Smith Adds Pair of Transfers for 2008 Season
Jan. 10, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team has added two transfer players for the 2008 roster, head coach Tracy Smith announced. Jerrud Sabourin (San Diego, Calif./University of Arizona) and Wes Wilson (Lexington, Ky./Mississippi State) will be eligible as freshmen for the Hoosiers' upcoming campaign.
"Jerrud and Wes can both come in and have an immediate impact for us," Smith said. "They both have strong baseball backgrounds and are good character guys as well. We're very pleased to add them to our roster for the spring."
Sabourin spent one semester at Arizona after playing three years of baseball at Torrey Pines High School under head coach Matt Chess. There, Sabourin helped Torrey Pines to a No. 7 national ranking at one point during the 2007 season, as the team went 29-6 and finished second in San Diego County. The first baseman hit .390 with four home runs, 12 doubles and 34 RBIs at the plate, and also went 6-2 with a 2.73 ERA on the mound. He was named First Team All-Palomar League, First Team All-North County and to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic First Team.
"Jerrud played for one of the best high school teams in the nation last year," Smith said. "He is a strong left-handed batter that will challenge for immediate playing time at first base for us. We expect big things out of him right away."
As a junior, Torrey Pines went 28-6 to finish third in San Diego County, winning the first of two Palomar League Championships in Sabourin's tenure. Sabourin was named Second Team All-Palomar League as he posted a .360 average and had a 1.77 ERA on the mound. He also played for the 2006 USA Baseball Junior Olympics West team. The son of David and Michele Sabourin has one brother, Joshua, and was born on Nov. 2, 1989. He intends to major in biology at IU.
Wilson spent the fall at Mississippi State after spending three years under Larry Poynter at Bryan Station High School. In his final campaign, the catcher led his team in batting average (.436), home runs (3), runs (32), stolen bases (21), slugging percentage (.674) and on-base percentage (.504). He was named to the all-city team in both his junior and senior seasons, and in his final campaign, he helped Bryan Station to a regional tournament appearance.
"Wes is a very solid catcher, both defensively and at the plate," Smith said. "We began the year thin at the position, and felt that adding Wes at the break will give us the depth we need to compete in the Big Ten throughout the season."
Wilson also played three years of football at Bryan Station, and was named all-city in each of his final two years. As a senior, he was his team's MVP as well. Wilson, who intends to major in sport communications/marketing at IU, has one brother, Austin, and one sister, Macon. The son of Ward and Susan Wilson was born on Aug. 18, 1989.
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