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UAlbany Baseball Signs Eight In Early Signing Period

UAlbany Sports Information   11-21-2016
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Head Coach Jon Mueller and the University at Albany baseball program inked eight players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November. A strong class for the Great Danes, it features four nationally ranked players, spans across four different states, and for the second straight year features a Canadian.
 
Mueller on the class: “My staff’s tireless efforts have yielded a class full of student athletes who have received recognition not only at a regional level, but also on the national stage. It’s highlighted by three High School All-Americans and one Junior College All-American.  This group is strong academically and will have the opportunity to have an immediate impact when they arrive on campus.  I’m excited to watch this group grow at the University at Albany and look forward to working with them.” 
 
Ben Brown – LHP  5’10” 185
Richmond Hill HS – Richmond Hill, Ontario 
Brown is one of the best pitchers to come out of Canada in the class of 2017, making the all-tournament team in the NABF World Series in Knoxville, TN. The lefty is a four-year letterman for Richmond Hill and has led the Raiders in strikeouts over the past three seasons. Brown leaves Ontario as the #2 ranked LHP in the province.   
 
Marshall Winn – OF 6’0” 180
West Genesee HS – Camillus, N.Y. 
Winn was selected First Team Section III Class AA for West Genesee in addition to being named to the All-State team. The speedy outfielder also has consecutive WWBA All-Tournament team accolades.  
 
Joshua Abbensetts – C 6’0” 185
The High School for Construction Trades – Ozone Park, N.Y. 
Abbensetts joins the Danes catching core. His strong arm and quick release helped him garner the 2016 YSL MVP award and spot on the All-Star team while taking home a Rookie of The Year award in 2014.
   
Chris Turco – 1B 6’3” 210
Gloucester Catholic HS – Turnersville, N.J. 
The Danes continue to leave their prints in New Jersey with the signing of Turco, who captained the Rams to a Top-10 ranking in the Garden State. The 6’3’’ 210lb first basemen is nationally recognized in the class of 2017 as well as the top first basemen in New Jersey. A Rawlings-Perfect Game All-American, Turco batted .435 for Gloucester Catholic with 33 RBI. He continued receiving recognition throughout the summer winning All-Tournament awards at The Northeast Qualifier and WWBA.  
 
Connor Takacs – LHP 6’2” 180
Jackson Memorial HS – Jackson, N.J. 
Back-to-back Ocean County Champion Connor Takacs will join the Danes pitching staff. Takacs struck out 38 batters in 26 innings while maintaining a WHIP of 1.00 in 2016 for the Jaguars. His ERA was .53 as he allowed only three runs in 2016. Takacs, recognized nationally as one of the most skilled at his position by Perfect Game, is also the 11th rated LHP in New Jersey.  
 
Ryan Hernandez – 1B 6’3” 225
The Dexter School – Hyde Park, Mass. 
Hernandez is another Rawlings-PG All-American to join the recruiting class. The second-ranked first basemen in Massachusetts stands at 6’3’’ 225lbs. Hernandez is a three sport athlete and another new Dane to show up in Perfect Games Top 2017 players in the country. For his accomplishments last year Rawlings selected Hernandez as a Top Prospect.  
 
Dylan Brooks – OF 6’2” 195
Community College of Rhode Island – Lookeba, Okla.
UAlbany adds some experience to the outfield with Junior College All-American Dylan Brooks from CCRI by way of Oklahoma.  As a high school senior, Brooks crushed eleven home runs and hit to the tune of .535. He concluded his career with first-team all-state recognition. While at CCRI, Brooks was the offensive catalyst batting .349 with seven homeruns, eight doubles, and 43 RBI. Brooks joins sophomore infielder Travis Collins, as the Great Danes sign former CCRI Knights in back to back years.  
 
Brenden Cournoyer – RHP 6’3” 250
The Berkshire School – Dudley, Mass.
Hard throwing righty Brenden Cournoyer will add depth to the pitching staff in 2017. Standing at 6’3’’ 250lbs Cournoyer is the 17th ranked pitcher in the class of 2017 in Massachusetts. Cournoyer was the Young Division pitcher of the year in the WNEPBL in 2016 and finished the season undefeated on the mound with a 1.87 ERA. Cournoyer has been an Underclass All-Star for consecutive years and made the Perfect Game WWBA and Perfect Game National Championship All-Tournament Teams.  
 
In total, the Great Danes added three High School All-Americans and one Junior College All-American in addition to Ben Brown, who is the second-ranked LHP in Ontario, Canada. UAlbany opens its season on the road in Farmville, Va. when it takes on Longwood on Feb. 25, 2017.  

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