Righthanded pitchers highlight UMaine baseball 2012 recruiting class

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 2:55 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 14, 2011, at 4:27 p.m.

ORONO, Maine— University of Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper has announced that his program has received National Letters of Intent from seven players who are expected to join the program in the fall of 2012.

All of the signees are righthanded pitchers and some also play other positions.

Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla. / Park Vista), Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass. / Nashoba), Nick DeFrank (Mullica Hill, N.J. /Clearview Regional), Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa. / Episcopal Academy), Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa. / Cedar Crest HS), Alexandre Gagne (Ottawa, Ontario / Louis Riel High School) and Jacob Marks (Bright’s Grove, Ontario / St. Clair Secondary) make up a class that is expected to have an immediate impact on the Maine team.

“We are very excited to announce the new additions to the UMaine baseball program,” said Trimper. “Our goal, as always, is to find the right fit, both academically and on the baseball field to continue the successes we have accomplished as a team. This year’s group of student-athletes will certainly aid in our goal of future America East Championships and successful runs in the NCAA tournament.

Trimper credited assistant coaches Jason Spaulding and Billy Cather with working tirelessly to identify and recruit the players.

Bussey is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, and can play shortstop, third base or pitch. As a junior, he had a .458 batting average with a .593 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage. He also had a 1.70 earned run average.

Butler (6-4, 240 pounds) can pitch and play first base. Last spring, he hit .405 with seven home runs and 26 runs batted in. He went 8-2 on the mound with 78 strikeouts and a 2.31 ERA in 64 innings. He pitched five complete games.

DeFrank (5-10, 165) is a middle infielder/pitcher. He batted .370 and .450 the past two seasons, stole 30 bases and scored more than 50 runs. FitzPatrick (6-0, 160) is a righthander who went 6-3 last season after posting a mark of 5-2 in 2010. He threw a no-hitter last season and was named All-Delaware County in 2011.

Fullmer (6-1, 205) is a rigthander who went 6-1 last season with a 2.10 ERA. He struck out 76 53.2 innings pitched last season. He went 8-2 as a sophomore with a 2.27 ERA, fanning 98 batters in 71 innings pitched.

Gagne (6-1, 180) is also a righthanded pitcher. He has played with Team Ottawa, which won the Canada Cup national baseball title in August.

Marks (6-1, 160) was named most valuable player of the 2011 St. Clair Secondary High School baseball team. He was a member of the Ontario U17 team that won the Canadian Championship last summer.

The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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