Aggie Baseball Locks Up Solid Class Of Recruits For 2008

Eight commit to UC Davis during early signing period

UC Davis baseball adds eight prospects following the early signing period.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)

UC Davis baseball adds eight prospects following the early signing period. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Dec. 12, 2006

Davis, Calif. - UC Davis baseball head coach Rex Peters has announced that eight outstanding student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Aggies next season. The student-athletes are Dayne Quist of Santa Cruz High, Will Chapman of Calabasas High, Scott Heylman of Point Loma High in San Diego, Scotty Walker of Del Oro High in Loomis, Tom Briner of Foothill High in Palo Cedro, Nathan Slater of Fresno High, and Eric Johnson and Grant Baner of Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose.

"We believe that all eight of these student-athletes will have an impact within our program in the near future," said Peters. "They are all excellent students and good athletes whose abilities project well at the Division 1 level and the highly competitive Big West Conference. We look forward to them joining our program next fall and having the opportunity to develop their skills."

The eight student-athletes will be eligible to compete for the Aggies in the spring of 2008 during the UC Davis' first official year as an NCAA Division I program.

The UC Davis baseball team will begin its 2007 season on February 6 when they travel down to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos at 6:00 p.m.

Below is a brief bio of each of the eight student-athletes:

Dayne Quist (5-9, Santa Cruz, Calif./Santa Cruz High School)
A reliable left-handed pitcher, Quist has earned All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League honors the past two years... Quist helped lead Santa Cruz to three-straight All-SCCAL titles... Earned a 3-2 record and a 1.24 ERA last season.... Went 5-2 with an 2.50 ERA as a sophomore.... Excels academically as a member of the Principal's List and Honor Roll.

Will Chapman (6-1, Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas High School)
An mobile outfielder, Chapman has been a factor at the high school level since his freshman season on the varsity squad when he led the team with a .459 batting average.... He led the team to the playoffs last season... Boasts the distinction of hitting a homerun during the first plate appearance of his sophomore year... As a guard for his high school basketball team, he was part of the last year's league championship team that finished as runners-up in the CIF playoffs... Off the field he is a little league umpire and a member of the Honor Roll.

Scott Heylman (5-10, San Diego, Calif./Point Loma High School)
As the starting shortstop for Point Loma High, Heylmann earned All-Western League First Team honors last year as a junior... Also led his team to the semifinals in the CIF playoffs... Named a Puma Preseason All-American for 2007... Named Defensive Player of the Year last season.... Earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman at Bishop's High... Also played defender for the soccer team... Member of Principal's Honor Roll... Named to San Diego Union Tribune's All-Academic team in 2006.

Scotty Walker (6-0, Loomis, Calif./Del Oro High School)
Jordan earned All-Sierra Foothill League First Team honors as a junior... Also named team's Pitcher of the Year as he finished the season with a record of 5-1 to go with a 1.29 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 48 innings... ERA was second in the SFL... The left-hander also plays centerfield... One of eight members of the El Dorado Hills Vipers club team to sign National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I programs.

Tom Briner (6-2, Palo Cedro, Calif./Foothill High School)
A right-handed pitcher and third baseman, Briner was named to the All-Eastern Athletic League and All-Section First Teams last year... Earned Second Team All-EAL honors as a sophomore... Went 8-1 with an 1.18 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 53 innings... Compiled a 4-0 record and 1.30 ERA as a sophomore... Also played in the North-South All-Star game last year.

Nathan Slater (6-5, Fresno, Calif./Fresno High School)
Slater compiled a 5-2 record and a 1.42 ERA last season as he helped lead Fresno High to a second-place showing in the North Yosemite League... Named Rookie of the Year in 2005... A two-time scholar varsity athlete and a Fresno Bee Academic All-Star... Also a recipient of the Math, English and Social Science Awards for excellence.

Eric Johnson (6-5, San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep)
Named a Puma Preseason All-American last year, Johnson plays first base and catcher for nationally-ranked Bellarmine... Earned All-West Catholic Athletic League Honorable Mention last year with 26 RBI, 40 hits and a batting average of .412 in 97 at-bats... Helped team win league and CCS title last year... Also named to the 2006 Area World Series III All-Tournament Team... Selected to play in the North-South All-Star game last year as well.

Grant Baner (6-1, San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep)
Third basemen for Bellarmine's West Catholic Athletic League championship team last year... Team also won CCS championship last year... Named to the 2006 Bay Area World Series All-Tournament Team.... Also earned AAU National Championship All-Tournament Team in 2005... Baseball America named him one of their top-300 baseball players in America... Named Defensive Player of the Year as a shooting guard Bellarmine's basketball team.

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