UMBC Baseball Inks Five In Early Signing Period
Head Coach John Jancuska recently announced the signing of five players for the 2008 season.
BALTIMORE—UMBC baseball head coach John Jancuska recently announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent for the 2008 season in the early signing period. Shortstop Richard Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison), outfielder, third baseman, and right handed pitcher Sterling Sams (Vienna, Va./James Madison), outfielder Bryan Russo (Westbury, NY/W.T. Clarke), left handed pitcher Travis Pearson (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West), and outfielder Casey Medairy (Elkridge, Md./Howard) have all committed to attend UMBC and play for Coach Jancuska.
Conlon, a 6’1”, 185 lb. shortstop, and Sams, a 6’4”, 210 lb. outfielder, third baseman, and right handed pitcher are natives of Vienna, Va. and attend James Madison High School. In the 2006 season, James Madison won the district title, was ranked #1 in Virginia and #23 in the country by USA Today. Both Conlon and Sams were chosen to play in the Mid-Atlantic Baseball Classic: “Battle on the Ship” during this past summer, where Sams was rated the #1 prospect and given the Top Hitter Award. Both players also played in the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox Showcase team this fall. In addition, Conlon and Sams were named Second Team All-District during the 2005 season. Sams finished the 2006 season with a .420 batting average, three home runs, and 17 RBI’s. This past summer he was 5-1 on the mound with three saves, 39 K’s, and a 2.12 ERA.
Russo, a 5’11”, 185 lb. outfielder from Westbury, NY led his team to the 2005 New York State Championship title in 2005 with a game-winning three-run homer in the championship game. He was named to the 2005 All-Conference Team as well as the 2006 All-County team and has is a three-year starter at W.T. Clarke. In 2006, Russo led his team with a .442 batting average, 7-1 pitching record with eight earned runs, 63 K’s, and a 1.08 ERA in 52.0 innings.
Pearson, a 6’2”, 215 lb. left handed pitcher from Downingtown, Pa. has been honored as an All-Chesmont selection for the past two years and has participated in the Senior Legion All-Star Game during the past two summers.
Medairy, a 5’9”, 160 lb. outfielder from Elkridge, Md. was picked as a 2006 selection for the Oriolelanders Showcase Team. The four year starter at Howard H.S. was part of the 2002 NABF World Series Championship Team and was the 2005 NABF World Series Batting Champion, boasting a .692 batting average.
“The five players that we signed will fill some obvious needs in the pitching and outfield capacities as UMBC Baseball graduates a strong senior class this year,” said Jancuska.