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Baseball Eagles Sign Three to National Letters


MOREHEAD, Ky. - Morehead State Baseball Coach John Jarnagin and his staff have announced the signings of three high school standouts to national letters-of-intent. The newest Eagles are Michael Fear, an infielder/pitcher from South Ripley High School in Versailles, Ind., Josh Schneider, a pitcher from Oxford Area High School in Oxford, Pa., and Trey Smith, a pitcher from South Laurel High School in London, Ky.


Fear is a 6-3 right-hander who has been a varsity starter since his freshman season. In 2006, he hit .367 with a .494 slugging percentage and a .510 on base percentage. As a pitcher, he was 9-1 with a 1.93 earned run average. Fear struck out 70 batters and walked only 16 in 58 innings pitched. He was named All-Ohio River Valley Conference as South Ripley went undefeated in conference play. The son of Jim and Peggy Fear who played for Coach Scott Holdsworth at South Ripley, Fear is also an outstanding student, having received the All-American Scholar Award.


"Michael is a fantastic athlete who has excelled on the diamond and also on the basketball court," Jarnagin said. "He has the ability to play both in the infield and on the mound. He is a competitor and hard-worker who has achieved high success in athletics and in the classroom."


Schneider is a hard-throwing, 6-2 pitcher who plays for Coach Sean Harvey at Oxford Area. As a junior, he was 7-3 with a 3.21 earned run average and struck out 55 batters in 56 and two-thirds innings pitched. Schneider also hit .423 with three home runs. An outstanding football and basketball player, he has earned all-area mention in multiple sports in his Philadelphia-area league. The son of Donald and Thelma Schneider, he is captain of Oxford Area's baseball and football teams.


"Josh is a tremendous athlete who has excelled as a three-sport star," Jarnagin said. "He will be a difference-maker for our baseball team on the mound. He is a hard-thrower and a great competitor. Josh demonstrates a very high work ethic and outstanding leadership qualities."


Smith is a 6-8 right-hander who plays for Coach Jeremy Brown at South Laurel. He went 9-1 last season and led the Cardinals to the Kentucky State High School Baseball Tournament. Smith had a 0.95 ERA and struck out 89 batters in 59 innings pitched. He was named to the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches' junior all-star team and earned all-district, all-region and all-sectional honors. The son of G.J. and Judy Smith, he was also a member of the 2005 Kentucky State High School Basketball championship team at South Laurel.


"We are extremely excited to sign such an outstanding pitcher as Trey Smith," Jarnagin said. "He is an outstanding athlete with a tremendous up-side and work ethic. He is already a proven winner in both baseball and basketball and will bring a championship attitude to our team."

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