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Diamond 'Dogs Add Five During Early Signing Period
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: December 03, 2013
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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Gardner-Webb baseball announced Tuesday that it had added five student-athletes during the early signing period.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs added outfielder J.D. Huggins (Tallahassee, Fla. / North Florida Christian School), infielder Luke Kaesmeyer (Danville, Va. / Tunstall HS), right-handed pitcher Bradley Hallman (Huntersville, N.C. / Southlake Christian Academy), outfielder/left-handed pitcher Chandler Jenkins (Vale, N.C. / West Lincoln HS) and first baseman Barrett Hennings (Forbush, N.C. / Forbush HS).

“We are tremendously excited about this early signing class,” said GWU head coach Rusty Stroupe. “Because we don't have a lot of turnover this year, the number of signees was small, but the quality of this class is exceptional. We believe each of these young men will contribute to our program significantly, and will continue to excel as both students and athletes.“

Huggins (6-2, 195) is the younger brother of current GWU catcher Blair Huggins and rated as a top-150 outfielder nationally according to Perfect Game. The younger Huggins bats from the left side and is coming off an outstanding junior season that saw him bat .346 with six doubles, two triples, five home runs and 28 RBI.

Huggins earned second-team All-Big Bend honors from the Tallahassee Democrat and boasts a strong .337 career batting average with 18 doubles and 11 home runs during his time with the Eagles’ program. Perfect Game rated Huggins as a High Honorable Mention All-America selection following the 2013 season.

Huggins was a heavily recruited slugger, choosing Gardner-Webb over Ole Miss, South Alabama and Alabama.

Kaesmeyer (6-2, 180) is a two-time All-Metro selection at shortstop, where he made just two errors at the position as a junior. The athletic infielder batted .350 with seven double and 17 RBI in 2013, helping his team to a runner-up finish in the state title game.

A second-team All-Piedmont District selection, Kaesmeyer played in the Virginia Commonwealth Games and was a member of the EvoShield Canes travel team. He also considered East Carolina, Old Dominion and George Mason before settling on the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Hallman was a two-way standout at Southlake Christian (N.C.) Academy, using a fastball that reaches 90 mph to power his way to a 2-2 record, 2.59 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 28.0 innings pitched as a junior. Hallman batted .412 with 16 steals in 2013. His work helped the Eagles post an 18-6 record.

Jenkins (6-0, 185) was also a standout two-way performer at West Lincoln, batting .367 with nine doubles, two home runs, 20 runs scored and 33 RBI. As a reliever, the southpaw posted four saves and a 1.05 ERA with 38 strikeouts in just 26.0 innings pitched.

Perfect Game rated Jenkins as the state’s No. 13 outfielder and one of the top-300 at his position nationally.

Hennings (6-0, 175) enters his senior season as the second-rated first baseman in the state by Perfect Game and as one of the Old North State’s top-70 senior prospects overall. He batted .309 with 18 runs scored, 14 RBI and a pair of home runs as a junior – and has a .351 career average with 40 hits, 40 RBI and 43 runs scored in two seasons.




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