LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego baseball program has added four more National Letter-of-Intent signings for the 2014 season, as announced by head coach Eric Newman.
The group hailing from California high schools consists of right-handed pitchers John Erhardt and Steven Garrett, infielder Tyler Howsley and outfielder Jack Larsen. Howsley and Larsen were teammates at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo for head coach Bob Zamora. They helped guide the Capo Cougars to a 21-11 overall record in their senior year.
Garrett and Howsley both garnered Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason California Region All-High School Senior honorable mention prior to the 2013 season.
The latest recruits join four additions from the early signing period back in December. That quartet included Steven Coe, Justin Flatt, Christian Leung and Jesse Lewis, all from in-state high schools as well, with one from nearby Valley Center and the other three from Northern California.
Erhardt graduates on June 14 from Calvary Chapel High School in Santa Ana. As a four-year varsity member, he appeared as a starting pitcher, first baseman, third baseman and outfielder. In his senior season, the 6’5” right-hander was 5-2 with a 1.98 ERA, one save, 26 strikeouts and seven walks over 28.1 innings pitched in 10 appearances and hit .471 (24-for-51) as the primary third baseman with seven doubles, three home runs, 21 runs and 23 RBI. Erhardt slugged .784 with a .562 on-base percentage. A two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Month, Erhardt also played one year of varsity basketball for the Eagles. He spent the past two summers with the Blue Wave Baseball 18U select team.
“(Assistant) Coach (J.T.) Bloodworth and I have had the opportunity to see John pitch on multiple occasions, and we were impressed with his ability to control the strike zone with three pitches,” commented Triton assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jonathan Johnston. “He has a lot of potential, and we look forward to seeing him grow as a pitcher over the next four years. We believe he is going to make a positive impact on our bullpen.”
Garrett, born in San Diego, was a two-year varsity starter in baseball at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta. As a junior (1-0, 3.10 ERA), he combined with a teammate on the first no-hitter in school history, striking out six over his two innings. Garrett earned MaxPreps Player of the Week honors for his contribution to the no-hitter, alongside going 6-for-12 at the plate with four doubles and two RBI. He helped lead the Broncos to a Southwestern League co-championship at the end of that year. As a senior, Garrett was 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA on the mound while batting .316 (25-for-79) with five doubles, a triple, 16 runs, 15 RBI and an on-base percentage of .455. VMHS (19-11) fell to eventual champion Cypress, 2-1, in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinals on May 28. A three-sport athlete, Garrett competed for the Broncos in basketball and football in addition to baseball. He was a defensive end on the 2011 CIF championship football team.
“Steven is a great young man,” said Johnston. “I saw him at the Arizona Fall Classic for the first time. He knows how to get hitters out. He does a great job of locating all three of his pitches. We look forward to a bright future for Steven as a Triton.”
Howsley was a two-year starter and two-year varsity letterwinner at Capistrano Valley. At second base as a junior, he hit .320 with 14 runs scored and a .930 fielding percentage. Howsley moved over to shortstop as a senior and batted .250 (20-for-80) with 17 runs and seven RBI while fielding at a .936 (29-74-7) clip there. Named to the Principal’s Honor Roll and Superintendent’s Honor Roll all four years, he graduates on June 11 from Capo with a 4.2 grade-point average.
“I’m looking forward to playing baseball at UC San Diego in the years to come and contending for a national championship,” offered Howsley.
“Our entire coaching staff had the opportunity to see Tyler play over the past year, and we are all very excited to bring in an infielder of his caliber,” said Johnston. “He has the tools necessary to come in and make an impact right away.”
Larsen started all four years at CVHS and was a part of teams that won an average of over 20 games per season. He competed on the varsity squad for two-plus years, lettering twice, and recorded his first varsity hit in CIF playoffs as a sophomore. Larsen was leading the Cougars in RBI with 10 in nine games this season before suffering an injury that cut short his senior campaign. For his career, he committed just two errors in the field over 110 games played. A member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and named a Scholar Athlete as a senior with a 3.5 grade-point average, Larsen also formerly competed in basketball at CVHS.
“Jack is a very athletic, left-handed hitter who can play all three positions in the outfield,” remarked Johnston. “We love the way he swings the bat, and we look forward to seeing what he can bring to the Triton baseball program.”
“This group of players represents a tremendous effort by our coaching staff to bring talented people to UC San Diego,” concluded Newman. “This unit will be a cornerstone of the program for many years to come. I want to commend Coach Johnston, Coach (Rob) Avila, Coach Bloodworth and Coach (Cory) Burleson on putting together an exceptional class of skilled players and gifted students.”
|UC San Diego Baseball 2014 Signings
||Valley Center/Valley Center HS
||Santa Ana/Calvary Chapel HS
||Walnut Creek/De La Salle HS
||Murrieta/Vista Murrieta HS
||Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS
||Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS
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