Grand Canyon University head baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz today announced the addition of 11 student-athletes to the 2014 roster, the first for the Antelopes as they transition to compete in the NCAA Division I as members of the Western Athletic Conference.
The 11 join seven others as new additions to the squad for the upcoming season.
"The journey to the Division I level begins now," said Stankiewicz. "With 12 freshmen and six transfers coming in this fall, we have a lot of work to do but we are very excited to begin coaching them. Putting these guys alongside our returning players, we anticipate a great fall that will lead us into our WAC conference schedule."
Humberto Aranda, a 6-1 catcher from Yarnell, Ariz., spent two seasons at Yavapai Community College, where he was an All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference selection both seasons. He boasted a .362 average with 14 doubles during his sophomore year in 2013. Aranda was a four-year letterwinner at Prescott High School, where he was also named an All-State honoree for three years.
Robert Beltran hails from El Centro, Calif., where he played his high school baseball at Southwest. The 6-1 left-handed pitcher was a First Team All-Imperial Valley League and Second Team All-San Diego Section honoree after breaking his high school's record with 138 strikeouts as a senior. Beltran allowed just 13 earned runs in 81.0 innings of work for a 1.12 ERA last season.
Rouric Bridgewater spent the last two seasons at Arizona State University, where he made a combined 18 starts at either first base or designated hitter. The 6-2 infielder is originally from Pomona, Calif., where he earned three letters in baseball at Diamond Ranch. Bridgewater earned All-League honors from 2009-11, was named All-Area, All-Valley, All-State, and the League Most Valuable Player in 2010, and garnered All-League, All-Area, and All-Valley accolades as a senior. He set school records with 10 home runs and a .580 average as a junior at Diamond Ranch.
Chad De La Guerra, a 5-10 infielder from Santa Maria, Calif., was a junior college 2013 Southern California All-American Team and All-Western State Conference South Division First Team selection at College of the Canyons after leading his team with 40 games played, 193 plate appearances, 164 at-bats, and 27 runs in conference games. De La Guerra hit .299 for the Cougars squad that advanced to the 2013 Super Regional. He was an All-PAC 7 League selection at Pioneer Valley High School after batting .352 with 15 RBI and 12 stolen bases during his senior campaign.
Jacob Faulkner was a three-sport athlete at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, Calif. The 6-2 outfielder was a First Team All-League selection twice during his high school career.
Matt Haggerty was a two-sport athlete at Seton Catholic High School, where he earned All-State honors in both baseball and football. The 6-1 outfielder from Gilbert, Ariz., hit .414 with a career-best 23 RBI as a senior, while also posting a 6-0 record and 2.12 ERA on the mound. Haggerty was named the 2012-13 Tribune Male Athlete of the Year after also helping his football squad to the 2012 Division IV state championship.
Jon Kealoha joins the team from Kapolei, Hawaii, where he attended Pearl City High School. The 5-7 infielder played two seasons at Central Arizona College, where he was named to the 2013 NJCAA All-Region 1 and ACCAC All-Conference teams after batting .415 with 44 runs and 31 RBI. His squad also won the 2013 ACCAC Conference Championship.
Josh Meyer, a 6-3 catcher from Mission Viejo, Calif., was a three-year letterwinner at Santa Margarita High School. He hit .376 with a career-best three home runs and 19 RBI during his senior campaign and was an All-Trinity Team and All-CIF Division I Second Team selection.
Scott Serigstad was a 2012 and 2013 First Team All-Century League selection for El Dorado High School in Placentia, Calif. The 6-1 right-handed pitcher was also named 2013 Century League Utility Player of the Year. Serigstad posted a 1.67 ERA with a career-best 64 strikeouts as a senior, tossing three complete games while limiting opponents to a .190 batting average en route to earning All-Orange County honors as a senior.
David Walker, a 5-9 outfielder from Gilbert, Ariz., spent the past two seasons at Phoenix College where he was a First Team All-Region, First Team All-ACCAC, and Second Team All-American honoree. He led the team with 26 stolen bases during his freshman campaign and followed that up with 23 stolen bases while also posting a .407 batting average as a sophomore. He played high school baseball at Perry High School, earning First Team All-Region honors three times and Second Team All-State accolades twice. His squad was the 2011 5A-II state championship runner-up, a season during which he hit .413 with a career-best 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 29 RBI.
Joey Wise was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 33rd round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft out of Cactus Shadows High School in Phoenix, Ariz. The 6-2 left-handed pitcher posted a 2.85 ERA and 6-2 record as a senior. Wise was named to the 2012 Arizona High School Baseball All-Division II Honorable Mention Team and earned 2011 AIA 4A Division I Desert Sky All-Region Honorable Mention accolades.
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