UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – University of Richmond Spiders head baseball coach Tracy Woodson added three student-athletes to finish his 2014 recruiting class on Monday.
The three student-athletes – Michael Morman, Kyle Adams and Justin Garcia – bring Woodson’s first recruiting class as head coach of the Spiders to 10. Morman, Adams and Garcia join Keenan Bartlett, Daniel Brumbaugh, Sean Collins, Ryan Franceschina, Brandon Johnson, DJ Lee and Brendan McGuigan in the 2014-15 class.
Below are biographies of Morman, Adams and Garcia, as well as a quote on each player from Woodson. For more on the other seven student-athletes, please click HERE.
Michael Morman • OF/3B
6'2 • 190 lbs. • R/R
Rockford, IL • Boylan Catholic H.S. • Valparaiso University
Will have two years of eligibility remaining … Eligible to play starting in 2015 … Led Valparaiso University in batting average (.296), hits (61), doubles (10) and stolen bases (20-20) this past spring ... Named to the 2014 Horizon League First Team ... Medically redshirted in 2012 and 2013 ... Started 55 games as a freshman at Valparaiso University for Head Coach Tracy Woodson ... Named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team in 2011 ... Graduated with a civil engineering degree in May 2014
Coach Woodson on Morman …
"Michael had two unfortunate injuries – ACL tear and back fracture - during his career at Valparaiso University but was completely healthy this spring as evidenced by his stellar season in the Horizon League. We expect him to match that success here at Richmond. Michael adds not only experience and toughness to our line-up but he can flat-out hit and brings speed to the base paths. He is a high-character and ‘team-first’ guy which makes him a great teammate for our returning players and a tremendous asset to the University of Richmond and our baseball program.”
Kyle Adams • C/UTIL
6'3 • 210 lbs. • L/R
White Plains, NY • Salisbury School (CT)
Attended Salisbury School (CT) as a post-graduate in 2013-2014 ... Guided team to a 24-1 record and a top-10 national high school ranking for the 2014 season (#8 overall by Perfect Game) ... Selected All-Western New England Prep School League First Team All Star this past spring ... Named Tournament MVP at 2014 Perfect Game High School Showdown - Academies in Fort Myers, FL ... Led Salisbury in hitting with a .507 batting average, eight doubles, three triples, five home runs and 36 runs batted in .... 2013 Graduate of White Plains High School (NY) ... Voted a three year All League and two year All Sectional honoree ... Awarded All New York State selection in 2013 ... 2012 White Plains Examiner White Plains High School Spring Male Athlete of the Season and distinguished as a Second Team All Star on The Journal News/LoHud.com Westchester/Putnam All Star Team
Coach Woodson on Adams …
"Kyle comes from a family of athletes so it is no surprise that we love his athleticism and tireless work ethic. Add that with his physical build and competitiveness and we believe Kyle has a bright future with Richmond baseball. We project him to be a run-producing middle-of-the-order type bat from the left-side. Kyle has elevated his game to a whole different level this past year and he will have an opportunity to win a position as a freshman.”
Justin Garcia • RHP
6'1 • 170 lbs. • R/R
Colleyville, TX • Colleyville Covenant Christian H.S.
Four-year varsity starter for Covenant Christian Cougars ... Selected a TAPPS 3A all state honoree in both 2013 and 2014 ... Voted a TAPPS 3A first team all district team member all four years ... Named TAPPS academic all state in 2013 and 2014 ... Named District pitcher of the year his junior year and team MVP his senior year ... Led Covenant Christian to a 27-14 record this past spring ... Posted a 1.68 ERA with a 10-3 record and 2 saves ... Tallied an impressive 157 strikeouts in 74.2 innings, only giving up 26 walks and recording a 0.83 WHIP
Coach Woodson on Garcia …
"We are very excited about adding Justin to our pitching staff. He is a polished right-handed pitcher with three pitches and most importantly knows how to pitch and throws strikes. These attributes, along with his competitiveness on the mound, should allow him to make a contribution to our team immediately. We feel very fortunate to be able to sign a young power arm this late in the recruiting process that will be a key piece to our pitching staff for the next four years”