Morehead City, N.C. - The Morehead City Marlins announced today they have signed two players from Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Junior Will Hudgins and sophomore Adam Norton join the Marlins for the 2011 season, in which the team hopes to improve upon its impressive inaugural 2010 season. Both help to bolster a Notre Dame pitching staff that currently holds the fifteenth-ranked ERA in the country.
Hudgins, a native of Richmond, Virginia, has a personal ERA of 1.48 in his 24.1 innings pitched out of the Irish bullpen this season. The right-hander is also tied for the team lead in wins, as he is 4-0 in 16 appearances on the year, and opposing batters are only hitting .212 against him.
“Number-wise, he’s having a really good year. He’s a big kid,” says Marlins head coach Jay Bergman of Hudgins, who stands at 6-feet, 3-inches and weighs 210 pounds. “Sometimes, for whatever reason, it takes certain kids a good year or two to really settle into the college game. It appears that’s what he has gone through. He’s having a tremendous year, and he’ll have an even better summer season.”
Norton, who primarily played shortstop and third base during his freshman season at Notre Dame, has collected most of his at-bats from the designated hitter slot this year. He has also been placed in the outfield and made solid contributions from the pitching mound. , Norton is hitting .245 on the year. He has hit two home runs and driven in 11 runs. While on the hill, Norton boasts a record of 2-1 and a 3.29 ERA in 38.1 innings of work for the Irish.
“Players like Norton are invaluable,” says Bergman of the scrappy utility-man. “He can play all around, and he’ll get on the bump for you, too. He’ll see a lot of time at a lot of different places this summer.”
The Morehead City Marlins are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, as well as the Marlins’ website at www.mhcmarlins.com. Also, be sure to friend the Marlins on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mhcmarlins and follow them via Twitter (@mcmarlins).
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