For the eighth straight year, Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier has had at least one of his players sign with an SEC school. This time, it’s pitcher/infielder Will Irvin of Bolivar, Tenn. inking a national letter of intent with Auburn University.
“I couldn’t believe how great the facilities were at Auburn,” said Irvin, who wanted to sign early to take the recruiting stress out of the upcoming ICC baseball season. “I really enjoyed my visit there and now I can concentrate on trying to win another state title (here at ICC).”
Irvin went 10-1 on the hill last spring including winning the state championship contest and throwing a complete game nine inning outing and gave up just one run and hit the game winning grand slam against Pearl River as the Indians won the third and deciding game of the first round state playoff series.
He started 12 of his 14 appearances, completed four of those starts and was involved in a combined shutout. Opponents hit just. 251 against the former Bolivar Central H.S. standout in 271 official at-bats and he struck out 44, walked 21 in 68 1/3 innings pitched.
At the plate, Irvin finished with a .364 average in 55 at-bats, with three homers, 17 runs batted in, had a .582 slugging percentage and an even .500 on-base percentage.
“As good as Will was last spring for us, he was even better this fall,” added Collier, who has one of his standouts the last two years, Justin Bryant, playing at Auburn this year. “That’s when he started to get attention from some of the SEC schools.”
Irvin becomes the 12th Indian in Collier’s eight years in charge of the program to sign with a Southeastern Conference school.
Dustin Hudson also inked a national letter of intent early as he signed with Gulf South Conference school, Henderson State, an NCAA division two institution located in Arkansas. The right handed pitcher from Wynne, Ark. appeared in seven games as a freshman, two of them were starts and had an 0-2 record with a 6.75 ERA but he struck out 10 and walked only three in 12 innings on the mound and opponents hit just .268 against Hudson.
“I’m glad to sign with a school in my home state of Arkansas,” said Hudson, who according to Collier had a good fall campaign. “Henderson State plays in one of the top NCAA Division two conferences in the country and the school is about two hours away from my hometown.”
ICC Media Relations