Head coach Scott Googins
Dec. 7, 2009
CINCINNATI - The Xavier baseball team and head coach Scott Googins has announced that four future Musketeers have signed National Letters of Intent to play at XU beginning in the 2011 season. Tres Eberhardt (Indianapolis, Ind. - Brebeuf Jesuit), Patrick Jones (Cincinnati - Moeller), Scott Klever (Mason, Ohio - Mason) and Bo Slemons (Hubbard, Ohio - Hubbard) will be joining the team in the fall of 2010 and will look to make an immediate impact on the squad.
"We are very excited about our recent recruiting class and I feel we have definitely added depth to our team," said Googins following the recent signing period. "These four future Xavier student-athletes will make an impact on our program and will help build on the success of XU baseball in the future."
Eberhardt, a 5-10 infielder, was named Brebeuf Jesuit's Offensive Player of the Year following this past season and was also named the Most Valuable Player of the summer league team as well. During summer ball, Eberhardt averaged .423 at the plate and amassed a .538 slugging percentage as well as a .569 on-base percentage.
"Tres is an athletic infielder with good speed and range in the middle," commented Googins. "He also has the ability to handle the bat, hitting for average."
Jones, a 6-3 outfielder, was a member of the 2009 Cincinnati Moeller squad that captured the 2009 Ohio DI state championship and amassed a 25-5 overall record for the season. Jones was ranked the 11th best player in the state of Ohio and 289 in the nation by pgcrosschecker.com.
"We are excited about Patrick's combination of speed, power and strong throwing arm," said Googins. "Coming from such a strong program as (Cincinnati) Moeller High School, his pedigree will show through in his performance."
Klever, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher and outfielder, is a three-year starter for the Mason Comets and was named to the First Team All-GMC team and was also named to the ESPN Rise All-Region team following his junior season. Klever was selected as the starting pitcher in the Southwest Ohio League All-Star game this summer and has twice been seleted for the Champions Baseball Elite Showcase.
"Scott is a versatile player that could potentially help us out in several positions," Googins remarked. "He has the ability to make a big impact on the mound for us in the coming years."
Slemons, a 6-1 infielder and three-year starter for Hubbard, helped his team to an appearance in the finals of the district championship and a 16-9 record in 2009. He was a team captain this past season and named Team MVP in addition to earning First Team All-American Conference honors. Slemons posted a .468 last season, earning him the Team Batting Award for the third consecutive year, and knocked in 27 RBI.
"Bo is an excellent offensive player with very good power," mentioned Googins. "He is a prototypical corner infielder with a big frame and good feet."