LITTLE ROCK - UALR head baseball coach Scott
Norwood signed 10 new players during the fall period, a group consisting of
seven junior college players and three high school standouts. Among UALR's 10 signees are three Arkansas natives in Chance
Cleveland (Pine Bluff, Ark./Watson
Chapel HS/Crowder College), Tyler Sawyer
HS/Crowder College) and Mike Sisco (Fayetteville, Ark./Fayetteville
extremely excited about this year's recruiting class," said Norwood. "My coaching staff identified specific
recruiting needs and all of these young men should have an
immediate impact on our program. Not only are they very
talented ball players, but great people as well. I look forward
to having them join us next season."
Below is a
closer look at each of UALR's 10 signees:
Wichita Falls, Texas // Rider HS
5-10, 170 lbs.
Team All-District selection at shortstop as a sophomore, Allen was named the 4A
District Pitcher of the Year and was a First Team All-State pitcher as a
Norwood on Allen
- "Cameron comes from a great high school
program in Wichita Falls, Texas.
He will be a valuable addition to our club as both a pitcher and
infielder and we are very excited to have him."
Vancleave, Miss. // Mississippi Gulf
went 2-1 with 28 strikeouts in 13 appearances in his lone year at Mississippi
Gulf Coast CC. In his senior year at
Vancleave HS, Buckley went 7-2 with 99 strikeouts and a 0.58 ERA.
Norwood on Buckley
is a very talented kid we pulled out of the Mississippi junior college ranks. He's a big power arm and comes from a
tremendous family. We look forward to Tyler logging some valuable
innings for us as a Trojan."
Stillwater, Okla. // Stillwater HS
at Stillwater HS, Brown was an All-District selection as well as a member of
the Brad Holt and Choctaw All-Tournament teams.
Norwood on Brown - "Matt is everything you look for in a student-athlete and we couldn't
be happier he decided to come to UALR.
One of the top high school players in Oklahoma, he's a power arm that
should step in right away on the mound for us.
His potential is endless and we can't wait until he gets to campus."
Gig Harbor, Wash. // Central Arizona
batted .337 with four home runs and 33 RBI in his lone year at Central Arizona, helping his team to a Region I
championship and the title game of the NJCAA Western District. While at Peninsula HS in Gig Harbor, Wash.,
Burk was named First Team All-League and awarded his team's MVP award in his
junior and senior seasons.
Norwood on Burk - "Chris is a really special player.
He will step in right away and help our lineup in so many ways and can
play multiple positions in the infield.
We are thrilled he chose us to further his baseball career."
Pine Bluff, Ark. // Crowder College
was an All-Conference selection at Watson Chapel HS in both his junior and
senior seasons, as well as an All-State selection his senior year. Cleveland redshirted
his first year at Crowder
Norwood on Cleveland - "Chance has an arm that should have a major impact on the weekend in
the Sun Belt. He is a fierce competitor
that will bring his best every day."
Sachse, Texas // Northern Oklahoma College,
first year at Northern
Johnson hit .419 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI en route to earning
All-Tournament and First Team All-Conference honors. A standout at Sachse HS, Johnson was twice
named First Team All-District and won Sachse's MVP and Gold Glove awards during
his senior season.
Norwood on Johnson
- "Blake comes from a tremendous junior
college program in Oklahoma. He's the total package behind the plate and
has a chance to do great things at this level with his ability to control the
Broken Arrow, Okla. // Broken Arrow HS
5-10, 185 lbs.
junior at Broken Arrow HS, Pettus pitched a perfect game and led his team to
its third-straight regional championship. Pettus enters his final high school season as
a top-10 senior in the state of Oklahoma
and pre-season All-America selection, according to perfectgame.org.
Norwood on Pettus
- "Nick is one of the best high school
players in Oklahoma. He has all the tools you look for at our
level and will make an immediate impact as a freshman for us."
Bryant, Ark. // Crowder College
6-4, 200 lbs.
a member of a Crowder
College team that won 2010
Region XVI and South Central District titles and made an appearance in the NJCAA
World Series. A standout at Bryant HS,
Sawyer was an All-Conference, All-Region and All-State selection as a senior.
Norwood on Sawyer
is a local kid we saw two years ago and we are happy he is coming to UALR. He is a guy who can help us on the mound and
in the field as well."
Fayetteville, Ark. // Crowder College
ended his freshman season at Crowder
College with a 7-2 record
while helping his team to a 2010 Region XVI championship, South Central
District title and berth in the NJCAA World Series. As a pitcher at Fayetteville HS, Sisco was an
All-Conference, All-State and All-Arkansas selection and was named the State
Tournament MVP in 2009 following Fayetteville's
fourth-straight state title.
Norwood on Sisco - "Mike is a great addition to our program. He really knows how to pitch and is
definitely a guy we will depend on heavily next season. We are fortunate to have him join our club."
Okla. // Connors State
6-5, 220 lbs.
batted .371 in his time at Connors
State following an
exceptional career at Moore HS. While at
batted .418 over his junior and senior seasons and was named All-City,
All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State as a senior.
Norwood on Thionnet
- "Bryson is another talented player from
a great junior college program in Oklahoma. His ability to pitch and play in the infield
will be very valuable to our program and we look forward to having him at