Skirka adds nine with second recruiting class

Head Coach Dan Skirka prepares to throw batting practice in the Fall. (Photo by Dave Winder/Racer Athletics)

Story by Nick Kendall

Contributing writer

nkendall1@murraystate.edu

With a year under his belt, Murray State baseball Head Coach Dan Skirka announced nine new signees for his second recruiting class.

The new players for the class of 2019 include Bryson Bloomer, catcher Tanner Booth, catcher Alex Crump, pitcher Sam Gardner, David Hudleson, pitcher Kale Litzelman, Skylar McPhee, pitcher Jacob Pennington and 1st baseman Trey Woosley.

Position players:

Booth, Southaven, Mississippi, hit .265 in 54 games with nine home runs and 37 runs batted in at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He also made his mark behind the plate, throwing out 17 base stealers in 34 attempts as a sophomore.

Crump, Grand Rapids, Michigan, In his two-years at Kellogg Community College, he hit .320 with five home runs and 94 runs batted in and was named to the All-Regional Tournament Team.

Woosley, Breckinridge, Kentucky, at Frontier Community College, led the Bobcats to their first postseason appearance in school history.

Bloomer, Lexington, Kentucky, as a sophomore at Lincoln Trail College, hit .331 with five home runs, 12 doubles, four triples, and 47 runs batted in.

Hudleson, Henderson, Nevada, helped lead the College of Southern Idaho to a third-place finish at the JUCO World Series while being named to the All-Scenic West Athletic Conference first team.

McPhee, Acworth, Georgia, at Georgia Highlands Junior College hit .411 with 12 home runs and 25 doubles and was named the Georgia JUCO Player of the Year in 2019. He was also named to the Georgia JUCO Gold Glove team.

Pitchers:

Gardner, Shelbyville, Tennessee, graduated from the University of Alabama last year, but before that earned First Team All-TCCAA honors after going 9-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 72 strikeouts as a sophomore at Walters State Community College in 2016-17, where Skirka was, at the time, an assistant coach.

Litzelman, Hotchkiss, Colorado, made 25 appearances for Nebraska Community College including 13 starts as a sophomore. He was named to the All-Nebraska Herald Junior College team after going 4-5 with a 4.97 ERA in and 57 strikeouts in 67.0 innings pitched.

Pennington, the University of Tennessee transfer from Murfreesboro,Tennessee, was the Daily News Journal MVP and was named a DNJ All-Area utility player at Oakland High School.

These reinforcements come after a season in which the Racers finished 24-31 and had their season ended in a game eight OVC Tournament loss to Morehead State.