MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Tyler Alitz, who was set to join the Morehead State baseball program this fall, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Wednesday in Concordia, Kan. Alitz signed his National Letter of Intent last week, and MSU was planning to announce him on Friday.
"Our deepest condolences go out to Tyler's family and friends," Head Coach Mike McGuire said. "We were looking forward to having Tyler as a member of our baseball program for the next two years. All signs pointed to him being a talented player and quality person."
Alitz, a 20-year-old middle infielder, spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Garden City Community College (Kan.). He hit .274 with 40 RBI as a freshman and .308 with 34 RBI as a sophomore. He registered a .941 fielding percentage in 2013 and .950 clip in 2014.
Alitz helped the Broncbusters to a pair of second-place finishes in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. GCCC finished 28-27 his freshman year but improved to 38-23 his sophomore season. Alitz was an Honorable Mention All-KJCCC choice in 2013.
Alitz graduated from Roncalli Catholic High School (Neb.) in 2012. He was an all-state selection as a baseball utility player and basketball shooting guard his senior campaign. The right-handed hitter also earned All-River Cities Conference baseball accolades his junior year.