pitcher Billy Schlee (Olivet, Mich.) for the 2008 season.

"These two young men round out an outstanding incoming class for us," said JU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Hayes. "They both bring a great deal of competitiveness and will fit right in with the direction of our program. We anticipate both will make tremendous impacts during their time in a Dolphin uniform."

Grimes batted over .450 at the plate over the last two seasons for Mandarin High School en route to earning consecutive Gateway Conference "Player of the Year" accolades. As a senior, he led the team in batting average and home runs with four, while also legging out four triples and six doubles to earn team "Most Outstanding Player" accolades. He tallied a career and team high .480 batting average with seven doubles and three triples in his junior season.

Schlee joins the Dolphins after leading Kellogg Community College to the national championship game in 2007. He posted an 11-1 record with a 0.65 ERA and fanned 95 batters in 83 innings to earn all-conference, Regional MVP and national championship all-tournament team honors. Schlee was a four-year starter at Olivet High School in Olivet, Mich. In his senior season, he took home second team all-state honors after tallying a 11-1 record with 0.71 ERA strikeouts and 100 strikeouts in 80 innings.

"Overall, this incoming class has a great deal of potential, athleticism and love to play the game," said Hayes. "All of them are good students and possess the character that we expect to have in our program. We are extremely excited to have such a talented group of young men entering our program."

2008 JU Baseball Recruits IF Derik Grimes (Jacksonville, Fla.)
IF Jamaal Hawkins (Marietta, Ga.)
IF Ben Henderson (Albany, N.Y.)
IF K.C. Clabough (Melbourne, Fla.)
IF Glen Johnson (Hobe Sound, Fla.)
IF James Warren (Carmel, Calif.)
OF Chris Connelly (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
OF Kyle Fleming (Jacksonville, Fla.)
OF Jeff Klein (Gainesville, Fla.)
OF Thomas Myers (Lakewood, Colo.)
RHP Steven Eagerton (Jacksonville, Fla.)
RHP Sean Green (Chesterton, Ind.)
RHP Matt Loosen (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
RHP Billy Schlee (Olivet, Mich.)
LHP Matt Tomshaw (Kingston, N.Y.)