HARROGATE, TN -- Tripp White and Josh Coker have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play baseball for the Railsplitters next season, Lincoln Memorial University head coach Jeff Sziksai announced Monday morning. White and Coker drive this year's recruiting class to nine players as the additions of Hunter Hill, Will Meek, Dillon Swaggerty, Ian Creager, Joe Hall, Tim Helton and Jacob West were announced in the previous weeks.
Tripp White comes to Lincoln Memorial University following a two-year stay at Chattanooga State Community College. A product of Lafayette, Georgia and Lafayette High School, White is a 6'1", 195 pound left-hander that will bolster the Lincoln Memorial University pitching staff. At Chattanooga State, White was primarily used as a weekend starter, posting a 4-2 record and a 3.95 earned run average over 41 innings pitched. He averaged nearly a strikeout per inning as he notched 39 K's over that same span.
Regarding Tripp White, Railsplitter head coach Jeff Sziksai stated, ""Tripp has a chance to have an immediate impact. He is a very good lefty arm, has an athletic body and good stuff. Before a minor knee injury sidelined him the last few weeks of his season, he put up very good numbers at Chatt State and was the ace of a very good staff. We are excited about Tripp and his future as a Railsplitter."
Josh Coker will head to the Railsplitters after playing the past two seasons at Walters State Community College. Before moving to Walters State, Coker played his prep career at Murphy High School in Murphy, North Carolina, where he was a four-time All-Conference selection, a three-time MVP and a North Carolina All-State selection. At 6'0" and 190 pounds, Coker continued to post strong numbers in the outfield at Walters State. Cumulatively, Coker compiled a .306 batting average with ten home runs, 14 doubles and a pair of triples.
Coker was pursued by UNC Pembroke and Newberry among others before choosing Lincoln Memorial University to continue his academic and athletic career. When asked why he chose LMU, Coker said, "Because it has everything that I was looking for: great coaches, great facilities and my major."
Regarding Josh, coach Jeff Sziksai commented, "Josh is very good left-handed hitter that brings legitimate power potential. He has had a very good career at one of the best junior college programs in the state and the country (Walters St. CC), and we expect more of the same at LMU. Josh also gives us another left handed look on the mound. Josh has the potential to be quality two-way player for us next year and we are excited about that."
The Lincoln Memorial University baseball team is rounding into shape for the 2013 campaign as the Railsplitters will look to build towards a South Atlantic Conference championship and beyond.