HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University baseball head coach
Todd Asalon announced Thursday the following individuals have signed
national letters of intent to play for the Norse beginning in 2008.
Braeckel, a right-handed pitcher from Allen County Community College.
Braeckel, a native of Joplin, Mo., posted a 1.84 earned run average
in 26 innings pitched last season at Allen County and limited opposing
hitters to a .210 batting average.
Erie, a catcher from Louisville St. Xavier High School. Erie was
named to the 7th Region all-star team last year while helping the
Tigers advance to the state semifinals.
Geier, a shortstop from Sinclair Community College. Geier graduated
from Coldwater (Ohio) High School in 2005 and batted .554 with three
home runs, six doubles and six triples as a senior. He also stole
22 bases in 24 games and scored 40 runs while earning All-Midwest
Athletic Conference honors.
Heston, a right-handed pitcher from West Jessamine High School.
Heston struck out 48 batters in 30 innings on the mound with a 2.97
ERA. He posted a 3-1 record for the Colts.
Middendorf, a left-handed pitcher from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati.
Middendorf was 5-3 with a 1.70 ERA last year and earned second team
All-Greater Catholic League honors. He also struck out 47 batters
in 45 1/3 innings on the mound.
Ryan, a left-handed pitcher from Holy Cross High School. Ryan posted
a 7-2 record with a 2.26 ERA as a junior and was named All-Northern
Kentucky Athletic Conference. Ryan hurled two shutouts and struck
out 58 batters in 53 innings pitched. He is the son of current NKU
assistant basketball coach Pat Ryan, who also played baseball for
the Norse during the 1970s.
Sobol, a left-handed pitcher from Clay High School in South Bend,
Ind. Sobol was named All-Northern Indiana Conference as a junior
after posting a 1.94 ERA and striking out 97 batters in 79 innings
pitched. He also batted .313 with five home runs.
NKU posted a
42-20-1 record last season and captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Tournament championship for the third time in five years. The Norse
also advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament.