Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC baseball coaching staff announced the signing of four players, and the arrival of two transfers for the 2016-17 academic year. Head Coach Bob Mumma and Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Liam Bowen and staff are very high on their latest class, as the Retrievers look to continue their recent run of success.
"We are very excited about the players we added during this recruiting cycle. Our staff worked hard to put this class together, and it is no secret that talented players are the foundation of any good team, and this group will help us in the years to come," Mumma said about the new signees.
"As usual, we tried to take advantage of different kinds of opportunities to bring the best players and highest character guys to UMBC," Bowen said about the class. "This class is a mix of players, and we are looking forward to getting all these guys here and continue to build the program," he added.
Austin comes to UMBC after spending 2013-15 with Bethune-Cookman. Austin threw a total of 127.7 innings with 90 strikeouts and a 4.91 ERA. The Sykesville native competed in the Cal Ripken League during that span, totaling 108.1 innings, fanning 98 batters with a 3.08 ERA. Austin will have to sit out 2016 due to NCAA transfer rules, and be eligible to pitch in 2017.
"Michael has a world of unrealized potential, and is working hard on his craft," Bowen said about Austin. "We believe Michael will continue to make strides and be a big contributor in 2017."
Campbell comes to UMBC by way of Arkansas. The Virginia native was a medical redshirt this past spring for the Razorbacks, and previously played at McLennan Community College in Texas. While at McLennan, Campbell hit .333 with 15 steals. He also spent one year at the University of North Carolina before heading to McLennan. Campbell was a Perfect Game Top 500 recruit coming out of high school.
"Matt is an elite defensive shortstop coming to us from the best baseball conference in the country. Even more, he has a high baseball IQ, and we fully expect him to help the team next year," Bowen stated.
Amherst, N.Y./St. Joseph's Collegiate/Niagara County Community College
Matre has spent the past two seasons playing for Niagara County Community College in New York. A native of Amherst, N.Y., Matre was named First Team All-Region last year at NCCC. He went 6-1 with a 1.83 ERA in nine appearances. Matre played his high school ball at St. Joeseph's Collegiate Institute (NY), where he was named MMHSA Catholic League Player of the Year in 2013.
"Matre was as good as any junior college arm in the Northeast last spring, playing for a first-rate coaching staff at Niagara," Bowen said highly of Matre. He continued, "His experience and feel for pitching are going to be a big help to next year's staff as we graduate a number of contributors."
Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Township High School
Shatto will join the Retrievers from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Lancaster Township High School. He was named a Perfect Game Underclass All-American last season, as well as being a Top 1,000 recruit by Perfect Game. As a junior, he threw out 64% of runners.
"Matt (Shatto) has the tools to be a top shelf catch and throw guy. His ability to shut down the running game stood out in the recruiting process," Bowen said. "He definitely has some extra base potential with the bat, and we look forward to developing him in our system."
Hometown/Miami Senior High School
Torres will head to the Northeast after helping Miami Senior to back-to-back district championships in 2014 and 2015. This past spring, he hit .391 with nine doubles and two triples, while earning First Team All-District honors.
"Florida is not a typical recruiting area for us, but we made an exception for a good player in Christian's case," Coach Bowen said about Torres. "He has been the shortstop at his school since he was a freshman, and it shows with the way he defends. He is a rare young switch hitter that is polished from both sides of the plate, and we think he has a bright future at UMBC."
Hometown/St. James School (Md.)
Wilson was named Washington County Pitcher of the Year this past season. He holds the school single season and career records in both earned run average and strikeouts. This past spring as a junior, Wilson had 60 strikeouts with a 1.65 ERA in 42.1 innings pitched.
"Mitchell was the first verbal commitment in this class and for good reason. He is the prototypical Retriever on the mound who has great command and competes every pitch," Bowen said of Wilson. "His is very much in the mold of our current pitching staff and should help us keep building a tradition on the mound."