The Florida Atlantic University baseball team welcomes 16 new members to the 2015 team, as announced by FAU Head Coach John McCormack.
“I want to first thank the assistant coaches and our support staff for all their hard work,” McCormack said. “It is great to finally get everyone on campus. This is a talented group and I am looking forward to watching these guys grow in the classroom and on the field.”
Devon Carr, a 6-foot, 2-inch left-handed pitcher, joins the Owls as a transfer from the State College of Florida. He had a perfect 4-0 record in 2013 with a save in his 19 appearances. In 24.2 innings of work, the Sarasota native owned an ERA of 3.28 with 13 strikeouts on the season.
Stephen Chamblee, an infielder and right-handed pitcher, comes to FAU from Plant High School in Tampa. A 2012 underclass honorable mention, Chamblee earned several distinguished titles in his varsity career. In 2014, his performances earned him a spot on the Perfect Game All-Region honorable mention team, All-Western Conference first team, FACA All Star team, and the Tampa Times & Tribune first team. Last season, he hit .379 with 18 RBI and four doubles. A solid contact hitter, Chamblee struck out just 27 times in his 67 games and 233 career plate appearances.
A 6-foot, 5-inch pitcher from Pompano Beach, Weston Clemente was both a defensive and offensive threat at Westminster Academy. The incoming freshman struck out 59 batters in 47 innings in 2012, maintaining an ERA of 2.71, while batting .343 with 25 RBI. Clemente graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named 3A All-County, ranking in the top five in RBI and top 10 in home runs while earning a 10-1 record.
The National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the Year and All-American, Roman Collins comes to FAU via Des Moines Area Community College where he honed his game to become one of the best in the nation. Collins hit .435 with and ranked third in the nation with 91 hits last season. He led the nation in RBI with 75, slugged .756 and belted 12 home runs and 25 doubles, scoring 67 runs. A native of Maple Grove, Minn., the big framed Collins is 6-feet, 2-inches and 205 pounds, and also has speed with a 60-yard dash clocked at 6.65 seconds.
Robbie Coursel, a 6-foot, 2-inch pitcher from Michigan City, Ind., transfers to FAU from St. Pete College. He earned four victories last season, striking out 39 batters for an average of 7.11 per game. Coursel allowed just 25 walks in 49.1 innings of work and dealt nine strikeouts over seven innings in his final game against South Florida State College on April 26. Coursel graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg.
Christian Dicks, an All-American outfielder from Jacksonville, comes to FAU by way of Tallahassee Community College. A graduate of Providence High School, Dicks was First Team All-State, FACA All Star, Under Armour All-American, and a two-time state champion in 2008 and 2012. Last season, he hit .352 with eight home runs, six triples and five doubles, tallying 54 RBI. His speed helped him swipe 19 bases and earn an OBP of .458. At TCC, Dicks earned First Team All-Panhandle Conference and Second Team All-State.
The son of a former professional baseball player, Alex House stands at 6-feet, 2-inches and joins FAU’s pitching staff. The Winter Park native struck out 68 in 67 innings last season, owning an ERA of 1.46 at Lake Howell High School. Last spring, House earned First Team All-Conference and All-County and was invited to the exclusive Perfect Game National Showcase. House is listed as the 16th best pitcher in the nation by StudentSports.com and earned a spot on Perfect Game’s 18U BCS All-Tournament Team as the MVP Pitcher.
Nick Jones transfers to FAU from Kirkwood Community College. The Boynton Beach native hit a whopping .457 in his first season of college baseball, earning All-Region Honorable Mention. Jones tallied 21 runs and 17 RBI in 2014, drawing 14 walks and stealing three bases.
A 2014 Florida Region honorable mention, Gunnar Lambert hit a bases-clearing single to in the championship game to give Hagerty High School the District 2-8A title on April 28. The Oviedo native was named second team All-Conference in 2014 as a catcher after he guided the team to a record of 19-9 and 8-2 in conference play.
Brett Lashley, who hails from Lake Worth, played his first two seasons at Palm Beach State College where he excelled as an infielder. Lashley earned First Team All-State and first team All-Conference, batting .398 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 30 RBI last season. His performance in the classroom was just as impressive, earning him the honors of NJCAA Academic All-American and PBSC Male Academic Athlete of the Year. Lashley was also named first team All-Conference and All-County and was a Gold Glove winner at Park Vista High School.
Jorge Marrero, a 6-foot, 2-inch right-handed pitcher, transfers in from Felician College after spending his first year at Broward College. The Pembroke Pines native compiled an ERA of 2.73 with seven victories and two saves in his 15 appearances at Broward College. He averaged 6.5 strikeouts per game and was named second team All-Conference. Marrero attended Pembroke Pines Charter High School, where he earned Broward County honorable mention.
Ryan Miller, a 6-foot, 1-inch catcher, comes to FAU from Venice High School in Sarasota. In 2013, Miller helped lead his team to the 7A Florida State Championship and the Perfect Game Memorial Day Championship. He hit .337 with 24 RBI and 18 runs to go along with three extra-base hits. In 2014, Miller improved his numbers with an average of .377 with 18 runs scored and six doubles.
Mark Nowatnick, a 5-foot, 11-inch pitcher, enters as a freshman out of Cardinal Gibbons High School. The Pompano Beach native dealt one of the most impressive performances in the nation last year, striking out 18 batters in a complete-game shutout in the 5A regional quarterfinal on April 30. He was named a Preseason All-Region player in 2014 by Perfect Game and earned All-County at the end of the year.
Matthew Oujo is a 6-foot, 1-inch graduate of St. Rose High School and hails from Sea Girt, N.J. Last season, he helped guide his team to an unblemished conference record of 9-0. The catcher was also an All-Division designated hitter, batting .333 in his senior season.
Randy Oliva, a utility player from Tampa, is an All-Conference and All-Hillsborough County honoree out of Gaither High School. Last season, he hit .319 with five home runs and 20 RBI. For his career, Oliva tallied 43 RBI and 43 runs and improved his batting average each of his four years, ending his career as a Florida Region honorable mention.
Blake Sanderson pitched his Boone High School team to the Class 8A, District 4 title last season. The Orlando native was named All-Metro honorable mention, ranked in the top 25 in the Orlando Sentinel Batting Average Leaders and guided his team to a WWBA National Championship. At the plate, the 6-foot righty hit .430 on the season and also saw time at shortstop.