JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 4, 2010) - ETSU head baseball coach Tony Skole announced the signing of John Long (Anderson, S.C.) to the 2010-11 Buccaneer class on Friday.
Long joins left-handed pitcher Justin Willis (Knoxville, Tenn.), catcher Steven Monger (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), left-handed pitcher Clinton Freeman (Johnson City, Tenn.) and right-handed pitcher Bret Gallihugh (Sevierville, Tenn.) on the 2010-11 signing class.
"We are extremely excited and feel very fortunate that John will be in our program next year," Skole said. "He comes from one of the best junior colleges in the country in Spartanburg Methodist. John is an extremely talented ball player who we expect to compete for a spot in our weekend rotation, and will also challenge for a spot in the middle of our batting order. All season our staff has felt like John was one of the best junior college players in the entire Southeast, and he has lived up to that billing. John is a great young man and has a bright future ahead of him. He will be a great addition to our program and university."
Long, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound right-handed pitcher and outfielder, comes from Spartanburg Methodist College. Long posted a 6-1 record for the Pioneers with a 2.41 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched. The Anderson, S.C. native also had a team best 45 strikeouts while only walking 13 batters on the season. Offensively, Long hit .383 for SMC in 2010 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and 18 RBI. Long spent the 2009 season at Liberty where he saw action in 28 games, including six starts for the Flames. A versatile player, Long hit .250 with a home run and seven RBI, while going 1-0 on the mound in 11 appearances with 11 strikeouts.
A graduate of T.L. Hanna High School, Long was selected to the 2008 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American team and was rated by Diamond Prospects as the 31st best prospect in South Carolina in 2008. Long represented South Carolina in the 2008 International High School Power Showcase Homerun Derby at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla., finishing sixth. Long was a two-time All-Region I AAAA and Anderson Independent All-Area team member and received all-state honorable mention nod in 2008. Named the team MVP, Long hit .438 as a senior and .456 as a junior with a South Carolina 4A leading 11 home runs. He was also was a member of highly successful Diamond Devils travel team.
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