Nov. 16, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Head Baseball Coach Larry Hays announced today the signing of nine student-athletes who will enroll at Texas Tech in the fall of 2007.
For the first time in his tenure at Texas Tech, Hays signed just one position player with the rest of the class being devoted to the pitching mound. Of Tech's nine signed players for 2008, eight of them are pitchers.
"Our main emphasis for this class from the start has been pitching," said Hays. "We know that at the end of this year, we could stand to lose a lot on the mound and we really feel like these guys can come in here and help us. This group is mixed with older and younger players who have a lot of talent. We are pleased to have them."
Mickey Armstrong, Catcher, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands
Helped lead The Woodlands to both the Class 5A State Championship and National Championship in 2006...First-Team All-State selection by both the coaches and Texas Sports Writer Association...First-Team All-Houston and earned Athlete of the Week honors twice from the Houston Chronicle...Co-Defensive MVP All-Montgomery County...hit .420 as a junior with seven home runs, 10 doubles and 37 walks...tallied a .527 slugging percentage and a .997 fielding percentage.
Chad Bettis, RHP, Lubbock, Texas/Monterey
Only local product of the 2008 signing class for the Red Raiders...was a First-Team All-District, All-South Plains and Second-Team All-City pick in 2006...tallied a 3.32 ERA and a 6-8 overall record...played in 13 games and finished with 63 strikeouts and just 22 walks.
Robert Kilcrease, LHP, Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
Picked up First-Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-State and Central Texas Newcomer of the Year honors last season at Round Rock High...posted an eye catching 0.86 ERA and an 8-1 record in 11 appearances in 2006...finished with 96 strikeouts and 22 walks.
Thomas Pressly, RHP, Highland Village, Texas/Carrollton American Heritage
Earned First-Team All-District honors the last three seasons and was a First-Team All-State selection in 2006...went 8-2 with two saves on the mound last season...finished with an impressive 1.91 ERA in 15 appearances...struckout 77 and walked just 22.
Austin Quick, LHP, Austin, Texas/Cedar Park
Logged a 4-2 record last season at Cedar Park High School...2.94 ERA along with 34 strikeouts.
David Dinelli, RHP, Folsom, Calif./Sierra College
Finished the 2006 season with a 1.98 ERA over 27 1/3 innings of work...allowed just six earned runs...struckout 26 batters.
Lorenzo Douglas, Sachese, Texas/Weatherford College
Drafted out of high school (2005) in the 36th round by the Cincinnati Reds...logged 34 1/3 innings pitched...tallied a 6-0 record with two saves and a 1.83 ERA.
Zach Stewart, RHP, Wichita Falls, Texas/North Central Texas Community College
High School All-State selection at Holiday High School (Holiday, Texas)...recorded 47 innings of work last season at North Central Texas Community College...finished with a 5-2 record and a 4.40 ERA...struckout 49 and walked 23.
Sean Wincher, RHP, San Angelo, Texas/Richland College
Earned First-Team All-Conference and All-Region accolades as well as Second-Team All-America honors in his first season at Richland College...posted a 10-4 record along with two saves...3.15 ERA over 114 innings of work...struckout 91 batters and allowed just 26 walks.