Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball head coach Bob Mumma has announced four signees to the 2017-18 recruiting class. High school seniors Dmitri Floyd, Aaron Husson, and Nick Trabacchi join junior college transfer David Lyskawa to make up next fall's incoming class.
"I am excited to welcome four incoming players to join the UMBC Baseball family," Mumma said of his newcomers. "Each of these players have a chance to be significant contributors to the program early in their career. Dmitri, Aaron, David, and Nick all embody what it means to be a Retriever. They are passionate about the game and about being here at UMBC."
Dmitri Floyd, Dover, Del./Dover HS, Catcher
Floyd comes to Baltimore after playing three years on the varsity team at Dover High School. He earned all-conference accolades, ranking as the 15th-best player and third-best catcher in Maryland/Delaware by Prep Baseball Report.
"Dmitri is a very polished defensive catcher with a lot of upside at the plate. He has been very well-coached at the high school level by Dave Gordon, and it shows when you watch him play. But my favorite part about Dmitri is the intangibles. He is exactly the kind of intelligent and intense competitor we need at that position. We are definitely excited about his future," UMBC pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Liam Bowen said.
Aaron Husson, Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack Area HS, Pitcher
Husson will join the Retriever pitching staff after three years of varsity baseball at Wallenpaupack Area High School in northeast Pennsylvania. He earned all-conference honors on the mound during his time with the Buckhorns.
"Aaron is a good pitcher now but his best days are ahead of him. He is a physical and competitive kid with an arm that really works. He impressed me with his dedication to his craft on the mound and the improvements that he has made in 2016. Our success on the mound here has been built on smart guys that love the development process and Aaron fits that mold perfectly," Bowen said.
David Lyskawa, East Amherst, N.Y./Niagara County Community College, Pitcher
Lyskawa comes to UMBC after a playing at Niagara County Community College, where he was a starter on the Thunder Wolves' staff. He helped NCCC to a 45-7 record last year, reaching the Junior College World Series. He earned all-star status, leading the NYCBL (New York College Baseball League) in wins this past summer.
"Every good pitching staff in college baseball seems to have a lefty like David Lyskawa, so I am happy that we got ours. His feel for pitching is really advanced, a credit to his work ethic and the great work Matt Clingersmith and his staff do at Niagara County. With continued development, I see him as a potential starter at our level and can't wait to start working with him," Bowen said.
Nick Trabacchi, Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West HS, Pitcher/Infielder
Trabacchi was ranked as the 15th-best player and sixth-best pitcher on Long Island by Blue Chips Prospects after earning All-County lauds as both a pitcher and infielder at Smithtown West High School.
"Nick is such a cool story. He is (former Retriever 1B/OF and All-America East player) Anthony Gatto's next-door neighbor on Long Island. He has been coming to our annual team dinners at the Gatto's house for years and, like Anthony, is a first-rate character guy. It just so happens that he can really play too. He is definitely going to help us on the mound and may get a chance to swing it as well," Bowen said.
"We are certainly excited about this class, both the players that we are announcing today and the guys we can't talk about just yet. All the members of the coaching staff really worked hard to bring these guys to campus. We have been together as a staff for awhile now and I think we have done a good job of refining exactly what we are looking for in players. This class reflects that and we can't wait to coach them," Bowen stated of the class as a whole.
The Retrievers open the 2017 season at the Liberty Tournament in Lexington, S.C. on February 24-26. UMBC will face Liberty on Feb. 24 before playing two against St. John's the next two days.