Hempstead, NY - Hofstra University Head Baseball Coach Patrick Anderson today announced the signings of three players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. The three players - pitchers Matt Holling (Horseheads, NY), Dave Jesch (North Caldwell, NJ) and Brendan Mulligan (Bellerose, NY) - will begin their academic and athletic careers at Hofstra in the fall of 2011.
"During the early signing period we wanted to focus on pitching," said Anderson. "I think we signed three quality arms that we are very happy about that. I give a great deal of credit to my assistant coaches, John Russo and James Lally, for the job they did in scouting these players."
Holling, a 6-4 right-hander, will join the Pride from Corning Community College in Corning, New York. During his freshman campaign with the Red Barons, Holling appeared in 11 games and averaged nearly a strikeout per inning. Holling played his high school ball at Horseheads High School, where he was a Southern Tier Athletic Conference Sportsmanship All-Star. Holling chose the Pride over Buffalo and Binghamton.
"Matt has a great deal of upside," says Anderson. "He is a big young man and possesses great arm strength. We clocked him between 86-91 on the radar gun, and he also comes highly recommended by Corning Coach Dan Cevette, whom I am acquainted with from the Kansas City Royals organization."
Jesch is a 6-0 righty who attends West Essex High School in North Caldwell, New Jersey. Jesch will be entering his fourth varsity season in the spring and is coming off a junior season that saw him post an 8-0 record, a 0.89 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings pitched. He earned all-conference first team accolades, as well as second team All-Essex County and third team All-New Jersey Group 2 honors. He helped West Essex set a school record for wins (28) and earn the number one ranking in the state en route to a Group 2 State championship.
"Dave is an athletic pitcher with a good approach on the mound," said Lally, who serves as the Pride's pitching coach. "He has good command of his fastball and keeps the ball down in the zone. He also can keep hitters off-balance with his off-speed pitches.
Mulligan, a local Long Island product from nearby Chaminade High School, is a 6-5 left-hander. He helped Chaminade to a 12-10 overall record in 2010. He selected the Pride over Fairfield, Bucknell, Fordham and St. John's.
"Brendan has a great deal of potential," Anderson says. "He is a tall, lanky young man who throws in the mid to high 80's. He comes from two excellent programs on Long Island in Chaminade and his summer team the Long Island Storm, so we know that he will be well prepared when he joins us next September."
The Pride will open the 2011 season February 18 at Florida Atlantic University.