Baseball Adds Southpaw to Recruiting Class
Nov. 30, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Tracy Smith and the Indiana baseball team have added another pitcher to their 2008 signing class with the addition of left-hander Drew Leininger (Poway, Calif./Poway). Leininger brings the Hoosier early signing class to five players, three of which come from Southern California.
"Drew has been a multi-sport athlete at his high school." Smith said. "The good part about that is it highlights his athleticism. The downside, if there is one, is he hasn't spent much time solely on baseball, which is perfectly fine with us. Because of the number of talented pitchers at Poway last season, Drew flew under the radar for a good part of the spring and summer. However, Drew works with one of the best pitching coaches in the country in Dominick Johnson, and every time out this fall his velocity kept creeping up into the high 80s. We think we got a quality LHP with a tremendous upside."
Under head coach Bob Parry, Poway has seen eight players move on to the Division I ranks in the last two seasons, and five of the team's pitchers have earned D-I scholarships over the last three years. Leininger, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound lefty, is one of the top all-around athletes in the area, as he was the only player at his school to earn letters in basketball, baseball and football in the same season. He helped the baseball squad to a spot in the California Interscholastic Federation semifinals in baseball and led his football team to the state finals and a San Diego county championship.
Leininger will see a couple of familiar faces when he comes to campus, as Poway teammate Alex Dickerson also signed with the Hoosiers during the early signing period. Additionally, Leininger played on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays scout team with Dickerson and fellow IU signee Cody Webber. Leininger elected to sign on with the Hoosiers over Oregon and Loyola Marymount.
In addition to the three recruits from California, Indiana also signed a pair of the top players in Indiana in catcher Josh Lyon (Indianapolis/Heritage Christian) and pitcher Blake Monar (Rockport, Ind./South Spencer).
The Indiana baseball team will begin its 2008 schedule on Friday, Feb. 22, when it heads to Baton Rouge, La., for the first game of a three-game set against LSU.
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