PIQUA, OH - Coach Grant Reynolds and the OCU Baseball program are pleased to announce the addition of Michael Anderson. Michael was named pitcher of the year and GWOC All-Conference 2nd Team for pitching his senior year of high school. He also earned the following; The Hardman/Gold Award, The Coach Jim Hardman Scholarship, The Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Award, The Alexander Scholarship, and the George Brading Scholarship.
"Michael had some very outstanding outings on the mound his senior year," stated Coach Reynolds, "He will have the opportunity to compete in the fall to see if he will be able to be a 2-way player for us. We were impressed with his mentality on the mound and think he will be a great addition to the pitching staff."
Anderson finished his senior year with a batting average of .333 with 13 RBI's and 2 stolen bases. On the pitching side, Michael finished the season with an ERA of 2.58 and a record of 5-3 in 43 and a third innings pitched. He gained three complete game shutouts in his final high school season against Wapakoneta, Sidney, and hometown rival Troy.
"The thing that excites me the most is coaching, atmosphere, and competition," said Michael Anderson, "I feel it is somewhere I can prove myself, get better, and go on to play from there. I really enjoyed how Coach Reynolds treated me and the fact that he wants to win and knows the game. I choose OCU because when I stepped onto campus, it felt like I belong there. I can't wait to get started."
Michael will look to make a huge impact in his freshman season with the Trailblazers. OCU will be competing in the NAIA for the first time. The Trailblazers finished last season with a record of 15-20.