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table of contents Table of Contents / Credits................ 3 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT This is Radford Baseball................. 4-5 New Year, New Home.................... 6-7 Baseball Indoor Facilities.................. 8 Clubhouse...................................... 9 Strength & Conditioning................. 10 Student-Athlete Support................. 11 Sports Medicine............................. 12 Big South Conference..................... 13 COACHING STAFF Head Coach Joe Raccuia.............14-15 Assistant Coach Brian Anderson....... 16 Assistant Coach Kyle Werman......... 17 Vol. Assistant Rick Oliveri............... 18 DeMarini Ad.................................. 19 2011 SEASON / ATHLETES 2011 Schedule / Opponents............ 20 Baseball Quick Facts...................... 21 2011 Highlanders.......................... 22 Bobby Bolling................................ 23 Cory Cook.................................... 24 Alex Guerra.................................. 25 Robert Lamas............................... 26 Cassidy McDaniel........................... 27 Jake Quigg................................... 28 Brad Wimmer................................ 29 Zach Costello................................ 30

Paul DeVito................................... 31 Greg Juanarena............................. 32 Jeff Kemp..................................... 33 Matt Hillsinger............................... 34 Matt Mack.................................... 35 Brett Mollenhauer.......................... 36 Jason Patten................................. 37 Carl Travers.................................. 38 Abram Williams............................. 39 Phil Bondi..................................... 40 Derrick Brewer.............................. 41 Ryan Burgess................................ 42 Eddie Butler.................................. 43 Cory Turner.................................. 44 Daniel Wright................................ 45 James Woods................................ 46 Newcomers................................... 47 Freshmen.................................48-49 TRADITION Highlanders Legacy....................50-51 A History of Pros........................... 52 All-Time Honors............................. 53 RADFORD UNIVERSITY Radford University at a Glance....54-55 New River Valley.......................56-57 Radford University Athletics........58-59 Athletic Director Robert Lineburg..... 61 President Penelope Kyle.................. 60

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ON THE COVER: Radford’s 2011 Captains (L-R) Brett Mollenhauer, Jake Quigg, Alex Guerra, Jeff Kemp CREDITS: The 2011 Radford University Baseball Yearbook was designed, written and edited by Patrick Reed, Director of Athletic Multimedia Services at Radford University with assistance from the RU Athletic Communications office. Cover design concept by Cory Durand. Photography courtesy of Tim Cowie, Willis Glasgow, Todd Drexler, and Lora Gordon.

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NEW YEAR... RU Baseball to unveil its new stadium in 2011

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The home of Radford University’s baseball program is changing this season, as the High landers will be able to turn on the lights for the first time, and welcome fans to a brand-new 700-seat stadium. In addition to the transformation, the project is a historic one for Radford University athletics: all funds for the upgrades are being privately raised, a first in the department’s history. The expansion project will give the Highlanders a stadium that is capable of hosting highlevel competition, including the Big South Tournament. “The Radford University baseball program has come a long way in three short years,” head coach Joe Raccuia says. “ We have made tremendous strides in all facets of the program, but adding lights and a stadium put a stamp on our development. As an alumnus and head coach of the program I am filled with excitement about the newest facility upgrades.” “We are extremely excited about our new baseball facility,” Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg says. “Bringing this to fruition has been a true team effort and we are so excited about this project and what it means to our student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans.” Using structural elements of the current facility, a 700-seat grandstand is being constructed. Spectators will be moved closer to the action, with the first row of red, chair-backed seats beginning three feet from the current backstop. Sight lines in the grandstand will be directed at the center of the field of play. A spacious main concourse level will be positioned at the top of the grandstand. In addition, a new pressbox and sound system is going to be a part of the complex. For the first time, the Highlanders will have the capability to host night games. The stadium features lighting standards that meet the requirements of NCAA Regional Tournament host sites. “This facility will allow us to continue to recruit the top athletes and get us another step closer to a championship,” Raccuia says. “Being able to have night games in a stadium will provide a great baseball atmosphere to Radford University, the City of Radford and the New River Valley.” Prior to the start of the 2010 season, upgrades were made to the playing surface and dugouts, marking the first significant changes to Radford University Baseball Field since it opened in 1986. Carolina Green Corp. Athletic Field Construction was in charge of the project that included a new sod, laser-graded surface of sand-based Tuckahoe bluegrass, and a new irrigation and drainage system underneath the field. New dugouts were also built to fit the changing needs of the program. Both dugouts are 74 feet long, include a deeper bench area with steps up to the field, restrooms, and expanded storage space. Radford University Baseball Field’s expansion project is part of a fundraising campaign spearheaded by the Radford Athletics Club (RAC) and its director, Kelly Underwood. “The support of a select group of alumni, friends, and parents have made the beginning of this project a reality, but we still need the participation of all constituents to realize our dream of a wholly private support-funded capital project,” Underwood says. “Significant funds have been raised to date, but more support is needed. We have structured naming opportunities at all contribution levels so that everyone can leave their mark on this momentous upgrade and significant naming rights remain available for major elements of the facility. Join the excitement with a contribution to this historic campaign.”

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... NEW HOME “The Radford University baseball program has come a long way in three short years. We have made tremendous strides in all facets of the program, but adding lights and a stadium put a stamp on our development. As an alumnus and head coach of the program I am filled with excitement about the newest facility upgrades. This facility will allow us to continue to recruit the top athletes and get us another step closer to a championship.� -- Head coach Joe Raccuia

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Indoor Facilties

The Radford Baseball Indoor Facility gives the Highland-

ers a great option to hone skills, any time of year and in any weather conditions.

The facility includes three 90 foot batting cages, with

the necessary equipment and amenities for live pitching, machine pitching, pitcher’s bullpens, and defensive drills. Located adjacent to campus, the indoor facility can serve the Radford baseball team and Joe Raccuia Baseball Camps year-round, any time the weather restricts outdoor practice or events.

At 7,200 square feet, indoor facility rivals the facili-

ties of several top schools and conferences throughout the southeast region and across college baseball.

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Clubhouse

The Highlanders have easy

access to the world of Radford University athletics in their Dedmon Center clubhouse.

Located centrally to the

Strength & Conditioning, Learning Enhancement and Sports Medicine facilities, Radford’s baseball clubhouse in the center of most student-athlete activities. The clubhouse is also in a convenient spot to the stadium.

Enhancing the clubhouse are

the many looks the Highlanders can enjoy. Stylish and mod-

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ern home, away and alternate uniforms are part of the Radford tradition, in addition to top-notch shoes, apparel and equipment.

Official Outfitters / Suppliers

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Strength & Conditioning

A component that is vital to the Radford athletic pro-

gram is the strength and conditioning program.

Guiding the program is former Mississippi State baseball

and football player Michael Shumaker (pictured, left), who is in his first season working with the Highlanders.

Radford University has long been recognized as one of

the leaders among Mid-Atlantic schools in its conditioning and strength training. It has been an instrumental part in the success of Radford University sports through the years. The program is designed to help each student-athlete reach his full potential. Each Radford University student-athlete has strength and conditioning programs unique to their goals as a player.

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PLAYER DEVELOPMENT Student-Athlete Support Services

The office of Student-Athlete Support Services assists student-

athletes in achieving academic and personal success through the provision of services that further extend the teaching and learning mission of Radford University. The primary, constant goal is to develop graduates and outstanding citizens who have contributed in the areas of athletic competition during their tenures of education.

Located in the Dedmon Center, the Learning Enhancement

Center is equipped with computer stations, tutorial rooms, and a study lounge. The center provides direction for student-athletes via academic counseling in conjunction with advisors from the respective colleges at Radford University. In an effort to support the mission of the University, the center offers a variety of services and opportunities for student-athletes that encourage the successful attainment of specific academic and personal goals.

Stephanie Ballein (pictured) is the Assistant Athletic Director for

Student Athlete Support Services.

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Sports Medicine

The sports medicine department within Radford Uni-

versity athletics is comprised of certified athletic trainers, licensed physicians and several other health care professionals who collaborate to optimize performance and provide health care for the student athletes competing on Radford’s 19 intercollegiate teams.

This health care delivery team works together in the

prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. The athletic training staff are certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jamie Best (pictured), who enters his fourth season with

the Radford baseball program, oversees all of the day-to-day

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care and rehabilitation efforts of the Highlanders. A trusted member of the RU baseball team, Best is NATABOC, VATL, CPR/AED and First Aid ceritified, and is an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI)

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THE BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE High-Quality Division I Baseball

The Big South Conference is among the nation’s best in

college baseball, on a year-by-year basis.

In 2010, the Big South’s unofficial RPI* was 11th among

the 31 Division I leagues, higher than some “major” conferences. Five Big South programs ranked in the top 100 of the RPI (out of 301 DI programs), including Radford at #83.

Big South programs are at a geographic advantage in

the college game, not only due to the weather, but also due to the ability to test themselves and win against top-five leagues like the SEC, ACC and Conference USA.

Exposure is also an advantage. In addition to a number

of regional network broadcasts, the Big South is featured each season on ESPNU. Last season, Radford played at Winthrop in the conference’s annual national telecast. * RPI information courtesy of WarrenNolan.com

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HEAD COACH JOE RACCUIA An alumnus on a mission...

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Coming full-circle: Joe Raccuia was a team captain for the Highlanders in 1995, leading Radford to a school-record 30 victories.

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For Radford head baseball coach Joe Raccuia, the Highlander uniform is a comfortable, familiar fit. Raccuia, a 1995 Radford graduate, returned to his roots on July 10, 2007, when he was named the fifth head coach in Radford baseball history. His path home has been a busy one, ranging from the head coaching job at Marist to an assistant’s position at Alabama. In each case, he’s had a successful run, setting the stage for his return to his alma mater. A Radford uniform is also a winning fit for Raccuia: he’s been a part of 155 total wins as a player (1994-95), assistant coach (1996) and head coach (2008-present), better than 30 percent of the program’s all-time victories dating back to 1985. In each of his three years the Highlanders have improved on their win total, including a 29win campaign in 2010, the second-most single-season wins in school history. Entering the 2011 season, Radford is the only Big South school to improve its win total each season over the last five years. Raccuia’s on-field success can be attributed to his work in player development: a nucleus of players that he inherited in the early stages of their careers helped the program turn the corner. Four of those players capped their careers in the 29-win season: Reggie Keen, Tyren Rivers, Raphael Turner and Aerik Taylor. Keen finished a solid three years under Raccuia with a .354 career batting average, fourth all-time at Radford; Rivers became the school’s single-season and career stolen bases leader in Raccuia’s offensive system; Turner overcame injuries to post a team triplecrown season as a fifth-year senior; Taylor transferred in and assumed the role of ace starting pitcher in Raccuia’s second season. Alex Gregory and Eric Evans were part of the turnaround and flourished at the beginning of Raccuia’s stint at Radford: Gregory finished his career with back-toback .400 seasons (2008-09) at the plate under Raccuia, while Evans anchored the pitching staff in 2008 with 14 starts and a 3.34 ERA. Gregory and Evans were both Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft picks. The upward trend continued for Raccuia’s Highlanders in 2010, posting a third-place Big South finish for the first time since 2000, while becoming the first Radford team to hit better than .300 and post an ERA lower than 6.00 since 1995. The Highlanders put pressure on their opponents with a high-octane attack on the basepaths, stealing 143 bases as a team – a new singleseason school record. The 2009 season, his second, marked a turnaround for the program when Radford went 2624 overall and 16-9 in conference play. Radford’s season record was the fifth winning campaign in school history and its 16 conference wins were the program’s second-most all-time. Raccuia’s second season with the Highlanders was marked by a fourth-place finish and No. 4 seed in the Big South conference tournament (second time in program history) and a come-from-behind tournament win against No. 22 Coastal Carolina, 11-7, when the Highlanders trailed 7-6 and were down to their final strike before scoring five ninth-inning runs. Following the 2009 season two of Raccuia’s recruits, shortstop Jeff Kemp and Taylor, were recognized by the Big South along with Gregory. Kemp was named freshman of the year, Gregory and Taylor earned second team all-conference honors, and Gregory was again named to the allacademic team. While his 2009 roster was marked by a host of fresh faces that included Kemp, Taylor, second baseman Brett Mollenhauer and right-handed closer Jason Patten among them, Raccuia got the most out of returning players like Gregory (third straight .400-plus -season) and third baseman Nick Minter (started 49 of 50 games, career-highs in most offensive categories). In Raccuia’s first season with the Highlanders, the team produced 24 wins, the most since Radford won 26 in 2000. The final total was a 14-game turnaround from the 2007 season. Raccuia’s win total in his first season at Radford came with plenty of style points. The Highlanders added four in the win column against NCAA Regional teams, including a victory over Charlotte on the road, and three over in-state rival and CAA Champion James Madison. Radford’s win at Charlotte snapped a 17-game home winning streak for the 49ers, the second-longest home string in the country at the time. Add to that three all-conference selections, (First team – Alex Gregory; second team – Eric Evans, Tyren Rivers) and two all-tournament picks (Gregory, Reggie Keen). Along with quality wins, Radford was able to get off to its best start in school history after seven games (6-1), and concluded the season with four games in the Big South Tournament, the second most in school history. On the whole, it was finest offensive campaign for the program since 1995, Raccuia’s senior season at Radford. The Highlanders bested the .300 mark for the first time since that year, and plated 347 runs (average of six per game), the top mark since ’95.

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Personal Hometown High School Alma Mater Wife Children

Joe Raccuia - Vitals Buffalo, N.Y. Canisius Radford University (1995) Jodi A.J., Joey, Emma

Playing Career Edison Community College (Fla.) • Team captain in 1993 Radford University • Team captain in 1995 • Helped the Highlanders to a school-record 30 wins in ‘95

1992-93 1994-95

Coaching Career Assistant coach, Radford University 1996 Assistant head coach, The George Washington University 1997-00 • Hitting coach, recruiting coordinator • The Colonials set school records in hits, homers, RBIs in his final two seasons • Coached 12 players that advanced to professional careers Associate Head Coach, George Mason University 2001-03 • Promoted from assistant to associate head coach during his stint • Hitting and defense coach • The 2003 Mason team was 21st nationally in defense • Recruited three Freshman All-Americans Head coach, Marist College 2004-05 • Led the Red Foxes to the 2005 Metro Atlantic Championship, NCAA Baton Rouge Regional • MAAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 • Coached seven All-MAAC selections, and nine MAAC All-Academic players • Marist posted a .722 MAAC winning percentage in Raccuia’s two seasons 2006-07 Assistant coach, University of Alabama • Hitting coach and recruiting coordinator • Six position players selected in 2006 MLB Draft • 10-point batting average improvement in his first season • Helped the Crimson Tide to a Super Regional appearance in 2006 Head Coach, Radford University 2008-present Year-by-Year Season Team 2004 Marist College 2005 Marist College 2008 Radford University 2009 Radford University 2010 Radford University TOTALS

Overall Conference 25-30 17-10 33-21 22-5 24-32 6-12 26-24 16-8 29-26 15-10 138-133 76-45

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The Raccuia family: Jodi and Joe (back) A.J., Joey and Emma (front)

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ASSISTANT COACH BRIAN ANDERSON After working alongside Radford head coach Joe Raccuia at two different stops, Brian Anderson joined his coaching staff in July of 2007 and has played a large role in engineering the revitalization of the Highlander program. Anderson’s duties at Radford include serving as the Highlanders’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, along with assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program, including practice, game-day preparation and scouting. Radford’s pitching staff has continued to improve under Anderson’s guidance – after the team’s ERA dropped by nearly a run upon his arrival in the 2008 season, Radford’s 2010 staff became just the fourth Highlander group to post a winning record and ERA below 6.00. In addition to the team mark, Radford’s Friday-Saturday starting pitchers, Aerik Taylor and Eddie Butler - both Anderson recruits - became just the second tandem of Highlander pitchers to work 85 or more innings in a season while making 14 or more starts. Both Taylor and Butler won six games. Anderson’s 2010 staff exhibited control that ranked among the best nationally – Radford’s pitching staff was 38th in the nation in fewest walks per nine innings (3.15). Individually, Bobby Bolling topped the staff with 1.48 walks per nine innings, 23rd fewest in the land. Bolling, Abram Williams and Brad Wimmer, three of Radford’s six most-used arms, each walked fewer than 14 batters in 2010. Following up a 2008 where he pushed the Radford pitching staff to one of its top performances this decade, Anderson followed it up with more progress in 2009. The Highlander staff was highlighted by Taylor’s Second Team All-Big South honor in his first season as a full-time starter at the Division I level. Taylor led the Radford arms with seven quality starts; as a whole, the Highlanders produced 17 quality starts and the program’s fourth-best ERA since 2000. Anderson helped produce a pair of impact freshmen as well: left-handed starter Paul DeVito posted a 6-3 record and right-handed closer Jason Patten set a new single-season school record with nine saves. Anderson’s first year at Radford was marked by the emergence of left-hander Eric Evans as the ace of the Highlander staff, earning Second Team All-Big South honors in 2008. In his senior season, Evans went 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 14 starts, and 3-1 record and 1.88 ERA in Big South starts. Evans, a 23rd-round pick of the Rangers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, continued his success in the professional ranks, going 3-2 with 36 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings between Rookie League and Class A. In his recruiting duties, Anderson has been the lead recruiter in helping the Highlanders land one of their best classes in the early signing period in 2007. Nine of his recruits from that class suited up for the Highlanders in 2009, with most counted on to fill major roles. Following a recruiting class with a distinctly-Maryland flavor, Anderson engineered a 2008 early signing group that included four top high school performers from Virginia.

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Personal Hometown High School Alma Mater Wife

Chesapeake, Va. Great Bridge George Mason University (2002) Colleen

Playing Career George Mason University • Four-year starter behind the plate for the Patriots Vermont Expos (Short Season, Expos)

Assistant coach Brian Anderson with his wife, Colleen

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Coaching Career Volunteer Assistant, George Mason University 2003 Assistant Coach, Marist College 2004-05 • Helped the Red Foxes to a 2005 MAAC title and NCAA Regional appearance Volunteer Assistant, University of Virginia 2006-07 • Coached catchers, assisted with hitters • The Cavaliers set school records for hits, RBIs and total bases during his time Assistant Coach, Radford University 2008-present • Pitching coach, recruiting coordinator for the Highlanders

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ASSISTANT COACH KYLE WERMAN Kyle Werman, a former George Mason assistant coach and standout player at Virginia, was named assistant baseball coach at Radford University in June of 2010. Werman, whose primary on-field assignments will be working with Radford hitters and coaching third base, will assist in all aspects of the Highlander program, including recruiting and the team’s day-to-day operations. “Kyle’s offensive philosophy and knowledge of the game make him a great hire for Radford University,” head coach Joe Raccuia said. “We share a similar vision when it comes to the hit-andrun and putting pressure on other teams defensively, and he believes in what we’re doing as a program. In addition, he’s helped teams that he’s coached at George Mason and Virginia advance to Regional play.” A former collegiate and professional player, Werman comes to Radford after two years as the hitting coach under Bill Brown at George Mason. Werman was part of a Patriot team that advanced to NCAA Regional play in 2009, and his offensive coaching abilities helped four Mason position players become MLB First-Year Player Draft picks, including Scott Krieger, Chris Henderson and Justin Bour in 2009, and Ryan Soares in 2010. In Werman’s first season with the Patriots, he helped the team to their best batting average and slugging percentage in school history, and the second-best on-base percentage. The team also scored the second-most runs, had the second-most RBIs and had the third-most homers in school history, all while having one of its better seasons in terms of fewest strikeouts. Mason’s first-ever first team All-America came on his watch as Henderson reached that milestone. Krieger was also named a second team All-America. Last season, Werman’s guidance saw Soares put together a career offensive season. A first team All-America, all-region, and Wallace Award (shortstop of the year) finalist, Soares improved his batting average from .318 in 2009 to a Colonial Athletic Association-best .438, while his power numbers rose, including 13 homers and 71 RBIs. As a team, Mason hit .325 with Soares and Mark Hill (.414) both over the .400 mark. Werman’s coaching resume includes a year at Virginia, where he was a volunteer assistant coach under Brian O’Connor, helping the Cavaliers advance to NCAA Regional play. He previously spent one year as an assistant coach at Oakton High School in Fairfax County. As a player, Werman walked on at Virginia and became a four-year starter at second base for the Cavaliers. He played in 221 career games, second all-time at Virginia, while compiling a .278 batting average. Over his final two seasons, he put together a .988 fielding percentage. A team captain for the Cavaliers, he was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team in 2005 and the 2005 All-Corvallis (Ore.) Regional Team.

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Vienna, Va. Oakton Univ. of Virginia (Bachelor’s 2004, Master’s 2005)

Playing Career University of Virginia • Four-year starter at second base as a walk-on Kingsport Mets (Short Season, Mets) Washington Wild Things (Independent)

2002-05 2005 2006-07

Coaching Career Volunteer Assistant, University of Virginia 2008 • Helped the Cavaliers to an NCAA Regional Appearance Assistant Coach, George Mason University 2009-10 • Coached hitters, helped four Mason position players become MLB Draft picks • Helped the Patriots reach NCAA Regionals in 2009 Assistant Coach, Radford University 2011-present • Hitting coach, third base coach

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VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT RICK OLIVERI Rick Oliveri is in his second year with the Radford baseball staff as volunteer assistant coach. In his role with the Highlanders, Oliveri works with catchers and hitters, coordinates operations of Joe Raccuia Baseball Camps LLC, and assists with all other aspects of the Radford baseball program. In his expanded roles this season, Oliveri handles much of the team’s operations, including equipment and travel. The Buffalo, N.Y. native spent the 2009 season at LMU, under head coach Jeff Sziksai, working with the team’s catchers, hitters, and coordinating team operations. On the field, the Railsplitter backstops made strides defensively under Oliveri’s guidance, doubling their caught stealing totals while helping cut wild pitch totals nearly in half from 2008 to 2009. Oliveri graduated from Canisius High School, Raccuia’s alma mater, before moving on to a four-year career on the diamond for the University at Buffalo. A three-year starter behind the plate for the Bulls, Oliveri was a team captain as both a junior and senior. Oliveri graduated from Buffalo in 2008 with a degree in accounting and finance. He earned his MBA from Lincoln Memorial University in 2010.

Personal Hometown High School Alma Mater

Buffalo, N.Y. Canisius Unversity at Buffalo (Bachelor’s 2008) Lincoln Memorial University (MBA, 2010)

Playing Career University at Buffalo • Team captain as a junior and senior • Three-year starter behind the plate for the Bulls

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Coaching Career Graduate Assistant, Lincoln Memorial University Volunteer Assistant Coach, Radford University • First base coach for the Highlanders

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Date Opponent Feb. 18 vs. Army 19 vs. Army 20 at Davidson 25 at Auburn 26 at Auburn 27 at Auburn March 1 at James Madison 4 vs. Towson 5 vs. Fordham 6 at Wake Forest 8 at North Carolina State 9 at North Carolina State 11 Hartford 12 Hartford 13 Hartford 15 East Tennessee State 19 Cornell 19 Cornell 20 Cornell 22 at East Tennessee State 25 at Charleston Southern * 26 at Charleston Southern * 27 at Charleston Southern * 29 at Virginia Tech 30 Longwood April 1 at Presbyterian * 2 at Presbyterian * 3 at Presbyterian * 5 at Virginia 8 VMI * 9 VMI * 10 VMI * 12 Virginia Tech 15 Winthrop * 16 Winthrop * 17 Winthrop * 19 Virginia 22 at UNC Asheville * 23 at UNC Asheville * 23 at UNC Asheville * 26 Appalachian State 27 at Longwood 29 Gardner-Webb * 30 Gardner-Webb * May 1 Gardner-Webb * 6 at Coastal Carolina * 7 at Coastal Carolina * 8 at Coastal Carolina * 10 at Marshall 13 High Point * 14 High Point * 15 High Point * 17 James Madison 19 at Liberty * 20 at Liberty * 21 at Liberty * 24 Big South Play-in 25-28 Big South Tournament 28 Big South Championship

Location Davidson, N.C. Davidson, N.C. Davidson, N.C. Auburn, Ala. Auburn, Ala. Auburn, Ala. Harrisonburg, Va. Winston-Salem, N.C. Winston-Salem, N.C. Winston-Salem, N.C. Raleigh, N.C. Raleigh, N.C. RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD Johnson City, Tenn. Charleston, S.C. Charleston, S.C. Charleston, S.C. Blacksburg, Va. RADFORD Clinton, S.C. Clinton, S.C. Clinton, S.C. Charlottesville, Va. RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD Asheville, N.C. Asheville, N.C. Asheville, N.C. RADFORD Farmville, Va. RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD Conway, S.C. Conway, S.C. Conway, S.C. Beckley, W.Va. RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD RADFORD Lynchburg, Va. Lynchburg, Va. Lynchburg, Va. Lexington, Va. Lexington, Va. Lexington, Va.

Time 2:00 7:00 2:00 4:00 4:00 2:00 4:00 Noon Noon 4:00 3:00 3:00 4:00 2:00 1:00 4:00 1:00 1:00 6:00 2:00 2:00 2:00 5:30 6:00 3:00 2:00 1:00 6:00 6:00 4:00 2:00 6:00 6:00 4:00 2:00 6:00 3:00 Noon 6:00 6:00 6:00 4:00 2:00 6:00 6:00 2:00 6:00 6:00 4:00 2:00 6:00 7:00 7:00 2:00 TBA TBA TBA

A schedule that includes five NCAA Regional opponents and a non-conference group with a combined winning percentage of .523 a year ago is set for the Highlanders in 2011. Of the opponents on Radford’s schedule, Virginia and Coastal Carolina advanced to NCAA Super Regional play, while Auburn, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech were Regional teams. Radford’s 2011 opponents were a combined 41 games over .500 last season. “This is the toughest schedule that we have put together in four years here,” head coach Joe Raccuia said. “It was made for a reason – I feel like this team is capable of handling it. We are getting closer to becoming a top-50 program in the RPI, and for us to get over the hump, we have to play challenging games. “We have 10-plus games with ACC and SEC opponents, and teams that have been in regional play over the last couple of years. That, along with our tough Big South schedule, is exciting and challenging, and we are up for that challenge.”

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BASEBALL QUICK FACTS RADFORD UNIVERSITY Location Radford, Va. Founded 1910 Enrollment 9,230 Nickname Highlanders Colors Red and White Affiliation NCAA Division I Conference Big South Website www.Radford.edu President Penelope W. Kyle (Guilford College) Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg (Roanoke College ’91) Athletic Department Phone (540) 831-6194 FACILITY INFORMATION Home Facility RU Baseball Field / Stadium name TBA 1986 (To be renovated in 2010) Year Opened Capacity 686 Surface Natural Grass Dimensions (LF-LC-CF-RC-RF) 330-375-400-375-330 BASEBALL STAFF Joe Raccuia Head Coach Radford University ’95 Alma Mater 79-82 (3) Record at Radford (Years) Career Record (Years) 138-133 (5) Office Phone (540) 831-5881 Email jraccuia@radford.edu Assistant Coach Brian Anderson Alma Mater George Mason ‘02 Office Phone (540) 831-6513 Email banderson64@radford.edu Assistant Coach Kyle Werman Virginia ‘05 Alma Mater Office Phone (540) 831-6581 Email kwerman@radford.edu Rick Oliveri Volunteer Assistant Coach University at Buffalo ‘08 Alma Mater Email roliveri@radford.edu PROGRAM HISTORY First Year All-Time Record All-Time Big South Record Conference Titles (Last) NCAA Regional Appearances (Last)

1985 502-754-4 207-287 None None

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TEAM INFORMATION 29-26 2010 Overall Record 2010 Big South Record (Finish) 16-10 (3rd) Position Starters Returning / Lost 6/4 2/1 Pitching Starters Returning / Lost 24/8 Total Players Returning / Lost Position Players Returning / Lost 14/4 Pitchers Returning / Lost 10/3 Newcomers 11 STARTERS LOST Player Raphael Turner Reggie Keen Tyren Rivers Aerik Taylor

Pos. LF RF CF RHP

AVG-HR-RBI / GS-W-L-ERA .363-10-51 .353-6-49 .309-6-40 15-6-1-5.13

2011 SEASON RETURNING POSITION STARTERS Pos. Cl. Player Matt Hillsinger DH Jr. Brett Mollenhauer INF Jr. INF Jr. Matt Mack INF Sr. Alex Guerra Robert Lamas C R-Sr.

AVG-HR-RBI .348-2-36 .330-0-34 .309-8-33 .305-5-47 .234-1-20

RETURNING STARTING PITCHERS Player Throws Cl. Eddie Butler RHP So. RHP Sr. Bobby Bolling

GS-W-L-ERA 14-6-4-5.36 11-2-2-5.75

OTHER RETURNING POSITION PLAYERS Player Pos. Cl. Jeff Kemp INF R-So. C Jr. Carl Travers Cory Turner OF So. Ryan Burgess 1B So. Phil Bondi INF/OF So.

AVG-HR-RBI .350-0-3 .262-0-8 .235-1-4 .200-2-7 .209-1-6

OTHER RETURNING PITCHERS Player Throws Cl. Abram Williams RHP R-Jr. Jake Quigg RHP R-Sr. Jason Patten RHP Jr. Brad Wimmer RHP Sr.

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APP-W-L-ERA 24-3-1-4.03 INJ in 2010 21-5-4-7.57 30-3-2, 4.13

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THE 2011 HIGHLANDERS

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No. 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 24 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 41

Player Cl. Pos. B/T Zach Costello Jr. OF R/R Jeff Kemp R-So. INF R/R Robert Lamas R-Sr. C R/R Brett Mollenhauer Jr. INF L/R Blake Sipe Fr. OF/P R/L Matt Hillsinger Jr. OF/DH L/R Tyler Costello Fr. RHP R/R Alex Guerra Sr. INF S/R Cory Cook R-Sr. OF/DH R/R Cory Turner So. OF L/R Matt Mack Jr. INF R/R Carl Travers Jr. C R/R Ryan Burgess So. 1B L/L Phil Bondi So. INF/OF R/R Jason Patten Jr. RHP R/R Jake Quigg R-Sr. RHP R/R Daniel Wright R-Fr. C R/R Bobby Bolling Sr. RHP R/R Mark Peterson Jr. RHP R/R Derrick Brewer So. RHP R/R Camden Hodge Fr. INF R/R Ricky Sowers Fr. INF R/R Jacob Palese Jr. RHP R/R Greg Juanarena Jr. C R/R Eddie Butler So. RHP S/R Paul DeVito Jr. LHP L/L James Woods R-Fr. LHP L/L Brad Wimmer Sr. RHP R/R Michael Costello Fr. RHP R/R Abram Williams R-Jr. RHP R/R Jacob Smith Fr. RHP R/R Jake Taylor Fr. IB R/R Joshua Reavis Fr. C R/R Cassidy McDaniel Sr. RHP R/R

Ht. 6-2 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-9 6-2 6-1 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-5 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-0 5-9 6-2 6-2 5-10 6-7 6-4 6-0 6-0 6-4 6-1 6-5

Wt. Hometown/High School (Previous) 190 South Riding, Va./Paul VI (Delaware) 195 Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding 180 Annandale, Va./Paul VI (VMI) 155 Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley 170 Weyers Cave, Va./Fort Defiance 195 Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding 180 South Riding, Va./Paul VI 185 Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh (Greensboro) 195 Carroll, Ohio/Tree of Life 180 Manassas, Va./Osbourn 195 Davidsonville, Md./St. John’s College 168 Huntingtown, Md./Riverdale Baptist 195 Richmond, Va./Steward School 190 Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area 206 Davidsonville, Md./Archbishop Spalding 205 Glen Arm, Md./Loyola (Northwest-Shoals C.C.) 208 Weyers Cave, Va./Fort Defiance 262 Plant City, Fla./Armwood (Santa Fe C.C.) 190 Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson (Pitt C.C.) 180 Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry 155 Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley 190 Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg 150 Warrenton, Va./Fauquier (New River C.C.) 169 Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg 165 Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian 217 Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding 163 Radford, Va./Radford 206 Vienna, Va./James Madison (Frederick C.C.) 205 Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson 175 Radford, Va./Radford 188 Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover 230 Ellicott City, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel 180 Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill 236 Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

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BOBBY BOLLING Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • Senior 6-5, 262 • Plant City, Fla. (Armwood)

career headlines

• Earned his first Radford win against Charleston Southern (4/3/10) • Went 7 scoreless frames in a win over Rider (3/14/10) • Florida Collegiate League Cy Young Award winner in 2010 2010 Highlights • • • • • • •

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Finished 23rd in the nation in fewest walks per nine innings (1.48) Pitched 5 2/3 innings of long relief against The Citadel on Feb. 28 Made his first career start against Elon (March 7), allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings Tossed seven scoreless innings in a win over Rider (G2, March 14) Picked up his first career win, allowing a run over six innings while striking out seven against Charleston So. (April 3, G2) Factored in only his third decision of the season, a series-finale win over Winthrop (April 25, G2), striking out six over 5 2/3 innings Had a no-decision, but posted a quality start in the series finale with Presbyterian, allowing an earned run on four hits over seven innings (May 9) Florida Collegiate League Cy Young Award Winner (Pitcher of the Year) as a member of the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs Named to the Florida Collegiate League All-Star team

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2009 Highlights (Santa Fe Community College) • • •

Went 9-2 with a 4.51 ERA, struck out 96 in 106 IP as a sophomore for the St. Bernards Played for a Mid-Florida Conference and state championship team in 2009 at Santa Fe First Team All-Mid Florida selection, second team all-state pick

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CORY COOK Outfielder / DH • R/R • R-Senior 5-10, 195 • Carroll, Ohio (Tree of Life)

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• Scored the eighth-inning go-ahead run in a win over ETSU (4/27/10) • Went 2-for-4, doubled in Radford’s win over Marshall (5/18/10) • Highlander Challenge team captain in 2010 2010 Highlights • • • • •

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Used primarily as a late-game pinch-runner for the Highlanders Had his first hit since May 10, 2008, singling in a pinch hit appearance in the final game of the CofC series (Feb. 21) Started his first career game in a win over Saint Joe’s (Feb. 27) Scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning against ETSU (April 27) Was 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run in a start against Marshall (May 18)

2009 Highlights •

Missed the 2009 season after shoulder surgery

2008 Highlights •

Delivered five hits off the bench in 14 trips to the plate

2007 Highlights •

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Played in three games before redshirting

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ALEX GUERRA Infielder • S/R • Senior 5-10, 185 • Wantagh, N.Y. (Wantagh)

career headlines

• Grand slam highlighted RU’s first-ever TV game at Winthrop (4/23/10) • Had seven RBIs in a series win over High Point (4/16-4/18/10) • Team captain for the Highlanders in 2011 2010 Highlights •

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One of seven regulars to hit over .300, while playing in the third-most games on the team (53) Knocked in the go-ahead runs in the eighth or ninth innings of four Big South games SEBaseball.com Big South top newcomer Hit in seven of his first nine games in the Radford starting lineup Doubled in the seventh inning of the series finale at CofC, his first Division I hit (Feb. 21) Singled home the winning run in the 11th inning against Princeton (March 5) Three RBIs in a 2-for-4 effort against Siena (March 27, G1) Went 8-for-12 and drove in seven runs during the High Point series (April 16-18) Career-high five RBIs in a 4-for-4 effort that included a pair of doubles, including the game-winning run on a two-out double in the ninth, in the series finale at High Point (April 18) Hit his second homer of the season in a 2-for-4 effort that included four RBIs against No. 20 Virginia Tech (April 20) Blasted a two-out grand slam, the first of his career, in a seven-run sixth inning in Radford’s televised win over Winthrop (April 23) Was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a homer in a game two win over VMI (May 1) Hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Radford to go-ahead run in series finale win over Presbyterian (May 9) Drove in the go-ahead run in back-to-back games of the Gardner-Webb series (May 1415) - a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning of the opener, and a bases-loaded RBI single in the ninth inning of the season game Drove in five runs, including four over the sixth and seventh innings, in a rally against Coastal Carolina (May 21)

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Highlights at Greensboro College • • •

Named to the 2008 USA South All-Sportsmanship Team Helped the Pride to a 26-15 overall record and 7-4 in USA South play in 2008 Led the team with 21 walks and third with 11 stolen bases as a sophomore

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ROBERT LAMAS Catcher • R/R • Senior 5-10, 180 • Annandale, Va. (Paul VI)

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• Walk-off squeeze bunt RBI in a win over Rider (3/14/10) • His three-RBI effort led RU to a game 2 win at VMI (5/1/10) • Started 18 consecutive games behind the plate in 2010 2010 Highlights • • • •

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Logged a significant number of innings behind the plate, starting in 42 games Started behind the plate in 18 consecutive games (March 30-April 25) Career-highs in at-bats (141) and RBIs (20) Executed a walk-off safety squeeze in the ninth inning of the first game of a doubleheader against Rider, a 4-3 win (March 14) Went 3-for-4 and scored twice in a win over Siena (March 27 G1) Went 3-for-3 and scored three times in a win over JMU (April 13) Knocked in three runs in the second game of the VMI series (May 1) Posted a 4-for-5 game with two RBIs in the opener of the Presbyterian series (May 7)

2009 Highlights • • • • •

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Led the Highlanders with two hits and an RBI in first game at Radford on opening day at UAB Feb. 20 Swatted his first career homer, a two-run shot to give the Highlanders a 3-2 lead, on March 3 at Tennessee Season-high three hits (3-for-4) in a win over Presbyterian March 21 Hit a three-run shot to center field at ETSU April 22; then-career-high three RBI game Went 4-for-9 in three Big South tournament games

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CASSIDY McDANIEL Right-Handed Pitcher • L/R • Senior 6-6, 236 • Warrenton, Va. (Fauquier)

career headlines

• Went five innings to earn the win at Charlotte (3/25/08) • Recorded the win in the second game of the Gardner-Webb series (5/15/10) • Highlander Challenge team captain in 2010 2010 Highlights • • • •

Had three scoreless relief appearances in his first four outings of the season Two scoreless innings of relief against JMU (March 30) Went four innings in his first start of the season at No. 4 Virginia (April 7) Picked up his first win since 2008 in the second game of the Gardner-Webb series (May 15, G1)

2009 Highlights • • •

Named to the Valley League All-Star team as a member of the Covington Lumberjacks Season-long 3 1/3 innings of relief at home against Virginia Tech on March 10 Fired three strikeouts and limited The Citadel to a run on three hits in three innings of relief on Feb. 27

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2008 Highlights • • • •

Tossed a season-high seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out three, against Virginia Tech on March 5 Picked up his first career win in a start (5 IP, 2 ER, 4K – season high) against Charlotte on March 25 Picked up his first Big South win with five innings against High Point on April 16 Made three plate appearances as a pinch hitter

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JAKE QUIGG Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • R-Senior 6-3, 205 • Glen Arm, Md. (Loyola HS)

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• Long-relief outing against Canisius ended in his first RU win (3/7/09) • Earned the win in RU’s improbable tournament win over Coastal (5/21/09) • Team captain for the Highlanders in 2011 2010 Highlights •

Missed 2010 after undergoing shoulder surgery

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Late-innings “set-up man” for the Highlanders Closed out the first game against Canisius March 7 with four scoreless innings, and worked 5 1/3 total with a career-high four strikeouts to earn his first win Earned the win in the series finale against Winthrop March 29, limiting an eighth-inning rally by the Eagles Struck out three over 3 1/3 innings during Radford’s win over VMI April 18 Worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in the come-from-behind victory over Coastal Carolina May 21 in the Big South tournament; also played first base in the ninth inning against the Chanticleers

Highlights at Northwest-Shoals C.C. (Ala.) • • •

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Second Team All-Alabama Community College Conference pick as a sophomore Part of a record-setting season at Northwest-Shoals, where the Patriots set new marks for wins (44), Northern Division victories (26), and strikeouts Went 9-1 with a 3.99 ERA and struck out 61 in 56 1/3 innings over 21 appearances

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BRAD WIMMER Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • Senior 6-7, 206 • Vienna, Va. (Madison HS)

career headlines

• Became the program’s first-ever pitcher to appear more than 30 times in 2010 • Went seven straight outing without allowing an earned run (3/6-3/24-10) • Stranded the bases loaded twice in two games against High Point (4-17-4/18/10) 2010 Highlights •

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Set a school record for appearances in his first season with the Highlanders, becoming the first pitcher in school history to appear more than 30 times in a season Had a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, tops on the pitching staff Was a “fireman” over four late-season outings for Radford (May 14-18), working less than an inning in key situations Went a career-long four innings, posting a perfect appearance with three strikeouts in a win over N.C. A&T (March 17) ... Had a streak of seven consecutive outings without allowing an earned run (March 6-24) Struck out a career-high five in two scoreless innings in the series finale with Siena (March 28) ... Had four scoreless outings over a stretch of six Radford games (April 10-17) Worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings, stranding the bases loaded with nobody out in the seventh inning of the second game against High Point (April 17); the next day, he allowed a run over two innings, but stranded the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning of the series finale with High Point

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Highlights at Frederick Community College (Md.) •

Went 8-1 as a sophomore with a 2.45 ERA for Frederick Community College

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ZACH COSTELLO Outfielder • R/R • R-Junior 6-2, 190 • South Riding, Va. (Paul VI) 2011 Season •

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Will play his first season at RU after sitting out 2010 due to NCAA transfer rules

2009 Highlights (at Delaware) •

Appeared in 11 games off the bench for Delaware in 2009

2008 Highlights (at Delaware) •

Redshirted as a true freshman for the Blue Hens

Prep Highlights

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Hit .444 as a senior for the Panthers, including 7 homers and 37 RBIs Washington Post All-Met selection, Examiner All-Extra First Team All-WCAC and First Team All-VISSA as a senior at Paul VI All-conference wideout in football Was a sprinter for the Paul VI track & field team

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PAUL DeVITO Left-Handed Pitcher •L/L • Junior 6-2, 217 • Annapolis, Md. (Archbishop Spalding)

career headlines

• Led the Highlanders in victories as a freshman in 2009 • Relief appearance buoyed RU to a tournament win over Coastal (5/21/09) • Retired 10 hitters in a row in a win over Gardner-Webb (5/14/10) 2011 Season •

Will miss all of 2011 with a shoulder injury

2010 Highlights • • • • •

Posted two innings of scoreless relief in an extra-innings victory over Princeton (March 5) Returned from a shoulder injury and tossed four scoreless innings in a 50-pitch scheduled start to earn his first win of the season against Longwood (April 14) Turned in the third long relief outing of his career, allowing a run on a hit in five innings on the way to a win in the opener against Gardner-Webb (May 14), retiring 10 batters in a row to close out the appearance Was effective in back-to-back Big South tournament games in relief, allowing just one run over 5 1/3 innings Went 4 2/3 innings of long relief against top-seeded Coastal Carolina (May 27), allowing a run on three hits

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2009 Highlights • • • • •

Led the Highlanders with six wins as a freshman Earned the victory, the first of his career, going five innings against UAB Feb. 22 in Radford’s first win of the season Worked seven-plus innings in back-to-back starts against James Madison six days apart to earn his second and third wins of the season; limited the Dukes to two runs on March 18 and three on March 24 Struck out a career-high eight hitters over a career-best eight innings in a win over Longwood April 14 Turned in 3 2/3 innings of effective relief (1 ER, 5 H, 5 Ks), limiting Coastal Carolina in Radford’s come-from-behind Big South tournament win May 21

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GREG JUANARENA Catcher • R/R • Junior 5-9, 170 • Blacksburg, Va. (Blacksburg) 2010 Highlights • • •

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Played in three games Made first plate appearance of the season as a pinch hitter against Virginia Tech (April 20) Big South Presidential Honor Roll

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Collected his first career hit off the bench April 8 in a win over ETSU Singled against Winthrop in the Big South tournament May 22

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JEFF KEMP Infielder •R/R • R-Sophomore 6-0, 195 • Bowie, Md. (Archbishop Spalding)

career headlines

• Big South Freshman of the Year in 2009; Freshman All-America • Reached base in 18 of his first 19 collegiate games in 2009 • Team captain for the Highlanders in 2011 2010 Highlights • • • • •

Medical redshirt in 2010 following a shoulder injury sustained at the end of the 2009 season Hit .350 in six games as a first baseman/DH Baseball America Preseason All-Big South SEBaseball.com Big South First Team All-Conference Played at first base for the first time in his career during the final two games of the Charleston Crab House Shootout (Feb. 27-28), finished the tournament 3-for-10

2009 Highlights • • • • • • • •

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2009 Big South Freshman of the Year; became the first frosh in Radford program history to earn the honor Added to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year award watch list in April; only Big South shortstop named to the initial award list Started his collegiate career with safeties in 18 of his first 19 games, including a 10-game hitting streak (16-of-19, .390) to begin the 2009 season Hit in either the two or three spot in each of Radford’s games Swatted a walk-off grand slam in the first game of a doubleheader at home against Canisius March 7, with the Highlanders trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning with one out Launched a three-run shot two at-bats later in the first inning of the second game with the Golden Griffins, on the way to 10 RBIs in the three-game sweep of Canisius Had his first four-hit game in a 4-for-5 showing, a win over Presbyterian on March 21 Drove in three runs in back-to-back Big South games May 2 against Gardner-Webb and May 14 at Liberty

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MATT HILLSINGER Outfielder / DH • L/R • Junior 6-2, 195 • Bowie, Md. (Archbishop Spalding)

career headlines

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• First Team All-Big South Designated Hitter in 2010 • Tripled twice in back-to-back games against UNC Asheville (3/19-3/20/10) • Hit in the leadoff, third, cleanup, fifth and ninth spots in 2010 2010 Highlights • • • • •

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First Team All-Big South designated hitter, Hillsinger’s first all-conference honor … First Team All-State (VaSID) Went from hitting .276 while starting in 18 games in 2009, to batting .348 in 48 starts One of five Radford players to steal 10 or more bases Hit in the leadoff, third, cleanup, fifth and ninth spots Posted back-to-back three hit games with four triples against UNC Asheville (March 1920), and drove home the winning run with a ninth-inning walk-off triple in the first game of the series His back-to-back games with two triples tied a school record for triples in a game ... Had six hits over a four game span (March 27-April 2) Multiple hits in seven consecutive games (April 7-18), including three twice Went 2-for-3, hit his second homer of the season, scored four times and drove in three runs in the series finale against High Point (April 18) Hit a bases-loaded double in the seventh inning in a televised win over Winthrop (April 23)

2009 Highlights • • • • •

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Had his first collegiate hit in his first start Feb. 27 at The Citadel Posted his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a pair of two-RBI doubles, in Radford’s win at UNC Asheville April 4 Went 2-for-3 and blasted a two-run home run in the ninth inning at ETSU April 22 Knocked home the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning of doubleheader game 2 at Liberty May 15 Went 3-for-5 in three games during the Big South Tournament

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MATT MACK Infielder/Outfielder •R/R • Junior 6-0, 195 • Davidsonville, Md. (St. John’s College)

career headlines

• Second on the team in home runs in 2010 • Two-homer game in a win over Winthrop (4/25/10) • Tied a school record, tripling twice against Marshall (5/18/10) 2010 Highlights • • • • • • • • • •

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Was an everyday player for the first time in his career in 2010, playing at third base Started in 48 games before suffering a season-ending injury in the Coastal Carolina series Second on the team with eight homers and a .552 slugging percentage (24 extra-base hits), and was one of five Radford players with 10 or more stolen bases When Mack was batting in the heart of the order (4 or 5 spot), the Highlanders were 17-8 Had his first multi-hit game in the second game of the CofC series (Feb. 20) Picked up six hits during the Charleston Crab House Shootout, including a 3-for-4 game against Saint Joe’s (Feb. 27) Swatted his first career home run in a win over Bucknell (March 6) Went 8-for-18 in a five-game hitting streak (March 6-14) Had a game-clinching three-run double in the eighth inning of a come-from-behind win over UNC Asheville (March 21) First career multi-homer game, both solo blasts, in Radford’s series finale win over Winthrop (April 25 G2) Was 4-for-5 with a ninth-inning three-run homer in the game two win over VMI (May 1) Went 3-for-4 with two triples, tying a school single-game record set by Matt Hillsinger earlier in the season, and drove in three runs in a win over Marshall (May 18)

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2009 Highlights • • •

Had his first career hit off the bench against Marshall Feb. 27 Delivered an RBI single in a pinch-hit appearance at Presbyterian March 20 Made starts against Virginia Tech (April 29) and Liberty (May 14)

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BRETT MOLLENHAUER Infielder • L/R • Junior 5-11, 160 • Roanoke, Va. (Hidden Valley)

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• Steady, everyday player for RU in his first two seasons • Team captain for the Highlanders in 2011 • Stayed alive to spark the tournament comeback against Coastal (5/21/09) 2010 Highlights • • • • •

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One of two players to start in all 55 games for Radford, transitioning from second base to shortstop Topped his batting average from his freshman season (.306) and finished at .330 Thrived in the No. 9 spot in the order for the Highlanders, helping Radford to a 22-13 record when he hit last Baseball America Preseason All-Big South Full-time shortstop for the Highlanders in 2010 after playing as the everyday second baseman in 2009 Singled to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning at High Point (April 16) Collected three hits, drove in a run and scored twice in Radford’s televised win at Winthrop (April 23) Tied a school record by drawing four walks in the second game of the VMI series (May 1) Plated the winning run on a 12th inning single in the opener of the Presbyterian series (May 7) Named to the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star team as a member of the Sanford Mainers

2009 Highlights • • • • •

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Started in 49 games for the Highlanders as a true freshman Began his collegiate career on a six-game hitting streak, going 8-of-24 (.333) His performance in the first game of the Presbyterian series began a 10-game hitting streak (18-of-46, .391) that included 11 RBI and 15 runs scored Hit his first career homer in the first game of the series with Winthrop on March 27 Singled with two outs and a 1-2 count to keep Radford alive in its ninth inning comefrom-behind victory over Coastal Carolina at the Big South tournament May 21

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JASON PATTEN Right-Handed Pitcher •R/R • Junior 6-1, 206 • Davidsonville, Md. (Archbishop Spalding)

career headlines

• Set the single-season saves record in 2009 • Needs five saves to become RU’s all-time leader • State all-academic selection (all sports) in 2010 2010 Highlights • • •

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Second all-time in saves at Radford with 14 Big South All-Academic Team member One of six RU student-athletes (in all sports) to earn VaSID Academic All-State Team honors SEBaseball.com Preseason Second Team All-Big South Nailed down his first save of the season, working two scoreless innings with three strikeouts against Bucknell (March 6) Picked up two wins in two appearances, throwing three scoreless innings against Rider (G2, March 14) and UNC Asheville (March 19) After pitching a four-run eighth inning, came back with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning and struck out High Point’s Nate Roberts to end the game in the series finale win (April 18) Went the final four innings on the way to his fifth win in the series opener against Presbyterian (May 7) ... Earned two saves in the series at Gardner-Webb, recording the final out on Friday (May 14) and a scoreless inning in the first game on Saturday (May 15)

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2009 Highlights • • • • •

Became Radford’s new single-season saves leader in 2009 Induced a game-ending double play in the ninth inning of Radford’s win at UAB Feb. 22 to earn his first collegiate save Picked up his first Big South save in Radford’s series finale win over Winthrop March 29 Nailed down his ninth save of the season in the second game of a doubleheader at Liberty May 15, setting the school’s new single-season record Entered in a non-save situation and struck out the side in the ninth inning of Radford’s come-from-behind Big South tournament win over Coastal Carolina May 21

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CARL TRAVERS Catcher / DH • R/R • Junior 5-10, 170 • Huntingtown, Md. (Riverdale Bapt.)

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• Expected to compete for an everyday spot this season • Drove in five runs in a win over ETSU in 2009 (4/8/09) • Had three RBIs in Radford’s first win of the season in 2010 (2/27/10) 2010 Highlights • • •

Drove in three runs in Radford’s win over Saint Joe’s (Feb. 27) Went 3-for-7 in two games at the Charleston Crab House Shootout Was 3-for-4 and drove in the tying run in the eighth inning in a win over ETSU (April 27)

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Drove in a pair of runs on a triple, his first career hit, in Radford’s romp over Canisius during the second game of a doubleheader March 7 Had a career and game-high five RBI, on a double and a triple, leading the Highlanders to a win over ETSU April 8 Went 3-for-3 in a win over Longwood April 14

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ABRAM WILLIAMS Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • R-Junior 5-11, 175 • Radford, Va. (Radford)

career headlines

• Radford’s most reliable relief pitcher in 2010 • Moved into the weekend rotation less than a year after elbow surgery • First recruit signed by head coach Joe Raccuia 2010 Highlights • • • • • • •

Fourth on Radford’s career ERA list at 4.73 in 116 innings of work Made a career-high 24 appearances, all in late-inning relief Led the Radford pitching staff in opponents’ batting average at .252 Had the team’s best hits-innings pitched ratio (allowed 41 hits in 44 2/3 innings) Worked three or more scoreless innings in back -to-back relief outings against Rider (G1, March 14) and UNC Asheville (March 19) Put together a streak of four consecutive scoreless appearances, working 10 2/3 innings between March 14-April 2 Named to the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star team as a member of the Amsterdam Mohawks

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2009 Highlights • • • •

Was the team’s Sunday starter after his comeback from “Tommy John” surgery First collegiate start came on March 9, 4 1/3 innings allowing three runs on six hits with six strikeouts March 9 against Bryant No-decision in a win over Winthrop March 29; went a then-career-long seven innings, allowing just one earned run Continued a 12-inning scoreless streak with eight shutout innings in a win at UNC Asheville April 5

2008 Highlights • • • •

Missed the final two months of the season with an elbow injury Tossed three innings of relief to earn his first career save in his collegiate debut against Georgetown on Feb. 23 Earned his first career win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Seton Hall (2 1/3 IP, 1 K) Four scoreless relief outings

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PHIL BONDI Infielder / Outfielder • R/R • Sophomore 6-1, 190 • Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area) 2010 Highlights • • • • • •

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Started at second base on opening day for the Highlanders against CofC (Feb. 19) Scored the walk-off run on a safety squeeze in the ninth inning of a win over Rider (G1) on March 14 Reached base for the first time with a pinch-hit walk at ETSU (March 24) Started back-to-back games against JMU and Longwood (April 13-14), hit his first career homer and drove in three runs against the Dukes Started in each of the last three games of the season, including both Big South Tournament games Went 1-for-4 with three walks, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI in the two tournament games

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DERRICK BREWER Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • Sophomore 6-0, 180 • Montpelier, Va. (Patrick Henry)

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EDDIE BUTLER Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • Sophomore 6-2, 190 • Chesapeake, Va. (Greenbrier Christian)

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Won four of the first five starts of his collegiate career Had seven quality starts Finished the season with 65 strikeouts, 10th in a single season in school history Baseball America Big South Preseason Top Newcomer (rated 5th) Big South Pitcher of the Week for May 3-9 Won his first career start, going 6 1/3 innings and allowed a run on seven hits, striking out two, against Saint Joe’s (Feb. 27) Went eight innings in a win over UNC Asheville (March 20), allowing one earned run on five hits Career-high seven strikeouts over six innings in a loss to Charleston Southern (April 3, G1) Picked up a win in the second game of the VMI series, fanning six in six innings Tossed the first complete game of his career with a 96-pitch effort against Presbyterian, striking out a career-high 10 while allowing a run on five hits (May 8)

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35th round selection of the Texas Rangers out of Greenbrier Christian School Third player in Radford program history to be drafted in high school

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CORY TURNER Outfielder • L/R • Sophomore 5-10, 185 • Manassas, Va. (Osbourn) 2010 Highlights • • • • •

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JAMES WOODS Left-Handed Pitcher • L/L • R-Freshman 5-10, 163 • Radford, Va. (Radford) 2010 Highlights • •

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First Team All-Three Rivers District, All-Region C and Honorable Mention All-Group A selection as a senior for the at Radford High School Played for Three Rivers District runners-up in 2007 and ’09, and Region C Tournament qualifiers in the same years Second team all-district pick as a junior

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MARK PETERSON

Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • Junior 6-0, 150 • Warrenton, Va. (Fauquier)

Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R • Junior 6-0, 190 • Raleigh, N.C. (Sanderson)

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CAM HODGE

Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R Freshman • 6-4, 205 Manassas, Va. • (Stonewall Jackson)

Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R Freshman • 6-1, 180 South Riding, Va. (Paul VI)

Infielder • R/R Freshman • 6-0, 155 Roanoke, Va. (Hidden Valley)

Prep Highlights • First Team All-Cedar Run District pitcher in 2009 and ‘10; second team all-district as a hitter • Holds Stonewall Jackson’s singleseason records for ERA (2.13), strikeouts (96), and home runs (14) • Spent the summer of 2009 with the Mid Atlantic Mets • Ranked 17th among high school players as a senior by Virginia Preps

Prep Highlights • 8-1, 1.80 ERA for the Panthers as a senior • Member of back-to-back VISAA Division I state championship teams (’08, ’09) • Holds Paul VI’s school record for strikeouts, and is the program’s only pitcher ever to throw a perfect game • Honorable Mention All-Met, second team all-state and Third Team AllWashington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) in 2009 • Brother of Radford junior outfielder Zach Costello

Prep Highlights • Two-sport athlete (baseball and cross country) for the Titans • First Team All-Timesland (Roanoke Times), First Team All-River Ridge District as a senior • Hit .409 with 5 homers as a senior, while setting Hidden Valley’s new career steals mark; tied Brett Mollenhauer’s Hidden Valley record for stolen bases in a season (14) in 2008 • Two-time Honorable Mention AllRiver Ridge District shortstop (’08, ’09)

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Catcher • R/R Freshman • 6-1, 180 Midlothian, Va. (Clover Hill) Prep Highlights • Hit .391 with four homers as a senior at Clover Hill High School • Named second team all-district as a senior and was an all-academic selection • Cavalier team MVP as a junior

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Outfielder /Pitcher • R/L Freshman • 5-9, 170 Weyers Cave, Va. (Fort Defiance)

Prep Highlights • First Team All-Southern Valley District as an outfielder and pitcher in 2010 • Was the 2009 Southern Valley District batting champion, hitting .487 • All-district and all-region first team outfielder, also named second team all-state • Named to the 2009 Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg) all-area team • Played for the West team at the 2009 Coventry Commonwealth Games

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RICKY SOWERS

Prep Highlights • Second team all-district selection as a senior at Hanover • First team all-academic honoree

Prep Highlights • Second Team All-River Ridge District selection as a pitcher and infielder at Blacksburg High School in 2010 • Second Team All-Timesland (Roanoke Times) Utility player • Hit .444 with 11 RBIs, while striking out just twice in 86 at-bats • Also won five games as a pitcher

Right-Handed Pitcher • R/R Freshman • 6-0, 190 Mechanicsville, Va. (Hanover)

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Infielder • R/R Freshman • 5-10, 190 Blacksburg, Va. (Blacksburg)

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First Baseman • R/R • Freshman 6-4, 230 • Ellicott City, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel) Prep Highlights • Varsity letterman in both football and baseball • Hit .518 with 9 home runs and 49 RBIs as a senior • Went 6-1 as a pitcher in 2010 • First Team All-WCAC and First Team All-Montgomery County (Md.) in 2009 and ‘10 • First Team All-Met in 2010 • Spent the summer of 2009 with the Columbia Reds of the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League

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HIGHLANDERS LEGACY Jim Abbott (1992-95) • RU’s career wins and strikeouts leader • Tossed 19 career complete games with five shutouts • Won nine games in 1995, a school record in the winningest season in RU history

Alex Gregory (2006-09

• The first player in school a South history to hit .400 t times • Tied for the school’s caree run lead and is school’s ca leader • Earned Big South Scholar of the Year honors in 2008

50 Kelly Dampeer (1994-97) • A Roanoke native, and the first player in school history to earn Freshman AllAmerica honors • Tied for the school’s career home run lead • Played in a school-record 208 career games for the Highlanders

Duane Filchner (1994-97) • Nicknamed the “Highlander Hitman”, earned Big South Player of the Year honors in 1994 • Four-time First Team AllBig South selection • Ranks seventh on the Big South career batting average list entering 2011

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Ricky Saunders (1985-88)

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• RU Athletic Hall of Fame class of 1999 • First scholarship player in RU program history • Is the school’s singleseason batting average record holder at .456 in 1985, the program’s first season • Holds the school and Big South record with 6 hits against Shenandoah on April 14, 1985

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Travis Morgan (1988-91) • The most prolific hitting catcher in program history with a career .338 average • Hit .431 wit 40 RBIs in 1989 and a school record .748 slugging percentage • RU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee in 2004

• Two-time First Team All-Big South selection • Ranks in the school’s career top 10 in 14 offensive categories, ranging from home runs to stolen bases • Big South All-Tournament selection in 1993, when RU played in the championship game

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PLAYER Phil Leftwich Chris Connolly Denny Van Pelt Duane Filchner Dub Salyers Jason Anderson Kelly Dampeer Tim Manwiller David Gotauco Ryan Speier Fred Wray Bill McCarthy Sean Walsh Mark Fleisher Cory Koliscak Eric Evans Casey Hodges Alex Gregory Reggie Keen

ORG. Angels Royals Angels A’s Expos A’s Indians A’s Braves Rockies Braves Braves Phillies Orioles Mariners Rangers Braves Mets Brewers

Cory Koliscak

Everett Aqua Sox - 2005

SIGNED ACQUIRED 1990 Draft, 2nd round 1991 Draft, 15th round 1994 Draft, 25th round 1995 Draft, 23rd round 1996 Draft, 11th round 1997 Draft, 4th round 1997 Draft, 22nd round 1997 Draft, 30th round 2000 Free agent 2001 Free agent 2001 Free agent 2001 Free agent 2001 Free agent 2005 Draft, 14th round 2005 Free agent 2008 Draft, 23rd round 2008 Draft, 23rd round 2009 Draft, 17th round 2010 Free agent

Mark Fleisher

Aberdeen Iron Birds - 2007

Phil Leftwich

California Angels - 1993-96 Leftwich became the first Highlander in the major leagues when he joined the California Angels in 1993. The Angels’ top selection in the 1990 Major League draft, he was taken in the second round, leaving RU with 13 school pitching records. A Lynchburg, Va., native, he was 19-14, pitching 25 complete games and 265 innings from 1988-1990. Leftwich is an inaugural RU Athletic Hall of Fame member, elected in 1995.

Ryan Speier

Colorado Rockies - 2005-09 A standout for the Highlanders from 1998-2001, the Springfield, Va. native signed with the Rockies out of the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2001. The organization’s first player to win the minor league Rolaids Relief Man Award, Speier earned a spot on Colorado’s Opening Day 25-man roster in 2005.

Eric Evans

AZL Rangers - 2008

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Brooklyn Cyclones - 2009

Reggie Keen

Helena Brewers - 2010

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ALL-TIME HONORS Big South postseason honors Coach of the Year 1989.................................. Scott Gines 1995..................................... Lew Kent Player of the Year 1994............................. Duane Filchner Rookie of the Year 2009.................................... Jeff Kemp Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2007............................Steve Mignogna 2008 ............................... Alex Gregory first team all-conference 1988.................................Phil Leftwich 1989............................... Dave Cannon ....................................... John Gilbert .......................................Phil Leftwich .....................................Travis Morgan 1991..................................Donnie Just 1992.................................... Rob Amos ................................... Duane Filchner ......................................... Phil Haney ........................................Donnie Just ................................... Denny Van Pelt 1993.................................. Tom Curran ................................... Duane Filchner ...................................... Brian Pardue ................................... Denny Van Pelt 1994............................. Duane Filchner

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1995................................... Jim Abbott ................................... Duane Filchner 1996..............................Kelly Dampeer 1997.................................... Chris Carr 1998................................... Jeff Collins ....................................Mike Lombardi 1999................................ Bill McCarthy 2000.................................. Mike Potter 2004............................... Mark Fleisher 2007................................ Alex Gregory 2008................................ Alex Gregory 2010.............................. Matt Hillsinger SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE 1994..............................Kelly Dampeer ....................................Mike Lombardi ...................................... Brian Pardue ................................... Denny Van Pelt 1995 .............................Kelly Dampeer 1997..............................Kelly Dampeer 2000.................................. Mike Potter ........................................ Sean Walsh 2004.............................. Alan Ashworth 2005............................ Kellen Wohlford 2008....................................Eric Evans .......................................Tyren Rivers 2009................................ Alex Gregory ........................................Aerik Taylor 2010.................................Reggie Keen

Brian Pardue

Big South All-Tournament 1990.................................... Ben Chow 1990.................................Phil Leftwich 1991..................................Donnie Just 1993................................... John Gegg 1993............................Rob McCandless 1993............................. Denny Van Pelt 1999.................................. Sean Walsh 2000....................................Fred Wray 2005............................ Kellen Wohlford 2008................................ Alex Gregory .......................................Reggie Keen 2009................................ Alex Gregory Vasid All-State FIRST TEAM 1998................................... Jeff Collins ....................................Mike Lombardi 2009................................ Alex Gregory 2010.............................. Matt Hillsinger SECOND TEAM 2007 Second Team.................... Alex Gregory HONORABLE MENTION 2004............................... Mark Fleisher 2005............................... Mark Fleisher .................................. Kellen Wohlford

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VASID ALL-ACADEMIC (ALL SPORTS) 2010................................ Jason Patten Big South All-Academic Team 1999................................ Ray Detwiler 2000...............................Daryl Desalvo 2001............................ Frank Anderson 2002............................... Cory Koliscak 2003............................... Dean Altavilla 2004............................... Cory Koliscak 2005............................Steve Mignogna 2006................................ John Vellines 2007............................Steve Mignogna 2008................................ Alex Gregory 2009................................ Alex Gregory 2010................................ Jason Patten CoSIDA Academic All-America 1994................................ Brian Pardue 2007............................Steve Mignogna louisville slugger Freshman All-America 1994..............................Kelly Dampeer 1997..............................Mike Lombardi 1998..........Adam McKenzie (H. Mention) 2009.................. Jeff Kemp (H. Mention)

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Radford University at a glance... Radford University blends the rich, diverse curriculum of a

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major university with a small-town atmosphere conducive to learning and personal enrichment. By emphasizing student learning as the core of its mission, Radford challenges students and helps them develop academically, socially, physically, culturally and morally. The university recognizes that in our rapidly changing global society today’s technology is tomorrow’s history and what endures is the ability to learn, think logically and communicate clearly. Radford is a successful, popular university that has quickly grown in stature as an innovator in higher education. Its growth in reputation has been paralleled by a growth in numbers and diversity. The school enrolls some 9,230 students from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, from 45 other states and from 47 foreign countries. A state-supported institution founded in 1910, Radford offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in seven colleges. The institution offers Bachelor of Arts, Science, Fine Arts, Business Administration, Music Therapy, Master of Science, Arts and Educational Specialists degrees. Army ROTC is available. Radford is, and will continue to be, a community in which all members participate actively and communicate openly. It is a community that values diversity and is responsive to change and new ideas. Most importantly, it is a community that is committed to the teaching and learning process and maintains service to students as its highest priority and most enduring value.

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The New River Valley is home to one of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River. A geologic wonder, it’s one of the few rivers in the world that flows from south to north. The NRV is made up of the following counties: Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd and Giles. It’s also home to the towns of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Pulaski, Pearisburg and Floys, and the independent city of Radford. The valley is an economic leader, as host of the largest research park in the Commonwealth of Virginia Approximately 170,000 residents call the New River Valley home. The NRV is also a center for higher education in the commonwealth as the home to Radford University, Virginia Tech and New River Community College

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RADFORD UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS Team Awards

Softball......................... Big South Regular Season and Tournament Champion ....................................................................NCAA Athens Regional Finalist Men’s Tennis..........................................Big South Regular Season Champion Field Hockey................................................. NorPac East Division Champion Men’s Soccer........................................................... NSCAA Academic Award Women’s Soccer...................................................... NSCAA Academic Award Women’s Golf.......................................Big South Team Sportsmanship Award

Championship Teams

Academic Awards

Brittany Christian (Track & Field)... Radford University Most Outstanding Student Hope Creasy (Softball)........... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Phillip Martin (Men’s Basketball).ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District ............................Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Igor Ogrizek (Men’s Tennis)...Big South Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Softball - 2010 Big South Regular Season / Tournament Champion

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Hope Creasy (Softball).....................................Big South Woman of the Year ............................................................................... First Team All-Region Kyle Morse (Track & Field).............. Big South Indoor Weight Throw Champion ..............................................Big South Outdoor Hammer Throw Champion ..............................................................NCAA Hammer Throw All-America Artsiom Parakhouski (Men’s Basketball)................Big South Player of the Year .................................................................. VaSID State Player of the Year ................................................... Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State Team ....................................................................NABC District 3 Second Team ............................................................. AP Honorable Mention All-America Ivan Salec (Men’s Tennis).................. NCAA Tournament Individual Participant Kristen Shifflett (Softball)...................... Big South Female Athlete of the Year .......................................................................Big South Tournament MVP ............................................................................... First Team All-Region

Men’s Tennis - 2010 Big South Regular Season Champion

Coach Awards

Mike Anderson (Men’s Tennis)........................... Big South Coach of the Year Brent Chumbley (Track & Field)...... Big South Women’s T&F Coach of the Year Mickey Dean (Softball)..................................... Big South Coach of the Year

Honors

Dr. Ron Bradley (Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach)... Big South Hall of Fame

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Art Parakhouski

Big South POY/AP All-America

Ivan Salec

NCAA Tournament Selection

Kristen Shifflett

Big South Female Athlete of the Year

Brittany Christian

Hope Creasy

RU Most Outstanding Student Big South Woman of the Year

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ATHLETICS DIRECTOR ROBERT LINEBURG

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Since being introduced as Radford University’s Director of Athletics in the fall of 2007, Radford native Robert Lineburg has helped usher in a new era of Highlander athletics, marked by unprecedented on-and off-field improvements and successes. In his short time with the department, Lineburg has been the catalyst for a number of changes, particularly in areas such as facilities, personnel and strategic planning. His most visible influence to date has been on the Dedmon Center, where Lineburg has been involved with major renovations to the centerpiece of Radford athletics for more than 25 years. Beginning in the spring of 2008, the facility underwent transformations to the arena, including a new steel-supported roof, a new basketball floor, renovated athletic offices, a new-look natatorium, and improved athletic locker, training, and medical facilities. Along with the initial transformations to the Dedmon Center, an improved state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room, new ticket office and Learning Enhancement Center (LEC), which houses student-athlete academic support, were completed/added in 2009. In 2010, facility upgrades included a new high-tech videoboard / sound system to the Dedmon Center as well as a new playing surface / irrigation system and dugouts to the Radford University Baseball Field. Lineburg has also overseen the hires of five new head coaches, as well as six new athletic administrators. His hires include women’s basketball head coach Taj Njongba, head volleyball coach Marci Jenkins, women’s head golf coach Jeff Beeler, head men’s soccer coach Marc Reeves and the promotion of track and field interim director Brent Chumbley to head coaches’ status. Among the administrators added in Lineburg’s tenure are executive associate A.D. Randy Butt, head athletic trainer Chad Hyatt, assistant A.D. for communications Joey Beeler, director of student-athlete support services/senior women’s administrator Stephanie Ballein, and Director of Facilities Brad Epperley. As a result of the changes, Radford achieved a banner year in 2008-09: women’s soccer, men’s basketball, men’s tennis and softball claimed Big South conference crowns and advanced to NCAA Tournament play. Women’s soccer advanced to its fourth tournament, men’s basketball won the Big South regular-season and tournament title to advance to the NCAAs for the first time since 1998, men’s tennis made its third-straight appearance, and softball appeared for the first time and won Radford’s first-ever NCAA tournament game in any sport. Lineburg and the Highlanders backed their success in 2008-09 with a men’s tennis and softball Big South regular season title in 2009-10. Mickey Dean’s softball team went on

to win their second straight conference tournament crown before advancing to the Athens, Georgia Regional final with two more NCAA Tournament victories. He and his staff have also been responsible for creating a five-year strategic plan for the Radford athletic department and building an athletics facilities master plan. Additional achievements include ushering in a new athletics Internet site (RadfordAthletics.com), and helping implement a new ticket system (Ticket Return). Lineburg and his staff have also hosted top-level competition, with five Big South championships taking place on the Radford campus from 2008-10. In addition to making an impact on Radford athletics, Lineburg is also involved in a number of different organizations and committees. He is the chairman of the Big South Conference on Basketball Improvement, a member of the Big South ad-hoc Committee on Basketball Issues, and a member of the selection committee to select Radford University’s Vice President for Advancement. Prior to becoming Radford’s third Director of Athletics, Lineburg’s corporate knowledge was groomed as a marketing associate with Peloton Real Estate Partners in Dallas, Texas. Along with his business experience, Lineburg spent 15 seasons as a college basketball coach, including time as Southern Methodist’s interim head coach. Prior to serving as the Mustangs interim head coach, Lineburg spent eight years as an assistant at SMU. Following his interim tenure, he served two more seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Methodist. Lineburg’s coaching resume also includes assistant coaching positions with the men’s basketball programs at James Madison University and Emory & Henry College, as well as with the Dallas Mavericks summer league team. His coaching experience also took him through the Big South, as he spent time on the sideline at UNC Greensboro. A 1991 graduate of Roanoke College, Lineburg started his collegiate basketball career as a Highlander, where he was a two-year letterman before transferring to nearby Roanoke College to play his final two years. He earned his Bachelor’s in political science with a minor in history. In 1995, he received a Master’s Degree in education from Virginia Tech, where he was also a graduate assistant on the men’s basketball staff. Lineburg is the son of retired Radford High School football coach and athletic director Norman Lineburg and the brother of Dr. Mark Lineburg, the Superintendent of Bristol City Schools, Paul Lineburg, the Assistant Principal at William Byrd H.S. and Wayne Lineburg, who is in his first season as the offensive coordinator at the University of Richmond. He is married to the former Mary Parish, also a native of Radford.

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PRESIDENT PENELOPE W. KYLE

61 Penelope Ward Kyle became Radford University’s sixth, and first female, president when she took office on June 1, 2005. She came to RU with more than 30 years of experience in state government, the corporate and legal worlds, and higher education. Upon assuming the presidency, President Kyle immediately focused on leading the university’s initiative to become one of the top 50 masters universities in the nation. The Radford University strategic plan “7-17”, completed in 2007 at her direction, identifies four strategic directives -- the investment in people, programs, global and local society and the future of Radford University. Under President Kyle’s leadership, the university also added its first doctoral program with an emphasis in rural mental health and launched an initiative to grow graduate college student enrollment by offering additional doctoral and masters level programs. She hired the university’s first provost and created two new vice presidential areas of responsibility, Information Technology and University Relations. The Radford University Board of Visitors, at President Kyle’s request, has increased its membership by four positions to provide an opportunity for more diversity and leadership innovation within the governing body. A native of southwest Virginia, President Kyle is a product of the Galax public

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schools system. She graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and did her postgraduate studies in English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and later earned her MBA from the College of William and Mary. President Kyle served as Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery for 11 years, under three successive governors. First appointed by Governor George Allen in 1994, she was reappointed by Governor James Gilmore, and then reappointed once again by Governor Mark Warner. Previously, Ms. Kyle was employed by CSX Corporation, an international transportation company, where she became the company’s first female officer. Before joining CSX Corporation, she was an attorney with McGuire, Woods, LLP in Richmond. She also taught English for six years at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. President Kyle serves in leadership positions on numerous educational, civic, cultural, professional, financial and volunteer organizations. She served on the Board of Visitors at James Madison University from 1984 until 1992 and on the JMU Foundation Board 1992 until 1994. She also served on the Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation Board from 1994 until 2000 and on the Board of Governors of Saint Christopher’s School from 1999 until 2005. President Kyle is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of Directors of PRA, Inc., a publicly traded company. Ms. Kyle is married to Charles L. Menges, an attorney and partner with McGuire, Woods, LLC. They are the parents of three children, son, Kyle Ward Menges, and two daughters, Penelope Whitley Menges, and Patricia Lee Menges.

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