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CWU Baseball Team Signs Four Players

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. --The Central Washington University baseball team has added four major pieces to its puzzle for the 2009 season, with the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, as announced by head coach Desi Storey on Tuesday.
Joining the Wildcats for next season are right-handed pitchers Richie Carmichael, Jordan Dallas, Ryan Graves, and Justin Reed.
Carmichael (La Grande, Ore.) and Reed (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS) will be true freshmen in 2009, while Dallas (Finley, Wash./River View HS/Columbia Basin College) and Graves (Puyallup, Wash./Lower Columbia College) are both junior-college transfers. Graves will have three years of eligibility remaining, while Dallas will have two years left.
In addition to his pitching abilities, Carmichael (6-0, 170) is also a middle infielder who is expected to fill a role on the Wildcats similar to that of current CWU player Kevin Walkenhauer (Yakima, Wash./West Valley HS). Carmichael, who was class valedictorian with a 4.00 grade-point average at La Grande High School in Oregon, was the Greater Oregon League Pitcher of the Year.
"Richie is an athlete similar to Kevin (Walkenhauer)," Storey said. "He can hit, play up the middle, and can pitch. We're hoping he can fill a dual role for us. He has great arm strength, and if he can come in and have success, that will open some doors for us to be able to recruit in the state of Oregon."
By joining the Wildcats, Carmichael will be the first player from the state of Oregon to play for the Crimson and Black since left-handed pitcher Kevin Jamison, a native of Woodburn, Ore., played for CWU in 2001.
Dallas (6-1, 195) prepped at River View High School in Finley, Wash., graduating in 2006. He played the past two seasons at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash. As a sophomore this past season, Dallas posted a 1-1 record and 4.09 earned-run average in 33 innings of work for the Hawks. He finished his two-year career at CBC with a 2-1 record and 3.60 ERA in 50 innings.
"Jordan was one of the first pitchers we pursued," Storey proclaimed. "We want him to come in and take one of the starting spots we lose. He didn't throw as much at CBC this year as we thought he would, but he is capable of being a number one starter at the Division II level."
Graves (6-0, 205) will be just a sophomore when he suits up for the Wildcats in 2009. The former Puyallup High School standout was a redshirt at Washington State University before starring at Lower Columbia College this past spring. For the Red Devils, he posted a 0-1 record this past season.
"Ryan has good arm strength and size," Storey said. "Like Jordan (Dallas), he didn't throw as much as we thought he would this past season, but he has a tremendous upside."
Reed (6-5, 235), like Carmichael, will be a true freshman for the Wildcats. The Decatur High School product was an honorable mention all-South Puget Sound League 4A North selection as a senior this past season. Included among Reed's top performances this were a seven-strikeout, three-hit outing against league-leading Tahoma High School. He also had a 15-strikeout outing as a sophomore against Bethel.
"Justin's a big, physical kid," Storey explained. "He can already throw in the upper-80s, and if he continues to mature, he could very easily be in our (starting) rotation next year. He has great arm strength, and with his upside, Justin could be a pro prospect in a couple of years.
"All four of these guys are pitchers, which is something we have been trying to secure for next year," Storey continued. "We feel that all four can come in and be major contributors on the mound, and with Richie's (Carmichael) ability to hit and play the middle infield, he can provide a dual role for us."
The addition of these four student-athletes is the first of several to come for the Wildcat program for the 2009 season, as Central lost 13 players to graduation from its 2008 squad that was 30-21 overall and finished second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.