LOUIS PUGLIESE, RAY CATENA AND IAN EXPOSITO SIGN SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS
Sophomore pitchers Louis Pugliese, Ray Catena and Ian Exposito have signed scholarships to four-year schools for the 2016-17 season. Pugliese signed with Flagler College, Catena committed to the University of Miami and Exposito inked an offer from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Last season, Pugliese appeared in 12 of 13 games as a reliever, recorded 28 strikeouts in 33.1 innings, posted a 2-0 record and topped the Seahawk staff with a 1.62 earned run average. His only start was the first game of a doubleheader against College Lafleche and he pitched a complete game by firing a one-hitter through seven innings, walked one and fanned five to lead the Seahawks to an 8-0 victory at A. Hugh Adams Central Campus on March 15.
Catena pitched all 17 games in relief, recorded 33 strikeouts in 23.2 innings, posted a 1-1 record and finished third on the staff with a 2.66 E.R.A. One of his best performances came against St. Thomas University when he worked two shutout innings, yielded one hit, walked two and struck out six to help Broward to an 8-2 win at Davie on Feb. 23.
Exposito transferred to Broward after playing his freshman season at Florida International University. He appeared in 10 games as a reliever for the Panthers, recorded five strikeouts in 11 innings, posted a 1-0 record and finished with a 3.27 E.R.A. Exposito is projected to be in the Seahawks’ starting rotation for the 2016 campaign.
FOURTEEN SEAHAWKS SIGN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES
Fourteen sophomores continue their collegiate baseball careers by signing athletic scholarships to four-year institutions. These former Seahawks include pitchers Michael Agis, Donovan Armas, Rigo Beltran, Eduardo Delgado, Will Fabra, Ryan Guerra and Troy Massaro; outfielders Tyler Fichter and Alex Roberts; infielders Max Balter, Joseph Collazo, Austin Langham, Alvin Swoope and utility player Jon Spada.
Agis and Fabra both signed scholarships to Florida International University. Agis was selected first team all-Southern Conference after finishing 45th in the NJCAA in strikeouts (77), 70th in wins (seven) and also topped the Seahawks in innings pitched (81.2), starts (13) and complete games (two). Fabra made nine appearances on the mound with six starts and struck out 21 batters in 23.2 innings.
Armas and Beltran remain teammates after each committed to Lynn University. Armas finished second in
starts (nine), tied for second in complete games (one), third in innings pitched (53.2) and tied for third in wins (three). Beltran finished tied for second in victories (five), third in starts (eight) and tied for third in strikeouts (45).
Delgado and Collazo both signed with University of Texas-Pan American. Delgado finished 87th in the NJCAA in saves (three) and tied for second among Seahawks in appearances (18). Collazo was named NJCAA and FCSAA Player of the Week (Feb. 16-22) after batting .692 (9 for 13) in three games with a double, two walks, collected six RBI, scored five runs and had two stolen bases. He concluded the season with a .308 average (48 for 156) and topped all fielders in assists (88), finished tied for first in walks (22) and second in runs scored (34).
Guerra, who finished 42nd in the NJCAA in saves (five) and also topped Broward in appearances (22),
committed to the University of Miami. Massaro, who signed with Valdosta State (Ga.) University, made eight appearances with five starts, struck out 28 batters in 29.1 innings and finished tied for third in wins (three).
Fichter, who was selected first team all-conference after finishing 84th in the NJCAA in stolen bases (19) and also topping the Seahawks in at bats (186), sacrifices (seven), tying for first in hits (57) and tying for second in walks (21), committed to Columbus State (Ga.) University. Roberts signed with Campbellsville (Ky.) University after finishing his Seahawk career with 39 total bases, 28 runs scored, seven doubles and four triples.
Balter, who committed to the University of South Carolina Beaufort, started 32 of 43 games played and had 34 total bases, 28 hits, 23 runs, 13 runs batted in, nine walks, seven stolen bases, four doubles and one triple. Langham, who was selected second team all-conference after topping Broward in hit-by-pitches (12), finishing second in doubles (13), assists (86), tying for second in triples (three) and walks (21), signed with Florida Atlantic University.
Swoope, who committed to the University of Mount Olive (N.C.), started 29 of 31 games and had 30 total
bases, 25 hits, 18 runs, 15 runs batted in, five walks, five stolen bases, three doubles and one triple. Spada, who finished tied for first in fielding percentage (1.000) and batted .294 (25 for 85) with six doubles, one triple, 14 runs, 13 RBI and 13 walks, signed with Keiser University (formerly Northwood University).
Mike Fiers, 30, a right-hander who had a 5-9 record and 3.89 ERA in 21 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers this season, was part of a multi-player trade to the Houston Astros. The move takes Fiers from a club in the cellar of the National League’s Central Division to the top of the American League West.
Former Broward College Seahawks Danny Dopico and Orlando Olivera were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Dopico, a right-handed pitcher for Florida International University, was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 11th round (322 overall). Olivera, an outfielder at Missouri Baptist University, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 38th round (1151 overall).
Dopico played for the Seahawks in 2014 as a sophomore after transferring from Siena (N.Y.) College. He appeared in 19 games as a reliever, pitching 30 innings and posting a 2-3 record with a 4.20 earned run average.
Olivera played two years for Broward (2011-12) and batted .340 in his freshman season, leading the Seahawks in slugging percentage (.503) and home runs (four). As a sophomore, Olivera posted team-highs in batting average (.365), slugging percentage (.534) on-base percentage (.462), hits (65) and total bases (95).
According to the NJCAA pitching statistics (June 12), Orlando Rodriguez is 30th in earned run average (2.11), Ryan Guerra is tied for 42nd in saves (five) and Michael Agis is 45th in strikeouts (77).