Seven Incoming Freshmen Added to the Bulldogs' Roster for 2011-12 Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team revealed on Friday the addition of the Class of 2015, made up of seven players, to the roster for the upcoming 2011-12 season.
The Class of 2015 includes three pitchers, two infielders, a catcher/first baseman and an outfielder. Yale head coach John Stuper is already looking forward to seeing the seven players join his roster on the field for the coming season.
"We could not be more excited about this year's incoming freshman class," Stuper said. "As a group, they bring a ton of high-level high school experience, versatility, and toughness to our program. More importantly, they are some of the hardest workers we came across all recruiting season. Our coaching staff has high expectations for Yale Baseball's Class of 2015, and are eager to get to work with all of them this fall."
The three infielders include Robert Baldwin, a catcher and first baseman from Austin, Texas, Green Campbell, an infielder from Shreveport, La., and David Toups, an infielder from Houston, Texas.
Baldwin was a three-year letter winner at Westlake High School in Austin, where he helped the team to an appearance in the 2009 Texas 5a State Tournament. Baldwin was selected to the All-District First Team 25-5A in 2010 and the All-District First Team 15-5A in 2011. In 2011, he was also honored with a place on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-Centex Team, the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 5A All-State Team, the Texas High School Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State Team, and the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 5A Academic All-State Team. He earned a place on the Academic All-District Teams in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He also competed for the Austin Wings summer baseball team.
Campbell was a three-year letter winner at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport. He led his team to playoff appearances in each of his three years on the team, including the state semifinals in 2009 and the state quarterfinals in 2011. A team captain in his senior season, he earned a spot on the All-District Team and the Academic All-State composite team in 2011.
Toups was a three-year letter winner at Lamar High School in Houston. He garnered selection to the Houston 20-5A All-District Team in 2010 and 2011. A Houston-area Baseball Coaches Association All Star in 2011, Toups was also selected to the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All State Team in 2011. He played for the Houston Heat Select Baseball program from 2008 to 2010.
The three hurlers added to the Bulldogs' pitching staff include 6-foot left-hander Eric Hsieh from Laguna Niguel, Calif., Nate O'Leary, a 6-foot, 2-inch left-hander from Manteca, Calif., and Ben Joseph, a 6-foot, 1-inch right-hander from Newberry, Fla.
Hsieh is a three-year letter winner at Dana Hills High School. In his junior and senior seasons, he earned recognition on the All-CIF Conference teams. He was also an All-County and All-League selection. Hsieh was the team's captain and MVP as a senior, and he led the team to the CIF playoffs in his final three seasons, including the CIF Finals last year. A four-year scholar athlete, he was also a member of the Quakes Baseball Academy.
O'Leary, a National Merit Scholar, was a First-Team All-League San Joaquin County pitcher in 2010 and 2011. He was also a San Joaquin County All-Star in 2010 and 2011.
Joseph was a four-year starter on the varsity baseball team at Buchholz High School. A 2009 Perfect Game Underclass All-American, Joseph was an All-Area First Team selection in his final three seasons with the Bobcats, and he was the team's Most Valuable Pitcher in 2009 and 2011. A 2011 FACA Florida All Star Game Selection, Joseph was a First-Team All-State selection in 2011 and an All-State Honorable Mention in 2009, as well as a Perfect Game All-Florida Region First Team selection in 2011. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a 4.40 GPA, and he is a member of National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society. He also played for the South Florida Bandits Summer Baseball Organization.
The Class of 2015 also features Joe Lubanski, a 6-foot, 3-inch outfielder from Collegeville, Pa. A three-year letter winner at Malvern Preparatory School, Lubanski was an All-Inter-AC selection as a junior and he led the his team to the Inter-AC League title as a senior. The team captain in his senior season, he was also invited to Perfect Game's National Underclassman Showcase. He was also a two-year letter winner in indoor track. Lubanski also was honored with the Distinguished Honors Award, an honor recognizing his four-year academic record.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity