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Nine NIACC baseball players moving to NCAA Division I schools


This news story was published on July 23, 2020.
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Gabe Denton, via NIACC

MASON CITY – A total of nine NIACC baseball players will play next season at the NCAA Division I level.

NIACC’s Patrick Pridgen and Tyson Tucker signed their national letters of intent last November. Pridgen is headed to the University of Oregon and Tucker will attend UNC-Charlotte.

Others recently signing with NCAA Division I schools are Anthony Catalano (Louisiana-Lafayette), Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Oral Roberts University), Gabe Denton (Eastern Michigan University), Caden Kratz (Western Illinois) and Ross Cochran (University of St. Thomas).

Michael Sturek has committed to Austin Peay State University and Will Sturek has committed to Ohio University.

Pridgen, a right-handed pitcher, had a career record of 8-4 at NIACC. He is tied for 10th on the school’s career strikeout list with 97 in 87 1/3 innings pitched.

Tucker, a right-handed pitcher, was 2-1 with 1 save at NIACC. He collected 25 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings pitched.

Catalano, an infielder, had a career batting average of .335 with 58 hits. He had 14 doubles, 32 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

Criquet-Danielson, an infielder, had two doubles, two triples, three home runs and 14 RBIs in his NIACC career.

Denton, a catcher, had a career batting average of .295 with nine home runs, nine doubles and 32 RBIs.

Kratz, a right-handed pitcher, accumulated a record of 4-5 with 62 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched.

Cochran, a catcher, had a career batting average of .357 with eight doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs.

Michael Sturek, a right-handed pitcher, had a career record of 3-2 with five saves. He had a 1.65 earned run average in 27 1/3 innings pitched.

Will Sturek, an outfielder, had a career batting average of .368 (56 hits) with eight doubles, 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.

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