Rebels Announce Recruiting Class

Group of 16 student-athletes will join UNLV next fall.

UNLV head coach Buddy Gouldsmith announced the signing of 16 student-athletes on Friday.

UNLV head coach Buddy Gouldsmith announced the signing of 16 student-athletes on Friday.

Nov. 11, 2005

LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball, the three-time defending Mountain West Conference Champions, has signed 16 players who will join the program next fall, Rebel head coach Buddy Gouldsmith announced Friday.

It is a class predominantly made up of prep athletes as 13 of the 16 prospects are high school seniors while three will be coming from the junior college ranks. The high school prospects include Drew Beuerlein, Jon Birds, Yasser Clor, Josh Crooks, Josh Damewood, Patrick Darrow, Jarred Frierson, Matt Hutchison, Sam Pavlisick, Spencer Roberts, Chad Robinson, Rance Roundy and Eric Skufca. The three JC transfers are Blake Amador of Modesto Junior College, Craig Heyer from the Community College of Southern Nevada and Mark Serrano of Cypress College.

"This is an important class as we continue to solidify our position among college baseball's elite," Gouldsmith said. "As happy as I am about the wealth of baseball talent in this class, I am even more pleased at what fine young men have chosen to be a part of the growing tradition of UNLV baseball. I anxiously await this season but look forward to the day I can welcome all of these new Rebels to campus."

Besides being loaded with prep players, this year's recruiting class also focused on pitching. In the field, the recruiting class includes two infielders, two outfielders and a catcher. The group includes student-athletes from four different states with seven hailing from California, four from Nevada, three from Arizona and two from Colorado.

"I am extremely exited about this class. Coach Scott Malone and our entire staff worked diligently to fill all of our needs," Gouldsmith said. "This class exemplifies our commitment to developing this program with some of the best high school players while complementing them with some outstanding junior college players."

Blake Amador: An outfielder at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif. He is a native of Turlock, Calif. He was drafted in the 35th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners with the 1,073rd pick.

Drew Beuerlein: Is a senior at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Earned honorable mention all-league honors at catcher as a junior last year, leading his team to an overall record of 25-9. Beuerlein chose UNLV over Michigan, San Diego, San Diego State and Utah.

Jon Birds: Is a senior at Quartz Hills High School in Palmdale, Calif. A right-handed pitcher who earned first team all-league honors as a junior after posting a 1.58 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 40 innings of work. Allowed just nine earned runs, 16 total runs and walked just 11 batters he faced last year. He is the high school teammate of fellow UNLV recruit Matt Hutchinson. Birds chose UNLV over Army, UC Davis and Santa Clara.

Yasser Clor: A right-handed pitcher from Wilcox High School in Cupertino, Calif. He missed almost all of his junior year due to a fractured ankle but is among the top pitching prospects in the west. Earned first team all-league honors as a freshman and a sophomore and was named the league's pitcher of the year in his sophomore season. As a sophomore he went 7-0 with a 0.58 ERA and also hit six home runs. He plans on majoring in either chemistry or biology. Clor chose UNLV over UC Santa Barbara, Dartmouth, San Francisco and Saint Mary's.

Josh Crooks: A right-handed pitcher from Sabino High School in Tucson, Ariz. Struck out eight batters and had a 4.01 ERA in 12 innings of work last year as a junior and did not get a decision. He was a combined 3-1 with five saves during his freshman and sophomore seasons. His fastball has been clocked at 95 m.p.h. while he consistently throws in the 89-92 m.p.h. range. Crooks chose UNLV over New Mexico, New Mexico State and Texas Tech.

Josh Damewood: A left-handed pitcher from Durango High School in Las Vegas who also can play in the outfield. Earned second team all-region honors last year as a junior, when he went 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA on the mound, striking out 25 batters in 40.2 innings pitched. He also hit .500 (36-72) at the plate last year. Damewood chose UNLV over UC Irvine, Nebraska and San Diego.

Patrick Darrow: A right-handed pitcher from Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Calif. He helped his team to a second-place finish at state last season and to a third-place finish as a sophomore. He had a 6-3 record with a 2.94 ERA in the Connie Mack League last year. He plans on majoring in business or hotel management. Darrow chose UNLV over Kansas State, UNC Wilmington and Utah.

Jarred Frierson: An infielder from St. Bernard High School in Los Angeles, Calif. He did not play his junior year due to an injury, but hit .450 with six home runs and 35 RBI as a sophomore. Earned first team all-league honors as a sophomore. Frierson chose UNLV over Arizona State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.

Craig Heyer: A right-handed pitcher from the Community College of Southern Nevada in Henderson. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., he had a 5-3 record last year for CCSN with a 1.91 ERA in 17 appearances. Made eight starts and three two complete games. He pitched a total of 66 innings, striking out 65 and walking just 15. He attended Coronado High School in Scottsdale and was drafted in the 36th round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Heyer chose UNLV over CS Fullerton, Hawaii and Long Beach State.

Matt Hutchison: A right-handed pitcher from Quartz Hills High School in Palmdale, Calif. Struck out 55 batters in 53 innings of work, finishing the year with a 2.13 ERA. He walked only eight batters and did not give up a home run, earning first team all-league honors as well as the runner-up for the league MVP award. Hit .353 with two home runs as well. He is the high school teammate of fellow UNLV recruit John Birds. He plans on majoring in business communications or hotel management. Hutchison chose UNLV over UC Irvine, Hawaii, Long Beach State and USC.

Sam Pavlisick: A third baseman from Central High School in Phoenix, Ariz. Hit .420 as a junior last year, with five home runs and 21 RBI. Walked 12 times and stole three bases. Solid defensively, committed just three errors in 19 games and had a fielding percentage of .950. He plans on majoring in kinesiology or business. Pavlisick chose UNLV over Arizona State.

Spencer Roberts: A right-handed pitcher from Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo. Recorded a 5-0 record as a junior last season with a 2.26 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. He earned all-conference honors as a junior. He plans on majoring in either criminal justice or business. Roberts chose UNLV over Arizona, Kansas State and Southern Illinois.

Chad Robinson: A right-handed pitcher from Silverado High School in Las Vegas. Did not pitch last year due to an arm injury, but hit .333 (25-75) with five home runs and 30 RBI. Earned second team All-Sunrise League honors and also played in the 2005 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic last year, which showcased 38 of the top high school players in the country who had just completed their junior years. He had a record of 4-4 with a 3.80 ERA as a sophomore. He is the high school teammate of fellow Rebel recruit Rance Roundy. He plans on majoring in business or sports management. Robinson chose UNLV over Arizona, CS Fullerton, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount.

Rance Roundy: An infielder from Silverado High School in Las Vegas. He hit .394 (43-109) last year with three home runs and 22 RBI. Earned second team All-Sunrise League honors as a junior. Roundy chose UNLV over Kansas State and Portland.

Mark Serrano: A right-handed pitcher from Cypress College in Cypress, Calif. He prepped at Downy High School in Downy, Calif. He was drafted in the 47th by the Kansas City Royals with the 1,399th pick of the 2005 MLB Draft. Serrano chose UNLV over Fresno State, Loyola Marymount and Pacific.

Eric Skufca: A left-handed pitcher from Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo. Finished his junior year with a 3-1 record in 25 innings of work, allowing just four earned runs and 10 total for and 1.12 ERA, which was the fourth best in the state. Struck out 19 batters and walked only four. Solid at the plate as well, as he hit .415 with three home runs and 13 RBI last year. He plans on majoring in business. Skufca chose UNLV over Columbia, Penn and Yale.

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