UALR Baseball Announces Fall Signing Class
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 01/24/2011
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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 (Bryant, Ark./Bryant HS/Crowder College) and Mike Sisco (Fayetteville, Ark./Fayetteville HS/Crowder College).

"I am 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: 

Cameron Allen

Wichita Falls, Texas // Rider HS

RHP/INF, 5-10, 170 lbs.

A Second 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 junior. 

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."

Tyler Buckley

Vancleave, Miss. // Mississippi Gulf Coast CC

RHP, 6-5, 220 lbs.

Buckley 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 - "Tyler 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."

Matt Brown

Stillwater, Okla. // Stillwater HS

RHP, 6-3, 235 lbs.

A standout 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."

Chris Burk

Gig Harbor, Wash. // Central Arizona College

INF, 5-8, 175 lbs.

Burk 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."

Chance Cleveland

Pine Bluff, Ark. // Crowder College

RHP, 6-0, 175 lbs.

Cleveland 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 College.

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."

Blake Johnson

Sachse, Texas // Northern Oklahoma College, Enid

C, 5-11, 190 lbs.

In his first year at Northern Oklahoma College, 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 running game."

Nick Pettus

Broken Arrow, Okla. // Broken Arrow HS

RHP/INF, 5-10, 185 lbs.

As a 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."

Tyler Sawyer

Bryant, Ark. // Crowder College

RHP/INF, 6-4, 200 lbs.

Sawyer was 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 - "Tyler 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."

Mike Sisco

Fayetteville, Ark. // Crowder College

RHP, 6-4, 200 lbs.

Sisco 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."

Bryson Thionnet

Moore, Okla. // Connors State College

RHP/INF, 6-5, 220 lbs.

Thionnet batted .371 in his time at Connors State following an exceptional career at Moore HS.  While at Moore, Thionnet 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 UALR."

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