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Wednesday November 12, 2003Baseball Announces Early Signing Class of 11

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida baseball program and head coach Pat McMahon announced Wednesday that 11 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent and will play baseball for the Gators beginning in the 2004 season. The Gator program added nine pitchers and two position players. Coupled with the 2003 class that was ranked third in the nation Florida continues to build and add depth.

"We feel that we signed some high quality individuals who will excel on and off the field," McMahon said. "We have filled immediate needs by adding outstanding offensive players with power and we continue to build our pitching staff. Our staff has worked extremely hard for positional and class balance and we continue to take steps in that direction."

One of the nation's most respected collegiate recruiting publications, TeamOneBaseball lists four Gator signees in their top-100 while one Gator signee is listed in Baseball America's top-25 rising seniors. Ten of the 11 players are from the state of Florida.

The class includes the nine pitchers, seven right-handed and two left-handed. Florida added right-handers Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla./Sebastian River), Michael Branham Jr. (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit), Wade Davis (Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales) Kris Gawriluk (Deltona, Fla./Deltona/Daytona Beach C.C.), Eric Hurley (Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson), Cody Reed (Largo, Fla./Seminole) and Tommy Wynn (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Westminster Academy). Left-handers signing with the program were David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin/Florida Community College - Jacksonville) and Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla./King).

"This class improves our pitching depth tremendously." McMahon said. "A number of these pitchers will be able to contribute to our program immediately in 2004."

The two position players added were third baseman Billy Butler (Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson) and outfielder/first baseman Jared Kubin (Oakton, Va./Oakton).

"These are two of the most highly respected hitters in the East Coast so we are very excited that they will be joining our program," said McMahon. "Both Billy and Jared are offensive impact players in the SEC."

RIGHT-HANDED PITCHERS

Augenstein went 7-3 on the mound for Sebastian River High School last season. He finished with a 3.30 ERA in 73 innings and struck out 103 for the squad that finished 19-10 overall. He helped lead his team to a Southeastern Classic Tournament championship and a second place finish in the Treasure Lake Conference. He was a honorable mention all-conference selection. Augenstein also played for the Florida State Champion Indian River Express Legion team. He finished this past summer with that team with a 13-1 record and 2.13 ERA for the squad that finished 37-7.

Branham has a 13-2 career mark on the mound in two seasons for Jesuit High School. Last season as a junior he went 8-2 with a 1.23 ERA in leading his squad to a 25-8 mark and a state semifinal appearance. The Tigers won their second straight district championship and advanced to states with a 10-0 victory in the regional championship. He was named the St. Petersburg Times Player of the Year and class 3A second-team all state.

Davis is ranked 80th by TeamOneBaseball in their top-200 senior list. He went 8-1 last season at Lake Wales as he was named first-team all-county and second-team all-area. He also batted .370 with five homers, 19 RBI and seven stolen bases. In his two seasons he has led Lake Wales to a 34-20 record. As a sophomore he received the Golden Arm Award as the Most Valuable Pitcher and was first-team selection to the all-county and the all-area teams.

Gawriluk (Gar-vell-ick) is currently a sophomore at Daytona Beach Community College where he was named the school's most outstanding pitcher and was a first-team Mid-Florida Conference selection in 2003. He went 7-0 with a 2.29 ERA for the conference champion Falcons who finished 34-16. He also was a conference scholar-athlete for former Gator baseball standout and Head Coach Tim Touma. While attending Deltona High School he went a combined 18-7 and was part of the first-team all area, all county and all-conference teams for two straight years. He also was a first-team 5A all-state selection as a senior when he finished 7-2 with a 0.74 ERA for the Wolves who finished 24-9.

Hurley is ranked 25th on the TeamOneBaseball top-200 senior list while being 18th on the Baseball America top 25. He has helped lead Wolfson High School into the national rankings as they finished 28-3 last season and were ranked 32nd in the final Baseball America national poll. He was 13-1 with a 1.80 ERA on the mound and also batted .356. He was an honorable mention 5A all-state selection in addition to being first-team all conference. For his career on the mound in three seasons he is 27-8 with three saves and 311 strikeouts in 229.2 innings of work.

Reed was named the Seminole High School Most Valuable Pitcher last season as he went 9-1 with a 1.12 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 75 innings on the mound. He helped lead Seminole to 5A regional semifinal appearance as the Warhawks finished 24-4. He was named all county and all-district. As a sophomore Reed was 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 47 innings on the mound when Seminole finished 21-7.

Wynn helped lead Westminster Academy to a 2A regional semifinal appearance as the Lions finished 25-5 in his junior year. He was 10-1 with a 1.08 ERA on the mound in 72 innings. He struck out 75 in being first-team Miami Herald and second-team all state. He also earned first-team Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel honors.

LEFT-HANDED PITCHERS

Hurst is a left-handed pitcher who is a sophomore at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. He was drafted in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft by the Colorado Rockies in the 40th round (1187th overall). Last season for FCCJ he made 12 appearances with nine starts and pitched 52 innings with two complete games for the Stars who went 16-12 in the Mid-Florida Conference. He also kept opponents to a .244 batting average. As a prep he helped lead Mandarin High School to a 37-19 record in two seasons.

Locke is the second of two left-handed pitchers signed as he helped lead King High School to a 20-4-1 mark last season when his team made it to the regional finals after claiming a second straight district championship. He was named his team's MVP along with Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-conference. He went 8-1 with a 1.15 ERA in 80 innings as a junior and as a sophomore he was 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 65 innings. As a sophomore he was a second-team all-conference pick.

POSITION PLAYERS

Butler is ranked 100th on the TeamOneBaseball top-200 senior list after helping lead Wolfson to a 28-3 record and final Baseball America ranking of 32 as a junior when he was a first-team 5A all-state selection. At Wolfson as a junior he batted .604 with 10 homers and 38 RBI and on the mound was 9-1 with a 1.80 ERA. He also was named the Team MVP and earned first-team all county and all-district. As a sophomore he hit .483 with 10 homers and 40 RBI in being named first-team all-district and all state. He played with the 2003 USA Junior National Team that won a Silver Medal this past summer as the squad went 7-1 at COPABE Junior Pan Am Cup with the only loss to Cuba in Gold Medal game. He batted .414 (12-of-29) with five doubles, a homer and 12 runs scored at Pan Am Cup. He also was tied for third on the team with 10 RBI and had a .564 on-base percentage in the tournament.

Kubin is ranked 41st on the TeamOneBaseball top 200 senior list. He is the lone out-of-state signee as he helped lead Oakton (Va.) High School to a 22-3 mark last season. He batted .508 (32-of-63) with seven homers and 25 RBI. He was a AFLAC All-American and played for the East Team in that game in Fort Myers, Fla. He was also a ABCA Region 2 All-American in leading his high school to AAA Concorde District championship. He was a Virginia all-state selection and earned all regional along with Washington Post All-Met.

2003 FLORIDA BASEBALL SIGNEES

Signee

HT

WT

B/T

Hometown/Previous School

Bryan Augenstein

6-5

210

R/R

Sebastian, Fla./Sebastian River H.S.

Michael Branham, Jr.

6-3

210

R/R

Tampa, Fla./Jesuit H.S.

Billy Butler

6-2

225

R/R

Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson H.S.

Wade Davis

6-5

220

R/R

Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales H.S.

Kris Gawriluk

6-0

180

R/R

Deltona, Fla./Deltona H.S./Daytona Beach C.C.

Eric Hurley

6-4

185

R/R

Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson H.S.

David Hurst

6-1

195

L/L

Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin H.S./Florida C.C.-Jacksonville

Jared Kubin

6-1

220

R/R

Oakton, Va./Oakton

Stephen Locke

6-1

180

R/L

Tampa, Fla./King H.S.

Cody Reed

6-0

180

R/R

Largo, Fla./Seminole H.S.

Tommy Wynn

6-4

185

R/R

Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Westminster Academy

 

 

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