Hoosiers Sign Six to NLI
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana baseball head coach Bob Morgan announced that Chase Gaff (Albion, Ind.), Keith Haas (North Olmsted, Ohio), Chris Hervey (St. James, N.Y.), Trevor McConnell (Bloomington, Ind.), Cameron Satterwhite (Hamilton, Ohio) and Tyler Tufts (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) have signed letters-of-intent to attend Indiana University beginning in the fall semester of 2005.
"I feel we signed a good class," said Morgan. "We signed an infielder, three outfielders and two very good pitchers. I'm very pleased. I think it is a good group, and I'm looking forward for them to join the Hoosier family."
A 6'4, 210-pound right-hander pitcher, Chase Gaff comes to Indiana from Churubusco (Ind.) High School, where he is coached by Mark Grove. The Albion, Ind., native was named the Churubusco MVP after posting the team's lowest ERA and recording the team's highest batting average. He has also earned Rookie of the Year honors during his high school career.
Additionally, Gaff played for the Fort Wayne Dox summer team coached by Stan Leland. He is the son of Brent and Shelly and plans to study medicine. Brent was a pitcher for the New York Mets.
"I'm really exited to continue my baseball career at IU. I hope to really help out this team and program next year," said Gaff.
A second right-handed pitcher on his way to Bloomington is Tyler Tufts (6'1. 175 pounds). The flamethrower from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, was named first team all-conference as a pitcher in 2004 after making second team all-conference as a shortstop in 2003. Tufts attends Nordonia High School and plays for head coach Jason Ciocca. Last season, he compiled a perfect 6-0 record with a microscopic 1.33 ERA. He also struck out 44 batters in 44 innings pitched.
Playing for Jim Lachese and the J.L. Clevelander summer team, Tufts went 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings pitched. The son of Jim and Susan Washabaugh plans to study business at IU.
"I cannot wait to play and help this team as a freshman," said Tufts. "I look forward for the opportunity to play in the Big Ten and a program like Indiana. I'm excited to be a Hoosier."
"Chase and Tyler are going to be outstanding for us," said Morgan. "I feel these guys can come in and be in our Big Ten rotation right away. Their velocity is in the high 80s and low 90s, so I think they can really come in and contribute right away."
Keith Haas (5'9, 175 pounds) heads to the Hoosiers from Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, where he is coming off a star-studded 2004 season. The switch-hitting infielder was named first team OCCAC and earned OCCAC Player of the Week honors. Haas was also selected first team Region XII all-tournament while being selected Lakeland team captain and winning the Lakeland Coaches Award.
Coming to Indiana from St. James, N.Y., Chris Hervey (6'1, 190 pounds) plays for Larry Gallagher at Smithtown High School. An outfielder, Hervey is a two-time all-league member and earned a spot on the 2003 NABF World Series all-tournament team. He bats and throws right-handed. Hervey played for the Bayside Yankees summer team under the direction of head coach Marc Cuseta. The son of Denise and Craig Hervey plans to study physical education.
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