Nov. 22, 2011
RENO, Nev. - University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers has inked seven players to National Letters of Intent for the 2013 season. Junior college transfer Scott Kaplan will join high school standouts Lance Berringer, Beau Cullen, Michael Fain, Jeffrey Hardy, Shaun Mize and Collin Theroux on the Wolf Pack roster.
“We are very excited about this class of players,” said Powers. “I feel that these last two classes have been filled with young talented players who can put us into the position we want to be in as far as being able to successfully compete at the top of our conference now and in the near future. They are all players who have the ability to compete for playing time right away or provide us the quality of depth and internal competition that is needed to have a quality program.”
Kaplan is currently in his sophomore year at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, Calif. where he plays second base for the Lasers. He was named to the 2011 Southern California All-America team after hitting .397 with 27 runs scored, 33 walks, 10 doubles and 14 RBI as a freshman. The Dana Hills, Calif., second baseman also garnered first-team All-Orange Empire Conference honors following his freshman year at IVC.
Berringer is a left-handed hitting outfielder who attends Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Last season, he hit .266 with 19 runs scored and 25 RBI for a Trojan team that went 21-11. He played on the Rockies fall scout team and was selected to play in the Scout-Associate All-Star game. Berringer participated in the Rawlings Nor Cal World Series and the California North-South All-Star game tryouts. He helped ORHS reach the section championship. A two-sport athlete, he earned second-team all-league football honors this year and the Trojans are currently competing in the second round of the playoffs.
Cullen is a senior at Reno’s Galena High School where he is a pitcher and third baseman. He was named to the Sierra League honorable mention team and garnered academic all state honors.
Fain is a right-handed pitcher who went 8-2 with an ERA of 1.50 as a junior at Clovis High School in Clovis, Calif. He earned first-team All-Tri-River Athletic Conference honors and was named the MVP of the 34-team Fresno Easter Classic. This past summer he played for the North team in the California Baseball Coaches Association 42nd Annual North-South Showcase in San Diego, Calif. Last fall he played for the Florida Marlins Pro Scout team and was chosen to play in the Northern California Professional Scouts Association League All-Star game in Stockton, Calif.
Hardy, from Sunnyvale, Calif., is a right-handed pitcher and first baseman at Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif. His junior year, he batted .271 with seven doubles and 21 RBI. On the mound, he went 2-3 with a 4.27 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 21 innings. He helped HHS reach the Central Coast Section Division 1 tournament.
Mize, from Roseville, Calif., plays middle infield at Woodcreek High School. A two-sport standout, he earned all-league honors in baseball and football. A three-year varsity starter in both sports, he is the starting quarterback for the football team.
A catcher, Theroux batted .493 and hit 10 home runs to help the San Mateo American Legion to a second place finish in 2010. The San Mateo, Calif. native attends Serra High School.
||Hometown (Last school)
||El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS)
||Reno, Nev. (Galena HS)
||Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS)
||Sunnyvale, Calif. (Homestead HS)
||Dana Hills, Calif. (Irvine Valley College)
||Roseville, Calif. (Woodcreek HS)
||San Mateo, Calif. (Serra HS)