MERIDIAN- Meridian Community College baseball coach Chris Rose announced Monday the signing of former Ole Miss baseball player, Tyler McMullen to the MCC baseball program.
McMullen, who played at Southeast Lauderdale high school, was a redshirt freshman pitcher for the Ole Miss Rebel baseball team in 2006-07.
"With the addition of Tyler to our already solid recruiting class, we're in great shape for next season," said Coach Rose. "Tyler is an impact player with ability to field, hit and pitch and that's a great combination for us."
McMullen was a four-time letterwinner at Southeast Lauderdale under head coach Shay Cooper as a pitcher, catcher and third baseman. He was a four-time All-State selection, named Second Team as a freshman (2003) before earning First-Team honors (2004, 2005, 2006). He posted an 8-3 record with six saves as a senior with a 1.23 ERA as he struck out 122 batters in 62.1 IP. At the plate he hit .462 as a senior with 14 home runs, 43 RBI, 16 doubles and two triples. He was a two-time Offensive MVP selection (2004, 2005), named Team MVP as a senior (2006) and selected as a pre-season Louisville Slugger All-American as a senior.
McMullen also lettered three years in soccer and a year in football Southeast.
"I feel comfortable with the guys here," said McMullen who is from Lauderdale County. "MCC has a great program and I am looking forward to helping out in anyway that I can."
Coach Rose added that McMullen will either play third base, catcher or relief pitcher for the Eagles next season, wanting to take advantage of his power at the plate also.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY LEFTY INKS WITH NEMCC BASEBALL
OXFORD, Miss.-- Jake Mills helped lead the Lafayette County High School baseball team to a 23-10 record during the 2007 season. Monday the left-handed pitcher/first baseman capped his senior year by signing a letter of intent to play baseball for Coach Kent Farris at Northeast Mississippi Community College beginning in the fall of 2007.
Mills helped the Commodores win the 2006 MHSAA class 4-A state title as a junior, and as a senior pitcher led his team by striking out 46 batters.
"Jake is exactly what we were looking for," said NEMCC's Kent Farris, "a big, strong left-hander who knows how to win. He provides us a really solid arm on the mound from the left side. He plays first base as well and is an excellent defensive player. Plus, he comes from a winning program under Richie Harrelson at Lafayette. I can't wait to get Jake in a Tigers' uniform."
Sporting a 6-3 record this season on the mound, Mills only gave up 32 hits and three home runs among the 200 batters he faced. At the plate the lefty batted .341 with a .538 slugging percentage. Mills' hitting totals for 2007 include 31 hits, seven doubles, a triple, and three home runs along with 35 RBI. While leading the Commodores in plate appearances with 122, Mills had the second fewest strikeouts among his teammates with only 10, while leading Lafayette County in walks with 20.
"The word I use to describe Jake is solid," said Mills' high school coach Richie Harrelson, a former standout at Ole Miss. "He's a hard worker who loves the game as much as anybody I've ever seen. He's a competitor and is tough as nails. I'm sure he'll have a lot of success under Coach Farris at Northeast."
NEMCC FOOTBALL CAMP DATES SET
BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College will hold a football skills camp on June 6-8 at Keenum Stadium and the adjacent practice field on the NEMCC campus.
Students entering the fourth grade up to those entering the ninth grade are eligible to participate. All applicants will be accepted.
"We have a blast with this every year," said NEMCC head football coach Andy Greening. "It's so much fun for us because we're out there with these kids just teaching football skills without all the pressure of a season. Plus, the kids kind of recharge our batteries because they bring such energy to the camp each day. They just love football."
The cost of NEMCC's football skills camp is $75 for the entire session. The price includes a camp t-shirt and accidental medical insurance. A $40 deposit is required to be mailed in with the application.
Those interested can print a tournament brochure from the Northeast Football website at www.nemcc.edu. For more information contact Andy Greening at 662-720-7351.
NEMCC FOOTBALL TO HOLD BENEFIT GOLF SCRAMBLE
BOONEVILLE, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College head football coach Andy Greening has announced the date and time of an annual golf tournament that will benefit the Tigers' football team. A four-person scramble is set for Tuesday, June 5, at Hillandale Country Club in Corinth beginning at 12 noon.
Cost to participate in the scramble is $100 per person, $400 per team. The price includes cart, greens fees, and a barbecue meal at the end of the day.
"We'll have a lot of fun that day," explained Greening. "We have a big crowd every year. People in this area love to play at Hillandale because it's such a great course. I think a handful of people show up every year just for the food. The biggest plus about this tournament is the proceeds benefit Northeast Football, and plenty of people come out and show their support every year. Hopefully this year will be no different."
For more information or to pre-register contact Andy Greening at 662-720-7351.
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