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Lake, Bucs sign 10 for 2015 season


Charleston Southern Baseball has signed six high school seniors and four junior college players for the 2014-15 season, Bucs' head coach Stuart Lake announced on Monday. The 10 student-athletes all signed with the Buccaneers during the early signing period, which began earlier this month. 

"We are very excited to have these ten young men join our program," stated Lake, who enters his sixth season at Charleston Southern. "This is a talented group and every one of these players will have a chance to contribute on the field early in their career. Coaches Adam Ward, Adam Vrable, and Jon Coutlangus worked very hard to put this class together, and I am looking forward to seeing this group on the field in 2015."


The Buccaneers open the 2014 season on Friday, Feb. 14 against Villanova.


2015 Charleston Southern Baseball Signees

Name                    Pos         Ht           Wt          B/T         Hometown/Previous School

Adam Andrew   RHP/C   6-1          170         R/R         Gastonia, N.C./South Point High School

Chase Hannifin  OF          5-10       160         R/R         Belmont, N.C./East Gaston High School

Daniel Johnson LHP        6-0          165         L/L          Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin High School

Ryan Maksim     MIF        5-9          170         L/R         Charleston, S.C./Brunswick CC

Jon Piriz                RHP        5-10       170         R/R         Orlando, Fla./Eastern Florida State College

Evan Raynor       RHP        6-5          215         R/R         Florence, S.C./Florence Darlington Tech

Mike Sconzo      C/OF      5-10       160         R/R         Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs High School

Chris Singleton  OF          6-0          170         R/R         Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek High School

Cody Smith         RHP/INF 6-1          185         R/R         Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek High School

Matt White         MIF        5-9          180         R/R         Summerville, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist JC



Adam Andrew—RHP/C, South Point High School, Gastonia, N.C.


Andrew is a talented, projectable right-handed pitcher and catcher out of South Point High School in North Carolina. A High School teammate of current Buc Andrew Locklear, he contributed to conference championship teams in 2011 and 2012, as well as a team that appeared in the 2011 Junior Legion State Championship game. He plays summer baseball for the On Deck O's organization based out of Charlotte. This past summer, Perfect Game ranked him as one of the top 1,000 best High School players in the country and the 53rd best player in the state of North Carolina. The Bucs will look for Andrew to push for time both on the mound and as a position player in his freshman campaign.


"Adam is a very talented, versatile player that we are happy chose Charleston Southern. We first saw him in camp and were impressed by his arm strength off the mound and his swing. He has an ideal pitcher's frame, and he is a guy that we expect to help us on the mound next year and continue to get better."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Chase Hannifin—OF, East Gaston High School, Belmont, N.C.


Hannifin signs with the Buccaneers after an impressive junior season at East Gaston High School in North Carolina. This past season, Hannifin won his school's hitting and defensive award. He also earned all-conference honors by batting .381 with a .562 on-base percentage, leading the conference in triples, and finishing third in stolen bases. A summer baseball teammate of fellow signee Adam Andrew, Hannifin was rated a High-Follow Prospect on the national stage by Perfect Game.


"Chase is another guy that we were impressed with by his performance in camp. He showed above average arm strength from the outfield, ran exceptionally well, and displayed some power potential also. With his notable tools, we will count on Chase to immediately compete for playing time in the outfield."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Daniel Johnson—LHP, Mauldin High School, Simpsonville, S.C.


Johnson joins the Buccaneers out of Mauldin High School in upstate South Carolina. A four-time letter winner at Mauldin, he has had a notable high school career up to this point, earning all-region honors in 2012 and 2013. Johnson has also had success in travel baseball, contributing to the Big League World Series Championship team in the summer of 2013 and firing a no-hitter this past fall in the prestigious Perfect Game WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla. Rated by Perfect Game as the No. 3 left-handed pitcher and No. 25 best player overall in the state of South Carolina, Johnson is expected to make an immediate contribution to Bucs' pitching staff.


"We are very excited to add Daniel Johnson to our pitching staff next season. He is your classic lefthander that has good secondary stuff, keeps hitters off balance, and knows how to pitch. He comes from a very good high school program and has pitched in some big games in his high school and travel baseball career. We look for him to play a big role on our team early in his collegiate career."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Ryan Maksim—MIF, Brunswick C.C., Charleston, S.C.


A graduate of local Bishop England High School, Maksim comes to Charleston Southern after two seasons at Brunswick Community College in North Carolina. A four-time letter winner at Bishop England, he was a member of state championship teams in 2009 and 2011 and an all-state selection as an infielder in 2010 and 2012. During his freshman year at Brunswick, Maksim contributed to a team that won the Region X championship and played in the Division II NJCAA World Series. He hit .429 with a .515 on-base percentage while playing second base in 2013. A reliable defender, Maksim is expected to compete for playing time in the middle infield for the Bucs in 2015.


"Ryan is a local high school player that we have enjoyed watching play for several years now. He has tremendous hands and is an outstanding defensive player in the middle of the infield. He also provides a steady left-handed bat to the lineup and seems to always have his best at-bats when the stakes are the highest. He has had plenty of those big at-bats in his career to this point, having won two state championships in high school and playing in the Junior College World Series last spring."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Jon Piriz—RHP, Eastern Florida State College, Orlando, Fla.


Piriz, a junior college transfer, signs with the Bucs from Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa, Fla. Piriz had an outstanding freshman campaign in which he threw 34.2 innings out of the bullpen, surrendered only 28 hits, struck out 20, and had an ERA of 2.60. He was also 2-0 and earned three saves. Piriz is expected to transition to Eastern Florida's starting rotation this spring. Piriz played at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando and also competed for the acclaimed Chet Lemon's Juice organization during the summer. A competitor on the mound with a mid-to-upper 80's fastball and an above-average breaking ball, he is expected to compete for innings in the spring of 2015 for Charleston Southern.


"Jon is a junior college pitcher with experience that we are happy to add to our team. When you watch him pitch, you can tell that he is an intense competitor that hates to lose. He also throws a ton of strikes and has an outstanding slider. These attributes, along with his work ethic, will make him a guy that will be counted on to throw a lot of innings for us next spring."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Evan Raynor—RHP, Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence, S.C.


Raynor, a junior college transfer, is a right-handed pitcher expected to provide quality innings immediately for Charleston Southern. In his freshman year at Florence Darlington Tech, Raynor threw 23 scoreless innings, striking out 22, and earning a save, notching a 1-0 record. He also threw for the Columbia Blowfish of the Coastal Plain League as a late season addition to the roster. With the Blowfish, he threw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, striking out five, with no walks and two hits. Prior to entering college, Raynor earned all-region honors during his senior season at West Florence High School and contributed to the 2012 Florence American Legion team that won the state title, Southeast Regional Championship, and took fifth in the American Legion World Series.


"We are very excited about adding Evan Raynor to our pitching staff next season. He is an upper 80's arm with a power slider and an ability to throw strikes a high percentage of the time. He is a very good arm currently and he has an even higher ceiling. His ability and his competitive drive on the mound should allow him to make an important and immediate contribution to our team."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Mike Sconzo—C, Holly Springs High School, Holly Springs, N.C.


A three-year starter at Holly Springs High School, Sconzo signs with the Bucs in the middle of a standout career. He started at shortstop during his sophomore year, started behind the plate as a junior, and is expected to assume the starting catching duties again this spring. Sconzo was an all-region selection last spring. For the past four summers, he was primarily a catcher for the Evoshield Canes organization. He earned all-tournament team honors in the 2012 WWBA 16U National Championship tournament in Atlanta, Ga. This past fall, he was selected to represent North Carolina in the prestigious South Atlantic Border Battle. Rated by Perfect Game as the No. 7 catcher in the state of North Carolina, Sconzo is expected to make an immediate impact for Charleston Southern.


"Mike is a player that stands out when you watch him because of how hard he plays the game. He is a very good defensive catcher that can block, throw, and handle pitchers. He is also very athletic behind the plate as evidenced by the number of positions he has played in high school. It is rare to find a good catcher, like Mike, that is also capable of playing shortstop or centerfield at the collegiate level."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Chris Singleton—OF, Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, S.C.


A local two-sport standout, Singleton joins CSU from Goose Creek High School. Last spring, Singleton hit .354 and led his team in home runs and runs scored. He was second on the team in hits and stolen bases. Singleton was also a starting guard on the Goose Creek basketball team that advanced to the Class AAAA State Championship game in 2013. During the year, he averaged 8.4 points, two steals, and two rebounds per game. During the summer, he plays for the Goose Creek American Legion baseball team and the East Coast Baseball Academy. An outstanding defender capable of playing all three outfield positions, Singleton will also be counted on to assist the Bucs offensively with his power and speed combination.


"We are very excited to add Chris Singleton to our team from a good local program in Goose Creek. Chris is a player that has tremendous instincts in the outfield. He gets great jumps and can cover a lot of ground because of it. He has some speed and has also shown some power potential, so he will be counted on to do a lot for us from an offensive standpoint as well."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Cody Smith—RHP/INF, Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, S.C.


Smith also joins the Bucs from local Goose Creek High School. A teammate of fellow signee Chris Singleton, Smith has been outstanding offensively and on the mound in the first three years of his high school career. In 2011, Smith was selected to the Sports Report All-State Rookie team. In 2012, he threw two no hitters and earned all-region and High School Sports Report All-State honors. In 2013, he again earned all-region honors and was named All-State team by the High School Sports Report, Diamond Prospects, and the S.C. High School Coaches' Association. Along with these local and state honors, Smith was selected as Goose Creek's Offensive MVP in 2012 and 2013. Smith also plays summer baseball for the Goose Creek American Legion team, and this fall he was selected to represent the state of South Carolina in the South Atlantic Border Battle as a pitcher.


"Cody is a versatile player that we are very excited about adding to the program. He has outstanding arm strength from the mound and has shown the potential to be a dominant power pitcher at the next level. He is also a strong hitter with good bat speed and has been impressive at the plate up to this point in his career. With his talent, Cody has a good chance to be a rare two-way player that makes a big contribution offensively and on the mound."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)


Matt White—MIF, Spartanburg Methodist College, Summerville, S.C.


A junior college transfer from Spartanburg Methodist, White is an infielder that played locally at Summerville High School. Last spring during an impressive freshman season, he was a member of a Spartanburg Methodist team that won the Region X tournament and advanced to play in the NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. For the year, he hit .333 with a .434 on base percentage and nine stolen bases. He also batted a robust .405 during postseason play. This spring, he will be counted on to hit near the top of the lineup for another talented Spartanburg Methodist team.


"We are all pleased that Matt chose to sign with Charleston Southern. He is an athletic infielder capable of playing second base, shortstop, or third base at a high level. He is also a talented offensive player with an above average ability to get on base. The way he played last spring in postseason play at the highest level of junior college baseball was impressive to watch. We are looking forward to seeing him make a similar contribution in a Charleston Southern uniform."

                                                                                --Head Coach Stuart Lake (Charleston Southern University)

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