Winthrop University is sending a pair of Eagles to play in Harrisonburg this summer.
Sophomore Jace Whitley, a 6′ 3″ 175 pound third baseman is currently posting a .250 batting average in 68 at bats. Whitley has had 17 hits, one double, one home run, 7 walks, drove in 7 RBIs and scored 7 runs. As a freshman saw action in 32 games, hit .182 with 8 hits in 44 at bats and one RBI. He had a .294 on base percentage. In high school Whitley was an All Conference and All County selection as a junior and senior. He also received the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He hit .490 with five home runs and 41 RBI as a high school senior.
Teammate, Sam Kmiec is a 6-0 foot 210 pound left-handed pitcher from Middletown, Delaware. Kmiec is a red-shirt freshman making his presence felt this year on the mound for the Eagles. Kmiec currently has posted a 3.15 ERA in 36.2 innings of work. He has given up 31 hits, 15 runs and 12 earn runs and only 3 walks. The lefty has fanned 29 batters. He has a 1-3 win loss record and 1 save.
As a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), a premiere athletic conference, the Auburn Tigers are tasked with maintaining a level of athletic excellence with veterans as well as developing their young talent. As a way to do both, the Tigers have sent young talent to the Turks over the last few years. When they were in Harrisonburg, Dillon Ortman (2012) was the lone sophomore of a group that consists of Blake Austin, Jay Gonzalez, and Trey Cochran-Gil, all of whom were in their freshman year of eligibility. This summer stands as no deviation to this schema with two red shirt freshman and a true freshman being shipped up to the ‘Burg for 2013. [Click here to read more...]