WATERLOO, Ont. (January 23, 2012) - The Wilfrid Laurier men's baseball team is coming off a very successful season that saw them win a program high 21 games and narrowly miss out on a berth in the OUA championship game after an extra inning loss to the University of Toronto.
The program hosted 38 recruits and their families on Sunday January 15th in an effort to showcase the University and the strength of the Baseball program. Rob Thomson, the Third Base Coach of the New York Yankees, and Stratford, Ont., native, spoke to the recruits and talked about the importance of getting a good education. Thomson played for Laurier Assistant Coach Dennis Schooley as a member of the Stratford Hillers prior to playing in the Detroit Tigers organization.
There were a number of quality student-athletes who attended the showcase and the program expects to announce a number of commitments in the coming weeks as a result of the showcase. The first recruit for the 2012 Baseball program has committed and Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE
is looking forward to adding Colin McKeen to the roster at Laurier. McKeen is an extremely accomplished student-athlete who has spent four years in the US playing infield for three different schools. McKeen played for the Oakville Royals of the PBLO and started his college career at Grayson Community College in Texas where his team captured the 2008 Division I Junior College World Series. Following the season, in search of more playing time, McKeen transferred to Parkland College in Illinois where he was the starting shortstop and finished the year with remarkable offensive numbers (.383 batting average, 10 HR, 52 RBI in 49 games). Parkland won the Division II Junior College World Series and McKeen became one of only a handful of players to win two Junior College World Series rings for two different school. McKeen was named an Academic All-American and Mid-West Athletic Conference First Team and was also named to the 2009 All Canadian Team 2nd Team by Bob Elliott of The Canadian Baseball Network. McKeen then attended the University of West Alabama for two years where he played all over the infield for the Division II school. He graduated this December with a degree in Exercise Science and has decided to pursue a career as a Chartered Accountant at Laurier.
"We are thrilled to add a guy like Colin to our program," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE
. "He has two College World Series rings and brings a ton of experience to our roster which will undoubtedly help some of our younger players in their transition to University baseball. He hits for power and when we add him to our existing line-up it's exciting to think about the potential numbers that this group could put up. Any time you get the opportunity to add a transfer student-athlete to your roster you are excited, but rarely do you get a chance to add a guy like Colin to your program."