HARROGATE, TN -- Dillon Swaggerty and Joe Hall have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play baseball for Lincoln Memorial University next season, head coach Jeff Sziksai announced Monday afternoon. These two signees make three for the Railsplitters as Swaggerty and Hall join Ian Creager on the 2013 roster.
Dillon Swaggerty comes to Lincoln Memorial University by way of The Walker School in Marietta, Georgia. At 6'4" and 175 pounds, this right-hander will bring some size to the Railsplitters' rotation next season. This season, Swaggerty has amassed a 6-3 record with 68 strikeouts and a tremendous 1.42 earned run average. He is currently 19-5 for his career. His many athletic honors include a selection to the 2011 and 2012 MLB Draft Prospects to Watch as well as to the Under Armour Allstar Team. Swaggerty was also a Perfect Game Honorable Mention in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 while being a member of the Perfect Game National Champs in 2010.
He was recruited intensely with a list of suitors that included University of Alabama, Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, Liberty College and Lenoir-Rhyne University before choosing Lincoln Memorial University to continue to pursue his collegiate career. When asked why he chose LMU, Swaggerty stated, "I chose LMU for many reasons such as the atmosphere of the school, great education and to continue playing baseball. The coaching staff was a big part in helping me make my decision to become a 'Railsplitter'. It was the right fit for me."
Dillon's high school coach spoke highly of him, commenting, "Dillon wants the ball and wants to please his coaches. He is very focused on the mound. Dillon is a big game pitcher who gives 110 percent."
"Dillon is an exciting high school arm that has had a tremendous success at the high school level," stated LMU head coach Jeff Sziksai. "He has a very projectable frame and very good stuff to go along with it. We are excited about what Dillon brings to the table, and he is a guy that will compete for important innings early in his career."
Joe Hall joins the Railsplitters after a strong career at Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. At 6'1" and 190 pounds, this left-handed hitting utility man boost an impressive resume. This season, Hall hit .414 with four triples and six doubles along with swiping ten bases. For his career, Hall carries a .358 batting mark with six triples, 15 doubles and 29 stolen bases.
He has been a staple for the Spartans as a varsity player for the past five seasons, playing a major role in Webb capturing the State Championship in 2010 along with a runner-up finish in 2011. In 2011, he was named to the Divison II All-Region Team as well as garnering ETBCA Showcase Team. In 2010 and 2011, Hall was a member of the Kansas City Royals scout team and the Diamond-Simcox baseball team.
Hall was recruited strongly throughout the region as Tusculum College, Carson-Newman College, Union University and Lipscomb University pursued his talents. When asked why Hall chose LMU, he responded, "After visiting the campus, I knew that LMU was the place for me. It seems like a good fit for me in both academics and athletics. Also, getting to know the coaches, teachers and players made my decision to attend LMU an easy one."
Webb School coach Jordan Wormsley had high praise for Hall, as he expressed, "I always know what to expect from Joe. He is a rock for our team. Joe has worked very hard in the classroom, weight room and on the field to earn this opportunity to play at the next level."
"Joe does a lot of things well, but most of all he can swing the bat," stated LMU head coach Jeff Sziksai. "He has a chance to hit for average right away from the left side and as he matures, hit for power. He is versatile defensively and athletic enough to compete for time behind the plate, in the outfield and in the infield."
Stay tuned to LMURailsplitters.com in the coming weeks for complete coverage on the LMU baseball recruiting class for the 2013 season.
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