Baseball Signs Three JUCO Players
BATON ROUGE — Three junior college players have signed national letters-of-intent with the LSU baseball program. The signees include outfielder Bruce Sprowl of Shelton State (Ala.) JC, outfielder Ryan Patterson of Texarkana (Texas) College and catcher Ty Jensen of San Mateo (Calif.) College.
The signees have enrolled at LSU, and they will be eligible to play this spring. The Tigers are scheduled to begin the 2003 season Feb. 7 against Northwestern State in Alex Box Stadium.
Sprowl, a 5-9, 165-pound left-handed batter, hit .343 last season at Shelton State, which is located in Tuscaloosa. He produced 15 doubles, three triples, four homers, 51 runs and 38 RBI. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Sprowl will have three years of eligibility remaining at LSU.
Patterson led Texarkana College to a conference title last season, batting .439 as a freshman with 25 doubles, 19 homers, 24 steals and 75 RBI. Like Sprowl, he will begin his LSU career as a sophomore with three seasons of eligibility remaining. A 5-11, 195-pound right-handed batter, Patterson prepped at Rowlett (Texas) High School, where he recorded a .553 batting average in his senior season.
Jensen played two seasons at San Mateo College, hitting .320 with 12 doubles, one homer and 28 RBI in 2002. The 6-0, 178-pound right-handed batter was an all-conference player at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.