May 3, 2006
Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's head baseball coach Jedd Soto announced the commitment of six student-athletes during the NCAA spring signing period for the 2007 season. The class is comprised of three high school players and three junior college transfers. With the six spring commitments, the 2007 class is now 20 strong, making it the largest class brought to Moraga during the Soto era.
Saint Mary's secured commitments from four states, including three players from California. The SMC coaching staff assembled its 2007 class with versatile athletes that can play multiple positions, most of whom have the potential to earn time at the plate and on the mound.
"These student-athletes excel on the baseball field and in the classroom. They will make a major impact in our program right away," said Soto.
Saint Mary's three California players include LHP/1B/OF Kyle Jensen (St. Mary's HS), Scott Schneider SS/RHP (Torrey Pines HS), and Ryan Mulligan C/RHP (Selma HS).
Saint Mary's out-of-state commitments hail from Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. The recruits include OF Ken Fuglerud (College of Southern Idaho), RHP Brian Justice (Treasure Valley CC) and 1B/RHP Anthony Selden (Feather River College).
Outfielder Ken Fuglerud, from the College of Southern Idaho, will bring explosive speed to the outfield and a quality left-handed bat. Fuglerud has been a standout for the American Legion in Lethbridge, Alberta for three years. Fuglerud led the Lethbridge Elks to a 2004 Montana State championship. At the college ranks, the speedster is currently leading CSI with a .397 batting average, 18 doubles, two triples and 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Fuglerud has led the storied JUCO program to a 34-12 overall record and a 23-7 SWAC mark.
Lefthander Kyle Jensen (St. Mary's HS) is a very versatile player that can get it done at the plate and on the mound. The southpaw was ranked No. 13 by Perfect Game for players in Northern California and was ranked No. 43 in the entire state. Jensen was named to the SJAA First-Team along with being named the SJAA Pitcher of the Year in 2005. Jensen was a perfect 8-0 in league and 10-1 overall his junior season and chipped in a .385 batting average, four home runs and 24 RBIs. This season Jensen is batting .478 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. On the hill he has fanned 39 in 38 innings and posts a 3.13 ERA.
Rigthander Brian Justice, from Treasure Valley Community College brings a lively arm to the Gaels. Justice earned Second Team NWAACC honors last season after posting a 4-1 record with a 1.59 ERA. Justice added 38 Ks in 45 innings pitched and only gave up eight earned all season. This year, the 6-3 righthander is 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA. Justice has added a save and is averaging over nine strikeouts per outing. At Issaquah HS, Justice led his team to a Washington 3A championship by earning the victory on the mound in the title game.
Ryan Mulligan (Selma HS) brings a strong arm and a solid left-handed bat to Saint Mary's. Mulligan was ranked No. 15 in Northern California and No. 50 in the state by Perfect Game. Through 22 games played this season, he leads the state with 35 RBIs and is second in the state with seven wins. In addition to his 35 RBIs, Mulligan is batting .468 with five triples and four doubles. On the hill, he posts a 1.32 ERA with a save and has fanned an impressive 47 in 37 innings. As a junior, Mulligan batted .358 with eight doubles and 16 RBIs.
Scott Schneider, from Torrey Pines High School is another two-way player added to the Saint Mary's roster. In 15 games played this season, Schneider is batting .417 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. Schneider has also added 17 runs and three doubles for Torrey Pines. On the mound, the 6-0 righthander has posted a 1.58 ERA and has fanned 13 in 13.1 innings pitched.
Anthony Selden (Feather River College) will follow his brother Tyler's footsteps and don the Gaels uniform. The 1B/RHP is currently hitting .333 for Feather River, who is currently in second place in the Golden Valley Conference. Selden will hit for both power and average at the plate and can provide defense at multiple positions.
"The 2007 class is a talented group of players who will make a difference in the program. Their work ethic, attitudes and character make them ideal fits into our system of baseball," Soto said.