Lakers ink Seven Baseball Recruits

GVSU is averaging 41 wins per season the last three years.

Head coach Steve Lyon has been named the North Central Regional Coach of the Year the last three years.

Head coach Steve Lyon has been named the North Central Regional Coach of the Year the last three years.

June 8, 2005

Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State University head baseball coach Steve Lyon announced the signing of seven student-athletes to attend and play baseball at Grand Valley State. Four of the recruits will be enrolling at GVSU from high school, while three are junior college transfers. Of the seven recruits, two are pitchers and five will be position players.

Infielder Aaron Melucci (Clinton, Twp., Mich./Harper Woods Notre Dame), left-handed pitcher Cody Sharp (Parma, Mich./Jackson County Western), right-handed pitcher Matt Toporski (Essexville, Mich./Essexville-Garber), and outfielder Ryan Franks (Portage, Mich./Northern) will be coming to GVSU following stellar high school careers, while catcher Brandon Bard (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores/Muskegon C.C.) and infielders Justin McKenzie (Wyoming, Mich./Park/Grand Rapids C.C.) and Daniel Skirka (Union City, Mich./Kellogg C.C.) will be enrolling at GVSU on the after successful junior college careers.

"This is an outstanding recruiting class that fills our needs with both position players and pitchers," said seventh-year head coach Steve Lyon. "We have added position players that will have an immediate impact in our program and the pitchers that we have signed will add quality depth to an already outstanding staff that we have returning," added Lyon.

Grand Valley State is coming off its third straight trip to the NCAA DII World Series in Montgomery, Alabama. The Lakers' third place finish in 2005 followed an appearance in the 2004 National Championship game and a fifth place finish in 2003. In addition, the Lakers have won three straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and three consecutive NCAA DII North Central Regional crowns. GVSU is averaging 41 wins per season the last three years and is only team in the country to notch a third place or better finish in the DII World Series the last two years.

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