Hoosiers Sign Six to NLI

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    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.

    In 43 games, Haas batted .396 with 42 stolen bases in 44 attempts and 41 runs scored. Haas stole 18 bases in 19 attempts while plating 21 runs and posting a .393 average in 16 conference games. Haas is coached by Howie Krause and plans to study business at Indiana. He is the son of Ken and Rosemary Hass.

    "I'm very excited to attend Indiana next year and cannot wait to join the team. I'm really excited to come to IU," said Haas.

    "We filled a big infield need with Keith. He is very fast and can really play. He is going to be a good player for us," said Morgan.


    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.

    "I chose Indiana University because I felt it was the best place for me to pursue both athletics and academics," said Hervey. "It is one of the greatest balances of athletics and academics in the country. There is a great coaching staff at Indiana that will push me to become the best ballplayer I can be. I believe Indiana gives me the best shot to realize my dream of playing professional baseball."

    Trevor McConnell (5'9, 185 pounds) is a star outfielder at Bloomington South High School for head coach Grier Werner. Prior to arriving in Bloomington, McConnell was a member of the state champion Parkview Baptist High School team in Baton Rouge, La., as a freshman. Upon arriving in Bloomington his sophomore season, he helped lead South to a sectional championship. Last season, McConnell hit .391 and led the team in runs, triples and tied for the team lead in hits. In addition to his success on the diamond, McConnell has played quarterback, running back and secondary for the South football team.

    As a member of the Indiana Bulls summer team, McConnell hit .384 in 46 games this past summer, scoring 36 runs and pounding out 43 hits, 12 doubles and 27 RBI. He also stole eight bases in 10 attempts.

    McConnell is equally successful in the classroom, spending the last two years on the Honor Roll. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and attended the National Leadership Conference. McConnell is the son of Bob and Barbara McConnell. Bob is the wide receivers coach for the Indiana football team. McConnell plans to study business or pre-dentistry at IU.

    "I am excited to have the opportunity to play baseball at IU. It's a chance to play Big Ten baseball and receive a great education," said McConnell.

    Cameron Satterwhite (6'0, 170 pounds) is an outfielder from Hamilton, Ohio, where he attends Moeller High School. In 2004, he was named first team All-GCL in addition to being selected to the all-city team. En route to being named Moeller's Most Outstanding Player and the team's Offensive Player of the Year, Satterwhite produced a school-record 26-game hitting streak. Satterwhite played for the Midland summer team and head coach Jeff Neumann. He is the son Carl and Dawn Satterwhite.

    "I'm excited to head to IU," said Satterwhite. "As soon as I visited campus, I knew it was where I wanted to ago. I'm ready to get started and ready to be a Hoosier."

    "We were able to sign Cameron out of Cincinnati and Trevor, an outstanding talent from Bloomington. Chris is a strong hitter from New York. All three of these guys can play and will give us a boost in the outfield," said Morgan.




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