The University of Central Arkansas baseball team has signed four junior college players, three infielders and one outfielder, who will join the Bears in the fall.
The signees include: outfielder Forrest Allday and infielder Blake Marchal from Alvin (Texas) Community College; infielder Garrett Brown from Western Oklahoma State College, and infielder Ryan Hall from Johnson County Community College.
Allday, from Friendswood, Texas, hit .424 as a sophomore at Alvin, with eight doubles, one triple, 38 runs scored and 25 RBI in 46 games.
"Forrest is a speedy left-handed hitting outfielder who does a great job handling the bat against not only right-handed pitchers but also lefties," UCA coach Allen Gum said. "He also does a great job of keeping runs off the board by playing great defense. We’re looking for Forrest to hit in the middle of our lineup and be an immediate impact."
Marchal, from LaPorte, Texas, hit .418 in 43 games last season at Alvin, with seven doubles, one home run, 39 runs scored and 26 RBI.
"Blake is a very versatile infielder who can play second, shortstop and third," Gum said. "He’s done a great job the past two years for Alvin and we look for him to do the same thing for UCA in the middle of the lineup and the infield. He’s got a bright future at UCA."
Allday and Marchal were both unanimous selections to the all-conference and all-region teams.
Brown, from Marlow, Okla., hit .342 in 39 games at Western Oklahoma, getting six doubles, eight home runs, 37 runs scored and 23 RBI. He was also 8-of-10 on stolen base attempts. Brown helped the Pioneers to the NJCAA Division II World Series with a 43-15 record.
"Garrett is a hard-nosed player who can play third or first," Gum said. "Garrett plays the game the right way. He’s hard on and off the field and plays the game with a lot of intensity. We’re looking for him to be an immediate impact for us on offense and defense."
Hall, from Eureka, Mo., hit .358 in 49 games, with seven doubles, 48 runs scored, 36 RBI and stole 30 of 32 bases.
"Ryan is a very fast middle infielder who can really cover some ground in the middle of the diamond," Gum said. "He also does a great job of creating chaos on the bases. He understands how to steal bases and make things happen from an offensive standpoint. He’s going to be an oak tree in the middle of our infield."