HARROGATE, TN -- Dominic Laporte has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play baseball for Lincoln Memorial University next season, Railsplitter head coach Jeff Sziksai announced Wednesday morning. LMU has been busy this offseason on the recruiting trail as Laporte brings this year's recruiting class to ten players at this juncture.
Laporte comes to the Lincoln Memorial University baseball program after a two-year stay at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. At 6'3" and 215 pounds, Laporte will provide a size and durability to the Railsplitters' pitching staff. Hailing from Port St. Lucie, Florida, this right-hander made waves at Indian River State as he earned All-State First Team and Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year distinctions. Last season, Laporte compiled a 7-2 record with a 3.53 earned run average while striking out an astounding 95 batters in 96 and two-thirds innings pitched.
Dominic was recruited by Tennessee Tech, Cumberland University, Georgia College, Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina A&T State University among others before choosing Lincoln Memorial University for his continued pursuits athletically and academically. When asked why he chose LMU, Laporte answered, "I chose LMU because it not only had my major, but I loved the area and the campus. I like the coaches and I feel that LMU is a good fit for me."
"Dominic has had tremendous success at the junior college level, and has a chance to make a huge impact on our pitching staff," said LMU head coach Jeff Sziksai. "He is extremely durable, and we look for him to compete for important innings right away at LMU. He is a great fit for us, and we are excited about his future here."
The roster for the 2013 season in Lincoln Memorial University baseball looks to be taking shape as the Railsplitters will look to make noise in the South Atlantic Conference, the region and beyond.