Baseball Signs Two More Recruits

MOUNT PLEASANT - Two more student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to play baseball for Central Michigan University.

Joining the Chippewas in the fall of 2004 will be pitcher Josh Collmenter (Homer) and infielder-catcher Troy Moratti (Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids CC).

"We're extremely pleased to sign two players of this caliber during the summer," said CMU head coach Steve Jaksa. "We lost a lot of pitching from last year's team and Josh just kept on getting better and better. He's a great competitor.

"Troy can plays a number of positions and gives us more flexibility. It gives us another left-handed hitter and improves our depth."

Collmenter (6-3, 185) led his team to a state championship and posted an 18-0 record with a 0.13 ERA. He allowed just two earned runs all year. In 105.7 innings, Josh walked just 22 batters and allowed 32 hits while striking out 232 batters.

Moratti (6-0, 175) led Grand Rapids CC to the 2004 National Junior College Division II championship and was named the National Junior College "Player of the Year." He hit .486 with one homer and 37 RBI, and struck out just five times all season.

These two bring to 13 the numbers of players Jaksa and his staff signed for next season.

Signing earlier were: pitcher Nigel Goodwin (Spokane, Washington); infielder Brent Koritko (Burlington, Ontario); infielder Noah Lankford ( Cincinnati, Ohio); pitcher Kurt Lauscher (Grand Rapids CC); pitcher Nathan Pung (Lansing CC); infielder Bryan Resnick (Orange, California); pitcher Jeff Richard (West Bloomfield), pitcher Josh Ruhlman (Chesterfield); pitcher-infielder Ben Schultz (Hunting Valley, Ohio); catcher Tyler Stovall (Loveland, Ohio); and pitcher Greg Witkowski (Saginaw).

The Chippewas won the 2004 MAC title with a record of 18-6 and finished with a 33-24 record.

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