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Diamond 'Dogs Announce Five-Man Recruiting Class
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: November 30, 2011
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BOILING SPRINGS - Gardner-Webb signed five baseball student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, including a pair of All-State performers from Florida.

Gardner-Webb added first baseman Ty Clark (Tallahassee, Fla. / Lincoln HS), outfielder Taylor Fisher (Matthews, N.C. / Covenant Day School), catcher Blair Huggins (Tallahassee, Fla. / North Florida Christian HS), outfielder Nick Triplett (Shelby, N.C. / Crest HS) and right-handed pitcher/infielder Thomas Young (Raleigh, N.C. / Panther Creek HS).

"Our signing class this fall is a quality group of young men who we feel all have bright futures at Gardner-Webb," said head coach Rusty Stroupe. "Not only are they each talented athletes, but they have shown that they are quality students and possess the character and personal qualities that we look for in our program."

Both Clark (6-1, 190) and Huggins (6-1, 180) earned All-State honors as juniors in the Sunshine State. Clark was a first-team Class 5A selection after batting .417 with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs and 30 RBI in leading Lincoln (Fla.) High to a 17-8 record and a district title. He was named All-Big Bend by the Tallahassee Democrat and was sixth in the area's Player of the Year voting.

Huggins is one of the top catchers in the state entering his senior season at North Florida Christian, and led the Eagles to a 24-7 record and Class 2A State Championship in 2011. He earned first-team All-State honors in Class 2A after batting .430 with six doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI - and also earned All-Big Bend honors from the Tallahassee Democrat.

Both Clark and Huggins were teammates on the Next Level Baseball summer team, which finished in the top-16 at the 2011 World Wood Bat Championships.

Fisher (5-11, 175) had a spectacular offensive season as a junior for Covenant Day, batting .454 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI - earning second-team Southern Mecklenburg Super Team and All-Conference honors.

Triplett (6-1, 185) will be a four-year starter once the 2012 season begins at nearby Crest (N.C.) High, and batted .325 with a solid .481 on base percentage as a junior.

Young (6-5, 185) is a two-way standout who boasts a fastball in the upper 80s and batted .382 as a junior - with only four strikeouts in nearly 70 at bats. Young is the first Panther Creek (N.C.) High player to sign a Division I baseball scholarship.



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