GW Baseball Lands 20 in Gregg Ritchie's First Recruiting Class

May 14, 2013


WASHINGTON - George Washington baseball head coach Gregg Ritchie has announced 20 commitments from 10 states for his inaugural recruiting class.

"This recruiting class will give us a tremendous upgrade in athleticism, speed, size and strength," said Head Coach Gregg Ritchie. "This group demonstrates maturity combined with a competitor's mindset and is filled with special student-athletes."

Cody Bryant - 1B - 6'0 - 210 - Boynton Beach, Fla. - Atlantic Community High School
Currently batting .343 with four home runs, 17 RBIs and four doubles at Atlantic Community High School (as of 5/10) ... Also has pitched to a 6-4 record with 2.13 ERA and 66 strikeouts with just nine walks ... Threw two no-hitters as a senior including Class 7A Regional Semifinal on May 3 ... Batted .371 with eight runs and 10 RBIs as a junior ... Went 3-1 with two saves, 15 strikeouts and 2.47 ERA as a junior.

Coach Ritchie on Bryant: "Cody is a big, physical young man. A first basemen with some natural thump in his bat from the right side. He is a power-potential guy and we look forward to having him develop and grow here at GW."

Robert Campbell - 3B - 6'0 - 180 - Silver Spring, Md. - St. John's College High School

Two-year varsity starter of St. John's College ... 2013 team captain ... Member of National Honor Society ... Member of J-ROTC as First Sergeant.

Coach Ritchie on Campbell: "Bobby is a solid fielding third basemen from nearby St. John's College High School. Bobby is a competitor and is also involved in the ROTC. He has no problem facing adversity and battling through it. He has a strong arm at third base and we look forward to him being here."



Colin Gibbons-Fly - SS - 6'1 - 180 - College Park, Md. - Dematha Catholic

Named Second Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in 2011 while helping team to the WCAC Championship Finals ... Played summer and fall 2012 with the Mid-Atlantic Rookies ... Named to the All-Tournament Teams for the 2012 WWBA 18U National Championship, the 2012 WWBA 17U National Championship, and the 2012 WWBA World Championship ... Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American Honorable Mention in 2011 and Perfect Game All-Atlantic Region Honorable Mention in 2013 ... In 2013, playing for Mercersburg (PA) Academy, through 17 games hit .567 with 34 hits, including 11 doubles and five home runs ... Ranked by Perfect Game as the thirteenth best player in Maryland's class of 2013.

Coach Ritchie on Gibbons-Fly: "Colin brings good speed a strong baseball IQ to the game. He is a strong line-drive hitter that will fit to our style of play here. He has the opportunity to play multiple positions for us and we look forward to him competing right away for a starting position."

Elijah Kashi - MIF - 5'11 - 170 - Montclair, N.J. - Montclair High School
Rated sixth-best shortstop prospect in state of New Jersey by Perfect Game ... Two-year captain at Montclair High School ... 2nd Team All-Essex Conference and 2nd Team All-County as a junior ... Batted .417 junior year, leading Montclair to first Greater Newark Tournament Title since 1963 ... Recently surpassed 100 career hits.

Coach Ritchie on Kashi: "Eli is a great character kid and a good defender in the middle infield. He has soft hands and has the potential to play great defense for us. He also provides much-needed hitting from the left side. He has a great understanding of the game and we are looking to big things from him in his career."

Kevin Mahala - RHP/3B - 6'3 - 185 - Far Hills, N.J. - Seton Hall Prep
Currently batting .370 with eight doubles, one home run and 20 RBIs (as of 5/11)... Seton Hall Prep currently 21-2 overall and No. 1 seed in Greater Newark Tournament ... Also has 4-1 record and 28 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched ... Batted .355 with 24 runs, 17 RBIs, seven doubles as a junior. Coach

Ritchie on Mahala: "Mahala is a two-way guy who possesses the ability to play both corner infield spots and to develop as an arm for us on the mound. This speaks to his considerable athleticism as a big man. As his body matures, he can become a special player for GW baseball. He should be competing for a starting spot immediately."

Larry McCabe - LHP - 6'4 - 210 - Virginia Beach, Va. - Frank W. Cox High School
All-Beach District Player of the Year in 2012 at Frank W. Cox High School ... Also All-Beach District First Team selection as utility player and Second Team as a pitcher ... 2012 All-Eastern Region Second Team selection as a utility player ... Batted .418 with four home runs, 17 RBIs and 15 steals as a junior and pitched to 6-1 record with 1.95 ERA.

Coach Ritchie on McCabe: "Larry is a big, physical left-handed pitcher and an outfielder. On the mound he has a ton of upside with his frame and tool kit that he possesses. At the plate he has some raw strength that, with development, can be a threat each time he comes to the plate."

Eddie Muhl - RHP - 6'4 - 205 - Sherman Oaks, Calif. - Notre Dame High School
Coach Ritchie on Muhl: "Eddie is a big right-hander with consistency in the strike zone and three pitches with some run and sink that we like to see. He is known for his character and work ethic and if he progresses the way we plan, there are big things in his future."

Andrew Piccin - RHP - 6'1 - 190 - Flower Mound, Texas - Flower Mound High School
Coach Ritchie on Piccin: "Andrew is a big right-hander. He is a mid-eighties guy with some good run, sink and cut in his arsenal. He simply pounds the strike zone and attacks hitters. We are excited for his development and success at GW."

Paul Proenza - C - 5'9 - 180 - Miami, Fla. - South Miami High School
Ranked the No. 14 catcher in the state of Florida by Prospect Select ... Under Armour Preseason All-American in 2012 and 2013 ... 2012 Rawlings Florida All-Region ... 2012 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Honorable Mention.

Coach Ritchie on Proenza: "Paul is a solid defensive catcher from Miami, Fla. The part of Paul's game that stands out is his ability to handle a pitching staff and control the game from behind the plate. He also possesses the commanding leadership skills that is required at the catching position."

Brandon Ritchie - RHP - 6'1 - 210 - New Castle, Pa. - Laurel High School
Four-time Pittsburgh Post Gazette All-Section selection as a pitcher and outfielder ... Four-time New Castle News All-Star Selection ... Baseball Factory Top Prospect and Pitcher at 2012 Washington, Pa., tryout ... Named top pitcher at 2012 Team One Northeast ... 2012 Pennsylvania Keystone Game Selection ... Under Armour Baseball Factory Pre-Season All-American Selection prior to junior and senior year ... Four-year football starter at QB/DB ... Second Team All-MAC conference QB/DB Junior year.

Coach Ritchie on Ritchie: "Brandon is one of the hardest workers in our incoming class. It is apparent from his visible and passionate manner that Brandon will be one of our leaders in desire and drive. He possesses a mid-to-upper eighties fastball and has touched 90 regularly. We are looking for him to be an impact arm for us on the mound and a real leader going forward."

Jordan Sheinkop - RHP - 6'1 - 200 - Buffalo Grove, Ill. - Stevenson High School
Team captain at Stevenson High School under head coach Paul Mazzuca ... Holds ERA and WHIP record at Stevenson High School ... 1-0, two saves, 1.53 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 32 innings as a junior, helping team to 2012 IHSA 4A Regional Championship ... Academic All-Conference selection and IHSA Academic Honors as a junior ... Chosen to NW Suburban Showcase in Illinois ... Played for Top Tier 17U team.

Coach Ritchie on Sheinkop: "Jordy has had a solid high school season this year and we expect him to come in right away and compete for innings. He could be a starter or a reliever, and we look forward to his development."

Ryan Xepoleas - OF - 5'8 - 175 - Loomis, Calif. - Del Oro High School - Santa Rosa Junior College
Currently batting .283 with 34 runs, eight doubles, three triples, one home run, 23 RBIs and 13 stolen bases at Santa Rosa Junior College (as of 5/10) ... Team is currently 30-7-1 overall and in second place in California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) Poll (as of 5/10) and currently competing in Super Regionals.

Coach Ritchie on Xepoleas: "Ryan is the most seasoned player we are bringing in to the program with this class. His awareness, instinct and knowledge are above average and he will have an immediate impact on our team. He is having a great career right now at Santa Rose Junior College. He brings leadership and he has been through the grind of a college season. He is a proven winner and leader at the college level."

Sam Ackerman - RHP/OF - 6'2 - 175 - Montclair, N.J. - Montclair High School
20 career wins at Montclair High School (as of 5/10) ... Threw no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and one walk on April 15 ... Essex County Rookie of the Year in 2010 ... All-County selection as a freshmen, sophomore and junior.

Coach Ritchie on Ackerman: "A pitcher who has come on as of late. Sam has a large projectable frame."

Joey Bartosic - 2B/OF - 5'11 - 175 - Oakton, Va. - Oakton High School
Three-year varsity starter at Oakton High School ... Rawlings All-Region Honorable Mention prior to senior season ... Batted .338 with 10 steals and 19 runs as a junior ... Started at second base for the Concorde District Championship team as a junior ... All-District Utility player as a junior ... Perfect Game Under Classman Honorable Mention as a junior ... Two-sport athlete, also competing in track & field ... Plays for Richmond Braves U17 National Team ... Runs anchor for Oakton's 4x100 relay team ... All-District selection for indoor track & field ... Under Armour Preseason All-American, All-District and All-Region selection as a track athlete came in second place at Rawling's World's Fastest Man Competition in Fort Myers, Fla.

Coach Ritchie on Bartosic: "Joey is one of the fastest players in the nation. He is the anchor on his 4x100 indoor track team and brings us game-changing speed, which is something that we love. He has the ability to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield."

John Brady - OF - 5'10 - 175 - Williamstown, N.J. - Williamstown High School
Four-year letterwinner at Williamstown High School ... Two-time captain ... Serves as team's No. 3 hitter and No. 1 pitcher ... All-Area Honorable Mention by Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier Post and South Jersey Times ... Went 4-for-5 with two doubles, four runs and three RBIs to lead Williamstown to upset win over No. 1 seed Washington Township in quarterfinals of South Jersey Group 4 State Playoffs ... Ranked 10th in class out of 476.

Coach Ritchie on Brady: "John is an athletic and dynamic outfielder with plus speed."

Jordan Dudek -MIF - 5'11 - 165 - Snellville, Ga. - Greater Atlantic Christian High School

Four-year varsity starter at Greater Atlantic Christian High School ... Georgia Dugout Club Pre-Season All-State selection ... Georgia Dugout Club Pre-Season Player to Watch ... Rawlings Perfect Game Southeast Honorable Mention ... Holds school record with perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in junior season ... Played for East Cobb Astros Summer Ball.

Coach Ritchie on Dudek: "Jordan is a middle infielder and utility guy who has a history of simply getting the job done. He is an athletic kid."

Zane Schreiber - RHP - 6'2 - 190 - Hagerstown, Md. - North Hagerstown High School
North Hagerstown is currently 15-2 and ranked No. 1 in the State of Maryland 3A schools ... 5-0 with one save, 43 strikeouts and 2.33 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched (as of 5/10) ... Currently batting .420 with three doubles and 17 RBIs (as of 5/10) ... Batted .400 with four doubles, one home run, 12 RBIs and six steals as a junior.

Coach Ritchie on Schreiber: "Zane possess an outpitch type breaking ball and has the ability to be a potential late-inning relief guy."

Andrew Selby - OF - 5'11 - 170 - Alexandria, Va. - Bishop Ireton High School
Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Honorable Mention in 2010 ... WCAC Second Team in 2011 and 2012 ... Named team's Most Valuable Player in 2011.

Coach Ritchie on Selby: "Andrew is a physical outfielder and brings a left-handed presence to the lineup for us. He has potential to be a base-stealing threat as well. He is an overall physical player who can do a lot of productive and positive things with his tools."

Alec Stearn - C - 6'1 - 170 - Muttontown, N.Y. - Jericho Senior High School

Coach Ritchie on Stearn: "Alec is a physical catcher. He has shown some good athleticism behind the plate."

Jonathan Steele - C - 5'11 - 160 - Pompton Lakes, N.J. - Pompton Lakes High School
Two-time First Team All-Passaic County selection ... First Team All-North Jersey selection and First Team All-Group 1 selection ... Also named WGHT All-Area twice ... Suburban Trends Player of the Year Coach

Ritchie on Steele: "Jonathan comes from New Jersey with a great high school career under his belt. He has had numerous accolades and brings leadership qualities behind the plate."

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