Xavier Baseball Announces 2014-15 Signing Class

Xavier head coach Scott Googins and his staff signed seven players during the early signing period.

Xavier head coach Scott Googins and his staff signed seven players during the early signing period.

Nov. 20, 2013

CINCINNATI - Xavier baseball head coach Scott Googins has announced the signing of seven student-athletes, who will be joining the program in the fall of 2014.

"Our entire coaching staff did an outstanding job of identifying and finding players that fit our needs to take the program to the next level," said head coach Scott Googins. "We are excited about this group of young men and feel that they will play a big role in helping us compete for a BIG EAST Championship."

Garrett Schilling, a right-handed pitcher, brings a wealth of experience and success to the Xavier pitching staff. Schilling has been a starter for three state-championship teams and has amassed a perfect 31-0 record at Bishop Foley High School in Madison Heights, Mich. He was named all-state in 2013.

A catcher from Saint Rita High School in Chicago, Ill., Nate Soria has had a successful prep career. His high school team won the Summer State Tournament and was named to the all-conference and all-tournaments teams in 2013.

Rylon Bannon comes to Xavier from Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill., where he has been the starting second baseman for the last two seasons. Voss was a key cog in leading Joliet Catholic to the Illinois 3A State Championship last year.

Ranked as the third best right-handed pitcher in Indiana, Brandon Johnson will join the baseball team this fall. Johnson made the Perfect Game WWBA All-Tournament Team this summer.

Local prep standout Blaine Griffiths of Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio will play in the outfield for the Musketeers. Griffiths has had a stellar career at Lakota West, earning GMC Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-GMC and Honorable Mention Perfect Game All-American distinctions.

Zac Lowther and Will LaRue round out Xavier's recruiting class. Lowther is a left-handed pitcher from Cuyahoga Heights High School on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio. As a senior in 2013, he posted a 0.55 ERA in 76 IP and 148 strikeouts, both are school records. LaRue comes from Evansville Mater Dei in Evansville, Ind., where he played in the outfield.