UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- With the Spider Baseball season right around the corner, head coach Tracy Woodson has annonced the signing of the six student-athletes to join the Spiders for the 2017-18 season.
"I want to thank my staff for all their hard work on this 2017 recruiting class. Coach Tyner and Coach Davis are not only exceptional recruiters and coaches, but outstanding people," said Woodson. "I count myself very lucky to work with them day in and day out. That being said, I'm really excited about this class. These six guys are all really smart and dynamic young men. Overall, we have added athleticism and toughness to the program. Our staff believes that this group has the potential to be one of the best pitching classes ever assembled here and we know that this group will have enormous impact on the growth of the Richmond baseball program. I can't wait to get these young men on campus!"
Jordan Schulefand | SS/RHP | Parkland, Fla. (Pine Crest)
- Earned 2016 Rawlings Underclass All-American and Perfect Game High Honorable Mention All-American honors
- Named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2016 Perfect Game 17U/18U National Championship
- In 46 innings with 61 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.83, he earned All-District and Second Team All-County honors
- Also played football at Pine Crest High and is a two-time All-District Quarterback
Coach Woodson on Jordan: "He is a legitimate two-way player from Florida that swings the bat, throws in the upper 80's, and can pick it at short. Jordan possesses real leadership qualities and he plays the game the right way every day. With his talent and make-up, we believe he has the chance to be a very special player for the Spiders. We are really looking forward to seeing how quickly he can get on the field for us next year."
Foster Roy | LHP | Tulsa, Okla. (Metro Christian Academy)
- 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game
- Registered a 1.55 ERA in 2016 at Metro Christian Academy with four wins in 58.2 innings recording 101 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of 1.53
- Pinnacle Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2016
- Named to the Perfect Game WWBA First Team All Tournament Team and a two-time member of the Battle of the Borders Team Oklahoma
- USA Midwest NTIS Team member (2013)
Coach Woodson on Foster: "Foster was a highly sought after recruit and we feel fortunate that he has chosen to continue his baseball career at Richmond. He is an advanced lefty with a fastball that can reach into the upper 80's right now. I can see him being low 90's very soon. Foster has the ability and demeanor to fill a weekend spot immediately."
Davis Payne | 1B | Rexford, N.Y. (Christian Brothers Academy)
- Named 2017 Under Armour Preseason All-American
- Earned 2016 Rawlings/Perfect Game Underclass All-American Third Team honors, was named to the 17U WWBA All-Tournament Team, and picked up Preseason Under Armour All-American honors
- Leads Christian Brothers Academy in fielding percentage and RBI as a three-year Varsity starter and was also a two-year starter for Baseball U Prospects
- Member of the National Honor Society
- Commissioned JROTC Officier - Honor Unit with Distinction
Coach Woodson on Davis: "A big, strong athletic left-handed bat that will have the opportunity to put up monster numbers here at Richmond. Davis is a special talent and the coaching staff is looking forward to helping further his development."
Robbie Frongello | RHP | Apex, N.C. (Middle Creek)
- Two-way starter on 4A Middle Creek Varsity team, winning a Conference Championsip in 2016
- Compiled an 8-3 record with two saves and a 1.17 ERA in 54 innings during varsity career
- Broke the single season Middle Creek High record and posted the lowest ERA in conference in 2016 with an ERA of 0.27 in 26 innings
- Selected to play in Powerade State Games of North Carolina in 2016 and pitched three scoreless innings and was also named to the 2015 Perfect Game WWBA National Qualifier All-Tournament Team
- Wendy's High School Heisman School Award winner, which recognizes achievements of scholar-athletes as well as earning the 2016 North Carolina Amateur Sports Education Scholarship for excellence in academics, athletics, and community service
- Involved in National Honor Society, National Achievers Society, and member of the Honor Roll
Coach Woodson on Robbie: "Robbie is a true submarine pitcher who not only has a unique delivery, but he's a gamer. He wants the ball every day and will have a great chance to set the school record in appearances as he will be an incredibly valuable arm out of the bullpen."
Collin Lowe | RHP | Ridgefield, Conn. (Ridgefield)
- 1.79 ERA with a 7-2 record for the 2016 CT Rangers Summer Team
- Varsity player for the Ridgefield High School since his sophomore year where he earned 2015 All Conference Central Division, 2015 Outstanding Varsity Pitcher Award, and 2016 All-West Pitcher honors
- Also on the Varsity football team (wide receiver, kicker and punter) where he earned Second Team All-FCIAC honors in 2015 and 2016
- In the classroom, he earned High Honors both his freshman and junior years and Honors during his sophomore year
Coach Woodson on Collin: "Collin is very athletic and has a great frame. On the mound, he possesses an above average curve. His best quality though, is how tough he is. He loves to compete. Some of that comes from his multi-sport background. We feel he has not scratched the surface on how good he can be and I expect his growth to take off when we channel that competitiveness full-time into baseball."
Jarrad DeLarso | RHP | Marlton, N.J. (Cherokee)
- Plays AAU for the Tri-State Arsenal Baseball, which is the number one team in the country
- Member of the 2014 and 2015 Super 25 National Champions and a two-time Underclass All-American by Perfect Game
- Member of the Student Advisory Committee, National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society
- Also involved with Relay for Life, SJ Cares, Student Movement Against Cancer, Students Together for Autism Research and Teenagers Helping Intercity Schools
- Volunteers with the Alicia Rose Foundation, Field of Dreams, Marlton Unity Program and the Youth Advisory Committee
Coach Woodson on Jarrad: "Jarrad will make an impact as a reliever right away and could also have an opportunity to work himself into the rotation. He throws from a low three-quarter slot with good deception and a swing and miss breaking ball. He brings a physicality and a toughness to the mound that we haven't had here at Richmond for a long time."